Spring Sports Coming to an End

Mea Kaufman, Staff

Spring sports season is coming to a close, and the teams are now moving on to sectional and regional competition. Here is a look back at some key points in their season and what they are envisioning for the future.

Girls Track 

Their team consists of six players and five of them being seniors. Next year will be a rebuilding year for their team.

The Girls Track team has competed in everything from large invitationals to small meets. They are on their way to regionals with bigger competition.

Sophomore team member Gabriella Spickard says, “I believe that our team this year will go very far. I think if we all work hard enough, then we can win sectionals and hopefully states.” Usually, Gabriella is a part of the 4×1 team, 4×2 team,4×4 team, and she runs the open 200 meter dash.

After the girls took the win at the Shadyside Relays, which was the first time Weir High girls have ever won that meet, they are confident with how the rest of the season will go. The team has multiple girls running in many events hoping to qualify for everything they can. They have a large team that brings plentiful support from the girls and boys.

At OVACS they finished as 4A Runner-ups and 6th overall across all divisions.

They competed in the Indian League at Edison finishing 1st with an undefeated record of 6-0. They travel to North Marion on Friday, May 12 for regionals.

OVAC Championship Results: 

Kendall Drobish threw a new school record in discus of 121 placing first. She also got 3rd in shot put. Rylie Baker got fourth in shot put. The 4×100 placed second with a team of Gabriella Spickard, Isabella Earley, Mea Kaufman, and Olivia Baker. The 4×200 placed third with a team of Mea Kaufman, Janai Turner, Amalia Kirlangitis, and Gabriella Spickard. The 4×400 team placed first with a team of Mea Kaufman, Gabriella Spickard, Naomi Young, and Olivia Baker. The shuttle hurdle really team placed first with a team of Maleea Faulks, Maleigha Stromile, Madelyn Cramer, and Kiana Luevano. The 4×800 team placed first with a team of Giana Brun, Dacodah Roche, Olivia Shetler, and Naomi Young. Maleea Faulks placed third in high jump. Naomi Young placed second in the open 800.

Boys Track 

The Boys Track team also has many members this year and multiple boys competing in each event. They have been placing in almost every meet they go to.

Senior team member Joshua Duffy states, “So far the season has been good, though we’ve had a few setbacks with some injuries.

However, we should be ready for OVACs and regionals since we finished runner-ups last year.”

Head coach Tom Taylor states their successes so far, “We have earned top places in three invitationals Steubenville Early Bird 1st, Tyler Invitational 2nd, Brooke Relays 4th and are undefeated in the Indian League dual meet schedule as of now.”

The boys finished their Indian League meet at Edison 5-1 winning first place.

Their key members include distance Josh Duffy and Shawn Young, sprints Devan Colson and Jamari Hubbard-Bass, field Dom Guiddy and Da’Marr Turner, and hurdles RJ Groppe and Ben Howard. The boys are currently prepping hard for regionals. Their goal is to qualify at least 18 boys. The boys team is looking ahead into their season with high hopes and constant memories.

At OVACs, the boys finished third place in 4A.

OVAC Championship Results:

The 4×800 team placed first with a team of Shawn Young, Anthony Ensminger, Bobby Shuble, and Josh Duffy. RJ Groppe placed fourth in 110 high hurdles and third in 300 hurdles. The 4×200 placed second with a team of Jamari Hubbard-Bass, Max Maley, Jacob Taylor, and Devan Colson. The 4×100 placed third with a team of Kanye Green, Jamari Hubbard-Bass, Jacob Taylor, and Devan Colson. Josh Duffy placed second in the 1600 and the 3200. Bobby Shuble placed second in the open 800. The shuttle hurdle relay team placed first with a team of RJ Groppe, Max Maley, Gage Hawkins, and Ben Howard. Dominic Guiddy placed second in discus. Anthony Zorbini placed third in discus. Damarr Turner placed third in high jump.

Girls Tennis

The Tennis Team had big expectations for regionals after finishing runner-up at OVACs. They have a fair number of players with members from all grades.

Sophomore team member Kayla Velegol says, “I feel like as a team we have a chance to make it to states if we play our best as usual. In doubles me and my double partner, Megan Dunmyer, have been doing well with our matches.”

Kayla’s overall single record is 12:7 and their doubles record is 13:6.

On April 29, their team competed for regional play-ins against St. Mary’s beating them 7-0 and a loss to North Marion 2-5. Their season ended on May 6 at the regional tournament in Parkersburg.

Season Stats:
Their team record was 14-8-1.

Individual Wins;
Megan Dunmyer- 20
jenna Costello- 18
Kayla Velegol- 15
Kayla Mazon- 13

Double Wins:
Megan Dunmyer and Kayla Velegol- 16
Jenna Costello and Kayla Mazon- 11
Piper Pedrotti and Allison Best- 7
Piper Pedrotti and Pia Desiderio- 2

Boys Tennis 

The boys’ tennis team has had a memorable season so far. As of now, their record is 19-1-1. The boys recently achieved Runner-up in their class at OVAC’s.

This year, the team had a very packed schedule to play as much competition as possible.

“Key player Niko Dimitriou,” states head coach Constantina Hajioannou, “played exceptionally well at OVAC’s and made it to the semi-finals. He is peaking right now and hopefully he will continue for regionals and states.”

Justin Velegol and Niko Dimitriou finished regionals as double champions.

They traveled to Charleston for the state tournament on May 10. Velegol and Dimitriou lost in the teams contest, but as of this printing, there was still a chance for individual awards.

Their team consists of six players and five of them being seniors. Next year will be a rebuilding year for their team.

Boys Tennis Season Results:

Justin Velegol

Region 9-0
OVAC 14-2
OVAC Championships 0-1
Regions 4-1

Niko Dimitriou

Region 9-0
OVAC 12-2
OVAC Championships 2-1
Regions 2-1

Ty Lyon

Region 7-1
OVAC 10-6
OVAC Championships 0-1
Regions 0-1

Mikey Lytle

Region 9-0
OVAC 13-3
OVAC Championships 0-1
Regions 2-1

Doubles – Velegol/Dimitriou:
Region 9-0
OVAC 12-2
OVAC Championships 2-1
Regions 4-0 (Champions)

Doubles – Lyon/Lytle:
Region 7-1
OVAC 10-5
OVAC Championships 2-1
Regions 0-1

Doubles – Wansack/Wood:
Region 6-2
OVAC 11-4
OVAC Championships – Did not play
Regions 1-1

Girls Softball 

The Softball Team has a new field this year and began playing on it in March

Sophomore Rayna Hoover states, “Our softball season is going pretty good. We started off strong, but we have been going through a rough patch recently. However, I think we are going to pick it up before sectionals and I think we’ll get out of this slump when it counts.”

This is the first time the team has beaten their rival Oak Glen in many years with a 5-4 win at home. This makes the team confident they can win sectionals.

Head coach John Leary stated, “We have been working on fundamentals as we prepare for sectionals. Trying to correct things that we haven’t done well during the regular season. Phia Aperfine & Brayley Lash have been our top 2 hitters. Eliza Utt and Rylee Donaldson have done 90% of our pitching.”

Sectionals are like a new chance for the team to compete. The girls won a sectional play-in game to Fairmont Sr. 9-1. They played Oak Glen on May 8 with a loss 1-7. They pushed through the next day with a win against Fairmont Sr. 15-2. Their season ended when they played Oak Glen for the Sectional Championship on May 10 with a loss of 0-2.

Boys Baseball 

The Baseball Team has a young squad with only two graduating seniors.

The team has a new starting pitcher, fielders, and hitters incorporating everyone in a spot.

Senior Ryan Weber stated, “Our record might not be the greatest, but we go out there every game with a fight.”

They give it their all and are hoping to make it as far as they can into sectionals.

On May 8, they lost to Oak Glen in a sectional play-off game. On May 10, they played at North Marion and won 4-1 to stay in the competition. The boys traveled down to East Fairmont on May 11.