In what was its first season in the MSL-Cardinal Division, the Wellington School boys soccer team came away with the championship.
The Jaguars were 8-4-2 overall after losing 4-1 to Grandview on Oct. 2 and finished 7-0-1 in the league, with their only blemish being a scoreless tie against Grove City Christian on Sept. 11.
In the second round of league play, Wellington beat Grove City Christian 4-2 on Sept. 22.
"With our young yet talented team, we've seen a tremendous amount of growth and development in our style of play and mentality," coach J.J. Bain said. "The biggest highlight for me is that we have not stalled in our progress. It's a race to be as good as you can be by the time the tournament comes around."
The Division III district tournament drawing is Sunday, Oct. 8. The Jaguars won a district championship last season.
Through 11 games, sophomore Eli Dulle had seven goals and four assists, senior Brad Biehl had 10 goals and three assists, senior Scott Locker had four assists and one goal and Jordan Livits had four goals and four assists.
Juniors Katz Kadlic and J.R. O'Toole and sophomore Freddie Lin also have played well, according to Bain.
Girls soccer team
The girls soccer team has its best record in nearly a decade with three regular-season games and the postseason still to come.
The Jaguars were 9-3-1 overall after beating Grandview 2-1 on Oct. 2 and are 4-2 in their first season in the MSL-Ohio.
Wellington is seeking its first winning season since going 12-4-1 in 2008. The Jaguars went 8-8-1 in 2015 but dropped to 5-13 a year ago.
"The season is off to a strong start so far," coach Lindsey Smith said.
"Our ultimate goal is to be playing our best come mid-October. The players have really enjoyed being part of a league. They certainly pay more attention to scores around town against common opponents and are eager to compete against league schools. The postseason conference accolades will also be very rewarding for our top student-athletes."
Through 12 games, senior Jakaysha Williams had 19 goals and eight assists, senior Zoe Beatty had three goals and 10 assists, senior Liv Penegor had nine goals and five assists and freshman goalie Angelina Grohovsky had 43 saves.
Other key players, according to Smith, have included seniors Lizzy Chester and Jacquie Sierzputowski.
Tennis team preps
for sectional play
The girls tennis team opens its postseason with a Division II sectional Thursday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 7, at Columbus School for Girls.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the district tournament Oct. 12 at CSG and Oct. 14 at Upper Arlington.
Sophomore Akua Antwi-Woods and junior Isabella Vegas are seeded first and second, respectively, in singles at sectional. Also playing singles is sophomore Camille Olmstead.
Seniors Brianna Masters and Sarah Zimmerman are seeded third in doubles at sectional.
The other doubles team is senior Sydney Wurapa and sophomore Jordan Wurapa.
The Jaguars were 8-3 overall before closing the regular season Oct. 3 against Bloom-Carroll and finished second in the MSL-Ohio at 5-1, behind Columbus Academy (6-0).
"We're having a great season," coach Rebecca Hinze said.
"With it being our first year in the league, we knew we wanted to play strong. Worthington Christian, which is typically a team we play a close match with, we beat 5-0 (Aug. 31)."
The boys golf team competed in the Division III district tournament Oct. 4 at Denison Golf Club at Granville.
The champion and the top individual not on the qualifying team in the six-team district advanced to the state tournament Oct. 13 and 14 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
In the eight-team sectional Sept. 26 at Darby Creek, the Jaguars carded a 308 to capture the title.
Sophomore Aidan Schumer shot a 71 to earn medalist honors, followed by junior Jack Doody (77), sophomore Garrett Thesing (80), freshman Carsten Judge (80) and junior Jay Briggs (83).
Wellington's toughest competition at district was expected to come from Worthington Christian, which shot a 312 to win the Turnberry sectional Sept. 28.
Girls golfers end
season at sectional
The girls golf team's season ended with a fifth-place finish (442) in the nine-team Division II sectional Sept. 27 at Mill Creek, behind champion Fairbanks (347).
Three of the Jaguars' four competitors are eligible to return.
"We struggled all year to put a team of four out there, but we got (fifth) at sectional, which was pretty cool," coach Bill Miller said.
"If we'd had a couple less three-putts, we could have been as high as fourth. Overall, it was a very good day."
Senior Allison Sprochi led Wellington at sectional with a 106, followed by sophomore Lexi Horan (109), junior Ella Sweitzer (111) and freshman Paige Bennett (116).
Wellington completed its first season in the MSL-Ohio with a 1-15 record, behind Worthington Christian (14-2), Bexley (12-4), Grandview (9-7) and London (4-12).
"We're looking forward to next year," Miller said. "We did make a lot of improvements."
Below are the coming schedules for the Wellington boys soccer and girls soccer teams:
Oct. 5 -- Home vs. Marion Pleasant
Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Hartley
Oct. 5 -- Home vs. Marion Pleasant
*Oct. 7 -- At Bexley
Oct. 10 -- At Bloom-Carroll
*Record: Fifth in MSL-Ohio, fifth at sectional
*Senior lost: Allison Sprochi
*Key returnees: Paige Bennett, Lexi Horan and Ella Sweitzer