There should be plenty of chances to shine for the Wellington School girls tennis team the next several days.
On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Jaguars open the postseason with a Division II sectional at Columbus School for Girls that concludes Saturday, Oct. 6.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the district tournament Oct. 11 at CSG and Oct. 13 at Reynoldsburg.
For the sectional, junior Akua Antwi-Woods and freshman Alexis Burkhalter are the No. 1 seed in doubles and senior Isabella Vegas and her sister, freshman Olivia Vegas, are the second seed in doubles.
In singles, junior Camille Olmstead is the fourth seed and opens against Worthington Christian’s Laura King or Hartley’s Lauren McFann, sophomore Jordan Wurapa opens against Buckeye Valley’s Autumn Carsey and freshman Lauren Okoye opens against Jonathan Alder’s Chloe Sullivan.
Last season, Antwi-Woods was the district runner-up in singles, Wurapa was a district qualifier in doubles and Isabelle Vegas and Olmstead both were district qualifiers in singles.
“It will be exciting,” coach Rebecca Hinze said. “Akua played (first singles) last year and Alexis has a (good) record at No. 2 singles this year, so it’s a combination of experience and youth. … (Our other doubles entrant) is a combo of consistency and strength.”
Wellington played Columbus Academy on Oct. 2 in a district final of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament. The winner advances to the state tournament Oct. 21 at Reynoldsburg.
Wellington was 8-2 before facing Academy.
Girls golfers end season at sectional
The girls golf team finished fifth (460) in an eight-team Division II sectional Sept. 24 at Bent Tree behind champion Worthington Christian (383) as the top three teams advanced to district.
Junior Lexi Horan led the Jaguars with a 97, followed by sophomore Paige Bennett (119) and seniors Veronica Poster (121) and Ella Sweitzer (123).
Horan tied Lakewood’s Abby Thompson for seventh but lost in a two-hole playoff for the final district-qualifying berth.
“It was a good day for all of us considering the weather,” coach Bill Miller said. “My girls handled it I thought really well. This year we haven’t played in wet weather at all. Our girls make good shots, but it’s just stringing those good shots together. We’ve got to get rid of as a group that one stroke per hole that adds to the score.”
Horan and Bennett are expected to be the top returnees next season for the Jaguars, who also had juniors D’nisa Oocumma and Ali Winter on their roster.
Wellington finished 0-8 in the MSL-Ohio Division behind co-champions Bexley and Worthington Christian (both 6-2).
“It’s been a good season,” Miller said. “Their averages were in the 50s so we’re competitive, but we don’t have that low-scoring girl that can win us a match.”
Boys golfers battle for shot at state
The boys golf team competed in the six-team Division III district tournament Oct. 3 at Denison Golf Club, where the champion and lowest-scoring individual not on the winning team advanced to the state tournament Oct. 12 and 13 at NorthStar.
On Sept. 28 in a six-team sectional at Turnberry, defending state champion Worthington Christian shot a 299 to edge Wellington (300) for the championship as the top three teams advanced to district.
Sophomore Carsten Judge shot a 72 to finish as runner-up, senior Jack Doody was third (73), junior Aidan Schumer was fifth (76), junior Garrett Thesing was eighth (79) and senior Jay Briggs placed 13th (83).
Soccer teams await drawings
The boys and girls soccer team will learn their postseason drawings at their respective seeding meetings Sunday, Oct. 7.
The boys team beat Fisher Catholic 5-1 on Sept. 29 and was 8-4-1 overall after falling 2-1 to Bexley on Oct. 1. The Jaguars were 6-0-1 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing Grove City Christian on Oct. 3.
Through 12 games, Eli Dulle had 12 goals and 11 assists and Ahmet Ozer had eight goals and seven assists.
The girls were 6-2-4 overall and 1-1-4 in the MSL-Ohio after tying Bexley at 1 on Oct. 1.
Addie Shock had six goals and four assists through 11 games, including the only goal in a 1-0 win over Lancaster on Sept. 29. Maddie Morosky had four goals and Catherine Zallanta had three goals and two assists.
Below is the coming schedule for the Wellington girls soccer team:
Oct. 10 – At Fisher Catholic