Upper Arlington Roundup
Kompa strong for tennis team
Upper Arlington High School girls tennis coach Shaun Stamps knows it can take time to learn the philosophies that have catapulted the team to 23 consecutive league championships, 19 consecutive years with state qualifiers and 13 state team titles.
With that in mind, he's giving freshman Olivia Kompa room to adjust, but she doesn't seem to need it.
With much of the lineup long since set, Kompa has sealed her spot on varsity, switching between third singles and first doubles as needed. Entering an OCC-Central Division match against Westland on Sept. 18, Kompa was 8-1 in singles and 2-0 when teaming with junior Beniva Ganther and senior co-captain Andi Smart.
Kompa and Ganther won their flight in the Canfield Doubles Classic on Aug. 25.
"She's strong for a freshman," Stamps said. "She's a lot more confident in singles than doubles. She's still trying to learn her doubles form and how we like to do things here. She's learning how aggressive she can be, when to play at the net, when to attack, stuff like that. It usually takes a season or so to learn that."
Senior co-captain Elaine Cloern has played first singles most matches, alternating with sophomore Audrey Berger on occasion. Berger usually plays second singles.
UA was 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the OCC-Central before Sept. 18.
The Golden Bears' primary goal other than district and state accolades is to advance as far as possible in the Division I Ohio Tennis Coaches Association tournament. They play host to Reynoldsburg in a quarterfinal Monday, Sept. 24, with the winner playing New Albany in a semifinal at a date to be determined.
"I like where we are," Stamps said. "As far as our team goals, we're right on schedule."
Football team rolls to win in OCC opener
Eager to start its OCC-Central schedule fresh, the football team rolled to a 42-7 victory over visiting Thomas Worthington on Sept. 14.
Sophomore Kyle Kaparos started at quarterback and UA's starting lineup included 18 juniors. After a slow start, the Bears scored 28 points in a 7-minute, 16-second span to turn the game into a blowout. Senior running back Gus Ackley ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, and Sam Wheeler and Jack Mueller returned interceptions of Thomas quarterback Danny Gordon 40 and 22 yards, respectively, for touchdowns as the Bears improved to 2-2 overall.
Chase Greenlee had an 8-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Chris Frey added a 23-yard scoring run in the third.
"There's going to have to be a lot of growth in the future because of the hard schedule we play," coach Mike Golden said. "We've seen growth this year. There have been times we've taken two steps forward and sometimes one back, but for the most part we're pleased. We did some good things. We have a long way to go and a lot to improve on, but it was a step forward instead of a step back."
UA travels to Olentangy Liberty on Friday, Sept. 21, for a league contest.
Girls runners win Newark Invitational
The girls cross country team was five points from a perfect score Sept. 15 in the Newark Invitational, placing seven runners in the top nine and 10 in the top 15.
Junior Dorrian Jaffe placed second in 19:03.5, five seconds behind Mackenzie Butler of Licking Valley (18:58.5), as the Golden Bears scored 20 points and finished 64 points ahead of runner-up Licking Valley.
Rounding out Upper Arlington's scoring were freshman Anne Heuerman (third, 19:05.8), sophomore Megan Brewer (fourth, 19:25.6), junior Sarah Heuerman (sixth, 20:06.2) and sophomore Erin Simko (seventh, 20:17.2).