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).
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.
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
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
*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
Below are the coming schedules for the Wellington softball and boys tennis teams:
April 13 -- At Tree of Life
April 17 -- At Shekinah Christian
April 18 -- Home vs. Walnut Ridge
April 19 -- At Bexley
April 17 -- Home vs. Olentangy Orange
April 19 -- At Columbus Academy