Joseph Greenwood has conditioned himself to use multiple mentalities this season for the Worthington Christian High School football team.

Joseph Greenwood has conditioned himself to use multiple mentalities this season for the Worthington Christian High School football team.

For most of the second half of last season and at the start of this season, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior spent most of his time at defensive end and long snapper.

Because he had played quarterback when he was in middle school and earlier in high school, Greenwood also served in a backup role at that position.

He then became the starting quarterback early this season after senior Alex Tucker suffered a broken collarbone.

"When I play quarterback, I'm more reserved and patient, but for defense, I have to be more aggressive," Greenwood said. "It's really fun playing quarterback, but I'm still learning. Sometimes I forget (how enjoyable it is) because I've spent so much time on defense."

Worthington Christian improved to 4-4 overall and 3-1 in the MSL-Cardinal Division with a 41-13 win over Millersport on Oct. 14. If the Warriors can win out and get help, they could earn a share of the league title with Harvest Prep, which is 5-3 overall and 4-0 in the league.

Harvest Prep beat Worthington Christian 40-30 on Sept. 16.

Worthington Christian plays host Friday, Oct. 21, to Fairfield Christian, which is 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the league and closes the regular season Oct. 29 at home against Harvest Prep.

Last season, the Warriors beat Fairfield Christian 26-13.

Greenwood completed 13 of 22 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-19 win over Fisher Catholic on Oct. 7 and had rushed for two scores through seven games.

He sat out the first five games of last season after transferring from Buckeye Valley.

"He came in as a quarterback when he first transferred in, but he backed away from the position because he couldn't play the first five games of last season and was being unselfish," coach Brian Stier said. "He's so hard to block as a defensive end. This year, he was a backup until Alex Tucker got hurt and he's been able to grasp the offense. He can throw the ball really well and he makes good decisions."

Runners prep for postseason

The boys and girls cross country teams are competing in the Division III district meet Saturday, Oct. 22, at Watkins Memorial. The boys are in district 2, while all of the girls teams in Division III are competing in the same race.

The top four teams and top 16 individuals in both races advance to regional Oct. 29 at Pickerington North.

On Oct. 15 in the MSL meet at London Country Club, the boys team finished last (129) of six teams behind champion Columbus Academy (35) and the girls were last (115) of five teams behind champion Bexley (35). Jake Bertelsen was third (17 minutes, 11 seconds) in the boys race.

Tournaments begin in soccer, volleyball

The girls soccer and girls volleyball teams both have begun their postseasons.

On Oct. 19, the top-seeded girls soccer team played ninth-seeded Fisher Catholic or 11th-seeded Tree of Life in the second round of the Division III district tournament. The winner plays fourth-seeded Fairbanks, fifth-seeded West Jefferson or seventh-seeded Columbus School for Girls in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the home of the higher seed.

The district final is Oct. 29.

The girls volleyball team is the ninth seed in the Division III district tournament and opened Oct. 18 at seventh-seeded Galion Northmor. The winner plays host to 13th-seeded Cardington in a second-round match Saturday, Oct. 22, with the winner of that match facing second-seeded Utica, 20th-seeded Africentric or 24th-seeded Northridge in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Buckeye Valley.

The district final is Oct. 29.

Tennis team expects strong nucleus back

The girls tennis team is losing just two seniors in Jordan Byers and Abigail Carpenter, who went 9-6 and 12-7 overall, respectively, and earned honorable mention all-league honors.

Sophomore Julia Byers, who went 14-3-1 and made first-team all-league, and sophomore Amanda Mayotte, who went 11-7 and was second-team all-league, should be the top returnees. Both players made it to a quarterfinal of the Division II sectional Oct. 6 at CSG.

The Warriors finished 10-5-1 overall, including a 2-all tie with Thomas Worthington in a match that was not completed. They went 3-2 (25 points) in the MSL-Ohio to finish third, behind Columbus Academy (5-0, 43) and Bexley (4-1, 31) and ahead of Grandview (2-3, 16), London (1-4, 8) and Whitehall (0-5, 0).

Also eligible to return are juniors Caroline King, Isabelle Nguyen and Alyssa Weishaar.

"We had a successful season with convincing wins and competitive losses," coach Stefanie Mayotte said. "The bulk of our team this year was freshmen and sophomores. I expect our team to be at least as strong as this year, and with another year of maturity hopefully a little stronger."

Most of boys golfers expected to return

The boys golf team expects to return four of its five postseason competitors, including a junior in Jake Hoheisel who shot 73 to finish just three strokes behind the lone Division II state qualifier Oct. 5 in the district tournament at Apple Valley.

Also eligible to return are sophomores Cole Brooks, Will Evans and Tyler Jones. The Warriors were runners-up in the 10-team sectional Sept. 27 at The Players Club at Foxfire with a 331 behind Bexley (325) and finished third (317) in the six-team district behind Bexley (299) and Academy (312) as the champion advanced to state.

The only senior in the lineup was Josh Cho.

Worthington Christian finished third (9-6) in the MSL-Ohio, behind Academy (14-1) and Bexley (13-2) and ahead of Grandview (6-9), West Jefferson (3-12) and London (0-15).

Hoheisel and Jones both made first-team all-league, Cho was second team and Evans was honorable mention.

"We had over 100 victories on the season, and Worthington Christian hasn't done that in a long time," coach Tom Burns said. "We're deep. We'll be around next year."

Girls golfers have strong first season

During its first season, the girls golf team went 15-3 in the MSL to finish second behind Teays Valley (17-1) and ahead of Bexley (12-6), Circleville (8-10), Liberty Union (6-12), Logan Elm (4-14) and London (1-17).

Senior Kara Godsey shared league Player of the Year honors with Teays Valley freshman Brooke DeVolld.

Sophomore Abby Stevenson joined Godsey as a first-team all-league honoree, with senior Salena Alexander making honorable mention.

The Warriors placed fourth (426) in the eight-team Division II sectional that concluded Oct. 3 at Mill Creek as the top three teams advanced to district, with Godsey advancing individually with an 86.

Godsey then placed 13th (93) at district Oct. 5 at Darby Creek.

Freshmen Anna Opava and Natalie Opava also are eligible to return for Worthington Christian, which went 21-4 overall.

"(I'm) extremely excited for the girls," coach Rick Kelley said. "They worked hard. We'll have a young team next year (and) are looking to add a couple more players to the program."

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Schedules

Below is the coming schedule for the Worthington Christian boys soccer team:

Oct. 22 -- Home vs. 14th-seeded West Jefferson or 18th-seeded Northside Christian in second round of Division III district tournament. Winner plays 10th-seeded Granville Christian or 17th-seeded Gahanna Christian in district semifinal Oct. 26 at home of higher seed. The district final is Oct. 29. Worthington Christian is the top seed.

BOYS GOLF

*Finishes: Third in MSL-Ohio, second at sectional, third at district

*Senior lost: Josh Cho

*Key returnees: Cole Brooks, Will Evans, Jake Hoheisel and Tyler Jones

GIRLS GOLF

*Finishes: Second in MSL, fourth at sectional

*Seniors lost: Salena Alexander and Kara Godsey

*Key returnee: Anna Opava, Natalie Opava and Abby Stevenson

GIRLS TENNIS

*Record: 10-5-1 overall, 3-2 (third) in MSL

*Seniors lost: Jordan Byers and Abigail Carpenter

*Key returnees: Julia Byers, Caroline King, Amanda Mayotte, Isabelle Nguyen and Alyssa Weishaar