Bailey Garside is happy to get a chance to perform for the Bexley High School boys track and field team in the Division II regional at Lexington.
The senior long-jumper was runner-up in the district 1 meet that concluded May 18 at Westerville North, advancing him back to compete at regional Thursday, May 23, with a second chance at qualifying for state.
Last spring, Garside was 15th at regional with an effort of 18 feet, 10 inches. Last week, he qualified for regional by finishing second at district with a 19-7 3/4 as the top four in each event advanced.
At regional, the top four in each event advance to state May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
"Being there last year gave me knowledge," Garside said of competing at regional, which concludes Saturday, May 25. "There's a lot of knowledge in defeat and it gives you the chance to perfect what you didn't do before."
Garside's top performance in the long jump is 19-10.
He also joined Patrick Beck, Spencer Stevenson and Edward Schoedinger on the regional-qualifying 800-meter relay, which finished third at district in 1 minute, 33.0 seconds.
"Overall, I think we did well, but we can do better," Garside said. "We have been struggling with our handoffs, but we're getting better and better."
Garside was coming off running the 100, in which he finished sixth in 11.74. Beck said the quick turnaround for Garside prompted a change in the 800 relay.
"We adjusted our steps beforehand because Bailey was just coming off the 100 and that helped us to get third," Beck said. "I moved in closer to get the baton quicker (from Garside), and I think that helped us."
Stevenson won the 400 (50.32), helping the Lions finish fourth (58 points) behind champion DeSales (117.5) as 13 teams scored.
The 3,200 relay of Miles Feinknopf, Stevenson, Grant Halliday and Nicholas Hall was third in 8:17.6, and the 1,600 relay of Feinknopf, Stevenson, Halliday and Schoedinger placed third in 3:32.12. Reid Wagenbrenner was fourth in the high jump (5-8).
The distance corps led the girls team, which was fourth (67) behind champion Buckeye Valley (147) as 13 teams scored.
The 3,200 relay of Claire MacDonald, Maria Steinke, Hannah Hayden and Karleigh Place was runner-up in 10:01.81.
"The (3,200 relay) wasn't a (season best), but we're happy to be making it to regional," Steinke said. "Hopefully, we'll keep dropping time."
Steinke was second in the 1,600 (5:29.06), and Place was runner-up in the 800 (2:25.58). In the 3,200, MacDonald placed second (11:45.46) and Hayden was fourth (12:09.27).
Freddie Collins was third in the discus (109-1), as was Nya Harris in the shot put (35-1 1/2). The 1,600 relay of Caroline Bunker, Lucy Powers, Elisabeth Owen and Samantha Nack was fourth (4:18.48).
Girls lacrosse team falls in quarterfinal
The girls lacrosse team lost to fifth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne 18-6 in a Division II, Region 7 quarterfinal May 18 at Dublin Coffman.
Grace Heilman scored three goals for the 10th-seeded Lions, who finished 6-11. MacKenzie Cory added two goals and goalkeeper Molly Esque had 13 saves.
Heilman scored five times as visiting Bexley defeated eighth-seeded Big Walnut 14-13 on May 15 in the first round. Katie Benedict, Cory, Emma Dressel and Claire Heilman all had two goals, and Esque had eight saves.
Baseball team loses to top-seeded Hawks
The baseball team lost at top-seeded Hartley 5-2 on May 16 in the second round of the Division II district tournament.
The 12th-seeded Lions finished 16-12 overall and won the MSL-Ohio Division at 7-1.
Sophomore pitcher Cade Phillips threw a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a 19-0 win over 15th-seeded Eastmoor Academy in five innings May 14 at home in the first round.
"Overall, we had a good season," fourth-year coach Andrew Orlins said. "We're happy to have won a league title, but we're disappointed that we didn't go further in the tournament."
The Lions had a 10-player senior class led by shortstop and pitcher Anthony Welsh, who was league Player of the Year. He batted .329 with two home runs, 17 RBI, a team-high 29 runs and nine stolen bases. On the mound, he was 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA, 56 strikeouts and 15 walks in 47 1/3 innings.
Senior outfielder Ryan Callahan, a Wright State signee, led in batting average (.473), home runs (3), RBI (22), doubles (program-record 13), triples (3), stolen bases (17) and slugging percentage (.774). A first-team all-league honoree, he also scored 28 runs, had a .523 on-base percentage and is the program's career leader in doubles (35) and triples (9).
Senior catcher Matthew Shapiro (first-team all-league) batted .361 with one homer, 15 RBI and 28 runs, and senior outfielder Jacob Wright (second-team all-league) batted .308 with 23 RBI and 18 runs.
Senior shortstop and pitcher Vinny Pernotto (second-team all-league) batted .286 with 19 RBI and 10 runs. He also was 4-4 with a 2.92 ERA, 37 strikeouts and eight walks in 48 innings.
Senior second baseman Tyler Lehman (honorable mention all-league) batted .297 with seven RBI and seven runs.
Sophomore first baseman Tommy Bloebaum (second-team all-league) leads the expected returnees after batting .444 with 12 RBI and 15 runs. Freshman third baseman Joey Shapiro was honorable mention all-league.
Junior pitcher Whitaker Noble was 2-1 with a 2.44 ERA, nine strikeouts and four walks in 14 1/3 innings. Phillips was 2-2 with a 6.78 ERA, 20 strikeouts and 17 walks in 1 2/3 innings.
Tennis team ends season at district
Seniors Christian Roddy and Leo Schottenstein lost a state-qualifying doubles match in the Division II district boys tennis tournament May 16 at Columbus Academy.
The pair fell to the eventual champions, Academy's Rhian Seneviratne and Suriya Sundaram, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 after defeating Worthington Christian's Benjy Homoelle and Tommy Robinson 6-0, 6-0.
"We battled them all of the way," said sixth-year coach Mark Liefeld, whose team finished 11-4 overall and 3-2 in the MSL-Ohio. "We wanted to have a chance to win the match, and we did. When we had to get a point, they were hitting shots. We didn't lose the match, they won it."
Senior Aaron Young and junior Thibault Knox-Kelly lost to Seneviratne and Sundaram 6-1, 6-1 in their district opener.
Senior Jordan Koppes and sophomore Will Meyer also competed at district. Koppes defeated Academy's Ryan Wahl 6-1, 6-3 before losing a state-qualifying match 6-2, 6-0 to eventual champion Trevor Ball of Wellington. Meyer lost in the first round 6-1, 6-3 to Academy's Drew Haffer, who would finish as runner-up.
Roddy and Schottenstein were runners-up and Young and Knox-Kelly were fourth in a sectional May 9 and 11 at Columbus School for Girls. Koppes was third in singles while Meyer placed fourth. Junior Nolan Winston also competed in singles at sectional.
"We'll be young next year, losing the four seniors from our lineup and junior Thibault Knox-Kelly is moving to California," Liefield said. "We had a good j.v team and a good middle school team. We had a senior team this year, but we will have some solid kids coming back."
Cox shares MSL-Ohio honor for softball
Catcher Aly Cox of the softball team was named co-Player of the Year in the MSL-Ohio, sharing the honor with Worthington Christian pitcher Lilly Heidorn.
The sophomore batted .353 and led Bexley in home runs (4), RBI (20), runs (27) and slugging percentage (.588). She also had nine stolen bases and a .450 on-base percentage.
Sophomore pitcher Claire Melville (first-team all-league) batted .338 with 15 RBI, seven runs and a team-high six triples. Sophomore shortstop Liv Wilson (first-team all-league) batted .262 with 12 RBI, 18 runs and seven stolen bases.
The Lions finished 10-16 overall and 4-5 in the MSL-Ohio. They lose three seniors in first baseman Sarah Schellhaus (second-team all-league; team-leading .433 batting average, team-high .472 on-base percentage, 9 RBI, 14 runs), outfielder Serena Sereki (.307, 10 RBI, 18 runs) and third baseman Sophie Yates (second-team all-league; .270, 8 RBI, 12 runs).