A tougher schedule helped pave the way for a strong season for the Wellington School boys soccer team this fall.

A tougher schedule helped pave the way for a strong season for the Wellington School boys soccer team this fall.

The Jaguars, who went 2-1-1 against Division I opponents and finished 10-4-4 overall, nearly ended up in a Division III district final.

On Oct. 28 in a district semifinal at third-seeded Fairbanks, fourth-seeded Wellington rallied from a 3-0 deficit but ultimately lost 4-3 in overtime.

"We didn't advance as far as we hoped in the tournament, but soccer is a fickle game and in a one-game scenario you must accept that anything can happen," coach J.J. Bain said. "Overall, I believe our team enjoyed its season. In the regular season, we really stepped up our level of competition."

The Jaguars, who opened the tournament Oct. 24 with a 3-1 win over 10th-seeded Madison Christian in the second round, will lose a nine-member senior class led by forward Bakari Brown (third-team all-district), midfielder Roth Dehlendorf (second-team all-district, 8 goals, 8 assists) and goalkeeper Alex Tannous (37 saves).

Junior midfielder Connor Weber scored two goals against Fairbanks and finished with 16 goals and 10 assists while making first-team all-district.

Others eligible to return include juniors Teddy Knowles (midfielder, 7 goals, 7 assists) and Ben Starker (defender), sophomores Brad Biehl (midfielder) and Scott Locker (defender) and freshman Katz Kadlic (midfielder). Freshman J.R. O'Toole should step in next year in goal.

Most of girls soccer team set to return

The girls soccer team will lose just one senior in midfielder Abbey Mayne after improving by two victories over last year.

The Jaguars finished 8-8-2 after going 6-10-1 a year ago. They were seeded eighth for the Division III district tournament and beat 11th-seeded Marion Pleasant 3-0 in a first-round game Oct. 19 before falling to second-seeded Fairbanks 5-0 on Oct. 21.

"We only lost two seniors last year and we only have one senior this year, so the bulk of our starting roster is juniors and sophomores along with three starting freshmen," coach Dondi Pangalangan said. "They're still a young team, but they're getting it."

While Mayne was third-team all-district, junior Emma Ruck (midfielder) made first team and sophomores Jakaysha Williams (forward) and Annie Taylor (goalkeeper/forward) were second team.

Others eligible to return include juniors Taylor Adams (defender), Maddy McClinchie (defender) and Simone Robinson (defender) and freshmen Lauren Kannally (defender) and Catherine Zallanta (midfielder).

Girls golf team losing three seniors

The girls golf team will lose a trio of key seniors.

In the eight-team Division II sectional Sept. 30 at Mill Creek, the Jaguars shot 434 to finish sixth behind champion Fairbanks (384). Senior Regan Price led the Jaguars with a 97, followed by classmates Quinn Coleman (103) and Julia Doran (109).

Also competing at sectional were sophomore Allison Sprochi and freshman Ella Sweitzer. Also eligible to return is freshman Kate True.

The Jaguars finished ninth (3-26) of 10 teams in the four-round MOGGL tournament, behind co-champions Watterson and Newark Catholic (both 35-2).

"My three seniors have been with me the last four years," coach Bill Miller said. "They've kind of been the backbone of our team since they were freshmen. We'll need to add to our numbers for next year."

Boys golfers losing strong senior group

The boys golf team will lose its top three players to graduation after earning a Division III district runner-up finish Oct. 6 at Denison Golf Club at Granville with a 313, behind state-qualifier Fisher Catholic (306).

At district, senior Chris Doody shot 74 to tie for second, and seniors Princeton Ball and Temidayo Dairo shot 76 and 79, respectively.

Also competing for the Jaguars during the postseason were sophomore Kolapo Dairo and freshman Jack Doody, while freshman Jay Briggs served as the No. 6 player.

Wellington shot 312 on Sept. 29 to win the 10-team Darby Creek sectional as Chris Doody was medalist with a 72 and Ball was runner-up (73).

The Jaguars had a string of five consecutive top-five state finishes snapped at district by Fisher Catholic, which went on to win the state title Oct. 16 and 17 on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

"Our three seniors were all hard workers," coach Craig Mosier said. "We'll have Jack Doody back, and our (junior varsity) had a whole lot of freshmen who just need a chance."

Most of girls tennis team expected back

The girls tennis team is expected to return six of its top seven players, including two of its three representatives at the district level.

The top returnee should be freshman Anika Crouser, who was seeded third for the Division II postseason and finished fourth at the sectional Oct. 1 and 3 at Academy. She then lost in the first round at district Oct. 9 at CSG.

The doubles team of senior Zoey Kiourtsis and junior Nia Gill was seeded third and finished third at sectional before losing in a semifinal at district.

Also at sectional, sophomores Brianna Masters and Sarah Zimmerman lost in a quarterfinal in doubles. In singles, freshman Isabella Vegas lost in a quarterfinal and junior Neelu Paleti lost in the second round.

Also earning varsity letters were sophomores Hailey Hogan and Margaret Meeks.

The Jaguars finished 9-7 under first-year coach David Drees and won the Wellington Cup on Sept. 12.