Ranked second in last week's Division III state poll, the No. 1 seed for the district tournament and on a program-best 13-game winning streak, the Worthington Christian High School girls soccer team has reached new territory in numerous ways this fall.
One accomplishment that might mean as much to the Warriors as any is that they finally got to contribute to the decorative look of the gym at Worthington Christian Middle School, where the school's indoor teams play.
On Oct. 12, Worthington Christian got a goal from freshman midfielder Bridgette Rettstatt on a pass from junior midfielder Lauren Weygandt to beat visiting Bexley 1-0.
The win gave the Warriors the championship in the MSL-Ohio Division at 6-0 in their first season in the league. Grandview was second at 4-1-1, followed by Bexley (4-2), Columbus Academy (3-2-1), West Jefferson (2-4), London (1-5) and Madison Plains (0-6).
Worthington Christian is 14-1-1 overall, with its only loss coming 5-2 on Aug. 24 to visiting Cincinnati Summit Country Day.
"We're the first girls soccer team to get any kind of banner to put up at our school in the gym at the middle school," said junior forward Devon Jones, who has 27 goals and nine assists. "We were the only sport that didn't have one there. I'm really proud of my team."
The Warriors open the postseason Thursday, Oct. 17, at home against fourth-seeded Academy.
Worthington Christian beat Academy 3-0 on Aug. 27.
The Warriors, who are led defensively by junior stopper Kasey Richards, junior sweeper Hadley Jones, junior defenders Paxton Hood and Taylor Klass and senior goalkeeper Sami Jones, outscored league opposition 36-0.
"They were super excited (to win the league title)," coach Shari Welsh said. "It was a very tough, physical game (against Bexley). It excites me, because our first tournament game will probably be like that.
"Academy went straight for us (in the tournament draw). I guess it's play hard or go home. We're excited about our first tournament game. The girls have shown me that they're ready."
The score by Rettstatt gave her 12 goals and 10 assists and gave Weygandt 19 assists to go along with 10 goals.
Tennis season ends in district tourney
Both of the girls tennis team's doubles entries in the Division II district tournament lost their opening matches Oct. 11 at Columbus School for Girls.
Senior Caroline Carpenter and junior Christina Hemmingsen lost to Academy's Sarah Wexner and Jacinta Crestanello 6-3, 7-6 (12-10) and seniors Brooke Hockenberry and Grace Harper fell to Academy's Libby Sirak and Makela Hughes 6-0, 6-2.
"It was a nice surprise (to have two doubles teams at district) and I'm very happy with how we played and handled ourselves all season long," coach Midge Taylor said.
In a sectional Oct. 3 and 5 at CSG, junior Andra Polsdorfer lost in the second round and senior Maddie Tjoelker and junior Joy Pritchard lost in the first round in singles.
Carpenter and Hemmingsen finished third and Harper and Hockenberry were fourth in doubles to advance.
Also eligible to be back is freshman Jordan Byers, who saw action at third singles and in doubles.
The Warriors went 10-5 overall and finished 3-2 with 27 points in the MSL-Ohio, behind Academy (44, 5-0) and Bexley (31, 4-1) and ahead of Grandview (18, 2-3), London (11, 1-4) and Whitehall (0, 0-5).
Cross country teams prepping for district
The boys and girls cross country teams are attempting to put an injury-plagued regular season behind them.
The Division III district meet for both teams will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at Watkins Memorial.
The top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to the regional Oct. 26 at Pickerington North.
In the MSL-Ohio meet Oct. 12 at London Country Club, the boys team was fifth (117) behind Bexley (38), Academy (58), Grandview (66) and Whitehall (102) and ahead of London (140). Senior Matt Watterson finished eighth (17 minutes, 48 seconds) and junior Joel Bertelsen (12th, 18:30), sophomore Noah Mallory (23rd, 20:14) and freshmen Liam Bruce (35th, 22:11) and Jeff Baacke (39th, 25:40) also competed. Both Watterson and Bertelsen made second-team all-league.
The girls were last (136) in the league behind Academy (45), Bexley (48), Grandview (57) and London (85) as junior Natalie Rohrig (23rd, 23:49), senior Sarah Sharp (24th, 23:55), senior Hannah Francis (27th, 26:56) and freshmen Ava Lewis (30th, 28:34) and Sarah Malony (32nd, 32:32) competed.
Junior Emily Howard and sophomore Tori Wilde did not compete because of hip problems but could return for the postseason, according to coach Nathan Hughes.
For the boys team, senior Luke Proxmire and sophomores Caleb Griffin, Mason Han and Matthew Houk are out with injuries.
Girls volleyball team streaks into tourney
The girls volleyball team won its final five matches of the regular season and was 14-8 overall entering its Division IV district tournament opener Oct. 15 against 17th-seeded Grove City Christian.
The Warriors, who are the third seed, would play host to 18th-seeded Morral Ridgedale in a second-round match Thursday, Oct. 17, if they beat Grove City Christian.
The second-round winner will play sixth-seeded Harvest Prep or 10th-seeded Delaware Christian in a district semifinal Oct. 24 at Big Walnut. The district final is Oct. 26 at Big Walnut.