Despite a lengthy wait to reach the podium, Centennial High School junior Danny Edgington still was "all smiles" after finishing second in diving in the Division II district meet Feb. 17 at Ohio State.

"We waited to get to the podium because they had lost our medals, so we finally got up there and we never got (the medals) on the podium," Edgington said. "I got mine (Feb. 18) when I was there to support the girls team. My coaches came to me and said, 'Here you go.' "

Edgington was hoping to reach another podium when he competed in the state meet Feb. 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

"Danny was all smiles all the way through the competition and all the way through the ceremony," coach Elise Allen said. "All that mattered was getting to state. He trains with the Wellington diver (Eric Jacques), who won, and they know the Whetstone diver (Trevor Karnehm) well, too, and he finished third. So it was their own little party."

Edgington totaled 344.1 points to finish behind Jacques (362.45) and ahead of Karnehm (327), as the top three advanced to state.

"I missed going (to state) last year by one dive basically," Edgington said. "I added some difficulty for district this year. I switched most of my one-and-a-half rotations to two rotations and it actually simplified things for me because I could enter the water with my feet rather than diving. It was a late switch, but I executed them.

"It was a blast. I train with Eric every day because we have the same coach."

Edgington was the lone Centennial athlete to qualify for state, although he did not advance in his three swimming events.

The top two finishers in each swimming event automatically qualified for state. In addition, 16 at-large berths were awarded in each swimming event based on district times statewide.

Edgington was 28th in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 24.78 seconds. He joined Shawn Jacobsen, Andrew Nahhas and Austin Hem on the 200 free relay that placed 14th (1:40.36) and joined Max Newton, Nahhas and Nathan Massey on the 200 medley relay that finished 18th (1:59.86).

The 400 free relay of Hem, Newton, Jacobsen and Justin Ly was 17th (3:52.92).

Jacobsen posted the best individual swims, as he was 19th in the 100 free (52.69) and 20th in the 50 free (23.66). Hem was 30th in the 100 free (55.9).

The boys tied Lakewood for 23rd (23 points) behind champion Columbus Academy (353) as 39 teams scored.

The girls were not among the 25 teams that scored in the Division I meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State, which Upper Arlington won with 433.5 points.

Kaylee Beyer finished 31st in diving (119.6) and the 200 free relay of Beyer, Yana Napier, Lauren Reesman and Kara DeVol finished 29th (1:55.57).

Girls basketball team
eliminated by Indians

The girls basketball team fell behind early and could not sustain a third-quarter surge as its season ended Feb. 18 with a 60-45 loss at 22nd-seeded Canal Winchester in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

Video •Centennial girls basketball player Jazilee Williams scores a basket during a 60-45 loss at Canal Winchester in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 18.

The 25th-seeded Stars trailed 28-18 at halftime and used a 10-4 spurt in the third quarter to pull within 32-28. But Centennial committed 30 turnovers in the game and Canal Winchester broke the Stars' press several times for easy layups in the final 12 minutes.

It wasn't a great day for Centennial, as its bus arrived late because of mechanical issues.

"I think it was likely a belt issue and we couldn't get above 20 or 25 mph," coach Darrin Green said. "But I thought we were energized and I don't think that affected us. We played with great effort, but the thing that kept cropping up was turnovers. It's been a problem all year long. We made bad decisions. We threw it too long, too hard and when others weren't ready for it."

Jazilee Williams and Sydney Moore both scored 12 points. Moore had 15 rebounds and Williams had 13.

"Those two gave great effort and Heaven (Walton) was all over the floor defensively," Green said. "It was all about taking care of the ball."

The Stars finished 12-10 overall, including 12-2 in the City League-North Division, where it placed second behind Northland (14-0) and ahead of Beechcroft (9-5), Mifflin (8-6), Linden-McKinley (7-7), Whetstone (4-10), International (2-12) and East (0-14).

Centennial loses six seniors in Jaleah Fair-Harris, Makenzee Green, Brooke Spann, Moore, Walton and Williams.

"We need to hit the lottery next year (to get a lot of new girls into the program)," said coach Green, who is not related to Makenzee Green. "We have a lot of freshmen we like who are good kids and are willing to listen. This summer will be very important for them and our sophomores. If they put in heavy work, they'll be all right.

"We're going to miss the know-how of our seniors on offense and defense. We're going to have to start everything all over again."

Among the expected returnees are junior Qiyje January-Stiger and sophomores Iyauna Bonner, Morgan Lawson and Shamara Summerall, who suffered a season-ending knee injury. Also back should be freshmen Jayana Harley and Naa Dromo Korley.

Wrestlers finish
ninth in City tourney

The wrestling team was shorthanded for the City tournament Feb. 18 at Linden, filling only seven weight classes.

The Stars finished ninth (53) behind Walnut Ridge (202.5), Whetstone (191), West (189), Mifflin (149), South (98.5), Marion-Franklin (98), Northland (87) and Mifflin (86) and ahead of Beechcroft (50.5), East (45), Independence (40) and Africentric (no score).

Senior Tim Leach (heavyweight) finished fourth. Seniors Darius Echols (220) and Charlie Ventura (195) and sophomore Brandon Hicks (120) all placed fifth, and sophomore Flaviano DiPaolo (126) and freshman Kyle Hicks (145) both placed sixth.

Echols lost to Whetstone's Will Gibson in a semifinal, but forfeited the next match before winning the fifth-place match by forfeit.

The Stars will compete in a Division II sectional Saturday, Feb. 25, at Licking Valley. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to district March 3 and 4 at Heath.

Bowling teams to
begin postseason

The girls bowling team will compete in the 41-team Division I sectional Friday, Feb. 24, at Sawmill Lanes, and the boys team will compete in the 45-team sectional the following day at the same site.

The top 20 teams and top 20 individuals not on a qualifying team from both sectionals advance to the district tournament March 3 at Sawmill Lanes.

During the regular season, Cindy Mullins (126.1), Jeslin Deets (123.8) and Rachel Massey (121.4) led the girls team in average.

Leading the boys were William Flaws (174.5), Logan Daniels (167.7) and Sam Ferrel (159.3).

Boys basketball team
preps for tournament

The boys basketball team finished the regular season at 5-17 overall after losing at Briggs 62-47 on Feb. 14.

The Stars are seeded 19th for the Division II district tournament and have a first-round bye. They will play a second-round game March 2 at second-seeded DeSales or at home against 23rd-seeded Lakewood.

Kylen Gilbert scored 13 points against Briggs and Javantae Tribblett added eight.

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