In his second season, Columbus Academy football coach Robin Miller helped guide the Vikings back to the playoffs.

In his second season, Columbus Academy football coach Robin Miller helped guide the Vikings back to the playoffs.

Academy is seeded sixth in Division V, Region 18 and will visit third-seeded Milan Edison for a first-round game Saturday, Nov. 5.

The Vikings are making their first postseason appearance since 2006, when they reached the second round in Division V, Region 19.

Academy went 4-6 in Miller's first season.

"To get back to the postseason is pretty exciting, the first time in 10 years," Miller said. "It's up to our coaches to keep the tradition alive. Our kids were excited (about) earning that spot."

The Vikings finished the regular season 8-2 by defeating London 37-0 on Oct. 28, rebounding from a 28-14 loss to MSL-Ohio Division champion Bexley on Oct. 21.

Academy went 5-1 in the league to finish second behind Bexley (6-0), which is seeded second in Division III, Region 11.

Edison, which is 9-1, earned a share of the Sandusky Bay Conference title with a 42-14 win over Sandusky Perkins on Oct. 28. The Chargers shared the league title with Clyde in 2015 and with Clyde and Port Clinton this season.

For Edison, senior Braden Ehrhardt has handled the quarterback duties in place of Cody Scott, who suffered a broken wrist during the preseason.

Sam Stoll led the Chargers against Perkins, scoring on runs of 69 and 73 yards and catching a 10-yard touchdown pass. The junior running back rushed for 219 yards on 22 carries.

"They look really solid," Miller said. "They have a real good running attack with the triple-option. They'll pack it in tight and pound you ... and then lull you to sleep and they'll throw it over the top."

Academy had a 421-81 advantage in total yards against London. Nick Stringer was 14-for-21 passing for 200 yards and four touchdowns, and Herman Moultrie rushed for 143 yards on 23 carries.

"I'm happy reaching the playoffs," Stringer said. "It's great knowing that we got there. After 10 years, it's a great accomplishment. ... Edison is tough team. They're 9-1, so we can't take them lightly. The triple-option is going to be tough to stop, especially because they're so good at it, so we have our work cut out for us."

The Academy-Edison winner plays second-seeded Pemberville Eastwood or seventh-seeded Marion Pleasant in a regional semifinal Nov. 12.

Girls soccer team wins district title

The girls soccer team won a Division III district title, defeating top-seeded Worthington Christian 3-2 in overtime Oct. 29 at Olentangy Orange.

Senior Sophie Krings scored the winning goal 42 seconds into the first 15-minute overtime on an assist from Apsara Som.

Krings and Som scored during regulation for third-seeded Academy, which had lost to Worthington Christian 3-0 on Sept. 6 in an MSL-Ohio contest.

"We've had a never-say-die attitude all season," coach Ahmad Benjamin said. "It was difficult from day one trying to put a team together. We don't have a j.v. team for the first time in a while and we started with 17 players and ended up with about 14 players due to injuries."

The Vikings were 12-2-3 before playing Zanesville Rosecrans in a regional semifinal Nov. 1 at Zanesville, and the winner plays Lynchburg-Clay or Wheelersburg in a regional final Saturday, Nov. 5, at a site to be announced.

The regional champion plays Hamilton Badin, Cincinnati Country Day, Cincinnati Madeira or Cincinnati Summit Country Day in a state semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 8, at a site to be announced.

The state final is Nov. 12 at Mapfre Stadium.

Academy advanced to the district final by outscoring second-seeded Grandview 3-2 on penalty kicks in a district semifinal Oct. 25. The teams were scoreless after regulation and two overtime periods.

Cross country teams advance to state

The boys and girls cross country teams qualified for the Division III state meet Saturday, Nov. 5, at National Trail Raceway.

The girls finished third (119) in the 17-team regional meet Oct. 29 at Pickerington North behind champion Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley (86) as the top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced to state.

Annalise Grammel was third (19 minutes, 20.41 seconds), followed by Audrey Grammel (16th, 20:40.45), Lilly Kaufman (25th, 21:21.92), Jessica Griffin (46th, 22:22.24), Susan Frankovich (72nd, 22:54.32), Madeline Owen (76th, 22:59.71) and Ryan Melbourne (103rd, 24:19.11).

The boys finished fourth (123) in the 17-team regional meet behind champion Leesburg-Fairfield (71) as the top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced to state.

Nick Robie was 15th (17:12.92), followed by Liam McCann (24th, 17:30.14), Chris Heermann (33rd, 17:42.46), Nick Watson (37th, 17:46.93), Charlie Sabgir (39th, 17:48.34), Grayson Mick (75th, 18:30.86) and Abhi Ramesh (100th, 19:08.54).

Boys soccer team loses in district semi

The boys soccer team finished 7-6-5 overall with a 1-0 loss at sixth-seeded Wellington in a Division III district semifinal Oct. 26.

Sophomore goalie Jacob Eismann had five saves.

After a first-round bye, the seventh-seeded Vikings defeated 21st-seeded Patriot Prep 14-0 in the second round Oct. 22.

Junior forward/defender Jack Ostrowski was named first-team all-district and all-league, and senior defender/midfielder Matt Cea and senior midfielder Kyle Vorys were first-team all-league and second-team all-district.

Senior forward Nate Goldfarb and junior defender Angus Soderberg were second-team all-league, and junior forward Connor Brown and sophomore forward David Barren were honorable mention all-league.

The Vikings lose seven players to graduation.

Other players eligible to return are juniors Kieran Law (defender) and Randy Yan (midfielder), sophomores Alex McClellan (forward), Tyler Schlonsky (midfielder), Evan Scott (midfielder/forward) and Colin Sullivan (midfielder) and freshman Charlie Mueller (defender).

Academy went 4-2-1 in the MSL-Ohio to finish fourth behind Worthington Christian (7-0), Bexley (5-2) and Grandview (5-2) and ahead of Whitehall (3-4), Grove City Christian (2-4-1), West Jefferson (1-6) and London (0-7).

Field hockey team loses in district final

The top-seeded field hockey team reached a district final, losing to fourth-seeded Thomas Worthington 3-1 on Oct. 29 at Olentangy Liberty.

Academy, which fell behind 3-0 in the first half, finished 17-1-1 overall.

"We put ourselves in such a hole in the first five minutes of the game," said coach Anne Horton, whose team defeated Thomas 1-0 on Sept. 13. "What I loved is this team did not give up. They came back out fighting. They were swinging all the way to the end, earning chances at the cage. I love that they felt there was a chance they could win this thing."

Senior attacker Alaina Gwin scored for Academy in the second half.

After a first-round bye, Academy defeated 17th-seeded Lancaster 9-0 in the second round Oct. 19 and 10th-seeded Orange 4-0 in a semifinal Oct. 25.

The Vikings won the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-East title at 7-0, ahead of Watterson (6-1), Worthington Kilbourne (5-2), New Albany (4-3), Granville (3-4), Bexley (2-5), Columbus School for Girls (1-6) and Hartley (0-7).

"These (six) seniors have been truly special," Horton said. "Their leadership has been some of the best ever. They led by example, they led by heart, they led by passion."

Other players eligible to return are juniors Kelley Antione (goalkeeper), Maddie DeAscentis (attacker), Olivia Ryan (defender) and Liana Shiroma (defender), sophomores Carolyn Bowman (midfielder), Mercedes Crestanello, Sam Kass (midfielder), Lexie Leader (defender/midfielder), Callista Popp (attacker), Avie Smith (attacker) and Aiyana Taylor (defender) and freshmen Lauren Bernacki (defender) and Kiersten Thomassey (midfielder).

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