The scene last Saturday at the boys tennis Division II district tournament at Columbus Academy looked a lot like it did a week earlier at the sectional, also at Academy.

The scene last Saturday at the boys tennis Division II district tournament at Columbus Academy looked a lot like it did a week earlier at the sectional, also at Academy.

The same four players from the sectional semifinals were the district semifinalists, with one of them being Wellington School freshman Ian Wagner.

But the district tournament had a better ending for Wagner as he finished second after taking fourth a week earlier. He beat Ready's Khang Thai 6-0, 6-0 in a semifinal and lost to Academy's Will Petrie 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

"That just showed how strong our sectional was," said Wagner, the first state qualifier for the Jaguars since Zach Avgerinos lost in the first round at state in 2004. "I was glad I got to play (Thai) again since I lost to him (6-2, 6-3 in a sectional semifinal). I played a lot more consistently this weekend and didn't miss many backhands this weekend."

Wagner didn't give up a game until he faced Petrie, who finished third in the state tournament last year.

"It means a lot for Wellington tennis to have someone at the state tournament," coach Dan Sebastian said. "Ian has a good all-around game and has been playing long enough to know what he is doing out there."

The state tournament will be Friday and Saturday at Ohio State, with Wagner opening against Evan Bechtel of Toledo Ottawa Hills.

It will be the last event for Sebastian, who announced May 18 that he is resigning after three seasons.

"The team has gotten so good that I can't hit with them anymore," Sebastian said. "They need a younger coach in there who can relate with them a little better and hit with them."

Wellington also is looking for a girls tennis coach as Phyllis Gallagher stepped down earlier this spring. Athletics director Max Ness expects both jobs to be filled by the end of the school year.

"Dan and Phyllis have meant stability and integrity for the tennis programs," Ness said. "In tennis, there is so much (honesty) expected, like with your line calls. Our kids have always stepped up and done it the right way."

Alex Yadigari and Gabe Pedicelli were Wellington's other district qualifiers. They lost in the first round of doubles to Bexley's Preston Phillips and David Edelstein 6-1, 6-2.

•After an 11-day layoff, the third-seeded boys lacrosse team opened the Division II regional last Tuesday against sixth-seeded Watterson. The winner will face defending state champion New Albany or seventh-seeded Johnstown today.

The Jaguars lost to New Albany 8-2 on May 13 and defeated Johnstown 16-0 on April 22. New Albany was 7-8 after defeating Perrysburg on May 17. The Johnnies were 5-10 after defeating Bexley 13-9 on May 12.

Today's winner will play top-seeded Granville, fourth-seeded DeSales, fifth-seeded Gahanna or eighth-seeded Bexley in the regional final Saturday. The regional champion will advance to a state semifinal May 31.

•The girls lacrosse team lost to New Albany 13-6 in a Division II regional final May 22 at DeSales to finish 12-5. The Eagles improved to 19-1 and will face Mentor in a state semifinal Friday at Medina.

Wellington tied the Eagles at 2 with 11:38 left in the first half but New Albany was up 6-3 lead at the break. The Jaguars got two goals from midfielder Nicole Dahl and one from Kara Concheck, Laura Wilkie, Grace Korandovich and Brooke O'Brien.

"I thought we all played really well," Dahl said. "We were all extremely nervous for the game because they blew us out the first time. We came out and we knew we could compete with them."

"I spent three months trying to figure out how to get the best out of this team," coach Adam Stewart said. "Apparently it took playing one of the best teams in the state in a one-and-done scenario to do that. I couldn't be more proud of them."

The Jaguars will lose seniors Jessica Mead and Leah Lynn from the attack and Brittany Jarrett from the midfield.

"They're a small group and they kind of got lost in the first two years I was here with the bigger classes around them," Stewart said. "I didn't know what to expect out of them this year. They complement each other so well personality wise and are a tough group to lose."

Wellington expects to return sophomore Colleen Durfee at goalie and juniors Cate Seago and Kendra Garrett and sophomore Missy Gyurcsik to the defense.

Juniors Laura Wilkie and Nicole Dahl, sophomores Nicole Darragh, Kara Chester, Liz Held, Kara Concheck and Marik Viragh and freshman Grace Korandovich should return to the midfield and juniors Cam Davis and Amanda Morse and sophomore Brooke O'Brien should be back in the attack.

"All our scoring in the regional final came from underclassmen," Stewart said. "We return our entire defense and most of our midfield. If we can start this point next year, by the end of the season we could be up there with the New Albany's of the world."

•Senior center-fielder Cydney Mavian of the softball team was named honorable mention all-state and coach Randy Saxour was named the Division IV district Coach of the Year. The Jaguars finished 12-8 after losing to Ridgedale 7-0 in the first round of the district tournament May 13.

Mavian and Allie Skapik were first-team all-district and Miranda Todaro and Jennifer Haas received honorable mention.