Independence High School boys track and field coach Maurice Douglas was expecting his sprint corps led by seniors Vincent Rambo and Dominic Ward to get most of the attention throughout the Division II postseason.

Independence High School boys track and field coach Maurice Douglas was expecting his sprint corps led by seniors Vincent Rambo and Dominic Ward to get most of the attention throughout the Division II postseason.

The City League meet held May 13 and 15 at Whetstone and the first two days of the district 1 meet, May 21 and 22 at Westerville South, are proof Douglas has more to work with than just sprinters.

Including contributions from senior Christian Walker and junior Jemiah McNeal, the 76ers believe they might have as much depth as any Division II program in central Ohio.

"We got big performances from a lot of guys (in the league meet)," Douglas said. "That was one of our weaknesses a year ago. But we've had guys who can score in events like the shot put and discus. We feel like if we can execute well we have a lot of guys (who can contribute)."

Walker won the discus (129 feet, 2 inches) and was runner-up in the shot put (47-11) in the league meet.

Then in the district 1 meet that concluded May 25, he captured the shot put title (47-5) and was third in the discus (133-0).

Also advancing to the regional Thursday, May 30, and Saturday, June 1, at Lexington was McNeal in the high jump (fourth, 5-10).

The top four finishers in each event at regional advance to the state meet June 7 and 8 at Ohio State.

In the league meet, McNeal was fourth in the long jump (20-1/2) and sixth in the high jump (5-6) as the 76ers scored 130.5 points to finish second behind Eastmoor Academy (132).

Also moving on from the district 1 meet were Centennial's Chisom Ifedi in the high jump (first, 6-4) and Devante Brown in the long jump (fourth, 18-8 3/4) and Linden-McKinley's Montel Davis in the shot put (third, 45-7).

In the Division II, district 2 meet, Eastmoor's Donzel Watkins was fourth in the shot put (43-11 3/4) and the Warriors' 3,200 relay of Maliik Briggs, Jalon Lewis, Emmanuel Coble and William Anderson was fourth (8:23.37) to advance to the regional Thursday, May 30, and Saturday, June 1, at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

In the Division I, district 2 meet at Hilliard Darby, Columbus East sophomore Isaiah Carter won the long jump (21-1 1/2) and Walnut Ridge's Terry Cole won the shot put (54-2 1/2).

In Division I, district 3, Whetstone's Davis Simmons was second in the long jump (21-3 1/4).

The Division I regional is May 29 and Friday, May 31, at Pickerington North.

International's Easleyshining in long jump

Columbus International's Timia Easley believes she can go farther in the long jump than her 19-4 effort April 23 at Columbus South during a regular-season meet that didn't have a wind barometer.

For now, she'll settle for winning her first City championship when she went 16-6 on May 13 and capturing a Division III district title after going 16-11 on May 21 at Hamilton Township.

The regional began May 29 and concludes Friday, May 31, at Fairfield Union.

Last season, Easley won the state title by going 18-1/4. She didn't compete in the league meet last year because of a quad injury.

"I set a new (personal best) earlier this year when I went 19-4, so it was nice to finally break 18," Easley said. "It wasn't official because they didn't have a wind barometer so that kind of sucked, but I can always do it again."

Also winning a Division III girls district title was Africentric's Ayrielle Stith in the discus (120-9). Stith added a third-place finish in the shot put (33-9 3/4).

In the Division II, district 2 meet, Eastmoor advanced to regional in several events entering the running finals May 25.

The 3,200 relay of Risa Watkins, Deidre Draughon-Keels, Deja Hale and Nautica Smith was third (10:52.17). Anee Braswell won the discus (113-5) and was second in the shot put (34-0), Ayanna Marlowe was fourth in the discus (91-9) and first in the shot put (34-1/4), Smith placed third in the high jump (4-10) and Cheyanne Carter took second in the long jump (16-7).

Moving on to the Division I regional from the district 2 meet was Brookhaven's Myeisha Arnold, who won the shot put (35-8 1/4).

In Division I, district 3, Whetstone's Arionna Darling was second in the shot put (40-4 1/4) and third in the discus (112-1) and teammate Bianca McLemore took second in the long jump (16-4 1/2). Centennial's Aubri Caslin placed fourth in the shot put (34-11 1/2) and Northland's Jasmine Weatherspoon took third in the high jump (5-0).

Weatherspoon has been inching toward picking a college to play basketball. Two days after winning the City title May 15 in the high jump (5-0), she visited Ohio University. She also has been considering Hampton and Cleveland State.

"(Track season has) been really fun, especially with it being my senior year," said Weatherspoon, a state qualifier in the high jump a year ago.

West capturesCity tennis title

The Columbus West boys tennis team beat Whetstone 3-2 on May 20 to capture its second consecutive City title.

Winning courts for the Cowboys were senior Marcos Gasca at first singles, senior Lennon May at second singles and the second doubles team of senior Randy Pheng and sophomore Brian Martinez.

Sophomore Marcell West played third singles and senior Trey Kendall and sophomore Juan Vera played first doubles.

On May 8, Whetstone beat West 4-1 as all five courts went three sets.

"We knew it could go either way," West coach Bruce Duffner said. "We've won three (league titles) in four years, which is not too bad."

During the regular season, Whetstone went 12-0, West was 11-1 and Centennial placed third (9-2) in the league.

Beechcroft, which had no seniors, went 8-5 overall and 8-4 in the league. Junior Jason Rojas and sophomores Daniel Bishoff and Mario Lopez-Gomez played singles most of the season, with junior John Stone, sophomores Victor Guerrero and Ibrahim Sesay and freshman Branden Matney among the doubles players.

"Overall (we) had a wonderful season," coach Daphne Hess said. "For a rebuilding year, after losing five of our seven varsity players from last year, the Cougars stepped up their games."

Northland went 4-6 overall and in the league and Brook-haven was 2-4 overall and in the league.

The Vikings lose 10 seniors, including singles players Mike Allen, Martine Montero and Viet Nguyen.

Vikings baseballteam third in league

The Northland baseball team placed third (10-4) in the City-North behind Whetstone (14-0) and Centennial (12-2).

The Vikings, who went 17-5 overall, lose a senior class that included Anthony Alexander (OF), Wade Beightler (P), Thomas Brown (P), Xavier Conner (P), Abdul Conteh (OF) and Clayton Pea (OF).

Sophomore A.J. Seum was the No. 1 starting pitcher and sophomore Gary Miller (INF/P) was the top hitter.

Others eligible to return are juniors Dante Smith (OF) and Clay Siens (OF) and freshmen Calvin Herpolsheimer (P/C/INF), Mershawn Smith (INF/OF) and Jeff Marple (P/INF).

"With my retirement (from teaching), I hope to still be the coach next year," said Dean Washington, who completed his 27th season. "I'm hoping to be at Northland, but I really think I'll be some place coaching."

Brookhaven went 9-17 overall and 6-7 in the City-North. The Bearcats lose three seniors in Jalen Bonner, Derion Ross and Malik Bush.

Sophomore Steven Pelletier (1B/3B) led the Bearcats in every offensive category except stolen bases, according to coach Joe Krabill. Sophomores Brian Brockman (C/P) and Charles Peppers (P/INF) should be other key returnees.

"We should have nine seniors next year," said Krabill, who finished his fourth season.

Beechcroft went 5-17 overall and 3-11 in the league. Seniors were Dalaun Young (OF), Ramone Lane (INF), Davarius Galloway (OF) and Mahad Ahmed (OF).

Sophomores Scott Scase (P), Bryan Oxendine (P) and Jordan Nalls (C) should be among the top returnees.

"Our pitching and catching situation is solid for next year," said coach Matt Bell, who finished his 14th season.

Cougars take thirdin City-North softball

The Beechcroft softball team went 11-5 overall and finished 10-4 in the City-North behind Whetstone (14-0) and Centennial (12-2).

The Cougars had no seniors and are expected to return junior catcher Starlah Germany and junior pitcher Mary Stewart, who had 118 strikeouts and batted better than .400.

"We got run-ruled both times we played Whetstone and Centennial this year, but I told the girls that (the league title is) more reachable than it ever has been," coach Mandy Cox said. "I think the fact that we're a young team, and I was really worried about that, it was a nice, cohesive team."

Northland went 7-14 overall and 6-7 in the City-North. The Vikings lose two seniors in Jennifer Brown, who was a starting outfielder, and backup Lanisha Johnson (OF/INF).

Among the top eligible returnees are juniors Madelyn Smith (C) and Janelle Raglin (2B) and sophomores Johely Martin (3B/C) and Joelle Freeman (1B).

"We had a lot of injuries this year, but (it was) a great year," coach Dan Zedeker said. "We're not going to look at wins and losses. They're buying into what we're trying to teach them."

Brookhaven went 8-6 in the City-North. The Bearcats lose seniors Kylie Matthews (1B/P), Kristina Tweedy (SS), Sidney Brice (OF), Senetria Cain (P), Kaitlyn Crawford and Latasha Parks.