The Pickerington High School Central girls lacrosse team kept things in perspective the last few weeks.

The Pickerington High School Central girls lacrosse team kept things in perspective the last few weeks.

After opening with a 19-2 loss to New Albany on March 24 and tying Bexley at 16 on March 26, the Tigers lost just one other regular-season game.

They kept their focus on winning a second consecutive OCC-Ohio Division championship and completed that goal when they beat Westerville South 16-5 on May 6.

Central went 5-0 in league play and was 12-2-1 overall before opening the Division I South/Central Region tournament May 12 at home against Milford.

Against South, senior Nessa Petropavlovskiy and junior Aubrey Cernus each scored four goals and sophomore Lauren Morris and junior Kat Walton both scored three.

"We're beyond pumped," Walton said. "Getting this was a big thing for us. Our first game of the season we got killed and every single person has stepped up since then."

Central had won 10 in a row before playing Milford, including edging Pickerington North 14-13 on April 24. Petropavlovskiy scored six goals against the Panthers, whom the Tigers also beat 15-12 a year ago.

"The girls are just excited and excited to show what they're made of in the tournament," coach Maggie Bornhorst said. "They work so hard in practice and play how they practice."

The Tigers were seeded eighth for the regional tournament. If they beat Milford, they play host to Mason on Friday, May 15, in the second round.

The winner plays New Albany, Hilliard Bradley or Gahanna in a regional semifinal Monday, May 18. The regional final is May 21.

The Tigers lost to Upper Arlington 22-10 in a regional semifinal last season.

"Our first game (against New Albany) we went in not feeling confident with our skills and it was probably one of the worst games we've played this season," Walton said. "If we play them again it would be a different game and could be a good game."

Panthers boys settle for second in league

A rough second half May 6 at Delaware ended the North boys team's hopes of winning the OCC-Central championship.

The Panthers trailed 9-6 early in the third quarter but were outscored 8-4 after that and lost 17-10 as the Pacers finished 6-0 in the league to defend their title.

North finished second at 5-1 and was 9-7 overall before playing St. Charles on May 11.

"We beat ourselves," coach Danny Gibson said. "We had 15 unforced turnovers. That's what it comes down to at the end of the day. No team should score 10 goals and not be able to (stay in the game)."

The Panthers, who lost to Hilliard Darby 16-6 in the first round of the Division I Central Region tournament a year ago, will find out who they play in this year's postseason at the drawing Sunday, May 17.

The first round of the tournament is May 21.

Against Delaware, senior Jake Grundey had five goals and sophomore Landon Trout scored four.

"We just have to be consistent," Gibson said. "We executed offensively against a great defense."

Tigers boys taking strides

After a rough start to the season, things have been coming together for the Central boys team with the postseason approaching.

The Tigers lost five of their first seven but had won four of six before playing Olentangy Liberty on May 11. Central was 6-7 overall before May 11 and also plays Thursday, May 15, at Olentangy.

The Tigers were leading Westerville Central 5-2 in the second quarter April 8 when that game was postponed because of bad weather. The Tigers are 3-2 in the OCC-Central and will complete the game against the Warhawks on Monday, May 18.

"We have the fifth-hardest schedule in the state," coach Dave Slovina said. "I'm getting healthier. We've been banged up this season, but we've gotten much better the last couple weeks. From an offensive perspective, we're moving the ball much quicker and we're looking to pass it more. We're also taking better shots."

Central had a three-game winning streak snapped with an 8-7 loss to St. Charles on May 7.

Junior Zack Slovina scored two goals against the Cardinals and has been a key distributor for an offense that also features senior Logan Smith, junior Jake Pineda and sophomore Austin Brewster.

Smith was leading the Tigers with 24 goals through 13 games.

"Zack Slovina feeds the ball to Pineda who feeds it to Logan Smith or Austin Brewster," coach Slovina said. "(Zach Slovina has) got stats that can't be measured."

Panthers girls open postseason

The North girls team did its best throughout the regular season to not let injury issues get it down.

Senior midfielder Sarah Dankowski got hurt in the loss to Central and hasn't returned.

Junior midfielder Julia Robson was out at the beginning of the season and suffered a concussion during a 13-6 loss to Bradley on May 5.

Junior defender Katelyn Kropf, who is in her first season in the program, and sophomore midfielder Kelleigh Huey have been among those who have stepped up, according to coach Emily Reincheld.

"It's been kind of rough," Reincheld said. "As the season goes on you get injuries, and young girls have had to step up. They've done that more than I could have hoped for. I can't be mad at the effort."

North had won six of eight before losing its last two of the regular season. The Panthers finished 4-1 in the OCC-Ohio and were 8-6 overall before playing host to Darby on May 12 in a first-round Division I South/Central Region game.

The winner plays Friday, May 15, at Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame or Lebanon in a second-round game, with the winner to play Monday, May 18, at Cincinnati Sycamore, Cincinnati Walnut Hills or Cincinnati Anderson. The regional final is May 21.

In a 15-10 loss to Granville on May 7 to close the regular season, senior Madison Epperly scored six goals.

Senior Bre Donnelly also has been a key player on offense, according to Reincheld.