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Tennis squad easily defends MSL championship

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The Columbus Academy boys tennis team defended its league title by finishing first in the MSL-Ohio Division tournament April 26 at London.

The Vikings won four of five courts to score 14 points and finish ahead of Bexley (8), Worthington Christian (5), Grandview (4), Whitehall (2), London (1) and West Jefferson (1).

"We had a good day," coach Jeff Warstler said. "Bexley has a good team, but for them they're a little bit down and we're a little up at this point. I can't say that I'm surprised that we won, but you still have to go out and play."

The Vikings also went 6-0 in league matches. They were 10-1 overall before playing Upper Arlington on April 28.

Entering that match, Academy's only loss came against Mason, 5-0 on April 11.

After a first-round bye in the Central/Southeast regional of the Division II OTCA team tournament, Academy defeated DeSales 5-0 in the second round April 16. The Vikings play Coshocton or Gallipolis Gallia Academy in a semifinal on a date to be determined.

In the league tournament, Evan Alexander finished first at second singles, defeating Worthington Christian's Chris Tsibouris 8-0 in the final.

In other finals, Austin Lawrence defeated Bexley's Gauthier Knox-Kelly 8-1 at third singles, Ryan Jung and Shrikar Kundur defeated Bexley's Max Knox-Kelly and Shia Saar 8-4 at first doubles and Dean Firouzian and Nikhil Patel defeated Bexley's Ethan Goodstein and Logan Wilhelm 8-5 at second doubles.

Jacob Wareti reached the final at first singles, but lost to Worthington Christian's Joel Montgomery 8-3.

"When you're playing good competition it gets you ready to keep moving forward," Warstler said. "Our kids are pretty good about just going one step at a time."

Track teams fare well at Bloom-Carroll

The track and field teams turned in strong efforts April 26 in the Bloom-Carroll Invitational.

The girls team finished first (94) of 11 teams ahead of runner-up DeSales (91) as Julia Rizk won the 1,600 meters (5 minutes, 28.3 seconds) and 800 (2:25.9).

Also finishing first were Rizk, Audrey Grammel, Jacinta Cresta-nello and Cobi Warstler in the 3,200 relay (10:45) and Rizk, Grammel, Crestanello and Annie Mampieri in the 1,600 relay (4:26.2).

The boys team finished second (128) of 10 teams behind Franklin Heights (146) as Jack Lint won the long jump (20 feet, 7 inches), 110 hurdles (14.7) and 300 hurdles (39.5).

Isaac Sheumaker won the discus (129-1), Alex Ho was first in the 3,200 (10:23.7) and Ho, Aron Aziz, Jake Tuckerman and Logan Baker won the 3,200 relay (8:47.1).

Girls lacrosse team making strides

The girls lacrosse team was 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the Central Independent League before playing Wellington on April 29.

The Vikings had won their previous two games, defeating New Albany 12-9 on April 22 and Granville 19-10 on April 24.

"I am very pleased with where we are right now," coach Anne Horton said. "The team has been able to establish itself offensively and defensively. We have had great leadership from our seniors and each player has been able to identify their role within the team's framework."

Through 10 games, Courtney Gittins had 35 goals, followed by Julia Chester (23), Lottie Smith (18) and Kat Restrepo (15).

Lawson Stump had 68 saves.

Baseball team remains in league title chase

The baseball team remained in the MSL-Ohio title chase entering the week, as it was 12-4 overall and 7-2 in the league before playing Worthington Christian on April 28.

Bexley was first at 8-2 before playing Madison Plains on April 28.

Bexley defeated Academy 12-6 on April 25 to avenge an 11-0 loss to the Vikings in six innings April 8.

"We have a good team, but we didn't play well (in the rematch) against Bexley," coach Jim Collis said. "They hit the heck out of the ball and we didn't pitch well. Baseball is a funny game. It's a very humbling game. When you think you're good, you have to bring you're 'A' game all the time."

West Jefferson was third (6-3) in the league before playing Grandview on April 28.

"It will be an interesting race," Collis said. "Bexley is a good team, and I think we're a good team."

Collis pointed to a 13-3, six-inning win over visiting Gahanna on April 22 as a highlight of the season.

Lee Solomon homered in the first inning.

"We hit the heck out of the ball, played great defense and pitched well," Collis said. "We did everything that we're capable of doing. We can be a really good team, but we have to be consistent. We have to be able to put the ball in play."

Boys lacrosse team wins twice in Dayton

The boys lacrosse team defeated the Dayton Eagles Lacrosse Club 12-6 and Dayton Miami Valley 14-1 on April 26 at Miami Valley.

For the day, Grayson Wise had 11 goals and four assists, and Carter Kistler had four goals and won 31 of 33 face-offs. Also, Taylor Smallridge had two goals and three assists, Tyler Krumlauf, Connor Nelson and Max Bechtel each had two goals and Matthew Schmidt had 11 saves.

"We put together two complete games and the results show it," coach J.B. Jones said. "These boys have come so far in the short history (three years) of the Columbus Academy lacrosse program. I am so proud of the work they have put in and the work they continue to put in on a daily basis. It was a great start to a busy week."

The Vikings were 4-2 before playing Marysville on April 28.

Girls basketball coach resigns

The school is searching for a girls basketball coach after the resignation of Heather Gepper.

She coached the team for four seasons, compiling a 30-53 overall record.

Last season, the Vikings finished 7-12 overall and 3-11 in the MSL-Ohio.

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