Kyle Klumpp of the Delaware Hayes High School boys tennis team won a Division I sectional title in singles, but the junior wasn't satisfied.
He entered the district tournament held May 16 and 18 at Reynoldsburg looking to place in the top four to qualify for the state tournament, which will be held Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Klumpp was the top seed in the sectional held May 9 and 11 at Pickerington Central and went 5-0, beating classmate Sam Bonofiglio 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 in a semifinal and second-seeded Raleigh Conway of Granville 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the final.
Bonofiglio went 3-2 at sectional and placed fourth to earn a district berth.
"We're happy that we both reached the district, but our goals weren't to just reach district," Klumpp said. "I didn't like playing Sam because he's my best friend and my training partner, but because it meant we had both already qualified for district, that was the best part of playing him at sectional."
Bonofiglio was seeded fourth at sectional and lost to third-seeded Owen Alderman of Worthington Kilbourne 6-3, 6-3 in the third-place match.
"I don't know when the last time was that we've had two singles players reach district in the same season," coach Richard Hunt said. "But it's exciting and the boys have been working very hard."
Klumpp faced New Albany's Logan Spiess in the first round at district and Bonofiglio opened against Dublin Jerome's Max Fickas. Spiess placed fourth at the Reynoldsburg sectional, while Fickas was champion at the Hilliard Bradley sectional.
"I need to be in my element and extremely focused," Klumpp said. "I have to grind out every point and be emotional. That's just my style."
Also at sectional, Aidan Sarna lost to Gahanna's Shawn Ugbana 6-1, 6-1 in the first round in singles. In doubles, Eric Puthoff and Ryder Kardas went 2-1, losing 6-3, 6-3 to Pickerington Central's Stevan Klein and Karson Stanley in a district-qualifying match, and Jacob Byerly and Will Fogle went 1-1, losing 6-1, 6-2 to Marion Harding's Daniel Stimson and Nate Longsteth in the second round.
Track teams compete at district
The track and field teams opened the postseason by competing in the Division I, district 1 meet May 14, 16 and 18 at Hilliard Darby.
The top four finishers in each event advanced to regional Wednesday, May 22, and Friday, May 24 at Pickerington North. At regional, the top four finishers in each event advance to state May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
Delaware competed in the OCC-Cardinal meet May 9 and 11 at Hilliard Davidson.
The boys team totaled 38 points to finish eighth behind Darby (141), Jerome (105), Thomas Worthington (95.5), Bradley (88), Kilbourne (75.5), Dublin Scioto (71) and Olentangy Berlin (42).
Orion Ward won the long jump (22 feet, 6 inches) and placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (41.81 seconds) and sixth in the 110 hurdles (16.07). He also teamed with Logan Hummel, Aaron Koehler and Kael Gannon to place fourth in the 800 relay (1:32.83).
The 400 relay of Hummel, Jahi Broussard-Nash, Gannon and Jacob Koch also placed fourth (45.39), and placing fifth were Koehler in the 400 (52.36) and Tyler Thompson in the long jump (20-4).
The girls team scored 34.83 points to finish eighth behind Darby (183), Thomas (136), Jerome (90.83), Scioto (88), Bradley (48), Kilbourne (39.33) and Berlin (38).
Ari Avant was runner-up in the 100 hurdles (15.34) and placed fourth in the 300 hurdles (47.98).
Also placing fourth were Becca Young in the pole vault (8-0) and McKenzie Knodell in the discus (97-4), while the 400 relay of Karli Theis, Taylor Brown, Hannah Halstead and Madi Diaz was fifth (52.81).
Boys lacrosse team rolls past Perrysburg
The boys lacrosse team defeated 13th-seeded Perrysburg 12-4 in the first round of the Division I, Region 1 tournament May 14.
Blake Eiland scored three goals and Hunter Piroska, Shane Manor and Xavier Yates each scored two for the fourth-seeded Pacers. Brystin Coldiron, Sam Lagando and Tyler David also scored and goalkeeper Tyler Carney made 12 saves.
Delaware played fifth-seeded Medina in a regional quarterfinal May 17. The winner plays top-seeded Dublin Coffman or eighth-seeded Strongsville in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at the home of the better seed.
That winner plays Jerome, Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty or Whitehouse Anthony Wayne in the regional final Friday, May 24, at a neutral site. The regional champion advances to a state semifinal May 28.
Girls lacrosse team wins tourney opener
Josie Derstine scored five goals to lead the seventh-seeded girls lacrosse team to an 18-13 win over eighth-seeded Olentangy Orange in the first round of the Division I, Region 1 tournament May 13.
Morgan Miller added four goals, Piper Adkins scored three and goalie Gabrielle Weckerly made 10 saves.
The Pacers played second-seeded Olentangy in a regional quarterfinal May 17, with the winner facing third-seeded Liberty or fourth-seeded Perrysburg in a regional semifinal Monday, May 20, at the home of the better seed.
That winner plays New Albany, Medina, Strongsville or Wadsworth in the regional final Thursday, May 23, at a neutral site, with the regional champion advancing to a state semifinal May 29.
Boys volleyball team opens postseason
The boys volleyball team concluded the regular season 4-16 and was seeded 18th of 19 teams in the Division I East Region tournament.
The Pacers opened the postseason at second-seeded Mount Vernon on May 18. The winner plays seventh-seeded Bradley or ninth-seeded Pickerington North in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at Mount Vernon. That winner likely plays third-seeded Gahanna or fourth-seeded Jerome in a regional final Friday, May 24, at Westerville Central.
The regional champion advances to a state quarterfinal June 1 at Capital.
Bad inning dooms baseball squad
The baseball team lost at third-seeded Orange 8-2 in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 15 to finish 11-14.
Starting pitcher Zach Price did not allow a hit through three innings. Still, the 27th-seeded Pacers trailed 1-0 after a hit-by-pitch, a walk and a botched rundown involving two errors allowed a run to score in the first inning.
Delaware tied the score in the third as Cory Richardson scored on an RBI single by Price, but the Pacers left the bases loaded.
The Pioneers then scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth. The big blow was a two-out, three-run triple by Robbie Dayhuff that pushed Orange's lead to 5-1. Left fielder Drew Williams attempted to make a diving catch on Dayhuff's line-drive hit, but the ball got past him to clear the bases.
"You can't blame the effort at all," coach Ryan Montgomery said. "(Williams) had a chance to catch it and keep the game 2-1 and he took the chance. But that was a big momentum change and it wound up being one of those big innings. We had too many of those this year. One big inning is tough to overcome against a team as good as Orange. They're seeded third for a reason."
Delaware scored a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Richardson.
The Pacers defeated 46th-seeded Whitehall 8-3 in a first-round home game May 14.
Clay Taylor had three doubles, two RBI and two runs scored and Ethan Hazelton, Jacob Molina, Brennan Helcher and Richardson each added two hits. Richardson earned the win with five innings of scoreless relief.
Softball team falls in district semifinal
The softball team lost to 12th-seeded Grove City 6-3 in a Division I district semifinal May 14 at Pickerington Central to finish 20-4 overall.
The third-seeded Pacers trailed 4-0 before scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Junior pitcher Haley Osborne reached on an error, freshman left fielder Myaih Cloud singled, senior first baseman Laiha Slayton hit a two-run double and senior catcher Bobbi Adams followed with a RBI single.
However, Grove City pitcher Mylie Torres hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh and then retired the Pacers in order in the bottom of the inning.
"The home run kind of leaked the air out of the balloons after we battled back," coach Mark Thomas said. "It's another rough ending to a great season. Our seniors won their third league title and this is the 10th straight year we've reached a district semifinal or final without winning a district championship. It's like we're snake-bitten.
"Grove City found some gaps with their hits and defensively and mentally, we played well. But the top four or five batters in the lineup struggled together for maybe the first time this year and they had fantastic years. It's one of those things. I still think we're the better team, but tonight Grove City was. I really think if we played a series, we win. But that's not the way we decide things in the tournament."
Delaware had nine hits, but only twice had two baserunners in the same inning. Adams, Cloud and senior second baseman Lexi Mattix all had two hits.
The Pacers, who opened the tournament with an 11-0 win over 33rd-seeded Walnut Ridge in a second-round game May 8, went 14-0 in the OCC-Cardinal, finishing four games ahead of runner-up Darby (10-4).
Delaware is losing five seniors in Adams, Mattix, Slayton, Alex Armstrong (CF) and Chloe Barton (SS). Among those expected to return are Osborne, Cloud, junior Taylor Call (RF), sophomore Judaea Wilson (OF) and freshman Kami Slayton (3B).
"I told the underclassmen I don't want to go through this again next year," Thomas said. "We've got to get over the hump and take that next step. However, we have to replace five talented seniors. Maybe next year is the year we get the break and bounces go our way."