The Wellington School boys golf team is hoping to reap the benefits of having no seniors in its lineup a year ago.
The rewards already have started to roll in for the Jaguars, who shot 307 on Aug. 8 to win the first round of the four-team MSL-Cardinal Division tournament at Cumberland Trail.
After previously competing as an independent, Wellington is competing in a league for the first time.
"It's kind of funny because I didn't think I'd feel invested, but for the first (round of the MSL tournament), we were champing at the bit," 10th-year coach Craig Mosier said.
"It's been night and day compared to last year. I thought we were competitive last year, but our team has stepped up across the board this year. I have everybody back and I've added a strong freshman."
In the second round of the league tournament Aug. 26 at Turnberry, the Jaguars shot 366 to edge Fisher Catholic (367), followed by Grove City Christian (410) and Zanesville Rosecrans (451).
The third and final round is Sept. 18 at Westchester.
Mosier also is excited that the Jaguars will be competing Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3, in the Bell Cup at Pine Needles in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The tournament will feature host Van Buren as well as fellow Ohio schools Cincinnati Moeller, St. Charles, Toledo Central Catholic and Worthington Christian.
Junior Jack Doody, who was medalist in the first round of the league tournament with a 74, is the top returnee. Last season, he was runner-up (78) in the Division III sectional at Darby Creek as the Jaguars were first (334).
Sophomore Aidan Schumer also returns. He tied for fifth (81) to lead Wellington in the district tournament at Apple Valley, where the Jaguars finished third (349) behind state-qualifier Newark Catholic (334) and Grandview (347).
The other returnees are senior Kolapo Dairo, junior Jay Briggs and sophomore Garrett Thesing.
Freshman Carsten Judge has been among the team's top four players. He was medalist of the second round of the league tournament with a 74.
Junior Owen Gajoch is another on the roster.
Girls tennis team
has more depth
In addition to returning four of its top seven players, the girls tennis team should get a boost from a newcomer this fall.
Sophomore Akua Anti-Woods, who missed last season with an injury, could end up at first singles.
Junior Isabelle Vegas is the top returnee after playing first singles last season.
Others who have returned include sophomore Camille Olmstead, who is at third singles, and the first doubles team of seniors Brianna Masters and Sarah Zimmerman.
"Akua is looking to be a strong incoming player as a sophomore," second-year coach Rebecca Hinze said. "Overall, I'm pretty happy with what I've seen so far. Things are different from last year because we have a couple that have played year-round. That makes a difference, especially in Division II."
Senior Sydney Warupa and her sister, sophomore Jordan Warupa, should see significant time in doubles.
Also looking to contribute are senior Maithri Kora and sophomore Neha Rao.
The Jaguars, who went 4-7 last season, are competing in the MSL-Ohio this year along with a group of teams that features defending champion Columbus Academy.
A year ago in the district tournament, reaching the second round were Vegas in singles and the doubles team of Masters and Zimmerman.
"As the season progresses, things are only going to get better," Hinze said.
Boys soccer team out
to build on title run
Coming off a season in which it won a Division III district championship, the boys soccer team is hungry for more this fall.
The Jaguars opened with a 4-0 win over Tree of Life on Aug. 19 and tied Watterson at 1 on Aug. 22.
Wellington has joined the MSL-Cardinal this year after previously being an independent and will open league play Thursday, Aug. 31, at home against Zanesville Rosecrans.
"We're kind of taking (last year) as a template for success, but we're attacking things this year anew," fourth-year coach J.J. Bain said. "(Winning the league) is definitely one of our goals, but our biggest goal is to be the best at the end of the year."
The top returnees are seniors Brad Biehl (forward) and Scott Locker (midfielder), juniors J.R. O'Toole (goalkeeper) and Katz Kadlic (center back) and sophomores Eli Dulle (midfielder) and Freddie Lin (midfielder).
Biehl is the leading returning scorer, having scored 15 goals last season.
O'Toole made 68 saves a year ago for the Jaguars, who finished 10-7-3 overall and lost to Grandview 2-1 in a regional semifinal.
Sophomores Ian Frim (defender) and Nick Robinson (defender) also are key returnees.
Others who should contribute include seniors Malcolm Banks (midfielder), Hale Edwards (forward), Rami Rajjoub (forward), sophomore Ahmet Ozer (forward/midfielder) and freshmen Jordan Livitz (forward) and Eoin O'Carroll (midfielder/defender).
"They have a very high ceiling," Bain said. "They still have a long way to go, but their talent level is high."
Aug. 8 -- MSL-Cardinal at Cumberland Trail
Aug. 9 -- Warrior-Jaguar Tournament at NorthStar
Aug. 12 -- Steve Youmans Classic at Oakhaven
Aug. 26 -- MSL-Cardinal at Turnberry
Sept. 2-3 -- Bell Cup at Pine Needles in Southern Pines, N.C.
Sept. 9 -- St. Charles Invitational at Brookside
Sept. 11 -- Gdovin Invitational at Zanesville Country Club
Sept. 16 -- Howlett Invitational at Worthington Hills
Sept. 18 -- MSL-Cardinal at Westchester
Sept. 23 -- Upper Arlington Masters Invitational at Scioto Country Club
Aug. 19 -- at Tree of Life
Aug. 22 -- at Watterson
*Aug. 31 -- vs. Zanesville Rosecrans
Sept. 2 -- vs. Dayton Christian
*Sept. 6 -- at Harvest Prep
*Sept. 9 -- at Fisher Catholic
*Sept. 11 -- at Grove City Christian
Sept. 14 -- vs. Worthington Christian
Sept. 16 -- at Columbus Academy
*Sept. 18 -- at Zanesville Rosecrans
*Sept. 22 -- vs. Grove City Christian
*Sept. 26 -- vs. Fisher Catholic
*Sept. 28 -- vs. Harvest Prep
Oct. 2 -- vs. Grandview
Oct. 5 -- vs. Marion Pleasant
Oct. 10 -- vs. Hartley
Aug. 12 -- Columbus School for Girls Invitational
Aug. 21 -- at Upper Arlington B
Aug. 28 -- vs. Hartley
Aug. 29 -- vs. Watterson
*Aug. 31 -- at Worthington Christian
Sept. 1 -- vs. Jonathan Alder
*Sept. 5 -- at Grandview
*Sept. 7 -- vs. Whitehall
Sept. 9 -- Reynoldsburg Doubles Tournament
*Sept. 12 -- at Columbus Academy
Sept. 16 -- Wellington Cup at home
*Sept. 19 -- vs. Bexley
Sept. 23 -- MSL tournament at Columbus Academy
Sept. 26 -- at Dublin Scioto
Sept. 28 -- at CSG
Oct. 3 -- vs. Bloom-Carroll
Below are the coming schedules for the Wellington girls golf and golf soccer teams:
*Sept. 5 -- London at Raymond Memorial
*Sept. 6 -- Jonathan Alder at Rolling Meadows
*Sept. 6 -- At Zanesville Rosecrans