Braves capture five City titles
Last week was quite memorable for Whetstone High School, as five of its athletic teams won City League championships.
The girls tennis team kicked off the week by defeating Columbus West 4-1 in the City championship match Oct. 8 to capture its third consecutive league title and sixth in the last seven years.
"West gave us all we could handle," coach Bucky Walters said. "The scores were incredibly close. It's very fulfilling as a coach to see these young ladies do what they did."
The Braves won two of the three singles courts and both doubles courts. Senior Abbie Nypaver defeated Leah Neimester 6-0, 6-0 at first singles and junior Alex Myers beat Katherine Bustos 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 at second singles, senior Dora Mase and junior Jessica Price defeated Christina Dickerson and Shayla Prillerman 7-5, 6-4 in first doubles and freshmen Sophia Rizzi and Lily Morris beat Halima Omar and Jazmin Sigala at second doubles.
Sophomore Saorise Jones lost to Lian Kim 5-7, 7-6, 7-6 at third singles.
Whetstone finished 12-0 overall and 5-0 in the City-North Division to reach the City championship match. The Braves competed in the Division I sectional tournament Oct. 4 and 6 at Upper Arlington but did not have any players advance to the district tournament held Oct. 12 and 13 at Hilliard Davidson.
"We never thought we'd have a complete undefeated season," Walters said. "We've been unbeaten in the City the last two years."
On Oct. 9, the boys golf team shot a 183 to win the nine-hole City tournament at Mentel Memorial. Centennial (204) was a distant second, followed by Briggs (230), Walnut Ridge (232), Columbus South (246), Eastmoor Academy (253), West (254), Brookhaven (268) and Independence (269). Marion-Franklin and Mifflin also competed but neither had a team score.
Whetstone, which went 11-0 in City dual matches, totaled 42 points in league play. The Braves got two points for every team they finished ahead of in the league tournament and two points for each of their regular-season league dual matches.
Centennial (38, 10-1) was second in the overall standings, followed by Briggs (32, 8-3), Walnut Ridge (30, 7-3-1), South (24, 6-4-1), Eastmoor (22, 5-6), West (20, 6-5), Brookhaven (16, 5-6), Independence (6, 1-6), Mifflin (6, 3-8) and Marion-Franklin (4, 2-9).
Even though Whetstone won all of its league dual matches, coach Tom Philip knew his team hadn't secured the league title.
"We still had to do well in the City (tournament)," he said. "We did, and things worked out."
Sophomore Dylan Matthews led the City with a 43-stroke, nine-hole average in league play. Rounding out the top five scoring averages were Centennial's Phil Pezzata (44.5), sophomore Carson Matthews (44.6), Centennial's Andrew Swisher (46.3) and Briggs' Kyler Hogle (46.3). Dylan and Carson Matthews are brothers.
"The younger kids really came through this year," Philip said.
On Oct. 10, Whetstone played host to the City cross country meet, and the boys team won the league title by finishing first with 37 points.
Centennial (109) was a distant second, followed by South (110), Eastmoor (119), Walnut Ridge (140), Africentric (141), Mifflin (186), Northland (188), Independence (192), Marion-Franklin (197) and Beechcroft (268).
The girls team almost won the league title as well, as the Braves scored 42 points and finished one point behind champion Centennial (41). Northland (77) was third, followed by Africentric (92) and Eastmoor (97).
"I couldn't have been happier," coach Joe Monda said. "The girls lost by one point and I wish we could have got that, but they ran their best race of the year. It was a good day overall for us."
Scoring for the boys were Ike Boatneg (third, 17:45), Hayden Palmer (fourth, 18:02), Kellen Kincaid (seventh, 18:15), Evan Myers (10th, 18:38) and Alex Waitkus (13th, 19:02).
Scoring for the girls were Julianna Hausman (sixth, 21:29), Bianca McLemore (seventh, 21:35), Elli Schwartz (eighth, 21:56), Liz Khoury (ninth, 22:15) and Karina Spulgis (12th, 23:05).
On Oct. 11, the boys and girls soccer teams captured City championships at Crew Stadium.
The boys team defeated Walnut Ridge 2-1 for its first league title since 2003. The Braves had a 9-2-1 in City play during the regular season and had lost to Walnut Ridge 3-2 on Sept. 4. The Scots were 10-1-1 in the City during the regular season.
Scoring for the Braves in the City championship game were junior forward Collin Tuttle and senior midfielder Matt Dascenzo.
"It felt fantastic," coach Kerry Nixon said. "We were fortunate to play our best game of the season.
"We have 15 seniors this year and all the hard work and dedication they've put in for four years paid off. It was a great experience for the guys."
The girls team defeated Centennial 3-2 in overtime to earn its first City title. In the inaugural girls City championship game last season, the Braves lost to the Stars 1-0 in overtime.
"It was rewarding for the girls," coach Phil Labuhn said. "They've worked real hard this year."
The Braves trailed 1-0 at halftime and were down 2-0 in the second half before rallying to force overtime. Junior forward Marlee Christian and junior midfielder Haley Varney each scored during regulation and senior forward Alana Bruzzese scored the winning goal in overtime.
"There was never a point where they felt like they were out of the game," Labuhn said.
Whetstone, which went 5-0 in the City during the regular season, defeated Centennial 2-1 in their league contest Oct. 2. The Stars went 4-1 in league play during the regular season.
Football team posts second win in a row
The football team defeated Linden-McKinley 34-0 on Oct. 12 at home to improve to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the City-North.
The win was the second in a row for Whetstone, which defeated East 26-20 on Oct. 5.
The Braves play host to Northland in their final home contest of the season Friday, Oct. 12.
The Vikings dropped to 4-4 and 3-2 with a 13-6 loss to Mifflin on Oct. 12 after having won three of their previous four games.
Whetstone lost to Northland 35-0 last season.
Against Linden, quarterback Ramroth Finnegan completed 17 of 28 passes for 336 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and rushed for 46 yards on eight carries. Running back Damon Rosmont led the Vikings with 80 yards rushing and a touchdown on 13 carries and wide receiver Trent Harper had four receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown.