The Columbus Academy baseball team entered the week looking to remain in the MSL-Ohio Division title chase.
The Vikings were 6-7 overall and 5-1 in the league before playing West Jefferson on April 24. Before the regularly scheduled game, the teams completed a contest that was suspended April 5 with the score tied at 6 in the sixth inning.
Academy's first loss in the league came against visiting Bexley on April 19, as the Lions rallied for a 7-5 win. The Vikings led 5-3 before Bexley scored a run in the sixth and three in the seventh on Tommy Bruning's two-out, three-run home run.
Coach Todd Dunkle said Matt Saling pitched well in defeat.
The teams meet again May 5 at Bexley, and Dunkle said the Vikings hope to turn the tables in the rematch.
"Because of that loss and because of Bexley's celebration, the motivation on our team is 100 percent even more," Dunkle said. "It was a good game and they came back and they won it. I don't know how you can win it any better than with a home run, but it's (only) the midway point of the league."
Bexley was 5-1 in the league before playing Whitehall on April 24, and West Jefferson was 5-1 before playing the Vikings.
Academy defeated Whitehall 24-9 in five innings April 21. The next day, the Vikings lost to host St. Charles 10-0 in five innings and Reynoldsburg 4-3.
Girls lacrosse team
wins twice in tourney
The girls lacrosse team won two games in the Hannigan-Galipault Tournament on April 22 at Thomas Worthington, defeating Hinsdale (Illinois) Central 8-2 and Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 7-4.
"I like this tournament," coach Anne Horton said. "You get a chance to play teams you don't normally play."
The Vikings were 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the Central Independent League before playing Watterson on April 25.
Michelle Daoud, Lexie Leader and Avie Smith each scored two goals against Hinsdale Central, and Baylee Mueller scored three goals and Leader added two against Hathaway Brown.
Academy lost to Thomas 11-9 on April 17, but bounced back to defeat Wellington 16-1 on April 19 as Mueller scored six goals and Daoud added three.
"We're coming along nicely," Horton said. "We're really young this year and we've been super patient on the kids finding what their place is and what their role is and they've all engaged and stepped up."
Tennis team preps
for league tourney
The boys tennis team plays host to the MSL-Ohio tournament Saturday, April 29, looking to repeat as league champion.
The Vikings were 7-2 overall before playing Granville on April 24 in an Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament Division II district semifinal. They were 5-0 in the league before playing Bexley on April 25.
"The league always comes first, that's what you try to win," coach Jeff Warstler said.
Last season, Academy went 6-0 in the MSL-Ohio on its way to winning the league title with 40 points, edging runner-up Bexley (38, 5-1).
The Granville-Academy winner plays Bexley or Wellington in an OTCA district final at a site and date to be determined.
Academy defeated Toledo St. John's 3-2 on April 21.
"It was a nice win for the kids, they did a real nice job," Warstler said. "For mid to late April, we're right where we should be. The kids are doing a good job. They're working hard and getting better every day."
Boys lacrosse team
continues to improve
The boys lacrosse team was 5-4 and had won four consecutive games before playing Buckeye Valley on April 24.
Roman Bellisari scored three goals and David Barren, Will Belford, Sam Ellis, Malcolm Klingbeil, Luke Tiberi and Charlie Yaw each added two in a 17-1 win over Wellington on April 21.