With a renewed commitment from the players, the Westerville Central High School boys lacrosse team has started to turn around its season.
Another factor, according to coach Stefan Schroder, has been the play of junior Mikey Doud, who has taken over the crucial role of faceoff specialist. He now focuses solely on that role after beginning the season as an attacker.More slideshows •View photos from the Central-South softball game April 20. •View photos from the Central-South baseball game April 21.
"We've been preaching to the kids to bring energy to the game and not be expecting the game to give you energy and good things are going to happen, and (Doud is) one of those kids," Schroder said. "He's going 100 percent and pushing himself as hard as he can, so it's good to see."
Doud also plays indoor for Resolute Lacrosse, and Schroder credits that experience for Doud's improvement the last two seasons.
"He's had a lot of success indoor in box lacrosse facing off and that's where I knew he had some potential to have some success," Schroder said. "He's worked out great. He's really excelled at that position so far after we made that switch."
Doud took over the duties during a 15-4 loss to Olentangy on April 11, and Schroder expects him to remain in the position for the remainder of the season.
The Warhawks started 0-8, but had won three consecutive games before playing New Albany on April 25. Doud served as the faceoff specialist in those victories.
Central was 2-2 in the OCC-Buckeye Division before playing the Eagles.
"We have several kids like that who are willing to do whatever it takes to help the team and be successful, and that's been part of how we've been able to turn things around the last couple of games and try to get this momentum going," Schroder said.
Through 11 games, Doud had five goals and five assists and a .711 win percentage on faceoffs.
"I love it because I'm able to help the team in whichever way we need," Doud said. "I have no problem with it because I'll do whatever helps the team or makes us better."
The Warhawks earned a 13-8 victory at Westerville North on April 18, rallying from a 4-1 deficit.
Wilson Misiuk had five goals and three assists, Dawson Kindall scored three goals, Logan Clapham had two goals and two assists and Charlie McDaniels added a goal and three assists. Goalkeeper Nick DeRose had 15 saves.
"That was a huge win for us," Schroder said. "Obviously, (the Warriors are) having a great season and they have a very strong team. When we're clicking on all cylinders and the offense and defense are doing their jobs, the sky is the limit."
North is 9-4 overall and 2-2 in the OCC-Buckeye.
The Warhawks will look for a season sweep of their Westerville rivals when they visit South on Saturday, April 29. South is 1-11 overall and 0-5 in the OCC-Buckeye.
"Our main focus to start was definitely to beat North and South ... but after that the only thing that really matters to us is the postseason," Doud said.
Central also defeated Big Walnut 14-4 on April 13 and Thomas Worthington 10-8 on April 20.
"We just figured these last 10 games are winnable games and we're going to go out there and start fresh, and it started with Big Walnut and then we continued it with North and through Thomas Worthington," Doud said. "It was hard at the beginning of the season, but we kept going and everything started to click in place and we started feeling good and loose, and that's when we started winning."
Baseball team enjoys
The baseball team entered its game against North on April 26 having won six of its last seven games, including wins against South 5-4 on April 21 and 8-0 on April 24.
The Warhawks were 10-10 overall and 5-5 in the OCC-Buckeye.
"The guys are confident, we're playing really well and it's a good time to get hot," coach Jeff Keifer said.
Central scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally past the Wildcats in the first meeting.
The Warhawks defeated Olentangy Liberty 3-1 on April 17 and 11-1 in six innings April 19.
"It was an awesome week," Keifer said. "We were (5-1) on the week, which is awesome. It's been a weird year where we started out losing some games, but the kids were playing well. We're playing tight, close games. We're not on the winning end in some of them, but we're playing really good teams and we're right there."
Through 19 games, Tate Skipton was hitting .356, followed by Daniel Cellars (.353), Jalen Arms (.339) and Evan Ingram (.339).
Girls track team
shares meet title
The girls track and field team tied Orange for first place (60 points) in the eight-team Freedom Relays on April 21, outdistancing host and third-place Liberty (51).
Savannah Hall, Princella Ackon, Mabinty Kebe and Chloe Ey won the sprint medley relay (1 minute, 53.31 seconds), Emma Dyer, Kayla Jones, Sydney Kapral and McKenna Fry won the distance medley relay (12:28.54) and Abigail Steele won the shot put (35 feet, 1 inch).
"I thought we had a good meet," coach Ryan Borland said. "Olentangy Orange is very good, so to compete like we did with them is very encouraging. Our field events were very strong, which was very nice."
The boys team finished third (63) of eight teams behind champion Orange (101). Luke Finnegan, Ashton Gilkey, Bryson Gilmore and Monny Ratliff won the 400 relay (43.48) and 800 relay (1:31.6).
"The boys had a good night," coach Jason Loughman said.
"Our sprint relay teams won and our distance relays had a good night and held their own. Overall, it was a good, solid team performance."