Northland High School football coach Kevin Tooson believes his players gained a new sense of perspective over the last two weeks.

Northland High School football coach Kevin Tooson believes his players gained a new sense of perspective over the last two weeks.

He knows he did.

During the Vikings' 16-14 home loss to Whetstone on Oct. 16, a fight involving several players broke out with less than a minute remaining and with the Braves preparing to run out the clock.

Over the next few days as school administrators from both schools discussed how to handle the situation, it was determined that a few individuals from both teams would be disciplined and that members of each team would perform community service Oct. 22.

The community service entailed picking up trash and raking leaves at each other's school.

"When something like this happens, you've got to go back to basics," Tooson said. "Our No. 1 objective at Northland is to make our kids better people and help them in the game of life. Sometimes people get caught up in wins and losses and lose perspective. I'm just as much of a competitor as anybody, but I also want my kids to be people of character."

The situation occurred during the same week that Tooson attended a funeral for a former assistant coach at Dayton Meadowdale, his alma mater.

"It's a situation where you've got a chance to refocus as a teacher and as a coach," Tooson said. "Why do we do what we do? It sure isn't about the money. You hope at the end of the day you're giving them something to benefit them for the rest of their lives. Last week I went to a funeral for one of my high school coaches who was buried. I only spent three years with him, but the impact he had on me is something that is still there, and that's the kind of impact I want to have on these kids."

The Whetstone loss also likely ended the Vikings' hopes of what could have been a Division I playoff berth.

After winning five of its first seven games and with a matchup against Beechcroft on Friday still looming, Northland could have put itself into position for one of the final playoff spots in Region 3 if it would have won its final three.

Instead, it slipped to 16th before playing Linden-McKinley last Friday and is likely out of the postseason. The Vikings have never made the playoffs.

"Give those guys credit," Tooson said of Whetstone. "They came out and played well and executed their game plan. We were able to have some success in spots, but they made a few more plays than we did."

Northland lost to Beechcroft 29-0 last season and hasn't beaten the Cougars since 2001, when it won 19-7 to hand Beechcroft its only regular-season loss.

•The girls soccer team lost to Dublin Scioto 9-0 in the first round of the Division I tournament Oct. 20 to finish 6-10 overall.

The Vikings, who were 6-8-1 a year ago, went 6-2 against City League teams.

Jessica Kurry and Jackie Li are among those who will be lost to graduation. However, Northland is expected to return a group of key players that includes juniors Jacquie McCord and Andreas Mintsop and sophomores Alex Goldsmith, Lovena Koroma and Alex Pickett.

•Zach Foust is the only player the boys golf team will lose to graduation.

At the 14-team City League tournament Oct. 14 at Airport, junior Eric Crabtree led the way with a 54, followed by juniors Vinny Chanthavong (58), Foust (61), Corey Johnson (62), Joe Iacoboni (65) and Ron Johnson (65). The Vikings took seventh (235) behind champion Centennial (180).

The Stars won the overall league title by going 39-0 while the Vikings finished sixth (24-15).

At the Division I sectional tournament Oct. 6 at Granville Golf Club, Crabtree shot a 120 and Chanthavong a 140 as individuals.

Also on the team were juniors Grace Bostic, Robert Cox, Alex Rivers and Phillip Strother, and sophomores Olivia Bostic and Nich Miller.

"They all made tremendous improvements and enjoyed themselves," coach Dean Washington said. "I think they all want to play more golf, and that's the most important thing to me."

•The girls tennis team finished third at 4-2 in the seven-team City-North, behind Centennial (6-0) and Whetstone (4-1).

At the City League Coaches Tournament on Sept. 28 and 30 at Wolfe Park, the team of Symone Denham and Tiffany Hudson lost to Briggs' Sokhol Thach and Sanerena Chea 6-1, 6-2 in a doubles semifinal. Seniors Najah Braswell and Geraldine Olganti both lost in third-round singles matches and the team of juniors Tatiana Chapple and Taren Mahone fell in a third-round doubles match.

Northland, which had no singles or doubles players win a match at the Division I sectional tournament Oct. 8 at Upper Arlington, had one other senior in Meka Sholesi.

Others eligible to return include junior Donna Nguyen and freshmen Symone Kendrick and Sember Moore.

At a glance

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

CROSS COUNTRY

Oct. 13 -- Boys: Finished second (77) in eight-team City meet at Whetstone behind host Braves (25); Girls: Finished fourth (78) in eight-team City meet behind champion Centennial (35)

Last Saturday -- Boys: Finished 11th (340) in 13-team Division I district 3 race at Watkins Memorial behind champion New Albany (67). TeQuan Hale was 31st (18:24.88); Girls: Did not score in Division I district 3 race at Watkins Memorial as Canal Winchester was first (59). Donysha Starks was 65th (24:22.6).

FOOTBALL

*Oct. 16 -- Lost to Whetstone 16-14

*Last Friday -- Defeated Linden-McKinley 29-14

*Friday -- At Beechcroft

Of note: The Vikings are 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the City League-North Division.

BOYS SOCCER

Last Saturday -- Lost to Thomas Worthington 7-0 in second round of the Division I tournament

Of note: The Vikings finished 4-9-1.

VOLLEYBALL

*Oct. 13 -- Lost to Centennial 11-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-14

Last Saturday -- Lost to Watterson 25-10, 25-11, 25-10 in second round of the Division I tournament

Of note: The Vikings finished 6-14 overall and second at 6-1 in the City-North behind Centennial (7-0).

*City-North contest