Two doubles teams from the Columbus Academy boys tennis team competed against one another for a Division II district doubles championship last Saturday at Gahanna, with Andrew Enslen and Chad Buchanan defeating teammates Eoghan Bahnson and Langston Hughes 6-0, 6-2.

Two doubles teams from the Columbus Academy boys tennis team competed against one another for a Division II district doubles championship last Saturday at Gahanna, with Andrew Enslen and Chad Buchanan defeating teammates Eoghan Bahnson and Langston Hughes 6-0, 6-2.

To celebrate, the team drove back to Academy for a mid-day, hour-long practice.

Academy is all business this time of year. Once again, the Vikings will feature multiple state qualifiers at the state tournament Friday and Saturday at Ohio State, followed by an appearance at the OTCA Division II team final four Sunday at Ohio State.

"Hopefully we can make some noise," coach Jeff Warstler said.

It was the second consecutive season it was an all-Vikings doubles final at district. The duo of Enslen and Buchanan and the pairing of Bahnson and Hughes reached the final thanks to aggressive play, which is a trait Warstler expects to aid both teams at state.

Enslen and Buchanan will play Brian Bruin and John Kidd from Lima Central Catholic in the opening round. Bahnson and Hughes will take on Gates Mills Hawken's David Gerson and Charlie Marks.

"If you play your percentages right and dominate at the net, you're going to give yourself a heck of a chance," Warstler said. "It's also the little things. Each one brings something excellent. Andrew is so net quick. Eoghan is savvy. Buchanan's game is so big and Langston has the best overhead on the team. It's fun to watch them."

The doubles teams resumed their teammate bond soon after last Saturday's match was completed. The Vikings' ultimate goal is to earn that third consecutive OTCA team tournament title.

On May 21, Academy beat Watterson 4-1 to qualify for the final four. The Vikings will open against Cincinnati Seven Hills with the other semifinal pitting Maumee Valley Country Day against Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.

Last season, Academy beat Hunting Valley University School 3-0 in a semifinal and Cincinnati Wyoming 3-0 in the final.

"Our team this year is not as good as last year and definitely not as good as two years ago," Warstler said. "This won't be easy, but we have a shot. Any one of these four teams could win it. If you're prepared, show up fired up and get a little heat working, you could go win it. It has taken a lot of work for us to get back here. We had four sophomores and a freshman on our front seven. No doubt, winning it this year would be sweet."

•The boys track and field team appeared to be unaffected by the stronger competition at this year's Division III district meet, which concluded last Saturday at Gahanna. Academy scored 98 points to finish first in the 29-team field, well ahead of runner-up Berne Union (69).

"I'm very happy with this team," coach Bob Kirk said. "They do what I tell them to do as opposed to having their own ideas or being resistant to either the lineup or the training."

Academy won five events and had four runners-up at district. The Vikings will be represented by eight athletes in 11 events at the regional meet, which began last Wednesday and concludes Friday at Liberty Union. Last season, Academy finished 10th (27) at regional, behind champion Cardington (56).

At district, Gebby Keny led Academy by winning the 200 meters (22.88 second) and 400 (49.43) as well as helping the 1,600 relay (3:25.23) and 3,200 relay (8:08.12) to district titles.

"The district is not only difficult because of the competition, but there's extra races to run for just about everybody," Kirk said. "Gebby and Clay Hoster had to run five races on (May 19) and (last Saturday). The regional will be a much more normal meet and we'll be fresher. It's just a matter of dealing with the competition we'll face."

•The girls track and field team has been buoyed by its 3,200 relay all season and the foursome didn't disappoint at the district meet.

The Vikings did not have a district champion, but were led by the 3,200 relay of Dina Sinno, Margaret Coons, Alisha Ho and Michelle Knopp that finished second in 10:07.56. As a team, Academy scored 57 points to finish second of 23 teams, behind Grandview (87).

"Given it was such a large district, the girls were excited to pull out a district runner-up finish," coach Dani Sparks said. "They're all pushing each other to do better each time out. There is a lot of competition within the team."

Academy qualified 10 athletes in six events for regional, with Ho (3,200) and the 3,200 relay making a return trip to regional. Last season, Ho (12:00.73) and the 3,200 relay both finished third (10:03.93), as the Vikings tied Fredericktown for 13th (15), behind champion Steubenville Catholic Central (98).

"It'll be a new experience for a lot of the girls," Sparks said. "With that comes anxiety. My job is to try and maintain calm and show them they have the ability to get through to state."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Academy baseball, girls lacrosse and boys and girls track and field teams:

BASEBALL

May 18 - Defeated Ready 2-1 in a Division III district semifinal May 19 - Lost to Marion Pleasant 2-1 in a district final Of note: The Vikings finished 19-9.

GIRLS LACROSSE

May 20 - Def. Hartley 18-3 in the second round of the Division II South-Central regional tournament. Molly Belcher and Allie Roehrenbeck scored four goals apiece. Last Tuesday - Played Cincinnati Seven Hills in a regional semifinal. Winner plays Columbus School for Girls or Cincinnati Seton in a regional final today at Mason.

Of note: The Vikings were 12-2 before last Tuesday.

TRACK & FIELD

Below are the regional qualifiers for the Academy boys and girls track and field teams with district event, place and time/distance/height:

BOYS - Jon Michael Hilsheimer: 800 (first, 1:58.02), 1,600 (third, 4:29.46); Clay Hoster: 200 (second, 23.07), 400 (second, 50.33); Gebby Keny: 200 (first, 22.88), 400 (first, 49.43); Kevin Parrish: high jump (second, 6-0); Nathaniel Sutton: 1,600 (second, 4:24.81); Ryan Wheeler: 100 (fourth, 11.59); 1,600 relay: Benjamin Meacham, Hilsheimer, Hoster, Keny (first, 3:25.23); 3,200 relay: Sutton, Dominic Facciolla, Hilsheimer, Keny (first, 8:08.12) GIRLS - Alisha Ho: 3,200 (fourth, 12:18.04); Anjali Kanwar: high jump (fourth, 4-10); Dina Sinno: 1,600 (fourth, 5:31.30); Sarah Timko: high jump (second, 5-0); 800 relay: Lindsay Hughes, Jackie Spence, Cami Mampieri, Aziza Corbett (fourth, 1:54.60); 3,200 relay: Sinno, Margaret Coons, Ho, Michelle Knopp (second, 10:07.56)