The Dublin Scioto boys basketball team got out to a strong start this season, winning six of its first eight games.
However, the Irish struggled in the second half of the season, losing eight of their final 11 games to finish 11-12 overall.
"I'm disappointed with the way it ended, but that's what we were all year: inconsistent," coach Mike Moler said.
Scioto went 8-6 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to tie Delaware for third, behind Hilliard Bradley (14-0) and Thomas Worthington (10-4).
Seeded 27th, the Irish lost at 17th-seeded Reynoldsburg 51-41 on Feb. 22 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
Guard Jayden Prince, one of three seniors on the team, said the final game was a microcosm of Scioto's season.
"There was disappointment in the room," Prince said. "It was tough. We could have pulled it out and we didn't. That was our season. All year we had inconsistency."
Prince averaged a team-best 11.3 points and a team-high 4.9 rebounds and was named second-team all-league.
Junior guard Jaydon Pearson averaged 9.5 points and was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district, senior guard Benjamin Lombardo averaged 8.3 points and 3.9 rebounds and was special mention all-league and senior forward Drew Bryant averaged 7.8 points and 3.7 rebounds and was honorable mention all-league.
"The seniors were really good kids," Moler said. "They did a lot for our program. Benni was with us for four years, Jayden played for three years. They're better people than basketball players... Obviously, we need some leadership when you lose seniors."
Others eligible to return are juniors Bradley Anderson (guard), Fabian Castillo (guard), Max Edling (forward), Xavier Lopes (forward), Kevin McCray (guard), Garrett Mielke (guard), Mazin Tagelsir (guard), Joe Trent (forward) and Vernon Williams (forward).
"The season was up and down, but the team was probably the most fun team I've been a part of," Prince said. "We had good team chemistry. From one to 12, we're all really close. The down part was the inconsistencies. We were in pretty much every game. We could have done a lot better this year. It is what it is. We just have to move on."
As part of OCC realignment, Scioto will move to the OCC-Capital next season with Big Walnut, Canal Winchester, Delaware, Franklin Heights, Westerville North, Westerville South and Worthington Kilbourne.
Girls basketball team has winning season
The girls basketball team posted its third consecutive winning season, finishing 17-7 overall.
The 17th-seeded Irish advanced to a Division I district semifinal for the second consecutive season before losing to fifth-seeded Pickerington Central 48-33 on Feb. 26 at Central Crossing.
Scioto ended last season with a 69-33 loss to the Tigers.
Guard Lauren Erickson, one of five seniors on the team, led the Irish with 11 points.
"It was a good season," coach Jen Music said. "(The girls are) fighters and they're scrappy. They play hard and they play together. They did that for three quarters (against Central), so I'm proud of them."
Erickson averaged a team-best 11.9 points and finished her career with 144 3-pointers to rank second in program history behind 2009 graduate Brandi Gorniak (182). She was named first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.
Junior twins Ashleigh Rothe (guard/forward, 7.8 points, 2.2 steals) and Karleigh Rothe (guard/forward, 7.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 steals) both were second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district, and senior Marlae Davis (guard/forward, 6.0 points) was honorable mention all-league.
Also eligible to return are junior Avery Schwab (guard) and sophomore Tiffany Trinh (guard).
"It's always hard to say goodbye to seniors," Music said.
"This is a special group. They're amazing young women. It's always hard to see them go, but they need to. They're getting ready for the next step in life and doing great things, and I think they will."
Record season for hockey team
Among the highlights for the hockey team this season was senior forward Pete Hrelec's record-setting performance Feb. 12.
That night at Chiller North, Hrelec set a state single-game record with 11 goals in a 15-4 win over DeSales in the first round of the Blue Jackets Cup consolation tournament.
The previous record was 10 goals, set by Kyle Brown of Millbury Lake on Jan. 14, 2005. Hrelec also tied Brown's record of 12 points in a game, as he had an assist to go with his 11 goals against DeSales.
Irish assistant coach Zach Vallette, senior defenseman Matthew Gast and 2010 graduate Fran Filice shared the previous program record of five goals in a game.
Seeded 22nd in the district tournament, Scioto opened the postseason Feb. 21 with an 8-7 win over 23rd-seeded Troy before losing to top-seeded Upper Arlington 16-0 in the second round Feb. 22 to finish 12-20 overall.
The Irish went 2-14 (4 points) in the CHC-Blue Division to finish fourth of five teams, behind champion Columbus Academy (16, 7-7-1-1).
In addition to losing Hrelec and two other seniors, Scioto must replace its coach, as Morgan Langworthy announced last week that he has stepped down after compiling a 75-81-9 record in five seasons.
"This was absolutely my favorite year despite the record and the ups and downs," said Langworthy, the recipient of the OHSAA Ice Hockey Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity award for the 2019-20 season. "I took a new position at work over the summer and my younger (children) are going to start playing winter sports. I'm not really looking to coach another high school, maybe five or six years down the road. It's been nothing but a positive experience."
Hrelec, who missed the early part of the season with an Achilles tendon injury, led the team in scoring with 53 goals and 19 assists for 72 points, and Gast had 44 goals and 20 assists for 64 points. Both were named first-team all-CHC-Blue.
Senior center David Loew had 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points and junior defenseman Nick Gould had 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points.
Other players eligible to return are juniors Bennett Obenour (center) and Gavin Smith (forward), sophomores Holland Bell (forward) and Ryan Wallace (forward) and freshmen Tommy Dwyer (defenseman), Shane Hall (forward), John Jones (goaltender), Ricky Monzalvo (forward) and Jonathan Yu (forward).
Thacker competes at state on floor
Freshman Taylor Thacker represented the gymnastics team in the state individual meet Feb. 29 at Bradley, scoring a 9.475 on floor exercise to tie Medina Highland's Paige Yu for fourth of 36 competitors.
Thacker had qualified for state by finishing first on floor in the district meet Feb. 22 at Kilbourne with a 9.5.