The DeSales High School softball team entered a Division II district final May 25 against Licking Valley seeking its fourth consecutive district championship and fifth in seven seasons.

The DeSales High School softball team entered a Division II district final May 25 against Licking Valley seeking its fourth consecutive district championship and fifth in seven seasons.

The ninth-seeded Stallions needed an upset to reach that point this season, and they got it when they defeated second-seeded Lakewood 10-6 in a district semifinal May 20 at Pickerington Central to improve to 13-11.

Coach Julie Barber attributed the win to an annual tradition of meticulous planning.

"This has been one of my favorite things about coaching DeSales -- every year we go into districts and we take a lot of time to watch our opponents," said Barber, who is in her eighth season coaching her alma mater. "We put together a plan and the kids buy in 100 percent. (Against Lakewood), it was about attacking the outside pitch. We knew (Lancers pitcher Dakota Wood) threw an outside screwball and a changeup. We did a very mature job of hitting."

DeSales scored four runs in the third inning and five in the fifth. Junior infielder Chloe Biskner had a two-run double in the third and, in the fifth, junior outfielder Catie Woods, senior pitcher Kate Miltko and sophomore outfielder Elisa Curl sandwiched RBI singles around a two-run double by freshman infielder Leah Roten.

The Stallions had outscored their first three district tournament opponents 33-6. They defeated 25th-seeded Mifflin 13-0 in five innings in the first round May 13 and 11th-seeded Independence 10-0 in six innings in the second round May 15.

"We're all believing in each other," said senior third baseman Anna Gentile, who had an RBI single against Lakewood.

"I honestly think with that belief, we can go a long way and make a good run for our school."

The district champion faces Dover in a regional semifinal Thursday, May 30, at Pickerington Central. The winner will play Circleville, Duncan Falls Philo, Jackson or Vincent Warren in a regional final Saturday, June 1, at Central. The regional champion advances to a state semifinal June 7 at Firestone Stadium in Akron.

DeSales did not play any of its potential regional opponents during the regular season.

Boys 3,200 relayadvances to regional

The boys track and field team competed in the Division II, district 1 meet May 21, 22 and 25 at Westerville South.

The top four finishers in each event advanced to the regional meet Thursday, May 30, and Saturday, June 1, at Lexington. The top four finishers in each regional event qualify for the state meet June 7 and 8 at Ohio State.

The only regional qualifier during the first two days of the district meet was the 3,200-meter relay, which placed third in 8 minutes, 32.07 seconds. The relay was comprised of senior Tyler West, sophomore Adam Acquista and juniors Kyle Bennett and Ian Lawson.

The girls team competed in the Division I, district 2 meet May 21, 22 and 25 at Hilliard Darby but had no regional qualifiers during the first two days.

The top four finishers in each district event advanced to the regional meet that began May 29 and concludes Friday, May 31, at Pickerington North. The top four finishers in each regional event advance to state.

Volleyball team makesfirst state appearance

In its first state appearance, the boys volleyball team played top-ranked Middletown Fenwick in a Division II state semifinal May 24 at Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit, with the winner playing Cincinnati McNicholas or Walsh Jesuit in the state final May 25.

DeSales, which was 21-3 entering the state tournament, was ranked second behind Fenwick in the final state poll.

Boys lacrosse teambegins title defense

The boys lacrosse team began the postseason needing five wins to repeat as Division II state champion.

The Stallions earned the top seed in the Central Region tournament and faced ninth-seeded Akron Hoban or 10th-seeded Richfield Revere in the first round May 24, with the winner playing fourth-seeded Granville or seventh-seeded Bexley in a regional semifinal May 29.

The semifinal winner plays host to second-seeded Watterson, third-seeded New Albany, fifth-seeded Wooster or eighth-seeded Kent Roosevelt in a regional final Saturday, June 1.

The regional champion advances to a state semifinal Wednesday, June 5.

Tennis team hadone district qualifier

Sonny DiMichaelangelo of the boys tennis team competed in singles in the Division II district tournament May 24 and 25 at Columbus Academy.

The junior advanced to district by securing the fourth and final qualifying spot in a sectional tournament May 16 and 18 at Columbus School for Girls.

He opened district against Watterson's Ryan Bibo, to whom he lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on April 23.

The top two finishers at district advance to the state tournament Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, at Ohio State.

Baseball team fallsin district final

The baseball team's quest for a third consecutive Division II state championship came to an end May 22 with a 6-5 loss to top-seeded Granville at Beavers Field in Lancaster.

Seeded 11th, DeSales finished 14-17 overall.

"(Granville) swung the bats well and did a nice job offensively," coach Tom Neubert said. "Unfortunately, it took us awhile to get our bats going. We had a lot of opportunities early on and we missed them."

DeSales advanced to a district final by defeating 19th-seeded Brookhaven 10-0 in the first round May 14 and pulling two upsets, beating ninth-seeded Sparta Highland 7-1 in the second round May 16 and fifth-seeded Big Walnut 3-2 in a district semifinal May 20.

The Stallions went 4-4 in the CCL to tie Watterson for second behind St. Charles (7-1) and ahead of Ready (3-5) and Hartley (2-6).

DeSales loses five seniors, including Alex Perrine (P/INF), who was named first-team all-district.

Among those expected to return are juniors Nic Danner (1B), Connor Golden (1B/P), Sean Hoban (SS/P), Aaron Kienzle (OF/P), Keagan Lipak (C/INF), Bryan Stopar (P/INF) and Justin Thompson (OF) and sophomore Justin Borghese (P/INF).

Stopar was named first-team all-district. Kienzle was second-team all-district and Danner and Golden were honorable mention all-district. Thompson and Borghese were first- and second-team all-league, respectively.

"Everyone knows we have a quality product we put on the field, and this year it took us a lot more games to get it going," Neubert said. "Going into the tournament, I guess maybe people were shocked at what we did, but anybody who knows Central District baseball knows that makes sense."

Season ends forgirls lacrosse team

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

DeSales finished 12-5-1 overall and went 4-2-1 in the Central Independent League to place third, behind Academy (7-0) and Bexley (5-2) and ahead of CSG (4-3), Hartley (3-4), Watterson (2-4-1), Granville (2-5) and Wellington (0-7).

The Stallions beat Cincinnati Mother of Mercy 12-4 in the first round of the regional tournament May 13 before losing to Mariemont.

"(The girls) worked their butts off in the preseason," coach Joe Finotti said. "It was just glimpses (of how much better they could be). They just started to believe."

The Stallions won only five games in 2011 and eight last year.

Senior attacker Paige Plesich, who was a four-year letterwinner and has committed to Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, led the team with 40 goals and 29 assists and was named first-team all-league and second-team all-region.

Junior midfielder Ali Cargin had 34 goals and was first-team all-league and second-team all-region and senior attacker Mallory Janszen had 30 goals and 11 assists and was second-team all-league. Junior attacker Toni Halter was honorable mention all-league and senior goalkeeper Meredith Lloyd saved 179 of 326 shots (54.9 percent) and made second-team all-league and honorable mention all-region.