Whetstone High School cross country coach Joe Monda was pleased with his teams' performances in their Arrowhead Invitational.
The boys team scored 140 points in the meet held Sept. 19 to finish seventh of 19 teams, behind Bexley (68), Watterson (74), Grandview (90), Whitehall (114), Buckeye Valley (121) and DeSales (128) and ahead of Worthington Kilbourne (269), Walnut Ridge (305), Franklin Heights (308), Westland (327), Columbus South (335), Mifflin (342), Africentric (361), Northland (387), Marion-Franklin (458), Independence (481), Eastmoor Academy (499) and Beechcroft (540).
The girls team placed fifth (134) of 12 teams, behind Grandview (53), Bexley (69) Watterson (73) and DeSales (116) and ahead of Centennial (152), Buckeye Valley (184), Northland (217), Westland (244), Whitehall (269), Eastmoor (270) and Walnut Ridge (306).
"My teams, they're both young, but they're both a good bunch," Monda said. "When you're hosting, you're more concerned about getting the meet run. When I sat down later and looked at the numbers, I was surprised by some of the kids. It was a good day."
Sophomore Bianca McLemore led the way for the girls team, placing 20th in a personal-best 21 minutes, 52 seconds.
"It was the first time she broke 22 (minutes)," Monda said. "Any time you can break a barrier is nice."
Sophomore Ellie Davis was next for the Braves at 24th (22:00), followed by junior Julie Hausman (27th, 22:05), freshman Elli Schwartz (29th, personal-best 22:12) and sophomore Liz Khoury (34th, season-best 22:25).
"The whole team ran well," Monda said. "The girls had a really good pack."
Senior Kellen Kincaid led the boys team, finishing 20th (personal-best 17:59). Junior Hayden Palmer was next (22nd, season-best 18:05), followed by sophomore Isaac Boateng (23rd, 18:07), sophomore Alec Waitkus (37th, 18:49) and junior Evan Myers (38th, 18:49).
Whetstone competes in the Panther Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Pickerington North. The Braves then will prepare for the City League meet, which will be held Oct. 10 at Whetstone.
"We've got one more meet before the City (meet)," Monda said. "Then the postseason, and that's where everything happens."
Boys soccer coach happy with City play
The boys soccer team was 6-3-1 overall and 6-1-1 in the City League before playing Centennial on Sept. 25.
"We're pretty happy with where we're at right now," coach Kerry Nixon said. "We had a bit of a rough start. But these past couple weeks we've turned it around in the league."
After dropping to 2-3 with a 3-2 loss to Walnut Ridge on Sept. 4, the Braves re-evaluated how they were playing.
"We were playing 20, 25 minutes at a time and maybe not playing up to par the next 15 to 20 minutes," Nixon said. "That's when we were losing games.
"We started putting together 80-minute efforts and it's really made a huge difference."
Whetstone went 4-0-1 in its next five games, defeating Eastmoor Academy (13-0 on Sept. 6), Columbus International (4-2 on Sept. 11), Beechcroft (2-0 on Sept. 18) and Brookhaven (1-0 on Sept. 20) and tying Mifflin (1-all on Sept. 13).
"We started to really find our flow as a starting unit and we're getting our substitution patterns down," Nixon said. "The guys are starting to be comfortable with where they're at."
The Braves play host to Northland in a City game on Thursday, Sept. 27. Their final two league games will be Oct. 4 at home against Marion-Franklin and Oct. 9 at home against Briggs.
"If we can get results in that game (against Northland), then we'll be one step closer to the City championship game," Nixon said.
Boys golf team set for postseason
The boys golf team will compete in the Division I sectional tournament Tuesday, Oct. 2, at The Players Club at Foxfire.
The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the district tournament Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
"It's a difficult course," coach Tom Philip said of The Players Club. "We've played there before, so I thought there might be some familiarity."
The Braves have a City match against Brookhaven on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Raymond Memorial. Then, after the sectional, they have a league match against Centennial on Oct. 4.
"It's crunch time," Philip said. "We're still practicing. We're still playing a lot. Hopefully they'll continue doing well."
Football team falls to 0-2 in City-North
The football team dropped to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the City League-North Division with a 43-6 loss to host Beechcroft on Sept. 21.
The Braves returned the opening kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown to take a 6-0 lead, but the Cougars scored 43 unanswered points to cruise to the win.
Beechcroft quarterback Maurice Hales completed nine of 14 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries.
Whetstone plays host to Brookhaven on Friday, Sept. 28, in a City-North contest. The Bearcats are 3-2 and 2-0 after beating Northland 33-13 on Sept. 22.
The Braves lost to Brookhaven 48-12 last season.