DeSales High School boys volleyball coach Andy Feltz said he didn't spend one second worrying whether his team would feel the effects of a five-game win over CCL-rival Watterson in a Division II East Region semifinal May 15.

DeSales High School boys volleyball coach Andy Feltz said he didn't spend one second worrying whether his team would feel the effects of a five-game win over CCL-rival Watterson in a Division II East Region semifinal May 15.

Considering every win extended what already was the most successful season in the program's five-year history, he saw his players grow more confident rather than tire.

"That (match) showed a lot about our conditioning, because on match point against Watterson the ball crossed the net 17 times," Feltz said of the 25-12, 29-27, 27-29, 20-25, 15-13 win over the Eagles. "Our guys were still fighting the whole time, and that's what you want."

Three days later, the top-seeded Stallions defeated second-seeded Mount Vernon 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 in the East Region final at Hilliard Davidson to improve to 21-3 and advance to play Middletown Fenwick in a state semifinal at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit.

The semifinal winner will play Cincinnati McNicholas or host Walsh Jesuit in the state final at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 26.

Against Mount Vernon, sophomore outside hitter Evan Feltz had a match-high 21 kills and junior setter Keegan Crawford had 41 assists

DeSales largely limited the Yellow Jackets' ability to thrive on cross-court passes and exploit weak spots -- tendencies the Stallions remembered from a 25-20, 25-23, 25-17 win over Mount Vernon on May 4 at Worthington Kilbourne.

"They're a really good offensive team when they were in transition," said Evan Feltz, who was named East Region Player of the Year. "We knew we couldn't let them go on a run because it would really start putting the pressure on us."

Fenwick is 21-2 and was ranked No. 1 in the final state poll ahead of second-ranked DeSales. The Stallions lost to the Falcons 25-21, 25-16 in the Greater Catholic League Challenge on April 13.

DeSales did not play McNicholas or Walsh Jesuit during the regular season.

"We know when we step on the floor Saturday night, we're going to face the best team in the state in Division II," coach Feltz said. "I'm just looking forward to seeing them on the big stage because that's what it's all about."

Blubaugh settling infor boys lacrosse team

Senior attacker J.T. Blubaugh of the boys lacrosse team felt safe in saying he was completely healthy after scoring a season-high six goals in a 17-7 win at Bexley on May 15.

Blubaugh, an Ohio State signee, sat out the first five games with a nagging hip injury. He scored three goals in a 7-5 win over St. Charles in his season debut April 27, but said he wasn't fully re-acclimated to the game until May 10, when he scored four goals in an 11-10 overtime loss to Worthington Kilbourne.

"It took about two games to really start feeling normal again," Blubaugh said. "In the Kilbourne game, I really started to feel good and get back to my peak of what I know I can do."

Blubaugh and coach Matt Triplet gave most of the credit for DeSales' 8-4 record entering the week to a defense they said was jelling despite having allowed five or more goals in all but one game this season.

"Austin Jackson has been great for us. Ben Hippler has been wonderful," Triplet said of his junior and sophomore defenders, respectively. "Midway through the season, we made the adjustment of putting (junior) Tucker Yinger up at defensive midfielder, where he played last year, and Tucker has solidified the unit. He brings the big brother mentality where he lifts everybody up. He is a playmaker."

The Stallions earned the top seed in the Division II Central Region tournament and begin postseason play at home Friday, May 24, against Akron Hoban or Richfield Revere in a second-round game.

The winner will play host to Bexley, Columbus Academy or Granville in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 29.

DeSales defeated Academy 17-8 on May 8 but has yet to play Hoban, Revere, Bexley or Granville this season. The Stallions had been scheduled to play Granville on April 10, but the contest was canceled.

Girls track teamwins CCL title

Coach Ben McGinnis credited freshmen Morgan Barrett, Emily Collet and Olivia Nortz for powering the girls track and field team to win the CCL meet May 16 and 18 at Columbus School for Girls.

Barrett won the discus (90 feet, 6 inches), Collet won the high jump (4-8) and Nortz placed third in the long jump (14-7 3/4) as the Stallions scored 114 points and finished ahead of CSG (112), Watterson (105), Hartley (102) and Ready (55).

"I did not expect first in the discus and high jump," McGinnis said. "(The freshmen) performed well, but honestly, I didn't know exactly what to expect of them. They've been making strides in every meet. I'm very proud of their efforts."

Junior Erin Kuisti won the 300-meter hurdles (48 seconds), placed second in the 100 hurdles (16.1) and helped the 400 relay (50.3) and 800 relay (1:45.5) finish first. Junior Ashli Pope placed second in the 100 (12.6) and 200 (26.1) and was on both winning relays.

The boys team finished second (81) in the CCL meet behind St. Charles (175) and ahead of Ready (79), Hartley (77) and Watterson (74).

The 800 relay (1:30.8) and 1,600 relay (3:31.9) finished first and placing second were senior Breyon Bowman in the 200 (22.4), senior Tyler West in the 800 (2:00.1), the 400 relay (44.0) and the 3,200 relay (8:32.1).

This week, the boys team is competing in the Division II, district 1 meet at Westerville South and the girls team is competing in the Division I, district 2 meet at Hilliard Darby. In both meets, the field events were held May 21, the running event preliminaries were held May 22 and the running finals are Saturday, May 25.

The top four finishers in each district event advances to regional. The Division I regional meet is Wednesday, May 29, and May 31 at Pickerington North and the Division II regional meet is May 30 and June 1 at Lexington.

Tennis' DiMichaelangeloadvances to district

Junior Sonny DiMichaelangelo of the boys tennis team won his first three singles matches in a Division II sectional tournament May 16 at Columbus Academy to clinch a berth in the district tournament Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, at Academy.

DiMichaelangelo, who played first singles most of the season, earned the district berth with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Bloom-Carroll's Matt Yates in a quarterfinal match. The semifinal and final matches, which determine district seeding, were postponed from May 18 to May 20 because of rain.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district advance to the state tournament May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.

No other Stallions advanced to district. Senior Nick Hancart went 2-1 in singles, the doubles team of junior Mack Beidler and freshman Lee Schockling went 1-1, sophomore Kevin Boyer went 0-1 in singles and the doubles team of sophomore Charlie Mitchell and senior Quinn Verfurth went 0-1.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles at sectional qualified for district.

Baseball team pullsoff tourney upset

A four-run fifth inning propelled the 11th-seeded baseball team to a 7-1 win over ninth-seeded and host Sparta Highland in the second round of the Division II district tournament May 16.

DeSales improved to 13-16 and advanced to play fifth-seeded Big Walnut in a district semifinal May 20. The semifinal winner played top-seeded Granville or seventh-seeded Hamilton Township in a district final May 22.

The district champion will play Bellevue, Lexington, Lima Shawnee or Wapakoneta in a regional semifinal May 30 at Tiffin University.

Junior pitcher Bryan Stopar earned the win against Highland, allowing five hits and three walks and striking out nine. Junior outfielders Justin Thompson and Aaron Kienzle both had three hits against the Fighting Scots.

Softball team seekinganother district title

Two lopsided victories for the softball team in the first two rounds of the Division II district tournament brought the ninth-seeded Stallions halfway to their second consecutive district championship.

Freshman infielder Leah Roten's solo home run in the first inning got DeSales rolling to a 13-0, five-inning victory over 25th-seeded Mifflin in the first round May 13. Two days later, the Stallions beat 11th-seeded Independence 10-0 in six innings to improve to 12-10 and advance to a district semifinal against second-seeded Lakewood on May 20.

The semifinal winner plays third-seeded Licking Valley or 18th-seeded Buckeye Valley in a district final at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Pickerington Central. The district champion will play Dover or Wintersville Indian Creek in a regional semifinal May 30 at Central.

Girls lacrosse teamfalls to Mariemont

The girls lacrosse team's season ended with a 16-6 loss to host Cincinnati Mariemont in the second round of the Division II South/Central Region tournament May 16.

DeSales, which finished 12-5-1, got one goal apiece from junior midfielder Ali Cargin, junior attacker Liza Hornyak, senior attackers Sarah Hughes, Mallory Janszen and Paige Plesich and sophomore attacker Cayman Nebraska.

Senior goalkeeper Meredith Lloyd had 13 saves.

The Stallions defeated Cincinnati Mother of Mercy 12-4 in the first round May 13 at home.