The Dublin Scioto boys basketball team is looking forward to its rematch with Reynoldsburg.
The Irish are seeded 27th in the Division I district tournament and will visit the 17th-seeded Raiders in the first round Saturday, Feb. 22.
Scioto lost at Reynoldsburg 48-47 on Jan. 18.
"We played them close the first time we played," coach Mike Moler said. "When you're the 27th seed, your choices are limited, so at that point you try to find a game that you can win. We already played Reynoldsburg at Reynoldsburg. We're familiar with them."
Julian Hickman's two free throws with 25 seconds remaining proved to be the decisive points for the Raiders, who are 12-10. Scioto went to the foul line with .5 of a second left, but failed to convert the front end of a one-and-one.
Jayden Prince had a game-high 23 points for the Irish, who were 11-10 overall before closing the regular season Feb. 18 against Westerville Central.
"We felt we had every chance to win the game and we lost at the free-throw line with .5 seconds left and didn't win," Moler said. "Reynoldsburg made plays at the end and we didn't. We wanted to find a game that was a good matchup for our guys."
The Reynoldsburg-Scioto winner visits 15th-seeded New Albany in the second round Feb. 28.
"I'm looking forward to the postseason," senior guard Benjamin Lombardo said. "We play Reynoldsburg the first game and we can definitely beat them. We only lost by one (point) last time. We were there the whole game."
The Irish defeated visiting Jerome 51-41 on Feb. 14 to finish third in the OCC-Cardinal Division at 8-6, behind champion Hilliard Bradley (14-0). Jaydon Pearson had 15 points and Prince scored 14.
Elijah Person had 12 points, Drew Bryant scored 11 and Prince added 10 in a 48-43 loss to visiting Watterson on Feb. 11.
"We didn't play very well, but leading up to that, I really liked our effort," Moler said. "We've had some inconsistencies this season, mostly shooting the basketball. When we take good shots, we usually make them. We've had some games where we've not made any 3-pointers and in today's day and age, it's hard to win if you can't make a 3-pointer. The effort is usually there, but execution and shot-making hasn't always been there for us this year."
Hrelec sets record for hockey team
Senior Pete Hrelec of the hockey team established a single-game state record with 11 goals in a 15-4 win over 18th-seeded DeSales in the first round of the Blue Jackets Cup consolation tournament Feb. 12 at Chiller North.
The 17th-seeded Irish fell to 10-19 with a 13-0 loss to ninth-seeded Cincinnati St. Xavier in a quarterfinal Feb. 14 at OhioHealth Ice Haus.
Hrelec broke the state record of 10 goals set by Kyle Brown of Millbury Lake on Jan. 14, 2005. He also tied Brown's record of 12 points in a game, which also was set on Jan. 14, 2005. Hrelec totaled 11 goals and an assist against DeSales.
Scioto's previous mark for goals in a game was five, set by current assistant coach Zach Vallette, Fran Filice and Matthew Gast.
"It was a really fun game and it was cool to beat my assistant coach because we're really close and compete all the time," Hrelec said.
Scioto is seeded 22nd in the district tournament and plays host to 23rd-seeded Troy in the first round Friday, Feb. 21, at Chiller North. The winner plays top-seeded Upper Arlington in the second round Saturday, Feb. 22, at Chiller North.
Swimming teams conclude season
The swimming and diving teams concluded their seasons at the Division I district meet Feb. 13 at Ohio State.
The 400-yard freestyle relay of junior Ian MacLaughlin, sophomores Marko Gjurevski and David Perry and freshman David Baughman placed 16th (3 minutes, 31.3 seconds), Gjurevski was 21st in the 500 free (5:02.51) and 28th in the 200 free (1:54.59) and Perry was 25th in the 500 free (5:05.95) and 29th in the 200 individual medley (2:08.24) for the boys team, which finished 23rd (2) behind champion UA (381.5) as 23 teams scored.
"We had some good swims (at district)," coach Brian Worhatch said.
The girls team did score at district.
Senior Lauren Perry, juniors Abby Ng and Mary Stancil and sophomore Madeline Liston combined to finish 20th in the 200 free relay (1:49.37) and 26th in the 400 free relay (4:01.94) and Perry finished 30th in the 200 IM (2:20.73).
"We have a young team," Worhatch said. "We have a lot of spirit, a lot of energy. I know they're eager to get back in the water even though (the season) just ended."
Bowling teams cap first season
The bowling program closed its first season under coach Tami Snyder.
"The kids went into this knowing they would be the most inexperienced team and have the most inexperienced coach," Snyder said. "They all succeeded in tremendous improvement and kept a determined and positive attitude. The progress they made was remarkable and the fact that every single one of them wants to return next year means success."
The boys team finished 1-12 overall and 1-11 in the 13-team COHSBC-B Division to finish 12th behind champion Reynoldsburg (11-1).
The Irish's lone win came against Thomas Worthington, 1,713-1,488 on Jan. 7.
Junior Nick Lauro led Scioto with a 166.4 average, followed by junior Brian Diehl (141), freshmen Ray Soldini (139.4) and Daniel Oesch (135.4), sophomore Jonathan Carr (119.1) and senior Joseph Matter (116.8).
The girls team finished 1-11 overall and 1-10 in the 13-team COHSBC-B behind champion Gahanna (12-0).
Scioto's victory came against Whitehall, 1,190-1,126 on Dec. 9.
Junior Masako Soldini led the Irish with a 124.2 average, followed by sophomores Kayla Butcher (119.8) and Mei Harter (104.2).
Juniors Aurora Gallicchio and Camron Tucker also are eligible to return.
"I feel fortunate that I was able to help start the bowling program for Dublin schools," Snyder said. "Bowling is a sport that almost anyone can participate in. It doesn't matter your gender, size, speed or strength. Unlike many high school sports, bowling can be a lifetime activity."
Scioto was not sanctioned to compete in the OCC or Division I postseason.
The gymnastics team will compete in the district meet Saturday, Feb. 22, at Worthington Kilbourne.