Mason Louis and Sydney Smith lead the Bexley Lions in MSL-Ohio track competition
Mason Louis and Sydney Smith had a stunning performance for the Bexley boys and girls track and field teams in the MSL-Ohio division on May 11-14 at Whitehall.
Both teams finished second, thanks to the hard work of the two talented sophomores.
Louis was the competition’s top scorer, helping the men’s team (109 points) to finish behind Grandview (176). He won the 100 meters (10.88 seconds), 200 (22.24) and 400 (49.69) and was a member of the first relay 1600 (3: 28.03) with Andrew DeLaCruz, Nicholas Eddy and Spencer Stevenson.
Stevenson also won the 800 (1: 57.71) and was part of the 3200 relay championship (8: 26.56) with DeLaCruz, Eddy and Solomon McDow. Eddy was third in the 800 (2: 00.59).
Samson Adler, Nathan Ma, Matthew Levy and Grant Sheridan were in the third relay of the 400m (46.37).
“We challenged the kids on day one and told them it was possible to get second,” said boys coach Shane Roberts. “Everyone slowly played their part and did public relations and performed well, which we are supposed to be doing.”
Smith won the discus (115ft, 6in) and shot put (37-0) to lead the women’s team, which was second (129.33) at Buckeye Valley (165.33). She is the daughter of former Bexley football coach John Smith.
Maria Steinke won the 1600 (5: 13.82) and was third in the 800 (2: 24.96). She was also part of the 3,200 first place relay (9: 49.12) with Ryle Barno, Hannah Hayden and Kaleigh Place and the 1,600 third place relay (4: 14.93) with Barno, Isabel Niermeyer and Place.
Niermeyer was second in the 400 (1: 01.43) and third in the 100 (13.23), and the Lions secured third place from Barno in the 400 (1: 02.95) and Claire MacDonald in the 3200 (11 : 47.83). ).
The second place 400 relay (52.29) included Alissa Shyshkova, Jenna Plank, Sofia Sheridan and Ava Reiser.
“I’m really happy with our performance,” said girls coach Jamie Hayes. “We had a great time and did a great job in the field events. I think they did really well.
The girls competed in Division I, District 1, May 18, 20 and 22 at Hilliard Darby. The top four in each event qualified for regional May 26-28 at Pickerington North.
The boys competed in Division II, District 2, May 18, 19 and 22 at Westerville North. The top four in each event qualified for regional May 27-29 in Lexington.
The top four from each regional event qualify for the state on June 4 and 5. Division I takes place in Darby and Division II in Pickerington North.
•Columbus School Course for Girls Junior Kayden Edwards was the leading scorer in the MSL-Ohio game. The junior scored 22.75 points as the Unicorns finished third (106).
Edwards won the 100 hurdles (16.4) and 300 hurdles (48.97) and was third in the 400 relay (52.59) with Sophia Nagy, Jameson Pillifant and Nyah Funderburke. She was also part of the fourth place 800 relay (1: 51.78) with Ciara Latham, Emma Spangler and Funderburke.
“I’m always nervous before I run the 100 hurdles, but it’s good fuel for me,” said Edwards. “I got out slowly but finished strong and got a PR of 0.3 seconds.”
Fabi Corso won the 800 (2: 23.88) and finished second in the 1600 relay (4: 08.5) with Carly Priest, Funderburke and Pillifant. She joined Priest, Lauren Sloan and Pillifant in third place in the 3200 relay (10: 01.92).
“I didn’t do very well in the (1,600, finishing fourth in 5: 19.63) so I really wanted to do my best in the 800,” said Corso. “It really pushed me to do well in 800.”
Jolien Kusi was second in the discus (99-3) and shot put (31-4 1/2). Funderburke (200, 27.33) and Pillifant (long jump, 14-10 3/4) both placed third.
The unicorns competed in the Division II district on May 18, 19 and 22 at Westerville North. The top four in each event qualified for regional May 27-29 in Lexington.
• Strong pitching helped steer the Saint-Charles baseball team to their first Division I district semi-final since 2018.
The 33rd seeded Cardinals were 15-12 before playing seed Olentangy Orange in a May 25 district semifinal with the winner playing in a May 27 district final against 11th seed Olentangy Berlin series, or Pickerington North, 17th seed.
The regional semi-finals will take place on June 3 in Dublin Coffman.
Ethan Seewald pitched a four hitter with eight strikeouts and four goals as the Cardinals beat the 27th seed and host Licking Heights 2-0 on May 17. Two days later, Charlie Griffith struck out the strikeout of 11, walked and gave up two earned runs. a 12-4 second round victory at 19th seed Central Crossing.
“We’re throwing and we’ve found an offense,” said coach Ray Benjamin. “Ethan was Ethan (against Licking Heights). He started a great game and we were able to put together enough to get the win.
“Charlie is just a freshman and he was getting better with every round. From the fourth round, he was really locked up.
Ryan Benjamin and Dom Doukakis both had RBI singles against Licking Heights. St. Charles then had 15 hits against Central Crossing, led by Archer Stankowski with a double, two singles, six RBI, two runs and a stolen base.
Ryan Benjamin had a double, two singles, an RBI and two runs, and Michael Benjamin had a single twice and scored three times. Doukakis had two singles and three RBIs, and Erik Witherspoon had a single and scored three runs.
• Reece Yakubov won a singles championship for the Tennis Saint-Charles team in a Division I section on May 13 and 15 at Hilliard Bradley.
The senior competed in the district tournament May 20-22 in Reynoldsburg in hopes of defending his championship from 2019. There were no spring sports in 2020 due to the COVID-coronavirus pandemic. 19.
The top four singles and doubles finishers came forward to declare May 28-29 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
In sophomore year, Yakubov went 1-1 in singles at the state. As a rookie, he teamed up with 2018 graduate Jack Dabek to finish second in doubles status.
Keller Bueneman and Andy Somodi’s doubles team were also competing in the District for the Cardinals. The senior duo finished fourth in the sectional.
• The Bexley softball team battled injuries and overcame pandemic issues to finish 8-16 overall and tie Worthington Christian for second (7-3) in MSL-Ohio behind Buckeye Valley (10-0).
“We’ve improved over the season,” said second-year coach Jess Sciacca, whose 16th-seeded team lost 5-2 to 12th-seed Hamilton Township on May 11 in the first. round of the Division II district tournament. “With the cancellation of COVID last season, our sophomores lost their freshman year and that means you basically came up with two classes of freshmen. You always struggle with freshmen because it’s such a big jump to high school prom.
“At the end of the year, we started to improve and win a few games. We started slowly and weren’t healthy much of the season.
Injuries began to hurt the Lions in the fall when senior wide receiver Aly Cox injured his knee in soccer. She was Co-League Player of the Year in 2019 and returned for nine games, batting .529 (9-for-17) and earned an honorable mention throughout the league.
Senior shortstop Liv Wilson suffered an arm injury and has only batted eight .333 (12 for 36). Freshman Izzy Carleton (OF / SS / 2B) hit .378 and was the second team in the entire league despite missing time due to an arm injury.
The first team in all leagues was senior pitcher Claire Melville (.360 batting average) and second-year first baseman Quinn McDermott (.486, 7 homers). Sophomore shortstop / pitcher Ellie Goldson was the entire league’s second team, and first-year outfielder Alina Lacki was honorable mention throughout the league.
•Record: 8-16 in total
•MSL-Ohio Ranking: Buckeye Valley (10-0), Bexley and Worthington Christian (both 7-3), Grandview (3-6), Whitehall (1-7), Wellington (0-9)
•Seniors have lost: Aly Cox, Makenzie Holt, Claire Melville, Eleanor Reich, Kate Sullivan and Liv Wilson
•Main returnees: Izzy Carleton, Ellie Goldson, Alina Lacki and Quinn McDermott
•Post-season: Lost to Hamilton Township 5-2 in the first round of the Division II District Tournament