Probably the greatest seasons in Pickerington Central boys volleyball historical past, in addition to the 10-year tenure of coach Luke Rininger, got here to an finish Might 25 with a 20-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15 -7 loss to sixth-seeded Dublin Jerome in a Division I East Area semifinal at Thomas Worthington.
The Tigers, who had been seeded fourth of 21 groups, completed 20-6 general. They went 14-0 within the OCC-Ohio Division to win this system’s first league championship by two matches forward of New Albany.
Even with these accomplishments, Rininger mentioned Central thrived off being perceived as an underdog.
“I believe lots of people did not even suppose we needs to be right here and the truth that we had been capable of virtually show them improper in a way by successful the primary two (video games in opposition to Jerome). … It is arduous to lose, however we misplaced to a extremely good crew,” mentioned Rininger, who was 113-115 at Central however 87-61 over the previous six seasons with earlier regional semifinal appearances in 2017 and 2019. He’s stepping down due to well being points.
The Tigers had been 0-14 in his first season however have received not less than 14 matches in 5 of the previous six.
Senior outdoors hitter Landon Tackett, a Thomas Extra recruit, earned league Participant of the 12 months honors and senior outdoors hitter Andrew Dhume was first-team all-league. In addition they had been named first- and second-team all-region, respectively.
Junior setter Gavin Billingsley was second-team all-league and honorable point out all-region, senior libero Nathan Hungerman was particular point out all-league and senior center hitter Jake Rybka was honorable point out all-league.
Rybka is an Adrian recruit.
Additionally eligible to return is junior center hitter Brandon Bradley.
•Tea north boys lacrosse crew celebrated the perfect file in program historical past and its first league championship, though the season got here to an finish within the second spherical of the Division I, Area 3 event.
Senior attacker Bennet Trout’s 76 objectives, 57 assists and 133 factors — the latter two program information — paced the Panthers, who went 15-5 general and 5-0 within the OCC-Ohio. Junior midfielder Cayden Christopher, an Ohio State commit, added 61 objectives, 18 assists, 36 floor balls and 29 triggered turnovers to earn first-team all-league and all-region honors.
Trout, who additionally completed his profession with a program-record 103 assists, was league Participant of the 12 months and first-team all-region.
Seeded third within the 19-team regional, North misplaced 13-12 in 4 overtimes to visiting and eighth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne on Might 19.
Senior defender Braeden Coleman set information for triggered turnovers in a recreation (5), season (55) and profession (96) and most interceptions in a season (10) and profession (18). Sophomore goalie Jason Ritchey set marks for saves in a recreation (23) and season (189).
Christopher additionally set the single-game file in objectives with 9.
“This group didn’t buckle beneath the burden of expectations,” coach Kurt Restuccio mentioned. “They had been essentially the most skilled group of gamers we have ever had … they usually had been supported by a really gifted group of underclassmen.”
Senior defender Nate Brown, Coleman and junior long-stick midfielder Tremel Dunkin additionally had been first-team all-league. Senior Sam Duvall (attacker), juniors Will Meyer (faceoff specialist) and Sam Scorziell (midfielder) and Ritchey had been second-team all-league, whereas senior defensive midfielders Blake Bennett and Mason Wahoff had been honorable point out all-league.
Coleman was first-team all-region and Dunkin was honorable point out.
CENTRAL BOYS VOLLEYBALL
•Document: 20-6 general
•OCC-Ohio standings: Pickerington Central (14-0), New Albany (12-2), Gahanna (10-4), Pickerington North (7-7), Delaware (5-9), Westerville Central (4-10), Reynoldsburg and Westerville South (each 2-12)
•Seniors misplaced: Andrew Dhume, Connor Dubs, Evan Gallion, Nathan Hungerman, Ryan Ouimet, Jake Rybka, Landon Tackett, Connor Walker-Holmes and Ryan Zak
•Key returns: Gavin Billingsley and Brandon Bradley
•Postseason: Def. Hilliard Davidson 22-25, 25-11, 25-18, 25-20; misplaced to Dublin Jerome 20-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-7 in Division I East Area semifinal
NORTH BOYS LACROSSE
•Document: 15-5 general
•OCC-Ohio standings: Pickerington North (5-0), Pickerington Central (4-1), New Albany (3-2), Westerville Central (2-3), Gahanna (1-4), Newark (0-5)
•Seniors misplaced: Blake Bennett, Nate Brown, Braeden Coleman, Sam Duvall, Brogan Khan, Bennet Trout and Mason Wahoff
•Key returns: Cayden Christopher, Tremel Dunkin, Will Meyer, Jason Ritchey and Sam Scorziell
•Postseason: Def. Kettering Fairmont 17-2; misplaced to Worthington Kilbourne 13-12 (4OT) in Division I, Area 3 quarterfinal