Wellington School junior Ian Wagner was relieved just to make it back to the Division II state singles tournament.

Wellington School junior Ian Wagner was relieved just to make it back to the Division II state singles tournament.

Wagner, who finished fourth at state as a freshman and third as a sophomore, lost to Watterson's Chris Diaz 6-0, 6-1 to place second at the district tournament last Saturday at the Wickertree Tennis Club.

"(Making the state tournament) was my only goal," Wagner said.

"Everything after this is just icing on the cake."

Wagner will play Sandusky St. Mary's Central Catholic sophomore Andrew Linden in the first round at state, which is Friday and Saturday at Ohio State. Linden finished third in the Northwest District.

Reaching state was more difficult this season. There were only two qualifiers from the Central District after the East and Southeast districts formed their own district.

Wagner defeated Bexley's Matt Wareti 6-0, 6-4 in the first round and DeSales' Myles Harris 6-3, 6-3 in a semifinal to advance. Teammate Leo Pedicelli lost to Harris 6-0, 6-0 in the first round.

"I started with two really tough matches, and I was just trying to stay consistent," Wagner said. "You couldn't let them get the lead or they'd start getting confidence and I'd start to question myself."

•In the girls lacrosse team's 18-5 victory over Cincinnati Mother of Mercy on May 20 in the first round of the Division II South-Central regional tournament, Kara Concheck was surprised when coach Liz Clapacs called a timeout with the Jaguars holding a 10-goal lead with 22 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in game.

"I thought we were in trouble," said Concheck, whose team was 13-3-1 overall before playing Cincinnati Indian Hills in a regional semifinal last Tuesday.

Instead, Clapacs wanted to honor the senior midfielder for scoring her 100th goal of the season. Former Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Coaches Association commissioner Ernie Hartong couldn't remember anyone scoring that many goals in a season.

"Records are spotty at best, but the most I've run across was (1986 Worthington graduate) Mary Ann Meltzer, who had 96 goals her senior year," Hartong said.

"She's just difficult to defend," Clapacs said of Concheck, a Fresno State-signee who had 53 goals last season. "She has incredible speed, and she has incredible height. You don't see someone with her kind of height too much."

Kara Chester had six goals against Mother of Mercy.

"We have a lot of talented players, and that's really cool coming from such a small school," Concheck said. "We feel like our defense is one of the best in the state. We have a great attack (to go with the midfield).

"We work great together, and we're going to fight to get to the final four this year."

•The boys lacrosse team will lose nine seniors from a squad which finished 9-7 overall after losing to DeSales 11-8 in the first round of the Division II Central regional tournament last Saturday.

"We had a great group of seniors," coach Andy Farber said. "We had a lot of fun, and I feel like we got better as the season went on. We learned a lot of lessons about commitment, sacrifice and focusing on a task."

The Jaguars will lose midfielders Jeremy Guinn, Chris King, Chris Roembke, Rob Smith and Mike Walsh, goalie Geoff Quinn, defensemen Richard Gullo and Jacob Robinson and attacker Josh Taylor (16 goals, 10 assist). Quinn and Robinson were first-team, and Guinn was second-team all-region.

Junior Pat Kim (20 goals, 35 assists), sophomore Anthony Becker (14 goals, six assists) and freshman Jonathan Taylor are expected to return to the attack.

Junior Sam Vrabel and freshman Russel Fast should compete at goalie. Sophomores Arjun Chopra and Mac Young and freshmen Jordan Tunnel and Alex Zalanta are expected to be top returnees for the defense.

Juniors Chris Coughlan and Corey Morse (33 goals, 12 assists), sophomores Rick Smith (26 goals, five assists), John Wobbrock and Andy Zody and freshmen Tyler Blaine, Nick Mayne and Jonathan Robinson are expected to anchor the midfield. Morse was second-team all-region.

"While we lose a lot, I am looking forward to see which guys step up," Farber said.

"I'm excited to see what they accomplish next year as a team."