Golfers advance to state tourneys
The Columbus Academy golf program wasn't ready for its season to end.
The boys team finished second in the Division III district tournament Oct. 2 at Cumberland Trail to qualify for state, which will be held Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at NorthStar.
Also, sophomore Chloe Bradburn earned her second consecutive berth to the Division II girls state tournament after shooting a 77 at district Oct. 1 at Pickaway Golf Course.
The boys team and Wellington both shot 309 at district, but Wellington won the tiebreaker and the district title because its fifth-place golfer, Princeton Ball (81), finished ahead of Academy's fifth-place golfer, Vincent Dong (83).
Nabeel Khan led Academy with a 74, followed by his brother Shabaz Khan (76), Carter Kistler (77), Ted Loper (82) and Dong.
"It was a great day and we played pretty well, so it's very exciting and the players are definitely excited going into (this) week's state tournament," coach Steve Evans said. "The goal (at district) was to simply advance to the state tournament and we did that. It would have been nice to win the district championship, but (this) week is what really matters."
Academy will tee off at state at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12. The Vikings will be competing with Cincinnati Seven Hills and Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas.
Tree of Life (319) and Sugarcreek Garaway (321) also qualified for state from the Cumberland Trail district tournament. Mark David Wright of Tree of Life and Cameron Michalak of Grove City Christian both shot 73 to share medalist honors.
Bradburn will compete at state Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at Ohio State's Gray Course. She will start at the No. 10 hole at 9:48 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, and will compete with Kelsey Koesters of Coldwater and Pari Keller of Cincinnati Indian Hill.
The top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to state from the Pickaway district tournament. Bradburn was second to Wellington's Annie Miller (75) and ahead of Centerburg's Faithe Carr (81) among the individual qualifiers.
Bradburn also was fourth overall behind medalist Shelby Thompson (71) of Uhrichsville Claymont.
"Chloe played extremely consistent golf and just like the boys, her goal was to finish in a spot where she could qualify for the state tournament, which she did," Evans said. "Now she has 36 holes (this) week to show how good she is."
Last season at state, Bradburn tied for 16th (170).
"This is great as a coach, especially when you see the excitement and the enjoyment that the kids have and you just see that look in their eyes that they're having a great time and they want to be the best that they can be in the state," Evans said.
Football team retains trophy
The football team won the Mayor-Headmaster Trophy for the fourth consecutive season by defeating Bexley 30-7 on Oct. 5 at home.
The trophy is presented annually to winner of the game.
"We'll take the win," coach Jim Collis said. "The kids are playing pretty well. They're doing a nice job. We have a great group of kids this year."
The Vikings are 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the MSL-Ohio Division as they prepare to visit Licking Valley on Friday, Oct. 12.
The Panthers also are 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the league.
Last season, Licking Valley defeated Academy 35-14.
"We have a tough assignment ahead of us this week," Collis said. "Licking Valley is always good. Their coach (Randy Baughman) always has their kids ready to play. They're tough, but they're beatable. We have to play well, but if we show up and execute and play, we have a legitimate chance to win. We're excited."
Against Bexley, quarterback Hart Wise had a 25-yard touchdown run and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Krumlauf.
For the season, Wise has completed 53 of 89 passes for 672 yards and six touchdowns.
Jared Harris leads the team in rushing with 596 yards on 98 carries with five touchdowns.