The Worthington Christian High School boys golf team had a simple plan heading into the Division III state tournament at Ohio State's Scarlet Course, and never wavered from it.
The Warriors wanted to have as many scores in the 70s as possible and let the results speak for themselves.
They ended up with four such scores during the opening round Oct. 13 and three in the final round Oct. 14 and finished with a 623 that gave the program its first state championship.
Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, which had two rounds in the 70s on both days, finished a distant second with a 640.
"Their games all came together right when they wanted them to," coach Zac Hess said. "(The state title has) been on our radar the entire season. We know what we have and we prepared for it. Every single kid went through their own roller coaster, some sort of pressure or their game not being exactly where they wanted it to be. But in the end, we had four guys in the 70s (Oct. 13) and three in the 70s (Oct. 14). Everybody played well."
The Warriors, who were state runners-up in 2000 and took fourth during their last state appearance in 2011, shot 306 in the opening round to build a nine-stroke lead over Gilmour Academy.
Junior Tyler Jones tied for fifth (152) to make first-team all-state and junior Will Evans tied for 10th (155) to earn second-team honors.
Senior Jake Hoheisel (tied for 13th, 156) and juniors Blake Lawson (tied for 21st, 160) and Cole Brooks (tied for 32nd, 168) rounded out the scoring.
"(The state title) means a lot," said Hoheisel, who was the program's only senior. "It's been four years in the making and it feels good to go out this way. We just showed an ability to put it together and handle adversity."
The Warriors finished third in the MSL-Ohio Division at 6-6, behind Columbus Academy (11-1) and Bexley (10-2) and ahead of Grandview (3-9) and London (0-12). Academy won the Division II state title and Bexley was district runner-up in Division II.
Worthington Christian won a sectional Sept. 28 at Turnberry with a 312 as Hoheisel was medalist (73), and the Warriors shot 313 to win district Oct. 4 at Denison Golf Club at Granville as Jones was runner-up (73).
Football team preps for Knights
The football team won its third game in four weeks when it defeated Millersport 7-0 on Oct. 13.
The Warriors are 3-5 overall and 3-2 in the MSL-Cardinal as they prepare to play Saturday, Oct. 21, at Fairfield Christian.
The Knights went 7-3 last season but are struggling this year, as they fell to 0-8 overall and 0-5 in the league with a 64-14 loss to Fisher Catholic on Oct. 14.
Against Millersport, Lucas Hartings completed seven of 14 passes for 91 yards and one touchdown, Michael Hartings rushed 11 times for 34 yards and Danny Myers had four carries for 34 yards. Michael King had four receptions for 21 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown with 8 minutes, 6 seconds remaining.
Myers and Evan Legg both had one interception to lead the Warriors' defense.
Bertelsen wins cross country title
Senior Jake Bertelsen of the boys cross country team heads into the Division III, district 2 meet Saturday, Oct. 21, at Watkins Memorial coming off a league championship.
Bertelsen ran 16 minutes, 21.6 seconds in the MSL-Ohio meet Oct. 14 at London to finish first as the Warriors placed fourth (91) of six teams, behind champion Academy (40).
Rounding out the Warriors' top seven were Taylor Vallangeon (seventh, 16:57.9), Noah Denorme (23rd, 18:38.9), Mackay Lykens (27th, 18:56.5), Turner Burns (33rd, 20:52.7), Donnie Kahaian (35th, 21:20.3) and Peter Tsibouris (36th, 21:21.1).
The girls also will compete in the Division III, district 2 meet, where the top four teams and top 16 runners advance to regional Oct. 28 at Pickerington North.
Worthington Christian placed sixth (133) in the girls MSL-Ohio race, behind champion Bexley (31).
Sophomore Katherine Todd led the Warriors with an 18th-place finish (24.13.4), followed by Shantel Cox (23rd, 25:51.8), Joy Pitzer (29th, 29:10.9), Hannah Smilges (31st, 30:10.1) and Reagan Bowen (32nd, 31:14.3).
Soccer, volleyball teams open tourneys
The boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams opened their respective Division III district tournaments this week.
The third-seeded boys soccer team played host to 16th-seeded Delaware Christian on Oct. 18 in a second-round game, with the winner facing eighth-seeded Northside Christian or 15th-seeded Fairbanks in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the site of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 28.
The Warriors beat Hartley 4-2 on Oct. 12 in their regular-season finale and were 7-5-3 overall heading into the tournament.
The fifth-seeded girls soccer team played 13th-seeded Liberty Union in the first round Oct. 17, with the winner playing third-seeded Fairbanks or 12th-seeded Marion Pleasant in the second round Thursday, Oct. 19, at the site of the better seed. That winner plays second-seeded Academy, seventh-seeded Columbus School for Girls, 10th-seeded Fisher Catholic or 15th-seeded Madison Plains in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the home of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 28.
The Warriors were 7-5-4 after closing the regular season with a scoreless tie against Bexley on Oct. 14.
The seventh-seeded girls volleyball team faced 17th-seeded Liberty Union in a first-round match Oct. 17. The winner plays eighth-seeded CSG in the second round Saturday, Oct. 21, at the home of the better seed.
That winner plays third-seeded Marion Pleasant, 11th-seeded Marion Elgin, 16th-seeded North Union or 19th-seeded East Knox in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Buckeye Valley. The district final is Oct. 28.
The Warriors beat East Knox 25-17, 25-19, 25-6 on Oct. 14 in their regular-season finale and were 17-5 heading into the tournament.
Tennis season ends at district tourney
On Oct. 12 in the Division II district girls tennis tournament at CSG, junior Amanda Mayotte lost in the first round of singles play to Wellington's Akua Antwi-Woods 6-2, 6-1 and the doubles team of seniors Isabelle Nguyen and Alyssa Weishaar lost to CSG's Rosie Gliatis and Helen Hoag 6-0, 6-1 in the first round.
Mayotte and the doubles team both had finished fourth at a sectional Oct. 6 and 7 at Academy.
Also at sectional, senior Caroline King lost in the first round and freshman Abby Mayotte lost in a quarterfinal in singles and juniors Anna Kremnitzer and Caroline Mousa lost in the second round in doubles.
Worthington Christian finished 12-7 overall and placed fourth (24 points, 3-3) in the MSL-Ohio, behind Academy (51, 6-0), Wellington (37, 5-1) and Bexley (27, 4-2) and ahead of London (22, 2-4), Grandview (5, 1-5) and Whitehall (0, 0-6).
"Overall, I thought we kind of exceeded our initial expectations," coach Stefanie Mayotte said. "Of our seven losses, five were by (3-2 scores). Getting through (one singles player and one doubles team) to district was great. It turned out real well."