Dean Washington has coached baseball at Northland High School for 22 seasons and added girls basketball to his coaching rsum four years ago.

Dean Washington has coached baseball at Northland High School for 22 seasons and added girls basketball to his coaching rsum four years ago.

The baseball team went 17-5 overall last season and battled all season for the City League-North Division title before settling for a second-place tie at 12-2 with Centennial behind Whetstone (14-0).

That finish followed a girls basketball season in which the Vikings went 16-4 overall, including beating eventual City-North champion Brookhaven (51-42) to snap a 19-game losing streak to the Bearcats.

Washington has added a new challenge -- boys golf.

Terry Streng retired from coaching in the offseason, leaving Washington to step in and guide a program which won three regular-season City titles and four league tournament in Streng's 24 seasons.

Although Washington has mostly inexperienced players, he does have one of the City's top returnees in his son, Ben Washington, who is a senior. Ben shot a 43 in the league tournament last season as Northland was sixth (207) behind champion Centennial (171). The Vikings also finished sixth overall with 32 points as the Stars were first with 66.

"I'm an avid golfer and I thought I could lend some expertise," coach Washington said. "We've got about 11 kids out and a lot of them are beginners. How we're going to be, it's hard to say. I'll always take my top five scorers to every match and the sixth and seventh spots will rotate among the other players so that everyone gets a chance to play."

Washington, who also has coached boys basketball and girls tennis in addition to serving as a basketball official, started a girls golf team at Northland in 2000 and coached it for two years. The school had girls golf for one season after he stepped down but hasn't had a team since.

Joining Ben Washington as seniors are David Adkins, Andrew Kraut and Tony Nguyen.

The other returnees are sophomores Vinice Chanthovong and Eric Crabtree. Rounding out the sophomore class are Robert Cox, Joseph Iacobucci, Alex Rivers and Philip Strother.

Northland did not score as a team in the Division I sectional at Granville last year won by Pickerington North (299), but Ben Washington carded a 99.

"Terry Streng was very good for Northland High School," coach Washington said. "We'll do some things a little differently. We just want to try to build and make ourselves viable players in the City League. I want to take kids that have never played before and teach them how to swing. We're going to have fun with them because it's a fun game."

The girls soccer team has a new coach in Ryan Hunter, who is athletics director Ramani Hunter's brother.

He replaces Shaun McClain, whose contract was not renewed in the offseason. McClain now is serving as an assistant in boys soccer.

Ryan Hunter is a 2000 Northland graduate who coached soccer for Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy's middle school last year. His first team has eight returnees after going 1-10-1 last year.

The Vikings beat Briggs 3-0 for their only victory and tied Hamilton Township at 2. The season ended with a 12-0 loss to Marys-ville in the first round of the Division I district tournament. Northland was shut out in all its losses.

"What I'm trying to do is educate them on soccer," coach Hunter said. "We're trying to get a winning tradition going, so we have to train their minds. They're trying to get used to my coaching style and I'm trying to get used to them."

Back are seniors Mary Caylor (goalkeeper), Christine Edens, Rebecca Marshall (midfielder), Alex Ndive (stopper), Kandice Perry (sweeper), Amara Ugwu and Chi Ugwu. The other seniors are Barbara Amoako and Samantha Williams (midfielder).

Junior Jackie Li will start at defender and junior Brie Black is starting at midfielder. The other junior is Monica Ray. Sophomore Jacquie McCord (defender) and freshmen Alex Goldsmith (forward) and Alex Pickett (forward) also will be regulars.

The Vikings opened Aug. 19 by losing to Watkins Memorial 6-0.

"We had our first loss to Watkins Memorial, but last year they beat us 24-0," said Hunter, whose team lost to the Warriors by a reported score of 11-0 last season. "We're making progress. I'm trying to implement things that they've never learned before."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Northland boys and girls cross country, football, boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Aug. 20 -- Boys: Finished 11th (282) in 15-team New Albany Invitational behind champion Fredericktown (34). Alex Holley was 14th (18:33); Girls: Did not score at New Albany Invitational. Jetti Laggah was 18th (22:16).

Saturday -- At Westerville Classic at Westerville North

FOOTBALL

Last Friday -- Lost to Cleveland Heights 28-19 in opener. James Jones rushed for 97 yards and one touchdown and threw two touchdowns.

Friday -- At Independence. Last season, Independence lost 13-6.

GOLF

Tuesday -- At City match at Walnut Hills in opener

BOYS SOCCER

Aug. 21 -- Lost to Columbus Academy 4-1 in opener

Last Tuesday -- Played West

Today -- At Lima Temple Christian

Saturday -- Home vs. Grove City

Tuesday -- Home vs. Whitehall

GIRLS SOCCER

Aug. 19 -- Lost to Watkins Memorial 6-0 in opener

Aug. 21 -- Lost to Worthington Christian 7-0

Last Saturday -- Lost to Gahanna 10-0

Last Tuesday -- Played Fairbanks

Today -- Home vs. Briggs

TENNIS

Last Tuesday -- Played Marion-Franklin

*Today -- At Beechcroft

*Tuesday -- At Linden

VOLLEYBALL

Last Saturday -- Lost to Delaware 25-9, 25-8, 25-7 in opener

Today -- Home vs. Lima Temple Christian

Saturday -- Home vs. Licking Heights

Tuesday -- Home vs. Horizon Science

*City-North contest