What’s Happening in Central Ohio Girls’ High School Sports?


• Perennial powerhouses New Albany and Upper Arlington, both trying to improve on their recent playoff fortunes, are the top seeds in Regions 1 and 3 of Division I girls lacrosse tournament.

UA, which is 15-0 and ranked first statewide by LaxNumbers.com, is aiming for its first state championship since 2019 and sixth in seven seasons. The Golden Bears lost to eventual state champion Dublin Coffman in the Region 3 Finals last year, and if the seeds held, the two teams would see each other in a rematch at the same stadium.

The Bears defeated the Shamrocks 21-4 in the OCC-Central Division game on April 11.

Springboro and Thomas Worthington complete the top four seeds in Region 3.

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Ranked third statewide, New Albany is 13-2 in the May 10 game against fourth-seeded, third-seeded Olentangy Liberty in Region 1. The Eagles were finalists in the Condition over the past three seasons.

Medina and Strongsville are the second and fourth seeds respectively.

Region 1 play begins on May 16. Two first round games in Region 3 are scheduled for May 14, with eight second round games scheduled for May 16 and 17.

Watterson is the No. 1 seed in Division II, Region 7 and is seeking his second consecutive spot in the state.

Central Independent League foes Columbus Academy and DeSales are the second and third seeds respectively, and won’t have to wait long for a rematch of the Vikings’ 9-8 overtime win starting April 28. The Stallions will visit the Vikings for a first-round game on May 19, the second of two consecutive days in which Region 7 play will begin.

Worthington Kilbourne is the fourth seed.

—Dave Purpura

• Lexi Byrd scored four goals, surpassing 100 for her career, to help the Olentangy Liberty Girls Lacrosse the team defeated Cincinnati Mariemont 14-13 on May 7.

Byrd, a junior, has 46 goals and six assists for the Patriots, who improved to 11-3 heading into New Albany on May 10. She registered 54 goals and 22 assists last season.

—Michael Rich

Soft ball :Heads of sector

Soft ball : State Poll

• The sign indicating the Westerville North Softball the program’s league championships had already been updated to include 2022 by the time the Warriors finished a 14-0 run in the OCC-Capital Division.

North dominated en route to their first title in 11 years, outscoring their opponents 161-29. Caitlin Meier’s four hits and five RBIs led the Warriors to a 15-3 five-inning home win on May 9 against Canal Winchester in a game that also wrapped up their regular season.

“It’s a great achievement. We knew we had talent, but with our youth we thought we were maybe a year away from that,” coach Brian Anderson said. “These kids played hard and played smart. They find a way in every game, no matter the situation. They find a way to get by and get the job done.

“Our pitcher and our defense are the strengths, and offensively we find a way. It’s always someone different.

Seeded 11th in the Division I district tournament, North hosts 42nd seed Mifflin in the first round on May 10. If the Warriors reach a district final, they would likely have to face last year’s regional champion at Watkins Memorial to win their first district. since 1994.

—Dave Purpura

Chloe Sayre (left) and Andrea Day helped Hilliard Bradley tie Olentangy Liberty for the OCC-Central Championship.

•The Softball Hilliard Bradley The team tied Olentangy Liberty for the OCC-Central Division title at 7-3, one game ahead of Upper Arlington, with both having lost their last two league games.

Bradley manager Kevin Moody isn’t worried about a slump as his players prepare to open the Division I district tournament on May 12 with a second-round match at home.

“I think our league was really good,” said Moody, whose team is 16-5 overall. “It shows parity in the league which I think will help us in the tournament. We’ve had tough games with tough losses and we’ve had some really tough wins. Hopefully that helps us.

Sophomore third baseman Andrea Day leads the Jaguars in batting average (.468), hits (36) and runs (25) and has 13 RBIs. Sophomore wide receiver Loghan Cromer is hitting .369 with 15 RBIs and 14 runs, and senior center fielder Kenna McClelland is hitting .333 and leads Bradley with three homers and 19 RBIs.

Junior pitcher Chloe Sayre is 12-3 with a 1.61 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 100 innings.

—Scott Hennen

•With her team’s 10-0 victory over Pickerington North on May 5, junior Ella Esterby added another achievement to one of the best seasons ever. Gahanna Lincoln softball launcher.

Esterby pitched his second perfect game, striking out four innings for five and giving him a program-high five hits for his career.

Gahanna was 22-2 overall and finished 10-0 in the OCC-Ohio Division after beating North 4-2 on May 10. The Lions have regular season games scheduled for May 10 at Licking Heights and May 11 at home against Cardington.

Junior shortstop Kirnan Bailey stole three bases in the first win against North and one in the second against the Panthers, giving him a program record of 48.

—Jarrod Ulrey

•The Softball Dublin Scioto The team won the Dublin Classic for the first time since 2016, beating Jerome 2-1 and Coffman 7-2 on May 8 in Jerome.

“Coffman and Jerome are good teams,” Scioto first-year coach Doug Bell said. “It was something that our girls had identified as something they wanted to accomplish at the start of the season. For our seniors, who had never beaten Coffman before, they were really thrilled to have accomplished that.

Taylor Henry went the distance in both games for the wins, allowing no earned runs and striking out 13. Against Jerome, she threw a goal-laden jam late in the seventh inning.

Bella Jauregui led the Irish at the plate hitting .571 with a double, a run and two stolen bases. Madi Comstock hit .500 with a double, two RBIs, two runs and two stolen bases and Caroline Piatt hit .429 with two RBIs.

Coffman beat Jerome 1-0 in the other game.

—Frank DiRenna

Ready's Bella Kirk screams as she overshoots at first base and is safe in a game at Hartley on April 20.

•The Softball Ready The team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 14-8 win over Hamilton Township on May 5, which also marked 10th-year coach Jen Goff’s 100th win in tenure.

“I’ve had so many amazing kids playing for me to help me get to this point and I want to thank them all for that,” Goff said. “I’m very grateful to (former Ready coach) Nick Joseph for helping me along the way, and to my husband and assistant coach Chris Goff.”

The Silver Knights scored once in the fifth to tie it at 6, then scored eight times in the sixth as they improved to 5-14.

Senior first baseman Lilly Kapala was 4 for 4 with six RBIs, junior center fielder was 3 for 5 with two runs scored, junior receiver Hope Orders was 3 for 5 and junior third baseman Emma Wohrle was 2-for-4 with three RBIs in support of senior pitcher Joely Ciborek.

Ready is the 11th seed in the Division III District Tournament and opens the playoffs May 12 at fifth-seeded Fairbanks.

“I’m very optimistic for our team,” said Jen Goff. “Our kids have worked really hard along the way because they fully understand what this time of year means.”

—Jarrod Ulrey




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