The Westerville Central High School baseball team will look to secure community bragging rights in a tune-up for the Division I district tournament.
The Warhawks hope to win the season series against their Westerville rivals when they visit South on Friday, May 10.
"The goal going into this week is to rule the 'Ville," senior Camron Hubble said. "We took care of business against North (on May 1). That was a good game to send a message to them. We have South on Friday and that game will be for all the marbles in Westerville. The winner will rule the 'Ville."
Central and South split their previous two games, with the Warhawks winning 8-6 on April 29 and the Wildcats winning 10-7 on April 30.
The Warhawks swept North, winning 7-5 on April 5, 9-8 on April 8 and 10-2 on May 1.
Hubble said his team had extra motivation in the third win over North at home.
"This is important to us and North is especially important to us," he said. "They showed up at our field (May 1) with their flag. We viewed that as disrespectful, so it was really nice to beat them. The games with South have been really intense, too. We've had some really fun games and hopefully we can pull it out on Friday."
South and North also meet Thursday, May 9, and split their two previous games, with South winning 3-1 on April 22 and North winning 8-1 on April 24.
Central was 13-9 overall and 6-6 in the OCC-Buckeye Division before playing Olentangy Orange on May 7.
"We want to finish the league strong," coach Jeff Keifer said. "We still have a rivalry game with South on Friday that we're going to point to. We have our senior game Saturday. This time of the year is a blast. It's so much fun. ... You never know what's going to happen."
The Warhawks close the regular season Saturday, May 11, against visiting Dublin Scioto.
"I think we did pretty well for the amount of guys that we had coming back," Hubble said. "I didn't expect to be as good as we were. (Being 13-8 entering the week) kind of exceeded my expectations. We only returned three varsity starters, so to replace six guys and go five games above .500 (before May 6), it's been great. It's been really fun."
Hubble, Niko George and Brett Dahman were the only returning starters from a team that finished 13-15 last season.
Central is seeded 13th of 48 teams in the district tournament and plays host to 29th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley or 36th-seeded Hilliard Davidson in the second round Wednesday, May 15. The winner plays in a district semifinal May 21, likely against third-seeded Olentangy Orange.
"This is exciting," Hubble said. "I like the draw. You can't really look too far ahead. We have Tri-Valley or Davidson the first game and you have to take all those games seriously. Looking ahead one round to Orange, we played them in two really close games this year and if we got to play them again, that would be a lot of fun."
The Warhawks won at Orange 6-4 on April 12. Central lost to the Pioneers 8-7 on April 10, as Orange scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The teams also met in a rescheduled game May 7.
Through 21 games, George was batting a team-high .468, followed by Ryan Raybould (.414), Hubble (.392), Justin Fleetwood (.377), Jake Yaussy (.309) and Dahman (.308).
Hubble (17), Brandon Ruman (16), Dahman (15), Fleetwood (14) and Raybould (14) led in RBI, and Hubble had a team-high two home runs, nine doubles and 24 runs.
On the mound, Yaussy was 3-0 with a 3.44 ERA, 10 strikeouts and 14 walks in 20 1/3 innings.
"It's been a competitive year for us and in some ways we have exceeded expectations," Keifer said.
Softball team wins OCC-Buckeye title
The softball team captured the outright OCC-Buckeye title with a 9-4 win over Olentangy on April 30.
Avrey Schumacher had a three-run home run in the third inning to give Central a 6-1 lead.
Schumacher and Cami Compson each homered in a 10-5 win over South on May 1.
The Warhawks went 10-0 in the league to finish ahead of runner-up Olentangy Liberty (8-2).
Central, the top seed for the Division I district tournament, played host to 41st-seeded Columbus West in the second round May 8. The winner plays 20th-seeded Hilliard Darby or 23rd-seeded Davidson in a district semifinal Monday, May 13, at a neutral site.
Central, which entered the postseason 22-2 overall, plays host to Lakewood on Friday, May 10, and Jonathan Alder on Wednesday, May 15, in regular-season games.
Track teams stand out in Warhawk meet
The boys and girls track and field teams played host to the annual Warhawk Invitational on May 3 at Otterbein.
The girls finished first of 16 teams with 158 points, ahead of second-place Canal Winchester (89).
Mabinty Kebe led the Warhawks by winning the 100-meter hurdles (15.08 seconds) and 400 (58.27). Lyssa Zepfel won the 100 (22.34), 400 (1:23.32) and 800 (3:09.9) in the seated division, Skylar Themelaras won the 100 (12.53), Gianna Brooks won the pole vault (11 feet), Themelaras, Moriah Johnson, Sharon Ndiki and Kendall Allen won the 400 relay (49.18), Aerin Austin, Allen, Taylor Hickman and Chiedza Guyo won the 800 relay (1:47.21) and Kayla Jones, Lauryn Chapman, Guyo and Johnson won the 1,600 relay (4:09.33).
The boys finished fourth (69) of 13 teams behind champion Canal Winchester (113).
Rickey Hyatt Jr. won the 200 (22.4) and was second in the 110 hurdles (14.87), and Haden Fulkerson was second in the 2,000 steeplechase (6:41.39).
Both teams are competing in the OCC-Buckeye meet, which began May 8 at North and concludes Saturday, May 11, at Davidson.
The Warhawks then will compete in the Division I, district 1 meet Tuesday, May 14, May 16 and May 18 at Darby, with the top four finishers in each event advancing to regional May 22 and 24 at Pickerington North.
Below are the coming schedules for the Central boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse and boys tennis teams:
May 10 -- Home vs. Gahanna
May 14 -- At fifth-seeded Medina in first round of Division I, Region 1 tournament. Winner plays fourth-seeded Delaware or 13th-seeded Perrysburg in quarterfinal May 17. The Warhawks are seeded 10th of 18 teams.
May 9 -- Home vs. Wellington
May 13 -- At third-seeded Olentangy Liberty in first round of Division I, Region 1 tournament. The Warhawks lost to the Patriots 17-5 on April 25. Winner plays fourth-seeded Perrysburg or 14th-seeded Sylvania Northview in quarterfinal May 17. The Warhawks are seeded 12th of 15 teams.
May 9, 11 -- Division I sectional at Reynoldsburg. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district May 16 and 18 at Reynoldsburg.