Among the goals for members of the Worthington Christian High School softball team this season is winning a Division IV district title, but first-year coach Stephanie Smith isn't sure it is "super feasible."

Among the goals for members of the Worthington Christian High School softball team this season is winning a Division IV district title, but first-year coach Stephanie Smith isn't sure it is "super feasible."

The fact that the Warriors will have an opportunity to prove whether that aspiration can be reached is an accomplishment on its own, as the school wasn't able to field a team last season because of low numbers and injuries.

Worthington Christian finished 8-15 in 2010, losing in the second round of the district tournament.

The Warriors, who open Monday, April 2, against visiting Cardington, have 14 players this season.

"We're hoping to win some games and play hard and not have any shutouts against us," said Smith, who was an assistant coach from 2008-10 under former coach Dave Krebs.

Junior Caylan DeLucia, who pitched some as a freshman, is back in the circle. Also expected to be in the infield are senior Caroline Simms (1B), juniors Kelsey Morgan (SS) and Kendra Poston (2B) and freshman Raechel Morrow (3B). Senior Liz Akin and freshman Jenny Rinehart will see time at catcher.

Seniors Sam Dorgan and Carey Karnemaat, junior Alyssa Belkofer, sophomore Kayla Welch and freshmen Hadley Jones, Lauren Osborn and Stefanie Seitzinger all could see time in the outfield.

Track teams each return several athletes

Because a senior trip and spring break limited their practice numbers in late March, second-year track and field coaches Nathan and Loren Hughes already have spent significant time breaking down events with the hope of warding off a slow start.

Helping the Warriors is the return of several key athletes.

Senior Allie Custer and junior Donyell Miller competed in the Division III state girls meet last season and seniors Michael Stomps and Chris Bradley were regional qualifiers for the boys team.

"We have some new faces, and I think we're pretty excited about what this year is going to bring," Loren Hughes said.

Custer and Miller teamed with 2011 graduates Mackenzie Clapper and Tobie Weston on the 400-meter relay that placed fifth (50.62 seconds) in the state meet at Ohio State. The four points the relay scored tied the Warriors with seven other teams for 42nd behind champion Steubenville Catholic Central (41) as 71 teams scored.

Other key girls should include seniors Amy Early (sprints/middle distance) and Nichole Parsell (long jump) and freshman Natalee Cole (sprints).

The girls team placed 12th (21) in the district meet at Gahanna last season behind champion Grandview (100.5) as 26 teams scored and was 28th (7) in the regional meet at Lancaster behind champion Waynesfield-Goshen (71) as 47 teams scored.

In the boys regional meet, Bradley and Stomps ran on the 400 relay that was sixth (44.94) and Stomps was ninth in the 400 (53.3).

Also looking to contribute are sophomores Luke Proxmire (high jump), Spencer Smith (high jump) and Matt Watterson (distance).

The boys team was 13th (18) at district behind champion Columbus Academy (83.5) as 21 teams scored and tied four other teams for 38th (3) at regional behind champion Academy (71) as 46 teams scored.

Baseball team looking to step up offensively

The development of its pitching staff and a strong defense weren't enough to help the baseball team overcome offensive struggles a year ago.

The Warriors have five seniors back, including their leading hitter from last year in outfielder Alec Motter, as they look to bounce back from a 10-13 season.

"I think our biggest strength will be our senior leadership," ninth-year coach Tim Kraynak said. "I think we're going to be very, very strong defensively and I'm confident we're going to hit more productively."

Worthington Christian opened March 28 with four games in three days in Myrtle Beach, S.C. It plays its first game in Ohio on April 6 at Grove City Christian.

Motter, who hit .403 last season, is one of five seniors along with Trevor England (SS) and Keaton Lovas (1B) and twins J.C. Ackerman (2B) and Zach Ackerman (3B).

Junior Frankie Myers and sophomore Alex Sanders will see time at catcher, with juniors Clayton Siders and Jordan Rugg playing in the outfield. Junior Caleb Penney (P/3B) and sophomore Casey Hamrick (utility player) also should contribute.

The Ackerman brothers, England, Penney, Myers and Rugg all are expected to pitch. Last season, J.C. Ackerman went 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 26 1/3 innings and Zack Ackerman was 2-1 with a 4.94 ERA.

The Warriors opened the Division III district tournament last year with a 7-1 win over Grandview before losing to second-seeded Fredericktown 15-2 in the second round. They will compete in Division IV during the coming postseason.

Boys tennis team hoping to build on last season

After winning three dual matches in 2010, the boys tennis team went 7-5 in duals and had a Division II district qualifier in Joel Montgomery last season.

"Every year we're getting better, and we continue to have a bigger pool of athletes come out," said fifth-year coach Alex Schmidt, whose team opens Monday, April 2, at home against Reynoldsburg. "Last year we saw our win total more than double, so we'd like to see that continue."

Montgomery is a sophomore at first singles who went 8-2 and was fourth at sectional last season. A leg injury forced him to default his first-round district match.

Senior Reid Smith is at second singles, with senior Jonathan Myer or junior Luke Howard playing third singles. Senior Alex Lombardo will team with Myer or Howard at first doubles, with juniors Ryan Billman and Jason Boucouras playing second doubles. Juniors Anthony Cardosi and Quentin Sciulli are others vying for playing time.

Also at sectional last season, Smith and the doubles team of 2011 graduates Seth Montgomery and Tanner Singleton lost second-round matches. The doubles team of Myer and 2011 graduate Conor Holland lost in a quarterfinal.