There could be numerous memorable moments still to come for the Wellington School boys tennis team in the coming weeks.
With a 3-0 victory over Bexley on May 14 in a Division II district final of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament, the Jaguars advanced for the first time to the four-team state tournament that will be held May 27 at Reynoldsburg.
Wellington also beat the Lions 5-0 on April 25.
In addition, each of the Jaguars' three singles players and both of their doubles teams advanced to district in the OHSAA individual tournament. At district Thursday, May 17, at Columbus Academy and Saturday, May 19, at Upper Arlington, the top two finishers in singles and doubles advance to state May 25 and 26 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
If Wellington wins the team state championship, there would be another celebration to come after the season.
"We had to go through Academy already, but (facing Bexley was) a big match," coach Tommy Haddow said. "We'll be going to Florida together if we win (the team tournament)."
Wellington beat Academy 5-0 on May 3 in a district semifinal to set up the match against Bexley.
At the sectional May 10 and 12 at Columbus School for Girls, the Jaguars lost just two matches against opponents who aren't teammates.
Sophomore Trevor Ball, who played second singles for most of the season, beat sophomore teammate Milan Gonela 6-2, 6-2 to win the sectional title.
In sectional semifinals, Ball beat junior teammate Adam Sorrels 6-2, 6-0 and Gonela defeated Watterson's Chris Finissi 6-2, 6-0. Sorrels then beat Finissi 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the consolation match.
In doubles, senior Connor Biernat and his freshman brother, Griffin Biernat, defeated Bexley's Aaron Young and Thibault Knox-Kelly 6-0, 6-1 in a semifinal and Bexley's Christian Roddy and Leo Schottenstein 6-3, 6-3 for the championship.
Seniors Kolapo Dairo and Ryan Young lost to Roddy and Schottenstein 6-3, 6-3 in a semifinal and then fell to Young and Knox-Kelly 6-3, 6-1 in the consolation to finish fourth.
Connor Biernat competed in singles in the past two state individual tournaments but chose to team with his brother for this year's postseason.
"It's been going well," Connor said. "We're just getting used to playing together. It seemed like a fun thing to do and I think we have a good shot at winning."
Gonela, who joined the team at midseason after having to sit out the first half because of the OHSAA transfer rule, has fit in quickly. He attended Wellington in middle school and attended St. Charles as a freshman before transferring back.
He teamed with Sorrels to win at first doubles against Academy.
"It's been fun to play with my friends," Gonela said.
Girls lacrosse team begins tourney play
The 12th-seeded girls lacrosse team opened the Division II, Region 7 tournament May 16 at fifth-seeded Columbus School for Girls.
The winner plays at fourth-seeded Granville or 14th-seeded Chillicothe in a regional quarterfinal Saturday, May 19, with that winner playing at top-seeded DeSales, eighth-seeded Dayton Oakwood, ninth-seeded Dayton Chaminade Julienne or 16th-seeded Centennial in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 22. The regional final is May 25 at a neutral site.
The Jaguars fell to 4-10 with a 14-8 loss to Watterson in their regular-season finale May 10.
On April 27, Wellington beat Westerville South 14-8 as Lizzie Chester had five goals, Mia Croft scored three and Mackenzie Beam added two.
Boys lacrosse team falls to Barons
The 15th-seeded boys lacrosse team opened the Division II, Region 7 tournament by losing to second-seeded Buckeye Valley 23-0 on May 14.
The Jaguars, who lost to the Barons 17-1 on April 17, finished 2-10.
Wellington won two of its final three games of the regular season, beating Johnstown 5-4 in overtime May 7 and Newark 13-3 on May 10.
Softball team falls in second round
After upsetting 17th-seeded Africentric 25-6 in the first round of the Division III district tournament May 8, the 20th-seeded softball team lost to second-seeded Cardington 30-0 in a second-round contest May 10 to finish 7-14.
Against Africentric, the Jaguars scored eight runs in the first inning and 13 in the second as they totaled 23 hits in support of winning pitcher Camille Simpson.
In the five-inning loss to Cardington, Wellington gave up 13 runs in the second inning and allowed 21 hits.
Baseball season ends with loss to Rockets
The baseball team lost 9-1 at third-seeded Morral Ridgedale in the first round of the Division IV district tournament May 7 to finish 7-20.
The Jaguars, who were seeded 12th of 15 teams, lost their final three games after earning back-to-back wins over Berne Union (11-10 on April 30) and Harvest Prep (25-2 on May 1).
Fleming resigns as girls basketball coach
When Adam Collins left the University of Charleston women's basketball program to become the coach at Southern Arkansas in early April, one of the first people he called was Danielle Fleming.
Formerly the girls basketball coach at Licking Heights, Fleming completed what will end up being her only season as Wellington's coach this past winter.
When Fleming was in the middle of a two-year tenure with the Hornets, Collins got to know Fleming while he was at Charleston during the recruiting process of 2017 Licking Heights graduate Jordin Spears.
He was impressed enough that when he left for his latest coaching venture, he offered both Fleming and her husband, Jaguars assistant Daron Fleming, jobs as assistant coaches on his staff.
They'll start June 1.
"It's pretty exciting. It was not planned at all and it was a tough call," Danielle Fleming said. I had a good relationship with (Spears') coach and he reached out and asked if we wanted to be on his staff.
"It's pretty far away, but we wanted to get into college coaching and just didn't know how it would happen. We felt like it was a great opportunity so we went down there to visit and we loved it. It's a really nice school and the weather was awesome."
After guiding Licking Heights to a 29-18 mark, Fleming led Wellington to a 15-10 finish last season that included an appearance in a Division IV district semifinal.
In addition to coaching at Southern Arkansas, a Division II college that competes in the Great American Conference, she will be the resident dormitory director.
"I've got nothing but good things to say about that administration at Wellington," said Fleming, who was born in Los Angeles but moved to Ohio when she was 2 years old. "(Daron and I) set ourselves up for this. Once I finished college (Ohio Christian), we both decided to get into coaching. We both bring different elements into the game and I think we make a great team."