During its final three regular-season games last spring, the Wellington School girls lacrosse team lost twice by one goal and posted one of its two victories on the season.

The Jaguars hope the competitiveness they showed late last season is a sign of things to come.

Wellington, which finished 2-10 overall and 0-7 in the Central Independent League last season, opened April 4 with a 19-8 league loss to Hartley and lost to Gahanna 12-9 on April 5.

"It was a little rough last year, but we had a lot of close games," third-year coach Caitlin Fearon said. "We have a good core group and a handful of freshmen coming in. I think we're going to do well."

Seniors Nia Gill (midfielder) and Margaret Meeks (defender) and juniors Liz Chester (midfielder), Serino Nakayama (defender), Annie Taylor (attacker) and Libby White (midfielder) are the top returnees.

The other seniors are Megan Gross (attacker), Kelsey Hall (defender) and Meredith White (defender).

Also looking to contribute are junior Sarah Abdelbaki (attacker), sophomores Mackenzie Beam (goal-keeper/midfielder) and Ella Sweitzer (attacker) and freshmen Sarah Anderson (midfielder), Anna Chester (midfielder), Mia Croft (attacker), Sedera Green (utility), Lindsay Harris (attacker), Lauren Kalinosi (defender) and Neha Rao (attacker).

"We've got a good amount of freshmen that are new, so there's a lot of different skill levels," Fearon said. "We're putting our focus on getting everybody on the same page. It's a great group of skilled players. I just want us to win the games we fell short on last year."

Fraser looks to grow
boys lacrosse team

First-year boys lacrosse coach Eric Fraser acknowledges he has "a super young team" this spring.

The Jaguars opened with a 13-1 loss to Bexley on March 29, fell to Gahanna 13-2 on March 31 and lost to Cuyahoga Falls Jesuit 14-5 on April 8 before playing Jonathan Alder on April 12. Their game against Buckeye Valley on April 5 was postponed.

Fraser, who was Wellington's middle school coach last season, took over in the offseason for Will Emery, who led the Jaguars to a 4-9 finish in his only season last spring.

Fraser is originally from Colorado but attended Ohio State.

"This year we just want to get better every game," Fraser said.

"You can't set having a certain number of wins as a goal when you're at our level. If we can end the season better than we started, I'd consider that a win."

Key returnees include seniors Sam Kim (attacker), James Rohrbach (goalie) and J.T. Seitz (midfielder) and sophomore Katz Kadlic (midfielder).

Also looking to contribute are senior Danny Callanan (midfielder), junior Hale Edwards (midfielder), sophomores David Lynn (midfielder), Evan Scott (midfielder) and Trevor Seitz (attacker) and freshmen Evan Adiansingh (attacker), Andre Arman (defender), Todd Bainbridge (attacker), Nate Hill (defender), Nicos Hill (defender), Will Humphreys (defender), Zeke Lloyd (midfielder) and Kyle Tocci (goalie).

Baseball coach
likes team's potential

The baseball team has a more veteran look than it did a year ago when it went 12-14 and lost in the first round of the Division IV district tournament.

The Jaguars lost just two players to graduation and have returned five sophomores who were key players a year ago along with four seniors.

Wellington opened March 29 with an 18-0 loss at Fisher Catholic and lost to Grandview 10-0 on April 4 and Tree of Life 11-10 and 13-2 in a doubleheader April 8 to take an 0-4 record into its game against Morral Ridgedale on April 12. Its game against Columbus East on April 6 was postponed.

"The baseball team has 10 returning players this season, (and) eight out of those 10 played a significant amount of innings last season," 12th-year coach Craig Jones said. "While we're still a young team, we're encouraged by the potential we believe we possess on this year's roster."

The top returnee is senior Ngozi Pinkston (3B/SS/P), who hit .410 with 21 RBI and 18 stolen bases last season and went 4-3 on the mound with 34 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings pitched.

The other seniors are Khalil Jallaq (1B/DH), Teddy Knowles (INF/OF) and Adam Porter (1B/P).

Sophomore Andrew Haraburda (P/OF), who was 3-0 on the mound last year, should be one of the key pitchers.

Juniors Malcolm Banks (OF) and Max Wing (RF/C) and sophomores Ian Frim (CF), Trevor McCraw (C/P), Ryan Ouellette (P/INF) and William Roy (INF/DH) are other key returnees.

Freshman Josh Wooddell (SS/P) also should be a key contributor.

Also on the roster are junior Adam Teller (INF) and freshmen Vince Hall (utility), Ryan Ray (INF/C) and Aidan Schumer (INF/OF).

"We're emphasizing improving our defense," Jones said.

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Schedules

BASEBALL

March 29 -- at Fisher Catholic

April 4 -- at Grandview

April 6 -- at Columbus East

April 8 -- vs. Tree of Life (DH)

April 12 -- at Morral Ridgedale

April 13 -- at Danville

April 28 -- vs. Fisher Catholic

April 20 -- vs. Harvest Prep

April 21 -- vs. Marion-Franklin

April 22 -- at Worthington Christian (DH)

April 27 -- vs. Berne Union

April 28 -- at Granville Christian

April 29 -- at Mount Gilead (DH)

May 2 -- vs. Independence

May 4 -- vs. Granville Christian

May 6 -- at Grove City Christian

BOYS LACROSSE

March 29 -- vs. Bexley

March 31 -- at Gahanna

April 5 -- vs. Buckeye Valley

April 8 -- vs. Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit

April 12 -- at Jonathan Alder

April 18 -- vs. Trenton Edgewood

April 21 -- at Columbus Academy

April 22 -- at Marysville

April 28 -- at Morrow Little Miami

April 29 -- at Cincinnati Oak Hills

May 4 -- vs. Johnstown

May 6 -- at Dayton Miami Valley

May 9 -- vs. Big Walnut

May 12 -- vs. Xenia

GIRLS LACROSSE

*April 4 -- at Hartley

April 5 -- vs. Gahanna

*April 13 -- vs. Columbus School for Girls

*April 19 -- at Columbus Academy

April 21 -- vs. Delaware

*April 25 -- at DeSales

April 27 -- vs. Chillicothe

April 29 -- vs. Westerville Central

*May 2 -- vs. Bexley

May 4 -- vs. Dublin Scioto

May 6 -- at Dayton Miami Valley

*May 9 -- at Granville

*May 11 -- at Watterson

*League contest

Below are the coming schedules for the Wellington softball and boys tennis teams:

SOFTBALL

April 13 -- At Tree of Life

April 17 -- At Shekinah Christian

April 18 -- Home vs. Walnut Ridge

April 19 -- At Bexley

BOYS TENNIS

April 17 -- Home vs. Olentangy Orange

April 19 -- At Columbus Academy