The Whetstone High School girls track and field team held off Beechcroft in a battle for second place in the City League meet.
The Braves scored 85 points in the meet held May 7 and 9 to finish behind Northland (101) and ahead of Beechcroft (81), Centennial (68.5), Eastmoor Academy (45), host Africentric (43), Walnut Ridge (36), Briggs (28), South (25), Mifflin (20), Independence (11), Linden-McKinley (5) and Marion-Franklin (3.5).
"I would've bet you that the chances of finishing that high in our league meet this year were nil," coach Chris Lisi said. "But (boys coach Joe Monda) looked at all the numbers and projections and said it could be done, but we would have to maximize our points and perform at our best across the board. We did that. There was no way with our depth that we could have finished first, but we're extremely thrilled to take second place."
Whetstone solidified its runner-up finish by winning the final event, as Sofia McLemore, Mira Dush, Jamie Bossenbroek and Mariyanna Lacy finished the 1,600-meter relay in 4 minutes, 14.78 seconds to edge Centennial (4:14.82). Beechcroft was third (4:35.21). The Braves and Beechcroft both had 75 points entering the event.
Bossenbroek won Whetstone's two individual City titles, finishing first in the 100 hurdles (15.51) and 300 hurdles (46.73). Lacy was second in the 800 (2:32.34) and ran leadoff ahead of Julian Calderone, Adrien Delapp and Dush in the second-place 3,200 relay (10:39.1).
Also placing second were Jamiya Harris in the discus (87 feet, 6 inches) and Delapp in the 3,200 (13:38.52).
The 400 relay of Sabrina Vedovato, Bossenbroek, Julia Carney and McLemore placed fourth (52.71). Finishing fifth were McLemore in the 100 (13.05) and Kelsey Henderson in the 3,200 (14:22.82), while Calderone was sixth in the 800 (2:42.02) and Carney placed sixth in the long jump (14-9 1/2).
"Kelsey had never run the 3,200 before and she and Adrien got us 12 points, which is seven points above their projected finishes," Lisi said. "We moved Julian Calderone into the (3,200 relay) in the last week and a half and she's putting the pieces together. She dropped six seconds off her split and Mira dropped eight seconds off her time. That's an example of the way the girls came together and maximized their efforts."
Ibrahim Sesay and Emil Adams led the boys team, which finished fifth (53) in the City meet behind Eastmoor (160), Northland (118), Walnut Ridge (65) and Mifflin (55) and ahead of Centennial (41), East (38), Africentric (36), Marion-Franklin (25), Linden (12), Briggs (5), Beechcroft (4), South (2), Independence (1) and West (1).
Sesay finished third in the long jump (20-10 3/4), Adams was third in the 1,600 (4:54.69) and both were on the third-place 1,600 relay (3:28.61) along with Francisco Soto and Dillon Brack. Adams also joined Brack, Soto and Sam Khoury on the third-place 3,200 relay (8:26.6), while Khoury was third in the 3,200 (10:32.82).
Placing fourth were Thaine Nederveld in the 3,200 (11:10.31) and Matthew Conroy in the 1,600 (4:56.19). Soto was fifth in the 800 (2:06.68), and finishing sixth were Brack in the 400 (51.56), Hassan Sesay in the high jump (5-8) and the 800 relay of Rashaun Broomfield, Dylan Peaks, Torriano Bradley and Hassan Sesay (1:35.55).
"We had a ton of (personal records) and season bests," Monda said. "Brack had a PR by three seconds in the 400 prelims, the (400 and 800 relays) made the finals, which was good, and Ibrahim had a season-best in the long jump in just two jumps because we need him in relays and he's been nursing a strained muscle. I thought Adams, Conroy and Nederveld did great for being freshmen and they'll give us a good building block for the future."
The boys and girls teams are competing in the Division I, district 3 meet this week at Hilliard Darby.
The field events were May 16, while the running preliminaries are Thursday, May 17, and the running finals are Saturday, May 19.
The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional meet Wednesday, May 23, and May 25 at Pickerington North.
Baseball team set to face Briggs
The baseball team is set to play host to Briggs in the City championship game Thursday, May 17.
The contest represents a rematch of last year's final, which the Braves won 2-0 for their sixth consecutive City title.
Whetstone won the City League-North Division with an 11-1 record and entered the week 16-10 overall.
The Braves lost to 30th-seeded Dublin Scioto 5-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 7 before losing to DeSales 7-4 on May 8 and falling to Hilliard Bradley 10-0 on May 10 in regular-season games.
Whetstone, which was seeded 29th in the district tournament, allowed two runs in the first inning against Scioto and three in the second. The Braves were outhit only 8-7, but made seven errors and all of Scioto's runs were unearned.
Starting pitcher Jeffrey Golding was 2-for-2 at the plate, Dalton Daugherty was 2-for-3 and Alex Timmons doubled. Golding allowed four hits in 1 2/3 innings and reliever Jacob Price allowed four hits and no runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Through 26 games, Daugherty was batting .467 with 24 RBI and 34 runs scored. Other offensive leaders included Ben Paugh (.391, 20 RBI), Price (.382, 28 RBI, 27 runs, 2 home runs), Evan Cossin (.390), Jacob Hochstetler (.347, 29 RBI), Cameron Bragg (.333, 20 RBI, 29 runs) and Davis Kleen (.310, 25 runs).
On the mound, Timmons was 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA in 21 2/3 innings and Price was 3-1 with a 1.24 ERA in 28 1/3 innings. Kleen was 2-3 with a 2.62 ERA in 24 innings and Golding was 2-3 with a 2.33 ERA in 24 innings.
Softball team has sights on City title
The softball team expected to play Centennial in a City-North playoff game May 16 to determine which team would advance to the City championship game, which will be held Monday, May 21, at the home of the City-North representative.
Eastmoor will represent the City-South in the championship game.
Whetstone finished 13-1 in the City-North and Centennial was 12-1 in the league before playing East in a makeup game May 14.
The Braves were 13-8 overall after losing 11-1 at 24th-seeded Pickerington North in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 7. Whetstone, which was seeded 29th, trailed 5-1 in the fifth inning before the Panthers scored six times to invoke the mercy rule.
Season ends for boys tennis team
No members of the boys tennis team advanced from a Division I sectional May 10 and 12 at Upper Arlington.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles qualified for district Thursday, May 17, at Bradley and Saturday, May 19, at UA.
Senior Jared Brown and sophomore Louis Schirmer reached a district-qualifying match in doubles before losing to third-seeded Deep Gupta and Aaron Zeller of Thomas Worthington 6-0, 6-0. Brown and Schirmer defeated Central Crossing's Tyler Moore and Peter Semchishin 7-5, 7-6 (6-4) in the first round and Chillicothe's Charles Mimmon and Marcus Hatfield 6-1, 6-0 in the second.
Sophomore Colin Harmon-Ulmer had Whetstone's only other win at sectional, beating Hamilton Township's Elijah Taylor 7-5, 6-2 in a first-round singles match before losing to Scioto's Joe Hill 6-3, 6-2 in the second.
Also in singles, senior Kal Buterbaugh lost 6-0, 6-0 to second-seeded Elliot Jones of UA and sophomore Kaleb White fell to UA's Nick Gruss 6-0, 6-1, while seniors Armando Prince and Atticus Bulgrin had a first-round bye in doubles and lost to Thomas' JunSung Park and Ryley Briones 6-1, 6-0 in the second.
Whetstone finished 9-4 overall and went 4-0 to win the City-North title. The Braves also won their third City championship in five years by defeating West 4-1 on April 30.
"We lost a couple close matches I thought we could have pulled out," said coach Bucky Walters, whose team also won City championships in 2014 and 2016. "The weather made for an inconsistent schedule and we lost several matches due to the weather that I would have liked to have played.
"We lose two-time City doubles champions Atticus and Armando to graduation, Kal at third singles and first-year senior Jared Brown at second doubles. We also lose (senior) James Bollas, our first substitute to complete the lineup. But we should return a good nucleus to build around with Kaleb, Colin and Louis."
Boys volleyball team preps for postseason
The boys volleyball team is preparing for the Division II East Region tournament, which starts Saturday, May 19.
The tournament draw was May 14.
The Braves were 3-14 overall before closing the regular-season May 15 at DeSales and finished 2-5 against City opponents. They defeated Beechcroft 22-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-15, 15-9 on April 26 and Eastmoor 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 25-19 on May 1. Their other win came against New Albany, 25-22, 16-25, 25-22, 12-25, 16-14 on April 17.
Girls lacrosse team finishes first season
The girls lacrosse team finished its inaugural season 0-9 after losing to Hilliard Davidson 16-2 on May 10.
The Braves scored 17 goals on the season, with a 19-4 loss to Darby in the season opener March 29 being the high-water mark offensively.
Whetstone allowed 147 goals on the season, with the most coming in a 21-2 loss to Columbus School for Girls on April 12 and the fewest coming in a 12-1 loss to Centennial on May 2. The Braves also lost to Centennial 15-0 on April 23, which marked the only contest in which Whetstone failed to score.
The Braves are not competing in the postseason, which started this week.