The Whetstone High School boys track and field team scored in five events during the Division I district 2 meet that concluded May 18 at Hilliard Darby.
The Braves are being represented in the regional meet that began May 22 and concludes Friday, May 24, at Pickerington North by sophomore Brack Dillon, who finished third in the 400 meters (50.18 seconds).
The top four finishers in each regional event advance to state May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
"I was pretty nervous and my legs felt kind of wobbly," Dillon said. "It wasn't my (personal record), but it was good enough to get me through and that's what matters. Today was the first time this year where we've had this real hot weather. I want to break 49 at regional and maybe shoot for our school record. I think it's 48.8."
The Braves scored 13 points to tie Franklin Heights for 13th behind co-champions Pickerington North and Canal Winchester (both 84) as 16 teams scored.
Also scoring but failing to advance were Hassan Sesay in the 400 (seventh, 51.27), the 400 relay of Rashaun Broomfield, Edmund Michel, Ibrahim Bangura and Elnah Siaway (seventh, 44.01), the 1,600 relay of Sesay, Abdouraham Sallah, Dillon and Siaway (seventh, 3:28.39) and Thaine Nederveld in the 1,600 (eighth, 4:39.89).
Matthew Conroy finished 10th in the 1,600 (4:41.43).
"Brack advanced to regionals and Hassan ran a PR in the 400 and the (400 relay) had a season-best time by a bunch and they had worked hard on their handoffs and it showed," coach Joe Monda said. "All of the boys gave great effort and we had a ton of PRs. We were without a key athlete in Emil Adams, who had a hamstring injury in the (City League) meet (held May 7 and 9 at Africentric). Thaine and Matthew battled hard in their race because everyone wanted to score, whether they were advancing to regional or not."
"I dropped three seconds off my PR and (Conroy) was trying to hang on to score, too," Nederveld said. "We were pushing as hard as we could."
The girls team scored four points in the district 2 meet to tie Westland for 13th behind champion Olentangy Orange (125.5) as 14 teams scored.
Julian Calderone placed sixth in the 800 (2:31.73) and joined Mataya Stokes, Julia Carney and Mariyanna Lacy on the eighth-place 1,600 relay (4:20.85).
"We didn't get anyone through to regional, but the girls gave it their all and had fun and that's what it's all about," coach Chris Lisi said. "We had a small, young team and the (1,600 relay) overcame some adversity just to score. We've been without Mira Dush for most of the season due to an injury and Julia Carney has been competing in pain these past few weeks. I'm just so proud of the girls."
Softball team reaches City final
The softball team was 14-11 overall before playing Eastmoor Academy in the City League championship game May 21.
Whetstone missed its opportunity to win the City League-North Division title outright when it lost to Centennial 8-2 on May 13, but the Braves defeated the Stars 11-8 in a playoff May 15 to reach the City final.
Whetstone and Centennial both finished 13-1 in the City-North.
"Neither game was very pretty," coach Larry Peck said. "We made six errors in both games. The difference was we only had three hits in the first one, but hit the ball much better in the playoff. I'd say our girls were resilient and got back to work in practice in the day between the games. We had a much better plate approach and it showed."
In the playoff, the Braves broke an 8-all tie in the bottom of the sixth inning when Roz Hannah hit a one-out double and her sister, Sadie Hannah, followed with an RBI single. AnnaMary Absalom added a two-out single and Jollie Mason followed with a two-run double.
Mason went 3-for-4 with five RBI, including a three-run triple in the third. Megan Harrison also went 3-for-4 and had two RBI, and Sadie Hannah and Dahlia Kleen had two hits apiece.
In the circle, Absalom allowed eight hits but only one earned run.
Baseball team faced Stars in playoff
The baseball team was 16-7 overall before playing Centennial on May 21 in a playoff for the right to represent the City-North in the City championship game.
The Braves and Stars shared the City-North title at 11-1. Whetstone, which earned a share of its ninth consecutive league title, has won the past seven City championships.
The date of the City final had not been determined as of May 19 but will be played at the home of the City-South champion. Briggs and Eastmoor Academy tied for the City-South title and had a playoff May 20.
Whetstone lost to 29th-seeded Westerville South 2-1 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 13. The 24th-seeded Braves, who managed just one hit but limited the Wildcats to three hits, tied the game at 1 in the fourth inning but allowed the eventual winning run in the sixth.
Season ends for boys volleyball team
The boys volleyball team finished 2-20 after losing to Licking Heights 25-20, 25-19, 25-7 on May 14 and DeSales 25-12, 25-10, 25-11 on May 15.
The Braves did not compete in the postseason.
Whetstone went 2-7 against City opponents, with both wins coming against Beechcroft, 25-9, 25-15 on April 11 and 25-19, 25-19 on April 30.
The Braves are losing five seniors in Antwan Allen (middle hitter), Emerson Gonzalez (outside hitter), Gabe Reeves (outside hitter), Gianni Signorio (outside hitter) and Nathan Vokac (outside hitter). Allen and Gonzalez were first-year players.
Among the expected returnees are juniors Kyjuan Glass (middle hitter) and Malik Moorehead (back row), sophomore Emitt Schwier (outside hitter) and freshmen Rafael Arebalo (setter), Joseph Didi (outside hitter) and Finn Lada (back row).