Members of the Whetstone High School girls tennis team combined to win three matches in the Division I sectional tournament held Oct. 4 and 6 at Upper Arlington.
In singles, senior Abby Nypaver defeated Zanesville's Emily Denton 6-2, 6-1 in the opening round before losing to Upper Arlington's Jessica Patton 6-2, 6-1 in the second round.
"I feel like it went pretty well," Nypaver said. "I felt like even though I lost my second match, I was playing hard. I was proud of how I played. It was a good end to my run at sectionals."
Also competing in singles were junior Alex Myers, who defeated Columbus West's Leah Neimeister 6-2, 6-1 in the first round before losing to Gahanna's Kiara Shaw 6-3, 6-2 in the second round, and sophomore Saorise Jones, who lost to Upper Arlington's Olivia Kompa in the opening round.
In doubles, senior Dora Mase and junior Jessica Price defeated West's Christina Dickerson and Shayla Prillerman 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the first round before losing to Dublin Scioto's Medha Choudhary and Karishma Patel 6-1, 6-3 in the second round, and senior Arionna Darling and junior Kamena Willoughby lost to West's Jazmin Sigala and Halima Omar 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 in the first round.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to the district tournament Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at Hilliard Davidson, meaning a player would have had to reach a semifinal match to qualify for district.
Whetstone played West in the City championship on Oct. 8 at home. The Braves were looking for their third consecutive City championship and sixth City title in the last seven seasons.
Boys golfers don't
advance to district
The boys golf team shot a 424 in the 12-team Division I sectional tournament Oct. 2 at The Players Club at Foxfire to finish 12th, behind New Albany (298), Dublin Jerome (305), Teays Valley (313), Olentangy (323), Grove City (329), Westerville Central (335), Westerville South (344), Delaware (358), Reynoldsburg (358), Dublin Scioto (372) and Central Crossing (379).
The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
Sophomore Dylan Matthews led the Braves at sectional with a 101. Also competing were sophomore Carson Matthews (103), senior Steven Foster (107) and sophomore Quentin Pruneau (113).
Reynoldsburg's Darnell Ellis secured the final district-qualifying spot with an 82.
Whetstone defeated Centennial 182-230 on Oct. 4 at Raymond Memorial to remain unbeaten in regular-season City play. The Braves competed in the City tournament Oct. 9 at Mentel Memorial.
Whetstone won the City championship last season.
Football team gets first league win
The football team defeated host Columbus East 26-20 on Oct. 5 to improve to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the City League-North Division.
Whetstone plays host to Linden-McKinley in a league contest on Friday, Oct. 12. The Panthers fell to 1-6 and 0-4 with a 35-8 loss to Brookhaven on Oct. 5. The Braves lost to Linden 28-24 last season.
Against East, the Braves opened the scoring with a 3-yard run by Chris North in the first quarter but missed the extra-point attempt.
East, which fell to 3-4 and 0-4, scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 12-6, but the Braves answered with two touchdowns of their own in the quarter to take a 20-12 lead into halftime.
Junior quarterback Ramroth Finnegan connected with wide receiver Yusef Conteh on a 15-yard touchdown pass and then, with six seconds left, the Braves blocked a field-goal attempt and Damon Rosmont scooped up the ball on the 15-yard line and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown.
The officials initially awarded Rosmont the score but reversed the call after consulting the rulebook. However, they reversed the call again during halftime and called both teams back to the field for the extra-point attempt.
The Braves went for the two-point conversion and Finnegan connected with wide receiver Trent Harper on a pass.
The Tigers tied the score at 20 in the third quarter, but later in the quarter running back Josh Polk scored on a 3-yard run to give Whetstone a 26-20 lead. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter.
Finnegan was 15-for-25 passing for 191 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Conteh had six receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown, and Polk carried 10 times for 34 yards and a score.
Girls soccer team reaches City final
The girls soccer team will face Centennial in the City championship game for the second year in a row.
The teams meet Thursday, Oct. 11, at Crew Stadium. In the inaugural City championship game last year, the Braves lost to Centennial 1-0 in overtime.
Whetstone went 5-0 in the City during the regular season, including a 2-1 win over Centennial on Oct. 2. The Stars finished 4-1 in the league. Also fielding teams this fall were Beechcroft, Columbus International, East and Northland.
"It was another close match," coach Phil Labuhn said of his team's win over Centennial last week. "Our goal is to tighten some things up (defensively) and make the (City championship) game not so close."