The importance of having confidence is a concept that first-year Wellington School girls lacrosse coach Katie Hill has been stressing to her team this spring.
The Jaguars were 3-6 overall after beating Westerville South 14-8 on April 27 and before playing Pickerington North on May 1. They dropped to 0-4 in the Central Independent League with an 8-6 loss to Bexley on April 26.
"I've seen everyone on the team do amazing things in practice," Hill said. "We've just been getting nervous during games and overthinking everything. I just try to remind the girls that their coaching staff trusts them to make the right decision on the field and they just need to trust themselves."
Attacker Mia Croft scored six goals in a 14-8 victory over Chillicothe on April 24 to give her eight for the season.
Through six games, midfielder Lizzy Chester had 11 goals and attackers Sarah Anderson and Annie Taylor had five and four goals, respectively.
Libby White was leading the defense with 18 ground balls.
"Chester, Taylor and White have been key players this season so far," Hill said. "(Anderson and Croft) are both very consistent players out on the field and really stand out when the other team is transitioning. They're able to play defense in the midfield and have caused a handful of turnovers working as a pair."
Softball team taking gradual steps forward
Softball coach Me-Chelle Burkhalter likes the mental toughness she's been seeing from her team this spring.
"Our season has come with some unforeseen challenges," Burkhalter said. "However, this team has a lot of fight and continues to improve on a daily basis."
Wellington was 4-10 overall and 3-6 in the MSL-Cardinal after losing to Berne Union 12-0 on April 30. The Jaguars lost to Fisher Catholic 20-0 on April 25 and Millersport 13-2 on April 26 before splitting a pair of games April 28, losing to Shekinah Christian 20-4 and beating Tree of Life 11-1.
On April 20, the Jaguars beat Grove City Christian 13-11 as Camille Simpson had the game-winning hit and was the winning pitcher. Wellington scored three runs in the sixth inning and six in the seventh after trailing 11-4.
Rosemary Haskett had four hits and Simpson had three RBI.
"Camille is starting to get comfortable after moving from first base," Burkhalter said.
Through nine games, Haskett was hitting .467 with 11 hits, Soleil Tibbets-Barnes was batting .375 with 12 RBI and Megan Leino (C/OF) has been solid defensively, according to Burkhalter.
Baseball team preps for district tourney
The baseball team was 6-17 overall and 3-9 in the MSL-Cardinal after beating Berne Union 11-10 on April 30 and before playing Harvest Prep on May 1.
On April 21, the Jaguars beat Columbus East 24-3 and 21-1 in a doubleheader to snap a four-game losing streak.
In the first game against the Tigers, Ryan Ouellette had six RBI and Jack Haney and Trevor McCraw both had three hits to lead the offense in support of winning pitcher Ian Frim.
In the second game, McCraw had four hits and five RBI and was the winning pitcher, Haney had three hits and Ouellette added three hits and three RBI.
Max Wing has been another key player, according to coach Craig Jones.
"We've not had the kind of success that we anticipated going into the season with regards to wins," Jones said. "However, I'm very proud of the positive attitude our players have maintained and their commitment to improving every day. We're still optimistic ... as we prepare for the tournament."
Tennis team set to face Academy
The boys tennis team will play at Columbus Academy on Thursday, May 3, in an MSL-Ohio Division match that also will represent a Division II district semifinal of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament.
The winner will face Bexley or Logan Elm in a district final on a date to be announced. The district champion advances to the state tournament May 27.
The Jaguars beat Grandview 5-0 on April 19, winning all five courts by a 6-0, 6-0 score, and improved to 4-0 in the league with a 5-0 win over Bexley on April 25.
Against Grandview, Connor Biernat, who typically plays first singles, teamed with his brother, Griffin Biernat, to win at first doubles. Trevor Ball, Ben Marshall and Evan Manley won the three singles courts, respectively, and Anarag Reddy and Ryan Young won at second doubles.
The Jaguars endured one of their biggest challenges of the season when they lost to Cincinnati Indian Hill 3-2 on April 20. Ball won at second singles and Griffin Biernat won at third singles.
Wellington is hoping to add Milan Gonela to its lineup at some point this season. A sophomore who competed for St. Charles last season, Gonela had to sit out the first half of the season because of the OHSAA transfer rule.
Athletes recognized for college decisions
On April 20, Wellington recognized five student-athletes for making their college decisions.
Connor Biernat will play men's tennis for Skidmore and David Jacques will compete in men's swimming & diving at Ohio Wesleyan. And in men's basketball, Bob Faller will play for Case Western and Noah Berry will play for Shawnee State, joining Solomon Pierre-Louis, who announced earlier this school year that he'd be competing for Air Force Academy.
Below are the coming schedules for the Wellington baseball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, softball and boys tennis teams:
May 3 -- At Utica
May 7 -- At third-seeded Morral Ridgedale in first round of Division IV district tournament. Winner plays fifth-seeded Grove City Christian or 13th-seeded Delaware Christian in second round May 9 at home of higher seed. That winner plays second-seeded Centerburg, eighth-seeded Shekinah Christian, 10th-seeded Fairfield Christian or 15th-seeded Harvest Prep in district semifinal May 14 at site to be announced. Wellington is seeded 12th.
May 3 -- Home vs. Marysville
May 7 -- Home vs. Johnstown
May 9 -- Home vs. Morrow Little Miami
*May 3 -- Home vs. Granville
May 7 -- At Westerville North
May 3 -- At Walnut Ridge
May 7 -- Home vs. Cristo Rey
May 8 -- At 17th-seeded Africentric in first round of Division III district tournament. Winner plays at second-seeded Cardington in second round May 10. Wellington is seeded 20th.
May 7 -- At Olentangy
May 8 -- At Olentangy Orange