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Boys soccer team enjoyed 'amazing season'

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Junior midfielder Jack Lint (10), a first-team all-league selection, is expected to be among the top returnees next season for the Academy boys soccer team.
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The Columbus Academy boys soccer team won its third consecutive MSL-Ohio Division title and first Division III district title since 2009.

But the Vikings fell short of a regional championship, losing to Mansfield Christian 3-2 (6-5 on penalty kicks) in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Ashland.

Academy finished 14-3-3 overall.

"These boys had an amazing season after graduating 12 seniors from last year's team," coach Ron Leach said. "They were highly competitive and battled hard to the end (against) each difficult opponent. They were an exciting team to watch and coach."

In the regional semifinal, the Vikings rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second half. Forward Jake Tuckerman and midfielder Jack Lint, both juniors, scored in regulation.

The Vikings defeated Grandview 2-1 in a district final Oct. 27 at Westerville South, avenging a 1-0 loss to the Bobcats in a district final last season.

After a first-round bye in the district tournament, Academy defeated Madison Plains 8-0 on Oct. 20 and Columbus International 2-0 on Oct. 24.

Tuckerman led the team with 20 goals and Lint had 13.

Goalkeeper Thomas Nolan, who was one of seven seniors, had 67 saves and 14 shutouts.

In the league, Academy (5-0-1) finished ahead of Bexley (4-0-2), Granville (4-1-1), Heath (3-3), Whitehall (1-4-1), Licking Valley (1-5) and Lakewood (0-5-1).

The Vikings tied Bexley at 1 on Oct. 11.

Lint, Nolan and senior John Michael Long (defender/midfielder) were first-team all-league.

Tuckerman, senior Dominic Facciolla (midfielder), junior Gavin Koerner (forward) and sophomore Marcel Knopp (defender) were second-team all-league, and senior Alec Wuorinen (midfielder) and junior Gavin Rackoff (defender) were honorable mention all-league.

Long was first-team all-district and Lint was second-team all-district.

Others who could return next season include juniors Daniel Kennedy (midfielder), Tyler Kohman (defender/goalkeeper) and Zach Shepelak (midfielder) and sophomore Tim Leathery (midfielder).

Football team finishes .500

The football team finished 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the MSL-Ohio.

The Vikings were 10th in the Division V, Region 19 computer ratings. The top eight teams qualified for the playoffs.

Academy finished fourth in the league behind Granville, Licking Valley and Newark Catholic, which tied for first at 6-1, and ahead of Heath (3-4), Whitehall (2-5), Bexley (1-6) and Lakewood (0-7).

Jared Harris (RB/DB), who was one of seven seniors, led the team in rushing with 1,085 yards and seven touchdowns on 167 carries.

Senior Hart Wise (QB/DB) completed 83 of 144 passes for 1,045 yards with 10 touchdowns and rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns on 53 carries.

Junior Bryce Bailey (RB/LB) rushed for 468 yards and 10 touchdowns on 85 carries.

Harris, Wise and senior Rhys Davis (OL/DL) were first-team all-league, senior Jacob Hill (OL/DL) and juniors Isaac Sheumaker (OL/DL) and Lee Solomon (RB/LB) were second-team all-league and Bailey, junior Charlie Watters (QB/DB) and sophomore Ben Dahl (RB/DB) were honorable mention all-league.

Harris was first-team all-district on offense, Davis was second-team all-district on offense and Watters and Wise were second-team all-district on defense.

Hill, Sheumaker and Solomon were honorable mention all-district.

"This was a team with great chemistry," coach Jim Collis said. "They worked and played hard and went above and beyond everyone's expectations. I just wish for the kids that we would have gotten in the playoffs. They deserved it and probably would have won a couple of games. The kids on this team made it a fun year. We will miss our seniors."

Girls soccer team loses in 2nd round

The girls soccer team lost to Worthington Christian 4-0 in the second round of the Division III district tournament Oct. 18 to finish 10-7-1 overall.

The Vikings defeated Madison Plains 11-0 in the first round Oct. 15.

Academy finished fourth (6-2-1) in the MSL-Cardi-nal/Ohio behind Granville (8-0-1), Bexley (7-0-2) and Grandview (6-1-2) and ahead of Fisher Catholic (5-4), Liberty Union (3-5-1), Lakewood (2-6-1), Licking Valley (1-7-1), West Jefferson (1-7-1) and Heath (1-8).

Junior midfielder Katerina Weikert, who led the team in scoring with 16 goals and 14 assists, was the Player of the Year in the league and first-team all-district.

Sophomore Kelly Brown (midfielder) was first-team all-league and all-district.

Sophomore Annie Meacham (midfielder) was first-team all-league and second-team all-district, and sophomore Jenna Berlet (defender) was second-team all-league and third-team all-district.

Sophomore Julia Rizk (forward) was second-team all-league.

Coach Kelly Snead said Berlet was the team's Most Valuable Player.

"Jenna is a special player that always looks out for what is best for the team," Snead said. "She had to move from an offensive position to center back for us to anchor the defense. She did so selflessly and impressed us with her steady play and quiet leadership. I'm very proud of her."

Other players eligible to return are juniors Caitlyn Halsey (forward), Annie Mampieri (defender), Maria Mullin (goalkeeper) and Margaret Sutton (defender), sophomores Riley Ransom (midfielder) and Ella Ransom (defender) and freshmen Brianna Abell (forward), Neve Adler (goalkeeper), Savannah Cofer (midfielder), Miriam Knopp (midfielder), Christina Lee (forward), Nidia Pervez (midfielder), Lily Rizk (forward), Louise Rosler (midfielder) and Meredith Schroeder (midfielder).

Volleyball team wins four matches

The girls volleyball team finished 4-17 overall and 0-14 in the MSL-Ohio.

After a first-round bye, the Vikings lost to Centerburg 25-9, 25-8, 25-11 on Oct. 20 in the second round of the Division III district tournament.

Academy was last in the league behind Newark Catholic (13-1), Licking Valley (11-3), Heath (10-4), Lakewood (9-5), Granville (6-8), Bexley (4-10) and Whitehall (3-11).

Junior outside hitter Jillian Woodard, who was second-team all-league, had 99 kills and 34 blocks.

Junior setter/outside hitter Lauren Vodnick, who was honorable mention all-district, had 54 kills.

Players eligible to return are juniors Addison Anders (middle hitter), Maddie Burns (outside hitter), Ciara Fekete (outside hitter), Catherine Lange (outside hitter) and Annie Morford (outside hitter) and sophomores Ana Clavijo (outside hitter), Yashi Gundawardena (setter) and Natalie Weikert (outside hitter).

"We are returning all of our starters, so we look forward to next year being in a new league and seeing some different teams," coach Amanda Roehrenbeck said. "The girls showed tremendous improvement overall and fought through some tough games versus some tough teams this year."

Academy will compete in the MSL-Ohio next season with Bexley, Grandview, London, Madison Plains, West Jefferson, Whitehall and Worthington Christian.

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