The Wellington School girls tennis team isn't shying away from lofty goals this fall.
Coming off a season in which they earned a runner-up finish (37 points, 5-1) in the MSL-Ohio Division behind Columbus Academy (51, 6-0) and were district runners-up to the Vikings in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament, the Jaguars are hoping their growing depth will help them close the gap as they battle for the same titles.
In addition to having four returning key players, Wellington has added a transfer and four freshmen who are contributing.
The Jaguars, who won just four matches in 2016 before improving to 10-4 overall last fall, opened Aug. 15 with a 5-0 loss to Dublin Coffman before beating Jonathan Alder 5-0 on Aug. 20 and losing to Dublin Scioto 3-2 on Aug. 27.
"Winning (the district team title) is our goal and I think we have a good shot at it," third-year coach Rebecca Hinze said.
"We have a lot of depth this year and a lot of girls that can go back and forth that are not just singles players or doubles players. We have a lot that can do both and who are willing to do both."
Senior Isabella Vegas and juniors Akua Antwi-Woods and Camille Olmstead are the top returnees.
Antwi-Woods was the runner-up in singles to Academy's Sydni Ratliff -- who is now a sophomore -- at the Division II district tournament, as only the champion advanced to state.
Vegas lost to Antwi-Woods 6-2, 6-2 in a district semifinal.
Olivia Vegas and Alexis Burkhalter lead a freshman class that also includes Ella Marshall and Lauren Okoye.
Junior Jordan Wurapa is another returnee, while junior Erin McClatchy is a transfer from Watterson who also has seen action.
"A lot of (the freshmen) play year-round and a lot of them had great middle school seasons so they're looking forward to playing well and playing in some tough matchups," Hinze said. "I think we have a strong team."
Boys golf team out to 'great start'
With its top five players returning from last season's Division III district runner-up team, the boys golf program has picked up where it left off.
The Jaguars are expecting to be one of the district-title contenders a few weeks from now along with Worthington Christian, which won district and state championships last season and also has a strong nucleus returning.
"We've actually been off to a great start," 11th-year coach Craig Mosier said. "(We might have) broken 300 more times this year than in all of my seasons combined. They're playing at a high level."
Wellington shot a 283 on Aug. 7 at Westchester for what is believed to be a program-record, as it won the four-team MSL-Cardinal preseason tournament.
The Jaguars improved to 6-0 in the MSL-Cardinal by shooting a 341 on Aug. 25 at Turnberry to win the league's midseason tournament. The league's postseason tournament is Sept. 18.
Wellington won the league title last season with a 9-0 record.
Seniors Jack Doody and Jay Briggs, juniors Aidan Schumer and Garrett Thesing and sophomore Carsten Judge all are returnees from last season, when Wellington shot a 318 to finish runner-up at district behind Worthington Christian (313) as Judge placed fourth (77), Doody was fifth (78) and Schumer tied for 10th (81).
Freshman Jackson Jacobs also is in the program.
On Aug. 17 in the nine-team Bulldog Invitational at Burning Tree, Wellington shot a 306 to win the title as Doody and Thesing both carded a 74 to tie for second.
The Jaguars shot 300 on Aug. 14 to win the Warrior-Jaguar Classic at NorthStar as Worthington Christian was runner-up (317).
"It's just been the whole team," Mosier said.
"They all answered the bell this offseason. They all worked so hard to get better, and three of them work with coaches full-time in the offseason three to five days a week regardless of the conditions. They've all improved.
"They've got their sights set high enough that they know where the program has been and they're aiming for the state championship."
Aug. 6 -- Urbana Invitational at Urbana Country Club
Aug. 7 -- MSL-Cardinal preseason at Westchester
Aug. 9 -- York Invitational
Aug. 11 -- Steve Youmans Classic at Oakhaven
Aug. 13 -- Hudson Invitational at Country Club of Hudson
Aug. 14 -- Warrior-Jaguar Classic at NorthStar
Aug. 17 -- Bulldog Invitational at Burning Tree
Aug. 18 -- Pirate Invitational at Willandale
Aug. 25 -- MSL-Cardinal midseason at Turnberry
Sept. 1-2 -- Pinehurst Tournament
Sept. 8 -- St. Charles Invitational at Brookside
Sept. 10 -- Upper Arlington Invitational at Zanesville Country Club
Sept. 15 -- Rodney Butt Classic at Denison Golf Club
Sept. 18 -- MSL-Cardinal postseason at Denison Golf Club
Sept. 22 -- Howlett Invitational at Worthington Hills
Sept. 24 -- Akron Hoban/Canton Central Catholic Invitational at Canton-Brookside
Sept. 29 -- Jerome Honorary Invitational at Hickory Hills
Aug. 15 -- vs. Dublin Coffman
Aug. 18 -- Columbus School for Girls Invitational
Aug. 20 -- vs. Jonathan Alder
Aug. 27 -- vs. Dublin Scioto
Aug. 30 -- vs. CSG
Sept. 4 -- at Upper Arlington
Sept. 6 -- at Watterson
Sept. 7 -- vs. Watkins Memorial
*Sept. 11 -- vs. Worthington Christian
*Sept. 13 -- at Whitehall
Sept. 15 -- Wellington Cup at home
*Sept. 17 -- vs. Columbus Academy
*Sept. 20 -- vs. Grandview
Sept. 24 -- at Hartley
*Sept. 25 -- at Bexley
Sept. 27 -- vs. Bloom-Carroll
Below are the coming schedules for the Wellington girls golf, boys soccer and golf soccer teams:
Aug. 31 -- Bexley at Raymond Memorial
*Sept. 5 -- At Harvest Prep
Aug. 30 -- Home vs. Hartley