The Centennial High School boys swimming and diving team will be looking to snap Whetstone's six-year reign as City League champion Saturday, Feb. 2, at Columbus Aquatics Center.
The Stars have been led by seniors Shawn Jacobsen and Nathan Massey and junior Kyle Juracich.
Jacobsen was the City champion in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles last season as the Stars finished second (109) behind Whetstone (123). He went on to set the school record in the 100 free (49.98 seconds) and finish sixth in the Division II district meet. He also placed fifth in the 50 free at district.
This season, Jacobsen has added school records in the 200 free (1:55.32) and 100 butterfly (57.79).
"Jacob set both his records this year in a (Jan. 11) meet against Bexley at Columbus School for Girls," coach Leanne Rubadue said. "The previous 200 free record of 1:57.89 was set in 2006-07 and the previous record in the fly was 59.01 set in 2008-09. He's had a good season, but we haven't determined what his individual events will be in the City (meet).
"But we're hoping he gets two more wins, whether it's in the 50, 100 or 200 free or the 100 fly."
Juracich and Massey both are strong in the 200 individual medley. Juracich, who was 16th in the 200 IM at district last season, also competes in the 100 breaststroke while Massey also competes in the 100 backstroke.
While that likely will be their events in the postseason when team scores aren't as important, Rubadue may switch things up for the league meet in an effort to maximize points.
"We haven't made any final decisions as to who will be swimming what events at the City meet yet," she said. "We don't expect to take first place in all the events, but we expect to have the depth to score more points than Whetstone, especially when we account for the points we should earn with two divers. (Whetstone) doesn't have divers this year and we're going to fill all events and have some strong showings in relays, too."
The girls team has hit a rough patch, as injuries combined with youth may limit the Stars' chances in the City meet after finishing second (95) behind Whetstone (124) last season.
Of the 16 girls on the roster, 10 are freshmen or sophomores.
"With a smaller group and several injuries, we are looking for our youngest girls to step up and win some events," coach Michael Barnes said. "Our freshmen have exceeded our expectations. Given our injury situation, we are hoping to just be competitive in the City meet and focus on the (Division I) sectional and qualifying some swimmers to district."
Boys basketball team rebounds from losses
The boys basketball team bounced back from consecutive losses to beat East 66-56 on Jan. 25.
However, losses to Beechcroft (68-47 on Jan. 18) and Mifflin (64-61 on Jan. 23) likely knocked the Stars out of contention for the City-North Division title.
Centennial was 8-6 overall and 6-4 in the league before playing International on Jan. 29. The Stars were tied with Linden-McKinley for third behind Beechcroft and Northland, which were 9-1 and 8-2 in the league, respectively, entering this week.
Myles Martinez scored 25 points and Jaylen Gilbert added 15 against East.
The Stars were outscored by Mifflin 22-13 in the first quarter and stilled trailed by nine entering the fourth before a rally fell short. Trayvon Jackson scored 15 points, Gilbert had 14 and Ahmed Dada added 10.
Centennial lost at Hilliard Davidson 58-47 on Jan. 26. Martinez scored 15 points and Jackson added 13.
Girls basketball team aims for .500 in league
The girls basketball team won a pair of league games last week and entered this week with a chance to finish .500 in City-North play.
The Stars held off Mifflin 40-38 on Jan. 22 and beat East 38-26 on Jan. 25. They were 7-11 overall and 5-7 in the league before playing International on Jan. 29. They close league play Friday, Feb. 1, at Whetstone, and the regular-season finale is Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Wellington.
Against Mifflin, the Stars were held scoreless in the first quarter and trailed 19-7 at halftime before rallying. Naa Dromo Korley and Z'niya Peterson scored 11 points apiece and Shamara Bridges added seven.
Against East, Neveah Brown had nine points and Bridges and Tyler Johnson scored eight apiece.
Centennial lost at DeSales 52-44 on Jan. 26 as Brown scored 16 points and Bridges added 10.
Below are the coming schedules for the Centennial boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 1 -- Home vs. Whetstone. The Stars beat the Braves 59-48 on
Feb. 2 -- Olentangy at Hoosier Gym in Knightstown (Ind.) in makeup from Jan. 19
*Feb. 5 -- At Linden-McKinley. The Stars lost to the Panthers 61-56 on Jan. 11.
*Feb. 1 -- At Whetstone. The Stars beat the Braves 59-18 on Jan. 8.
Feb. 6 -- At Wellington
*Jan. 31 -- South at Sequoia Pro Bowl
*Feb. 5 -- Haugland Learning Center at Sequoia Pro Bowl
*Feb. 6 -- Teays Valley at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
Feb. 2 -- Madison Plains Invitational
Feb. 6 -- Home vs. Whetstone