The Columbus Academy football team should have a little extra motivation when it plays host to Bexley on Friday, Oct. 5.
Not only will the Vikings be looking to keep their MSL-Ohio Division title hopes alive, but they also will be trying to retain the Mayor-Headmaster Trophy, which is presented annually to the winner.
"This is a big rivalry," coach Jim Collis said. "This is an opportunity for us to beat them. We play for a headmaster's trophy and we would like to keep that right here on Cherry Bottom Road, so we don't want that to go back over to their place. That's incentive for us."
Academy has won the last three meetings, including 42-14 last season. Bexley's last win in the series was 42-20 in 2008.
The Vikings improved to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the league by defeating Heath 42-21 on Sept. 28.
Academy scored 28 unanswered points after the game was tied at 14 at halftime. Jared Harris scored three second-half touchdowns.
"We came out in the second half and got it done," Collis said. "Good for them. This is a great group of kids that we're working with. We can be pretty good. We just don't have a lot of kids. If we had more kids, I think we'd be even better."
Bexley dropped to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the league by losing to Newark Catholic 20-0 on Sept. 28.
Licking Valley and Newark Catholic are each 3-0 in the league, a game ahead of Academy and Granville.
Academy lost to Newark Catholic 14-9 on Sept. 22.
"That was a game we actually should have won," Collis said. "We had opportunities. You have to make plays when opportunities present themselves."
The Vikings visit Licking Valley on Oct. 12 and Granville on Oct. 26.
Harris leads Academy in rushing with 530 yards and four touchdowns on 84 carries, while Bryce Bailey has 312 yards and nine touchdowns on 54 carries.
Hart Wise has completed 44 of 75 passes for 543 yards with five touchdowns.
Harris has 24 receptions for 289 yards and four touchdowns and Tyler Gittins has nine receptions for 171 yards and three touchdowns.
Field hockey team remains perfect
The field hockey team is 12-0 overall and 8-0 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League entering its game at home against Granville on Thursday, Oct. 4.
Last season, Academy and Thomas Worthington tied for the league title at 10-0-1.
The Vikings play host to Thomas on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Academy defeated Kettering Fairmont 3-0 and Dayton Oakwood 8-2 on Sept. 29.
Freshman Hana Sinno scored four goals in the two games and leads the team with 19.
"There's a lot that I'm happy with," coach Anne Horton said. "The kids have taken full ownership of what their identity is about and because of that the kids are really just playing as one. They're having fun and they're excited. There's a lot of positive energy. They don't get down when mistakes are made; they just know that we have to work on things, so they're very realistic about who they are and what it's about. We're very happy with our status at this point."
Tennis team set for sectional
The girls tennis team plays host to a Division II sectional tournament Thursday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 6.
Competitors will include MSL-Cardinal/Ohio opponents Bexley, Fisher Catholic, Granville and Whitehall.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 12 and 13 at Columbus School for Girls.
Sophomore Andrea Ballin-ger led the Vikings with an 11-5 record at first singles entering this week.
Coach Megan Martzolf said Ballinger and junior Hannah Wexner will play doubles during the postseason. Wexner has played second singles this season.
Annie Lavin, Katherine Guan and Meera Gopinath will play singles, and Deepa Manda and Neela Nataraj also will play doubles during the postseason.
"The girls have been working hard all season and have been successful so far," Martzolf said. "The most important part of the season is coming up, so we're looking forward hopefully to continued success."
Girls soccer team seeks strong finish
The girls soccer team will prepare for the Division III district tournament by playing MSL-Ohio opponents Licking Valley on Thursday, Oct. 4, Grandview on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and West Jefferson on Oct. 11.
Before playing Fisher Catholic on Oct. 2, Academy had won three consecutive games.
"I'm looking forward to the tournament," coach Kelly Snead said. "They've been pretty close games with everybody that we've played against and that's what we'll face in the tournament. It will be a good battle this year in the tournament."
Through 12 games, Katerina Weikert led the team in scoring with nine goals and 10 assists. Julia Rizk had nine goals and six assists, Annie Meacham had six goals and five assists and Kelly Brown had five goals and seven assists.
"We're just trying to focus on the positives right now and trying to fix a few negatives," Snead said.
Volleyball team has been struggling
The girls volleyball team entered its match Oct. 2 against Heath looking to end an 11-match losing streak.
Academy was 0-9 in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio.
The Vikings play host to Whitehall on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The Rams defeated Academy 28-30, 25-19, 25-20, 25-13 on Aug. 28.
"I just think that they're so used to being beaten by these teams that they have it in their heads that these schools are better," coach Amanda Roehrenbeck said. "They're finally starting to realize that that's not always the case."
Roehrenbeck said junior outside/middle hitter Jillian Woodard and junior setter/outside hitter Lauren Vodnick have been key contributors.
Mandy Yakscoe and Sydney Frazier are the only seniors, and Frazier has been sidelined for nearly a month with a concussion.