The Worthington Christian High School girls golf team got a boost heading into the postseason when it wrapped up the MSL-Ohio Division championship Sept. 19.
The Warriors competed in a Division II sectional Sept. 27 at Mill Creek, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the district tournament Monday, Oct. 2, at Darby Creek.
The district champion and top individual not on the qualifying team advance to the state tournament Oct. 13 and 14 on Ohio State's Gray Course.
The addition of freshman Rena So is the biggest reason for the increased success Worthington Christian has enjoyed after earning a runner-up finish in the MSL last season.
So shot an 80 to earn medalist honors in the MSL postseason tournament at Turnberry as the Warriors finished first with a 388, ahead of Bexley (413), Grandview (434) and London (486).
Worthington Christian finished 14-2 in MSL-Ohio play.
"For us only being in our second season as a varsity golf team, we're thrilled," coach Rick Kelley said.
Junior Abby Stevenson shot a 90 in the MSL-Ohio postseason tournament.
Sophomore twins Anna Opava and Natalie Opava and freshman Zoe Holston also are on the team.
posts first win
The football team will be looking for its second consecutive victory when it plays host to Zanesville Rosecrans on Friday, Sept. 29.
The Warriors picked up their first win under first-year coach Jeff Hartings when they beat Grove City Christian 27-3 on Sept. 22. Quarterback Braedon Mullins went 7-for-10 passing for 92 yards and a touchdown and he, Danny Myers and Michael Hartings each rushed for a touchdown.
Braden Anderson had 63 yards rushing, followed by Myers (58), Hartings (56) and Mullins (42).
Defensive back Ajai Smith recorded 5.5 tackles and two interceptions and defensive lineman Derek Holston had 7.5 tackles and 1.5 sacks as Worthington Christian improved to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Cardinal.
"Pretty exciting night," coach Hartings said. "We've had four games and been outmatched in a couple of those games physically. The thing I'd like to do is win the games we really should win physically and try to win those games that teams are matched up pretty evenly and find the competitive advantages. I felt like it was going to be a good matchup for us and, if we executed, we'd get a good result. I'm just happy for our players and our school."
Rosecrans fell to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Cardinal after losing to Harvest Prep 50-14 on Sept. 22.
Against Harvest Prep, senior quarterback Jack Nash was intercepted three times and completed just five of 15 passes for 80 yards but rushed 12 times for 89 yards. Senior running back Carter Dosch had 24 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown and senior wide receiver Hudson Moore had five receptions for 135 yards and one score.
Girls tennis team
preps for postseason
The girls tennis team has two matches remaining before opening the Division II postseason with a sectional Oct. 5 and 7 at Columbus Academy.
The Warriors were 8-6 after beating Hartley 5-0 on Sept. 25 and before playing Big Walnut on Sept. 26. They finished fourth (4 points) in the MSL-Ohio tournament Sept. 23 behind host Columbus Academy (15), Wellington (9) and Bexley (5).
At sectional, Amanda Mayotte is seeded third in singles. Caroline King and Abby Mayotte also are competing in singles, while Isabelle Nguyen and Alyssa Weishaar will comprise one doubles team and Anna Kremnitzer and Caroline Mousa will comprise the other.
The girls soccer team had won three games in a row and was 5-2-3 overall before playing Johnstown on Sept. 26 and is 3-1-1 in the MSL-Ohio.
In a 7-0 win over Ready on Sept. 23, Alanna Raikes and Grace Todd each scored two goals and goalkeeper Ellie Bowers made two saves. Riley Myers had two goals and Eliana Styer scored one in a 3-2 victory over Wellington on Sept. 13.
"We're really picking it up," Bowers said. "We're playing with a new formation on defense, a flat-back four, and I think it's been better."
The boys soccer team was 5-3-2 overall and 1-1-2 in the MSL-Ohio after tying Bexley at 1 on Sept. 25.
Worthington Christian was second in last week's Division III area coaches poll behind Grandview and was eighth in the state poll.
The Warriors had won three games in a row before playing the Lions, including a 2-0 league win over Wellington on Sept. 14 as Tyler Kindberg and Jake Strick scored.
That followed a stretch in which they went 0-2-1, including a 1-all tie against Grandview on Aug. 30 and a 3-1 loss to Columbus Academy on Sept. 6.
Kindberg scored three goals in a 7-0 win over Columbus International on Sept. 18.
Volleyball team in
thick of title race
The girls volleyball team began the second round of the MSL-Ohio schedule Sept. 26 at Grandview in second place at 4-1 behind London (5-0).
The Warriors, who were 12-4 overall before playing the Bobcats, lost to London 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 on Sept. 19.
Worthington Christian has three league matches remaining before closing the regular season Oct. 10 at home against London.
Below are the coming schedules for the Worthington Christian boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 28 -- Division III sectional at Turnberry. Top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Denison Golf Club at Granville. District champion and top individual not on qualifying team advance to state Oct. 13 and 14 on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Sept. 28 -- Home vs. Delaware
*Oct. 4 -- At London
Sept. 30 -- At Big Walnut
Oct. 3 -- At Fairbanks
Sept. 28 -- Home vs. Marysville
Oct. 2 -- Home vs. Bloom-Carroll
*Sept. 28 -- Home vs. Columbus Academy. The Warriors beat the Vikings 30-28, 25-14, 25-12 on Sept. 5.
Sept. 30 -- Home vs. Howard East Knox