Kara Godsey has proven time and again that she's not afraid to try new things.
The senior was a member of Worthington Christian High School's inaugural girls golf and girls bowling programs, both of which began her junior year.
Then, after she suffered a season-ending injury early last spring for the softball team, she transitioned into a scout as well as a representative of the program at the district seeding meeting.
Godsey, a Reynoldsburg resident who has attended Worthington Christian since seventh grade, would like nothing more than to add one final big prep moment this spring as the Warriors' shortstop.
"It would definitely be nice to go out with a district championship," Godsey said. "(There's) definitely a lot of good memories. I love all the teams and just being with all these girls. Every team is just like a family. I made district in golf the last two years, and this year we made it to district in bowling for the first time ever. (I was a part of the first girls) golf team and the first girls bowling team and we had a lot of success right away, which is really fun."
On April 24, the Warriors won 6-5 in the completion of a suspended game against Grandview and then completed a season sweep with a 5-1 victory. They were 11-3 overall before playing Thomas Worthington on April 27 and are 7-0 in the MSL-Ohio Division.
On April 19, Worthington Christian got an RBI single from Caroline Cole in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat West Jefferson 7-6. West Jefferson was third in last week's Division III area coaches poll, while the Warriors were unranked.
Through 10 games, Godsey was third on the team with a .450 batting average, behind pitcher Ava Heidorn (.583) and third baseman Lynsey Meeks (.517), and was second on the team in runs scored (16) behind Heidorn (17).
The Warriors finished 20-7 last season but were 8-0 before Godsey sustained a left knee injury. She missed the summer softball season but returned to competition last fall and reached the Division II district tournament in golf.
"Last year I got hurt in the eighth game, so I missed the whole rest of the season," Godsey said. "It was a collision at first base and I got taken out by the first baseman and tore my PCL and my meniscus. I was definitely a little bit rusty (heading into this season). I got (medically) cleared just before golf, so I was fine for that and, in bowling, I had to wear the brace."
Godsey, who played basketball during her freshman and sophomore seasons before electing to bowl the last two winter seasons, is interested in studying math when she begins attending Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, in the fall.
She will compete for the women's golf team at Grace College, but admits that she's "obsessed with batting average and all those kinds of stats" and plays in a fantasy baseball league.
Coach Matt Heidorn was happy to utilize her knowledge of the game last spring.
"She actually scouted the other teams when we were in the playoffs," Heidorn said. "She also went to the seeding meeting and she's an umpire.
"Kara's done an amazing job. She comes to the games ready to play and never has an attitude. She's that kind of leader."
Baseball team looks
to build momentum
Before playing April 24 at Grandview, the baseball team had split its previous eight games.
That's not to say that the Warriors haven't had positive moments this season.
They beat the Bobcats 11-10 on April 24 and were 15-6 overall and 4-3 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Columbus Academy on April 26. Worthington Christian has four regular-season games scheduled before beginning the Division III district tournament May 6 or 8.
"It's truly been a collective team effort," coach Tim Kraynak said. "(We've had) great team chemistry, consistent defense, depth (in our) pitching staff (and) timely hitting."
Worthington Christian was first in the most recent Division III area coaches poll but has since lost to West Jefferson, 15-4 on April 19.
Through 20 games, Derek Fabian (C/P/INF) was batting .339 with 12 RBI, Michael Rettstatt (P/INF) was hitting .314 with 10 RBI and Danny Myers (C/RF) had 14 RBI to lead the offense.
Rettstatt was 4-1 with a 1.19 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings, while sophomore Nathan Sewall was 2-2 with a 2.33 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in 27 innings.
Freshman Jack Lockhart was leading the way out of the bullpen with a 1.21 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings.
stand out in track
In last week's area honor roll, junior Josh Jackson of the boys track and field team and senior Bridgette Rettstatt of the girls squad both were ranked high in their specialized events.
Jackson had the third-best time in the 400 meters (49.43 seconds) and the eighth-best time in the 200 (22.5). Both times were the best among Division III athletes.
On April 22, the boys team scored 112.33 points to win the 13-team Bloom-Carroll Invitational. Jackson won the 100 (11.02), 200 (22.01) and 400 (49.77), junior Jake Bertelsen won the 1,600 (4:38.96) and 3,200 (10:10.63) and senior Reed Tucker won the long jump (19 feet, 1 1/2 inches).
Placing second were the 3,200 relay of senior Jonathan Davis, juniors Kyle Smith and Luke Smith and sophomore Taylor Vallengeon (8:33.59), the 400 relay of seniors Emerson Patrick, Kyle Sanders and Alex Tucker and junior Ethan Crary (45.88) and the 800 relay of seniors Sammy Myers, Sanders and Isaac Wilson and freshman Montell Edwards (1:36.91).
Rettstatt was ranked first in the high jump (5-6) in the area honor roll last week.
The girls team finished fifth (70) in the 13-team Bloom-Carroll Invitational behind champion Chillicothe (97).
Rettstatt won the high jump (5-4) and juniors Emily Hall and Emma Kasich and freshmen Ashley Hall and Mianna Hartings finished first in both the 400 relay (53.22) and 800 relay (1:51.88). Ashley Hall was runner-up in the 100 (12.97) and 200 (26.7).
Tennis team preps
for league tourney
The boys tennis team will compete in the MSL-Ohio tournament Saturday, April 29, at Columbus Academy.
The Warriors were 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the league before playing West Jefferson on April 25. They beat Whitehall 3-0 in a league match April 20 as AjAi Smith (second singles), Isaac Deskins (third singles) and Cameron Prior and Tommy Robinson (first doubles) won before bad weather ended the match.
On April 19, the Warriors used a split squad to beat Worthington Kilbourne 5-0 and Village Academy 4-1.
Ben Kindberg has been the team's No. 1 singles player all season.
The Warriors lost to Columbus Academy (April 12) and Bexley (April 13) by 5-0 scores in league play.
"As usual, the conference is competitive," coach Justin Bays said. "We have so many players who we could plug in, and (we could) play a different doubles team every match and still be very competitive."