The Hilliard Davidson High School boys basketball team is hoping for a strong postseason run after receiving a favorable draw in the Division I district tournament.
The Wildcats are seeded sixth of 47 teams and will play host to 34th-seeded New Albany in the first round Saturday, Feb. 23. The winner faces 29th-seeded Teays Valley in the second round March 1, with that winner playing 16th-seeded Olentangy or 19th-seeded Northland in a district semifinal March 6.
Davidson lost to Olentangy 61-54 on Feb. 5.
"I like our draw," coach Tim Congrove said. "It gives us a chance to make a decent run, but we have to make sure we're focused one game at a time and focus on us and making sure we are locked in and ready to go."
If the Wildcats reach a district final March 9, they likely would face fourth-seeded Olentangy Liberty.
"We're really coming together as a team," Congrove said. "We have four or five guys scoring in double figures every night and that makes us really hard to guard. I'm very excited with where we are. Our guys are focused and locked in. We have a great group of seniors and I think they're going to be ready to go, knowing that no more games are guaranteed."
Davidson, which is 17-5 overall, lost to Liberty 64-45 in the first round of last year's district tournament, but the Wildcats earned a bit of revenge earlier this season by defeating the Patriots 64-62 on Jan. 22.
"I don't typically look too much in the past, but if we get to the point where we are facing Liberty again, I might bring (last season's game) up," Congrove said.
Davidson lost 62-56 at Walnut Ridge on Feb. 12 before closing the regular season Feb. 15 by defeating host Marysville 59-49 to finish 7-3 in the OCC-Central Division.
Jacob Drees had 18 points against the Scots and scored 15 against the Monarchs to lead a balanced attack. Gage Keys added 13 points and Christian Gillilan and Caleb Stimmel both scored 11 against Marysville.
"Marysville is a tough place to play," Congrove said. "They're a good team. They have some size. They may surprise some teams in the tournament."
Gillilan is averaging a team-high 12 points and 5.7 rebounds, Drees is averaging 11.8 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds, Keys is averaging 11.4 points and 4.1 rebounds and Stimmel is averaging 9.2 points.
"We're looking forward to the tournament," Stimmel said. "We'd love to get to the state tournament, but we have to take it one game at a time and try to make it last as long as we can and win as many games as we possibly can."
Brown leads boys swimmers into state
Senior Dalton Brown will make his first appearance in the Division I state meet this week after a strong showing at district Feb. 15 at Ohio State.
Brown will compete in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 free as well as on the 200 free relay at state, which will be held Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
"This means the world," Brown said. "This has been the goal ever since freshman year. I've been working hard to try to make it and it finally happened. I'm glad it paid off my senior year."
Brown placed fifth in the 100 free (46.37 seconds) and seventh in the 50 free (21.46) at district. He is seeded 13th at state in the former and 22nd in the latter.
Brown teamed with C.W. Hess, Sergio Suarez and Gregory McGuire to finish seventh in the 200 free relay (1:27.42) at district. The relay is seeded 20th at state.
"We always like taking as many people as we can to big events like that," Brown said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I'm glad I got to help those kids get there."
Davidson scored 100 points at district to finish eighth (100) behind champion Dublin Jerome (301) as 27 teams scored.
Alex Worthington led the girls team at district, finishing 23rd in the 200 individual medley (2:17.11) and 27th in the 100 backstroke (1:02.5).
The Wildcats did not score.
"I'm very happy," coach Lynn Bowers said. "We had some time drops that I wasn't expecting. It was a great day."
Girls basketball team wins tourney opener
The girls basketball team tipped off the Division I district tournament Feb. 16 with a 48-30 win over 28th-seeded Lancaster.
Emily Simon had 13 points, Sydney Petersen scored 12 and Brianna O'Connor added 11 to lead host Davidson.
The ninth-seeded Wildcats, who improved to 18-5, will play host to 21st-seeded New Albany in the second round Friday, Feb. 22, with the winner facing 10th-seeded Liberty or 29th-seeded Delaware in a district semifinal Wednesday, Feb. 27, at a neutral site to be determined. The district final is March 2 at Ohio Dominican.
Davidson defeated Liberty 43-38 on Jan. 22.
Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson bowling, gymnastics and wrestling teams:
Feb. 22 -- Division I girls sectional at HP Lanes. Top 16 teams and top 16 individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district March 2 at HP Lanes.
Feb. 23 -- Division I boys sectional at HP Lanes. Top 16 teams and top 16 individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district March 2 at HP Lanes.
Feb. 23 -- District meet at Worthington Kilbourne. Top three teams advance to state team meet March 1 at Bradley and top eight finishers in each event and the all-around advance to state individual meet March 2 at Bradley.
Feb. 23 -- Division I sectional at Upper Arlington. Top four finishers in each weight class advance to district March 1 and 2 at Darby.