The Dublin Jerome High School boys and girls lacrosse teams are hitting important moments in their respective schedules this week.
The boys team has clinched at least a share of its second OCC-Cardinal Division championship in three seasons and is looking to win it outright.
After beating Hilliard Darby 20-7 on April 23 and defending league champion Worthington Kilbourne 12-6 on April 26, the Celtics are 11-3 overall and 6-0 in the OCC-Cardinal.
They close out the league schedule Thursday, May 2, at Scioto, which was 6-7 overall before facing Pickerington Central on April 30 and is 3-3 in the league.
Jerome then plays Saturday, May 4, at Cleveland St. Ignatius, last year's state runner-up.
According to coach Andy Asmo, Zach Dubois, Brandon Infante and Seth Martin have led the defense and Reid McCrabb and Jack Donahue have been handling faceoffs.
Midfielder Trey Welch has 30 goals and 10 assists, midfielder Ray Prochko has 22 goals and 11 assists, attacker Andrew Brim has 26 goals and 34 assists and attacker Carter Barco has 43 goals and 19 assists.
"We win (the league title) outright with a win against Scioto," Asmo said. "(Kilbourne was a) big win. We're going in the right direction. Big game on Saturday against St. Ignatius. They are the top team in the state."
The girls team beat Kilbourne 19-9 on April 29 and was 9-0-1 overall and 6-0 in the OCC-Cardinal before closing league action April 30 against Scioto.
Olivia Sivak scored six goals in a 14-4 victory over Darby on April 23.
Jerome led Kilbourne 16-7 with 12 minutes remaining April 25 when the game was suspended because of bad weather.
Tennis team wraps up league title
The boys tennis team defeated Scioto 5-0 on April 23 to finish 7-0 in the OCC-Cardinal and capture the league championship.
The Celtics lost only one set on the way to winning their fifth consecutive league title.
Against Scioto, Daniel Utkin, Anish Patel and Stanley Cao won the three singles courts, respectively, while Dylan Cai and Andrew Dvorkin won at first doubles and Sahil Madan and Kevin Liu won at second doubles.
Jerome was 14-1 overall before facing New Albany on April 30.
The Celtics have yet to play Granville in an Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Division I district quarterfinal. The winner will face Upper Arlington or Coffman in a semifinal on a date to be announced.
Volleyball team preps for Battle of Dublin
The boys volleyball team will play host to Coffman and Scioto on Friday, May 3, in the Battle of Dublin, an event the Celtics won last season.
The Celtics were 10-5 overall and 9-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before facing Hilliard Bradley on April 30.
On April 27, Jerome went 1-2 at the Centerville Elite Tournament, beating St. Ignatius 24-26, 25-12, 25-12, 27-25 in its second match.
The Celtics have played the entire season without senior outside hitter Cam Rich, who has been out with an injury.
In addition, junior defensive specialist Matt Paul has missed time with an ankle injury.
"Once we get the whole team back and start practicing all together, good things can happen," junior setter Leo Morales said. "It's all about our chemistry and energy every single time, and having consistent energy. Cam is very important for us."
Baseball team in OCC title chase
The baseball team was 13-5 overall and 6-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before facing Darby on April 30 and Bradley on May 1.
Jerome has four league games remaining, with its final two coming against Scioto on Wednesday, May 8, at home and May 10 on the road.
Entering the week, Bradley was 5-1 in the league and Darby was 5-2.
During Jerome's 4-3 victory over Darby on April 24, Ryan Callahan went 2-for-3 with an RBI and earned his fourth save by recording the final two outs. Carson Rengel struck out six in 6 1/3 innings to improve to 4-1 with a 2.92 ERA.
Below are the coming schedules for the Jerome baseball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, track & field and boys volleyball teams:
May 2 -- Home vs. Teays Valley
*May 3 -- At Delaware
*May 6 -- Home vs. Delaware
*May 8 -- Home vs. Scioto
*May 2 -- At Scioto
May 4 -- At Cleveland St. Ignatius
May 3 -- At Coffman
May 7 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington
May 4 -- At Scioto with Coffman in Dublin Classic
May 8 -- Home vs. 15th-seeded Watterson or 41st-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in second round of Division I district tournament. The Celtics are seeded 14th of 45 teams.
May 2 -- At Upper Arlington
May 4 -- At New Albany Invitational
May 7 -- At Coffman
TRACK & FIELD
May 3 -- Hilliard Bradley Invitational
*May 2 -- Home vs. Delaware. The Celtics beat the Pacers 25-11, 25-14, 25-20 on April 11.
May 3 -- Home vs. Coffman and Scioto in Battle of Dublin
May 6 -- Home vs. Mount Vernon
*May 7 -- At Scioto. The Celtics beat the Irish 25-15, 25-13, 25-12 on April 16.