The Whetstone High School boys track and field team was right on target in the City League meet May 7 and 9 at Africentric.
"Going into the meet, I broke down where we should finish and where we could finish if everyone reached their potential," coach Joe Monda said. "My thought was that if everyone did what we expected, we would finish with about 77 points. We scored 74."
With that point total, the Braves finished third behind Eastmoor Academy (115) and Walnut Ridge (80.5) and ahead of Northland (53), Centennial (50), East (48.5), Africentric (46.5), Independence (43), Mifflin (27), Linden-McKinley and Marion-Franklin (22), International (14), West (8.5), Beechcroft (8), South (4) and Briggs (3).
"The guys performed pretty much to their max and I am really pleased with them," Monda said. "Our middle distance and distance corps have been our best events all season and all of them stepped up again. Hassan Sesay just keeps getting better in the high jump and the 400 (meters), Brack Dillon is peaking at the right time in the open 400 and the (1,600 and 3,200 relays) and Thane Nederveld and Emil Adams continued to shine in distance."
Dillon won the 400 (49.69 seconds) and was on the winning 1,600 relay with Adams, Sesay and Elnah Siaway (3:26.45) as well as the winning 3,200 relay with Adams, Nederveld and Matthew Conroy (8:29.56).
Nederveld placed second in the 1,600 (4:42.62) and third in the 3,200 (10:24.4) and Adams was third in the 800 (2:03.91). Conroy finished fourth in both the 1,600 (4:48.23) and 3,200 (10:34.9) and Sesay was fifth in both the 400 (51.82) and high jump (5 feet, 10 inches).
Also placing fifth was Abdourahman Sallah in the long jump (20-1 3/4).
The girls team finished eighth (27) in the City meet behind Northland (140), Eastmoor (91), Beechcroft (69), Walnut Ridge (67), South (66), East (50) and Independence (31) and ahead of Centennial (26), Briggs (22), Mifflin (19), Africentric (5.5), West (3), Linden (2), Marion-Franklin (1.5) and International (1).
Mariyanna Lacy placed third in the 800 (2:38.13) and was on the third-place 3,200 relay with Julian Calderone, Maddy Weaver and Micah Stromsoe-DeLorenzo (11:18.48) and the fourth-place 1,600 relay with Mataya Stokes, Calderone and Julia Carney (4:23.21).
Calderone was fourth in the 800 (2:38.31) and Stokes placed fifth in the 400 (1:03.84).
Both teams are competing in the Division I, district 2 meet this week at Hilliard Darby. The meet opened May 15 with field event finals, continue Thursday, May 16, with running preliminaries and concludes Saturday, May 18, with running finals.
The top four finishers in each event advance to regional Wednesday, May 22, and May 24 at Pickerington North. At regional, the top four finishers in each event qualify for state May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
Baseball team shares league title
The baseball team rebounded to beat Linden 12-1 on May 8 after losing to Centennial 7-5 on May 6, but still has work to do to extend its City title streak.
The Braves finished 11-1 in the City League-North Division to share the title with Centennial, but the teams will have a playoff to determine which will represent the City-North in the City championship game.
The date for the playoff, however, had yet to be determined because of the Division I district tournament. The 24th-seeded Braves were 16-6 overall before playing host to 29th-seeded Westerville South in the first round May 13, with the winner having played at seventh-seeded Upper Arlington in the second round May 15.
The second-round winner likely will face 10th-seeded Dublin Coffman in a district semifinal Monday, May 20, at a neutral site to be determined. That winner likely would face fourth-seeded Olentangy Liberty or 12th-seeded Dublin Scioto in a district final Wednesday, May 22, at a neutral site.
Whetstone led visiting Centennial 5-2 through three innings, but the Stars scored two runs in the fifth and three in the seventh.
"Our pitchers struggled with their control," coach Tim Broskie said. "Of their seven runs, six reached base either by a walk or a hit batter. It was an off day for our command."
The Braves, who earned a share of their ninth consecutive City-North title, have won the past seven City championships.
Softball team falls to Shamrocks
The 30th-seeded softball team lost to 19th-seeded Dublin Coffman 11-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 6 to fall to 13-10 overall.
The Braves still were seeking the outright City-North title at the beginning of the week.
Whetstone was 13-0 in the league before playing host to Centennial on May 13. The Stars were 12-1 entering the contest and needed to beat the Braves to share the league title and force a playoff May 14 to determine which of the two teams would represent the City-North in the City championship game May 15.
Postseason awaits for boys volleyball team
The boys volleyball team closed the regular season with matches May 14 against Licking Heights and May 15 against DeSales.
The Braves were 2-18 entering this week, including 2-7 against City teams.
The Division II East Region tournament draw was held May 13, with first-round matches being played Saturday, May 18.
Season ends for boys tennis team
The boys tennis team's season ended in a Division I sectional held May 9 and 11 at UA.
The doubles team of juniors Ford Buterbaugh and Preston Buterbaugh defeated Central Crossing's Christian Petry and Josh Toscano 6-1, 6-2 in the first round before falling to top-seeded Paige Kompa and Will Reynolds of UA 6-0, 6-0.
Also in doubles, juniors Louis Schirmer and Richey Luu lost to Teays Valley's Eli Burgett and Jack Kennedy 6-4, 7-6 in the first round.
In first-round singles matches, freshman Beaux Baldwin lost to Pickerington North's Brady Hertl 6-3, 6-1, junior Kaleb White lost to Teays Valley's Ryan Wolfe 6-3, 6-2 and junior Colin Harmon-Ulmer fell to Westerville North's Carter Jones 6-1, 6-4.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to district Thursday, May 16, and Saturday, May 18, at Reynoldsburg.
Whetstone, which had no seniors, finished 8-7 overall and 2-2 in the City-North. Harmon-Ulmer and White both made first-team all-City in singles, while Schirmer and Luu made second-team all-City in doubles, as did Baldwin and junior Conner Gott.
Girls lacrosse team wraps second season
The girls lacrosse team lost to Centennial 12-2 on May 9 to finish 0-9.
Alea Millington-Fuqua and Olivia Mullins scored for the Braves, who also finished 0-9 in their inaugural season a year ago.
Whetstone, which opted not to compete in the postseason again, had only one senior in goalkeeper Olivia Evans.
Millington-Fuqua and Mullins are junior midfield-ers/attackers.
Other expected returnees include juniors Alyssa Proudfoot (attacker) and Ellis Scanlon-Kimura (defender), sophomores Mia Howard-Stevens (midfielder/attacker), Elizabeth Martin (defender), Julianna May (attacker), Leslie Navarro (attacker), Lizbeth Osorio (attacker) and Marisa Salinas (attacker) and freshmen Lily Hoyt (midfielder), Ella Norris (defender), Nezzie O'Malley (midfielder) and Alysia Swinehart (defender).