Boys tennis team cruises to MSL title
The Columbus Academy boys tennis team is looking to continue its domination during the postseason.
After going undefeated in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio Division during the regular season, winning all six matches by 5-0 scores, the Vikings swept all courts in the league tournament May 4 at home.
Academy will look to carry that momentum into a Division II sectional tournament May 16 and 18 at home after finishing first in the league with 51 points.
"These are good kids. That's the best part about it," coach Jeff Warstler said. "They work hard. They're good kids and they're good players. They're rolling along. They're doing all the work."
At sectional, the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the district tournament May 24 and 25 at Academy.
In the league tournament, Academy defeated players from Bexley in all five finals.
Freshman Jacob Wareti defeated Max Kelly 10-8 at first singles, senior Abram Schottenstein defeated Nathan Katz 10-0 at second singles and junior Evan Alexander defeated Kyle Carruthers 10-3 at third singles.
Junior Ryan Jung and sophomore Shrikar Kundur defeated Ethan Goodstein and Tyler Seckel 10-8 at first doubles and junior Dean Firouzian and sophomore J.P. Perrini defeated Clay Cardenas and Logan Wilhelm 10-2 at second doubles.
"I knew this team was going to be pretty good. You add Jacob and it puts everybody in a natural spot," Warstler said.
The league standings were incomplete because matches had yet to be played. Academy won the league tournament with 15 points, followed by Bexley (10), West Jefferson (3), Fisher Catholic (2), Grandview (2), Whitehall (2) and Granville (1).
Academy also defeated Bexley 5-0 on May 2.
The Vikings also stayed alive in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament by defeating Watterson 5-0 in a district quarterfinal May 3 at home.
Academy visits Village Academy for a semifinal Thursday, May 9.
Girls lacrosse team wins league title
The girls lacrosse team won its fourth consecutive Central Independent League title, finishing 7-0.
The Vikings have won the title every year of the league's existence.
"You always start with trying to win the league," said coach Anne Horton, who helped form the league. "Now we're eying the (Division II) tournament. We've put ourselves in the best possible scenario at this point."
Academy was 13-1 overall before playing Olentangy Orange on May 6.
Since losing to Worthington Kilbourne 14-10 on April 19, Academy had won five consecutive games before playing Orange.
Academy averaged 13 goals a game over the five contests.
Senior attacker Courtney Deena scored eight goals in a 20-5 win over Dublin Jerome on May 2.
"We've weathered the storm," Horton said. "We've had a lot of adversity this spring with kids missing games and being hurt, so we've overcome a lot of obstacles. We have a few things we have to fix before the tournament."
Boys lacrosse team seeks tourney success
The boys lacrosse team was looking to rebound from a three-game losing streak before playing Big Walnut on May 6 and gain momentum heading into the Division II Central Region tournament.
"The effort of the boys on this team is relentless and they have a no-quit attitude," coach J.B. Jones said. "I am proud of the hard work this team has put in. We don't play like we are a second-year team. We play with the confidence of a much more experienced team."
The Vikings lost to Watterson 15-9 on May 1.
Attackers Hart Wise, Grayson Wise and Otis Klingbeil each scored two goals and goalkeepers Matt Schmidt (11) and Brian Korda (4) combined for 15 saves.
Through nine games, Schmidt was 4-4 with 89 saves.
"The team has come a long way this season," Jones said. "Compared to last season, we have much better offensive balance."
Track teams compete at Hamilton Township
The boys and girls track and field teams competed in the Central Ohio All-Star Invitational on May 3 and 4 at Hamilton Township.
The boys finished second (104 points) in a 14-team field behind Gahanna (109). Jack Lint won the 110-meter hurdles (14.45 seconds) and 300 hurdles (38.58), and Dominic Facciolla won the 1,600 (4:33.68).
The girls were ninth (35.5) behind champion Chillicothe (91) in a 16-team field.