Westerville South High School senior Peyton Guice realizes she's approaching a bittersweet moment in her life.
Guice hopes to end her prep career as a three-sport athlete with a strong postseason showing for the girls track and field team.
She and her teammates are competing in the Division I, district 3 meet, which began May 15, continues Thursday, May 16, and concludes Saturday, May 18, at Hilliard Darby. The top four finishers in each event advance to regional Wednesday, May 22, and May 24 at Pickerington North.
"I can't believe this is almost over," Guice said. "It seems like just the other day I was walking in as a freshman and I had all the time in the world, and now it's here and I'm about to be gone. ... The ideal situation would be to get to state. In any sport, you'd like to get as far as you possibly can."
Guice said her best chances to advance to regional are likely in the 100-meter hurdles and 800 relay.
She also played basketball and volleyball at South and will play basketball at Ohio University.
South finished sixth (36 points) in the league meet, which began May 8 at Westerville North and concluded May 11 at Hilliard Davidson, behind champion Olentangy Orange (163.5).
Guice finished sixth in the 100 hurdles (16.76 seconds), while Josephine Appiah led the Wildcats by winning the high jump (5 feet).
Makayla Roberts was third in the discus (119-6) and fourth in the shot put (34-7 3/4), Maria Hays was third in the 300 hurdles (47.89) and Caroline Sheridan was third in the pole vault (10-6).
The boys, who also are competing in the district 3 meet, finished fifth (40) in the league behind champion Orange (139).
Ibukunoluwa Alfred was second in the 110 hurdles (14.99) and 300 hurdles (40.41) to lead the Wildcats. Alfred, Austin Fickeisen, Aaron Powell and Reece Marcelain were third in the 1,600 relay (3:28.62), and Alfred, Powell, Fickeisen and Shamar Brittman were fourth in the 800 relay (1:30.96).
Powell was fourth in the long jump (20-9 1/2) and Jonathan Kirk was fourth in the shot put (40-11 1/4).
"One of the things that we've been stressing is that all we can control is ourselves and our ability to prepare and be able to deliver our best," coach Jimmy Gaul said. "Pretty much across the board, I thought those who were competing did exactly that."
Gaul is looking forward to the postseason.
"This is the best time of the year," he said. "This what you work so hard for. This is why we're working for free in the winter. Whether it's the indoor season or opening the weight room and training in the halls, we're making sure we're doing everything we can to be at our best when it all counts when championship season rolls around."
Baseball team opens postseason
The 29th-seeded baseball team was 10-11 before playing seventh-seeded Upper Arlington in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 15.
The winner plays 10th-seeded Dublin Coffman or 30th-seeded Pickerington Central in a district semifinal Monday, May 20, at a neutral site.
The district final is Wed-nesday, May 22 at a neutral site.
The Wildcats opened the tournament with a 2-1 win at 24th-seeded Whetstone on May 13.
South was scheduled to play North in an OCC-Buckeye makeup May 14 and is tentatively scheduled to play Central on Thursday, May 16, in another league makeup.
Boys lacrosse team kicks off tournament
The 16th-seeded boys lacrosse team was 7-12 before playing top-seeded Coffman in the first round of the Division I, Region 1 tournament May 14.
The winner plays eighth-seeded Strongsville or 12th-seeded Olmsted Falls in the second round Friday, May 17.
The Wildcats opened the postseason with a 10-7 win over 17th-seeded North in a play-in game May 13 at home. Bryce Wilson had five goals and Noah Raber added two goals and an assist.
Girls lacrosse team begins regional play
The 13th-seeded girls lacrosse team was 10-7 before playing fifth-seeded Medina in the first round of the Division I, Region 1 tournament May 14.
The winner plays sixth-seeded Strongsville or 10th-seeded Brunswick on Friday, May 17, with that winner likely playing top-seeded New Albany in a regional semifinal Monday, May 20.
South lost to New Albany 21-0 on April 6.
Softball coach likes team's progress
Second-year softball coach Emily Swank-Kavanaugh was pleased with her team's progress.
South finished 5-17 overall and went 0-10 in the OCC-Buckeye to place sixth behind champion Westerville Central (10-0).
"It's bittersweet," Swank-Kavanaugh said. "You never want it to end. We're just focusing on the positives. We had a huge number of freshmen and sophomores letter on a varsity team."
The 39th-seeded Wildcats lost at 29th-seeded Reynoldsburg 9-5 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 6.
Freshman Tori Moore (SS) led the team in batting average (.377), followed by sophomore Megan Shoemaker (P/SS, .362) and senior Meghan Bame (3B/P, 317).
Bame had a team-high 17 RBI, with Moore collecting eight and Shoemaker adding seven.
Others eligible to return are junior Katie Forrest (2B/3B), sophomores Trinity Cole (utility), Maddie Faulkner (1B), Audrey Jones (1B), Maggie Musilli (1B/OF), Kyla Nickerson (C/OF) and Lindy Roth (OF) and freshmen Jada Orr (utility), Allison Porter (C), Maggie Price (OF) and Kayti Williams (C/INF).
Boys tennis team closes season
The boys tennis team closed its season by competing in a Division I sectional May 9 at Pickerington Central.
In singles, junior Anthony Vilardo went 2-1 to fall a win shy of qualifying for district. He lost to Delaware's Samuel Bonofiglio 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 in a district-qualifying match.
Also in singles, junior Leo Menchaca and sophomore Adrian Self each went 0-1.
In doubles, junior Allen Liu and freshman Stephen Vilardo went 1-1 and senior Colin Rannebarger and junior Quin Phan went 0-1.
South finished 5-7 overall and 2-3 in the OCC-Buckeye to place fourth behind champion Olentangy (5-0).