Boys golf team looks to defend state title
All five players who led the boys golf team to its first Division III state championship a year ago have returned in seniors Quinten Henricks, Nick Mayne, Alex Schilling and Jon Taylor and sophomore Justin Perdue.
Freshman Princeton Ball also is expected to be a key contributor this season, according to coach Craig Mosier.
"It's so rare to achieve the success we did last year with underclassmen, and it's nice to have that experience and leadership back," Mosier said.
Last year, the Jaguars shot a 333 to place second in the sectional tournament at Darby Creek behind Columbus Academy (324) and shot a 314 to win the district tournament at Pickaway Country Club.
Wellington then shot a 674 over 36 holes in the state tournament at Ohio State's Scarlet Course. Lima Central Catholic and Middletown Christian both shot a 685, with Lima Central Catholic earning the runner-up trophy because it had a lower fifth-player score.
Taylor led the way for the Jaguars with a 78 in the final round and totaled 162 to place sixth, and Henricks carded a 164 (83-81) to tie Middletown Christian's Erik Gregory and Cedarville's Jordan Reese for seventh.
Taylor and Henricks both made second-team all-state.
Also at state, Mayne tied for 21st with a 173 (87-86), Perdue was 24th with a 175 (89-86) and Schilling placed 35th with a 178 (89-89).
"Our guys worked harder in the offseason than ever before and our goal is to improve every day and to have a fantastic season," Mosier said. "We're not even focused on the state tournament yet. If we focus on improving, we will have a shot at winning it again."