The Delaware Hayes High School boys tennis team was represented in the Division I district tournament by sophomore Kyle Klumpp.
The tournament was held May 17 at Hilliard Bradley and May 19 at Upper Arlington, where the top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to the state tournament Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Klumpp placed second in singles in a sectional May 10 and 12 at Pickerington Central, from where the top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced.
"Kyle had a great first day at sectional," coach Richard Hunt said. "He knew he had to play well and he did. His focus was on qualifying to district and he did that on the first day. On the second day, he wasn't as sharp or clean, but I think maybe he had some time to think about what he achieved and just couldn't focus as well, although he did rally after a slow start in his semifinal."
Klumpp was seeded second at sectional and beat Marietta's Jacob Freeland 6-2, 6-3, Pickerington North's Sam Morrison 6-1, 6-0 and Marysville's Haden Fluharty 6-2, 6-3 on May 10 to secure a district berth. He won the last five games in the first set of a 6-4, 6-3 win over North's Grant Schroeder in a semifinal before falling 6-4, 6-3 to top-seeded Guillermo Del Rio Gonzalez of Marietta in the final.
Also in singles at sectional, Jack Marks lost 6-0, 6-0 to Del Rio Gonzalez in the first round after beating Logan's Riley Primmer 6-3, 6-4 in a play-in match and Justin Sanclemente lost to Grove City's Camden Hix 6-3, 7-5 in a play-in match.
In doubles, Danny Brennan and Will Fogle defeated Hilliard Darby's Noah Adams and Srikrishna Kondaveeti 6-3, 6-3 in the first round before losing 6-2, 6-0 to second-seeded Leyton Mathias and Jeremy O'Coner of Pickerington Central in the second round, and Sam Bono-figlio and Eric Puthoff lost to North's Vamsi Vanguri and Balakrishna Brahmandam 6-2, 6-3 in the second round after a first-round bye.
Boys lacrosse team wins tourney opener
The sixth-seeded boys lacrosse team was 12-6 before playing at fourth-seeded Dublin Jerome in a Division I, Region 1 quarterfinal May 18.
The winner advanced to play at top-seeded Dublin Coffman or 11th-seeded Olmsted Falls in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 22. That winner faces second-seeded Olentangy Liberty, third-seeded Olentangy, fifth-seeded Whitehouse Anthony Wayne or eighth-seeded Olentangy Orange in a regional final Friday, May 25, at a neutral site.
The regional champion advances to a state semifinal May 30.
The Pacers opened the tournament with a 15-2 win over 14th-seeded Brunswick on May 15 at home. It was their eighth consecutive victory and ninth in 10 games.
"We're playing really well now and we're hoping to extend the season," said senior Alex Schumacher, who had three goals and two assists against Brunswick. "We're doing a good job in every part of the field and that's what it takes. We've really been focused and are on a roll since losing to (Worthington) Kilbourne (13-1 on April 17)."
John Lyon scored five goals in the first half against Brunswick, as the Pacers led 8-0 at halftime.
"We share the ball well and we moved the ball well tonight," Lyon said. "We're pretty confident right now and we're not in awe of anybody we could play. We just want to go out and play Delaware lacrosse and see what happens."
Casey Eiland added three goals and two assists and Blake Eiland had a goal and two assists against Brunswick.
Postseason underway for track teams
The boys track and field team will have at least two representatives in the Division I regional meet Wednesday, May 23, and Friday, May 25, at Pickerington North.
Competing in the district 2 meet May 15 at Darby, Todd Toney placed second in the discus (157 feet, 11 inches) and Orion Ward was fourth in the long jump (20-11) as the top four finishers in each event qualified for regional.
At regional, top four finishers in each event advance to the state meet June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.
Also scoring in a field event at district was Jackson Patton, who cleared 12-0 in the pole vault to finish fifth, losing a tiebreaker for the final regional-qualifying berth.
For the girls team, Anna Wells placed seventh in the shot put (32-4 1/2) in the district 2 meet, which concluded May 19.
In the OCC-Cardinal Division meet May 10 and 12 at Coffman, the girls team finished fourth (93 points) behind Darby (146.5), Thomas Worthington (141) and Dublin Scioto (116) and ahead of Jerome (63.5), Kilbourne (39.5) and Bradley (31.5).
Ari Avant won the 300-meter hurdles (46.64 seconds) and was second in the 100 hurdles (15.15), and Madeline Hayes (11-3) and Chase Patton (10-6) finished first and second, respectively, in the pole vault.
Torie Young placed second in both the 100 (12.79) and 400 (57.64) and third in the 200 (26.18), and the 1,600 relay of Mary Beth Zimmerman, Emily Gray, Sydney McMillin and Young was runner-up (4:14.57).
The boys team finished seventh (35) in the league meet, behind Bradley (143.5), Darby (128.5), Thomas (104.5), Jerome (98), Scioto (77.5) and Kilbourne (42).
Placing third were the 400 relay of Ward, Tracey Sumner, Blain McCormick and Toney (44.35) and the 800 relay of Aaron Koehler, Ward, McCormick and Sumner (1:32.31).
Boys volleyball team opens postseason
The boys volleyball team was 1-14 entering the Division I East Region tournament.
The Pacers were seeded last of 20 teams and played fourth-seeded Mount Vernon in the first round May 18 at Darby. The winner played at top-seeded Darby in a quarterfinal the following day. That winner plays 10th-seeded Pickerington North or 11th-seeded Upper Arlington in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 22, at Darby. The regional final is Friday, May 25, at Westerville Central, with possible opponents including third-seeded Hilliard Davidson and fifth-seeded Jerome.
The regional champion advances to a state quarterfinal June 2 at Capital.
Softball team ousted by Mount Vernon
The fifth-seeded softball team lost to 15th-seeded Mount Vernon 8-3 in a Division I district semifinal May 14 at Olentangy to finish 19-3.
The Pacers, who had won 11 consecutive games, trailed 4-0 after Mount Vernon scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Amaia Daniel's two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth gave Delaware hope, but the Yellow Jackets added four runs in the top of the seventh.
The Pacers scored one run in the bottom of the seventh but left the bases loaded.
"We had chances, but we didn't get it done," coach Mark Thomas said. "The middle of our batting order struggled and that was rare this season.
"I thought (sophomore pitcher Haley Osborne) pitched well despite giving up 14 hits. She had eight strikeouts and 26 first-pitch strikes. They didn't hit her hard, but they were just finding holes. On the other side, we hit a lot of shots right at them, and that's the way it goes sometimes. To win a district title, you've got to be a good team, but also get some luck along the way. We didn't get that luck."
Baseball team losing strong senior class
The baseball team is losing eight seniors after finishing 10-13 overall and going 3-9 in the OCC-Cardinal to place seventh, behind Darby (9-3), Bradley and Scioto (both 7-5), Kilbourne and Thomas (both 6-6) and Jerome (4-8).
Among the seniors were six starters in Cole Barton (2B), Dominic Byers (3B), Jason Cross (P), Ryan Daughenbaugh (CF), Zach Miller (RF) and Isaiah Moore (LF). The other seniors were Logan Keeder (C) and Nick Neuhart (P).
"This was a veteran group and six will go on to play in college," coach Ryan Montgomery said. "It was a strange season and I'd like to rewind it and play it again for two reasons. The first is the weather. I really wish we could have gotten on the field more consistently and had a chance to work some things out earlier in the season. I think we really started to put it together midway through our season. You could really see at the back end of our schedule our team clicking and playing the baseball that I knew they could.
"The second is I really liked the makeup of our team. This senior class has been a great group. They have been everything you could ask for in the classroom and community. They set the bar high for the players that are coming after them with expectations of what it means to be a Delaware baseball player."
Delaware's season ended May 9 with an 8-3 loss at third-seeded Grove City 8-3 in the second round of the Division I district tournament. Seeded 36th, the Pacers defeated 43rd-seeded Marion Harding 5-1 in the first round May 7.
Miller batted .423 with two home runs, 19 runs scored and 21 RBI and Byers batted .362 with 25 runs and 10 RBI. Cross was 4-4 with a 2.08 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 44 innings, and Neuhart was 3-2 in 22 1/3 innings.
Miller was named special mention all-league and second-team all-district, while Byers and Cross both were honorable mention all-league.
Among the expected returnees are three starters in juniors Mason Davis (SS/P) and Zach Price (1B) and sophomore Alex Kelly (C). Junior Tyler Breitsch and sophomore Cory Richardson also got some starts at designated hitter.
Also expected back are juniors Brandon Flannery (P/3B), Matthew Gladden (P) and Ryan Murphy (P).
Price batted .406 with seven doubles, three home runs, 15 runs and 24 RBI and was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district. Gladden was 2-2 with a 4.73 ERA in 23 2/3 innings, and Murphy had a 1.87 ERA in 15 innings as a reliever.
Season ends for girls lacrosse team
The 11th-seeded girls lacrosse team lost to third-seeded Olentangy 23-12 in the first round of the Division I, Region 1 tournament May 14 to finish 7-10 overall.
The Pacers are losing nine seniors in Destine Burwell, Ashley Gebhart, Natalia Geissman, Sydney Henderson, Lydia Maley, Maddy Pendleton, Cynthia Saxby, Olivia Shroyer and Jillian Ulmer.
Delaware, which won four of its final five games in the regular season, finished 0-6 in the OCC-Cardinal to place seventh, behind Jerome (6-0), Thomas (5-1), Kilbourne (4-2), Scioto (3-3), Darby (2-4) and Bradley (1-5).
Among the expected returnees are juniors Piper Adkins, Josie Derstine, Sophia Fasone, Morgan Miller and Libbie Price and freshmen Bella McCloskey and Gabrielle Wreckerly.