Upper Arlington High School boys tennis coach Will Thieman will head to the Division I state tournament with both of his doubles teams, just as he thought he might.
Whether the pairing of Josh Cole and Jack Zelezny or the pairing of Jack Hughes and Jack Schadek can bring the Golden Bears their first state title since Jeffrey Melvin and Nate Wallace won the Division I doubles crown in 2013 remains to be seen. But Thieman is confident the teams have enough in their repertoires to make a run Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
"I thought they had the (team's) best chance at qualifying, and they played up to their abilities (in the district tournament) and made that happen," Thieman said. "They have so much at their disposal, so many talents, and they work well together."
Cole and Zelezny won the district title May 20 on their home court, defeating New Albany's Graeme Green and Nathan Jose 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in the final. Hughes and Schadek finished fourth, losing 6-0, 6-2 to St. Charles' Jack Dabek and Evan Yakubov in the third-place match.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to state.
Zelezny is making his fourth trip to state, and his first as a doubles player since his freshman year. Hughes is at state for the third time, all in doubles, while Cole and Schadek are making their first trips to state.
"(Zelezny) and Josh, their overall games complement each other very well in that they can do a lot of things necessary to win. They have a lot in their arsenal," Thieman said. "Schadek and Hughes have the same games in the aspect that they're both good at the net, not necessarily at the baseline. They work well together in that aspect. They're both good in close and on volleys."
Also competing at district but failing to advance was Will Reynolds, a freshman who lost to Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte 7-5, 6-2 in the first round May 18 at Hilliard Davidson.
"(Reynolds) worked hard and kept a lot of shots in play," Thieman said. "I am not big on moral victories, but this was one because he lost (to Mayotte) 6-4, 6-4 at sectional. Mayotte came on strong after (a two-hour weather) delay. Will learned a lot. It was a good experience."
UA entered the week with another state tournament on its mind, as it played New Albany in an Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Division I district final May 23. The winner advanced to a state semifinal Sunday, May 28, at Reynoldsburg.
The Bears, who were 12-4 before May 23, defeated Dublin Jerome 3-0 in a district semifinal May 15.
for national meet
Seven boats will represent the rowing teams in the SRAA Nationals on Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27, on the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey.
The boys junior 4 of R.C. Brandes, Philip Chalmers, Cameron Hutchinson, Sangyoon Lee and coxswain Clara Fix, and the girls lightweight 4 of Maggie Hitesman, Audrey Holman, Yoonseo Lee, Catherine Powell and coxswain Rachel Johnson, enter the national meet coming off first-place finishes in the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship that concluded May 14 at Dillon Lake near Zanesville.
Other boats who will compete in the SRAA Nationals are the boys varsity 8 of Brandes, Griffin Burcham, Chalmers, John Duhigg, Hutchinson, Sangyoon Lee, Ben Saalman, Drew Weisberg and Fix; the girls varsity 8 of Sydney Badgeley, Julia Boyer, Felicity Gunn, Jaimie Holden, Paige MacNaughton, Mikayla Messinger, Elena Moehring, Rose Saalman and Johnson; the girls junior 8 of Badgeley, Boyer, Holden, Audrey Holman, Moehring, Riley Moran, Powell, Saalman and coxswain Addie Mitiska; the girls junior 4 of Lee, Messinger, Sanam Parwani, Lillian Wolfe and coxswain Anna Carriero; and the girls freshman 8 of Dora Anghelina, Monica Browning, Ainsley Dean, Olivia Hench, Callie Hundley, Avery Kelley, Rachel Maves, Gaia Phillips and coxswain June Postalakis.
Heath, Wachtman lead
track teams at district
Avery Heath of the boys track and field team advanced to the Division I regional meet in both the 100 and 200 meters.
At the district 2 meet that concluded May 20 at Hilliard Darby, Heath finished third (11.6 seconds) in the 100 and fourth in the 200 (23.48), as the top four finishers in each event advanced to regional, which began May 24 and concludes Friday, May 26, at Pickerington North.
Heath was the only regional qualifier for the boys team, which finished 11th (26 points) of 15 teams, behind champion Gahanna (151).
Adrienne Wachtman's runner-up finish in the discus (116 feet, 6 inches) paced the girls team, which was ninth (31.5) of 17 teams, behind champion Gahanna (158.5). Heidi Heuerman was fourth in the 3,200 (11:21.29).
At regional, the top four finishers in each event qualify for the state meet June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
Boys lacrosse team
starts fast in tourney
The boys lacrosse team outscored its first two Division I, Region 3 tournament opponents 43-2 last week, then played host to fourth-seeded and co-OCC-Central Division champion Davidson in a regional semifinal May 24.
The top-seeded Bears defeated 18th-seeded Kettering Fairmont 26-0 in a second-round game May 17 at home, and beat ninth-seeded Dublin Scioto 17-2 in a regional quarterfinal May 20 at home to improve to 18-2.
Nineteen players scored against Fairmont, led by Jack Dolan's three goals, and Max Rankin scored a team-high four against Scioto.
The semifinal winner plays second-seeded Dublin Coffman or third-seeded Jerome in the regional final Saturday, May 27, at a neutral site to be determined. The regional champion plays Cincinnati Moeller, Cincinnati St. Xavier, Mason or Milford in a state semifinal Wednesday, May 31, at a neutral site to be determined.
The state final is June 3 at Ohio Wesleyan University.
UA defeated St. Xavier 8-5 on April 1 and Jerome 10-3 on May 13, but lost to Coffman 16-12 on May 2.
Girls lacrosse team
shuts out Irish
The girls lacrosse team showed no signs of rust in its first game in 14 days, shutting out 14th-seeded Scioto in the second round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 19 at home.
Anna Schildmeyer and Brenna Smith each scored four goals as top-seeded UA improved to 15-2.
The Bears played host to fourth-seeded Watterson in a regional semifinal May 23. The winner plays second-seeded Thomas Worthington or third-seeded Jerome in the regional final Saturday, May 27, at a neutral site to be determined. The regional champion advances to a state semifinal Tuesday, May 30, at a neutral site to be determined.
The state final is June 3 at Ohio Wesleyan University.
UA defeated Thomas 16-7 on April 4.
excited for future
The baseball team's 2-0 loss to second-seeded Darby in a Division I district semifinal May 15 at Coffman snapped a seven-game winning streak, and coach Tom Marker hopes that late success coupled with promising younger talent signals a strong 2018 season.
UA, which finished 17-11 overall, expects to return five of its top six hitters as well as some of its top pitchers.
"I can't say enough about our seniors and what they did to lead our guys through some rough patches throughout the season," Marker said. "(They) helped develop our younger players and get them on a path for success for the next few years. ... We entered tournament play as hot as any team. (The) bottom line (is) you need to get two-out hits in tournament situations and we faced a quality arm (Purdue recruit Cory Brooks) and a class program in Hilliard Darby."
Senior shortstop Jordan Bailey is a University of Charleston recruit and senior pitcher Jack Hendrix is headed to Lincoln Trail Community College.
Hendrix and junior outfielder Brandon Horsley were named first-team all-league, and Horsley -- who led UA in batting average (.449), hits (35) and home runs (4) -- also was OCC-Central Player of the Year and first-team all-district.
Hendrix and sophomore catcher Sammy Sass (.329, 27 hits) were second-team all-district, and Sass was special mention all-league.
Earning second-team all-league honors were senior infielder Andrew Mulhall (.359, 28 hits) and sophomores Tommy Dilz (INF/OF/P, .306, 26 hits) and Ethan Hammerberg (INF/P, .370, 17 hits).
Sophomore Charlie Fleming (INF/P) was honorable mention all-league, and Dilz and Mulhall were honorable mention all-district.
UA went 9-5 in the OCC-Central to tie Coffman for third, behind Davidson (11-4) and Marysville (10-5) and ahead of Central Crossing (5-10) and Westland (0-15). UA and Coffman's final league game was canceled May 5 because of bad weather.
Seeded 19th in the 46-team district tournament, the Bears routed 44th-seeded Franklin Heights 19-0 in a first-round game May 10 at home and routed 14th-seeded and host Dresden Tri-Valley 15-0 in the second round May 12.
falls to Braves
The boys volleyball team's best season since 2014 ended May 20 with a 25-13, 25-9, 25-19 loss at third-seeded Olentangy in the first round of the Division I East Region tournament.
UA, which was seeded 13th in the 18-team tournament, finished 7-12 overall and 1-9 in the OCC-Capital, placing sixth behind Davidson (10-0), Gahanna and Pickerington North (both 6-4), Pickerington Central (5-5) and Coffman (2-8). That was the Bears' most wins since going 9-14 in 2014, the year before coach Greg Holowchak joined the program.
Four starters are eligible to return in juniors Chris Acock (middle hitter), Mark Bruns (right-side hitter/setter), Peter Hoffmann (right-side hitter) and Blake Swingle (right-side hitter).
"Our serve-receive, (handling) free balls and passing improved during the year," Holowchak said. "Our passing pretty much dictated our fortunes. A big improvement this year was serving. From the beginning of the year, it's been night and day."