The Worthington Christian High School boys golf team is hoping to get up to speed on what to expect from Ohio State's Scarlet Course by the time it competes there in the Division III state tournament Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 14.
Junior Tyler Jones competed on the course in a junior amateur event during the offseason and junior teammate Cole Brooks served as his caddy, but the Warriors are making their first state appearance as a team since placing fourth in 2011.
"It's a real thrill to be going there," first-year coach Zac Hess said. "We realize what a privilege it is."
On Oct. 4 in the six-team district tournament at Denison Golf Club at Granville, the Warriors shot a 313 to edge Wellington (318) for the championship and earn the lone state berth.
Jones was runner-up with a 73, junior Blake Lawson tied for sixth (79), senior Jake Hoheisel tied for eighth (80), junior Will Evans tied for 10th (81) and Brooks tied for 14th (85).
"(Being in the same group as Wellington) gave us motivation to win our group, and it worked out," Jones said.
The Warriors were leading the Jaguars by four strokes at the turn after each began on the back nine, but Jones and Hoheisel each shot 38 and Evans and Lawson both shot 39 on the front nine to seal the win.
"It feels pretty good," Hess said. "It really wasn't until we started the front nine that everyone started to play better. We knew it was going to come down to (us and Wellington)."
Football team looks to bounce back
The football team had a two-game winning streak snapped with a 24-6 loss at Fisher Catholic on Oct. 7.
The Warriors are 2-5 overall and 2-2 in the MSL-Cardinal Division.
Michael Hartings rushed 13 times for 71 yards and one touchdown, AjAi Smith had two catches for 72 yards and Jonathan Heredia-Aguirre added two receptions for 39 yards to lead the offense.
Braden Anderson had 2.5 tackles for loss and six total tackles to lead the defense.
The Warriors will look for their second consecutive win over Millersport when they play host to the Lakers on Friday, Oct. 13. Millersport won the first two games in the series but lost to the Warriors 41-13 last season.
The Lakers lost to Zanesville Rosecrans 49-16 on Oct. 6 to drop to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the MSL-Cardinal. In that contest, quarterback Austin Games was 5-for-13 passing for 57 yards with one touchdown and one interception and ran 12 times for 95 yards and one score. Running back Steven Berry had nine rushes for 46 yards.
Girls tennis team set for district
The girls tennis team advanced one singles player and one doubles team to the Division II district tournament Thursday, Oct. 12, at Columbus School for Girls and Saturday, Oct. 14, at Upper Arlington.
The champion in singles and doubles at district advances to state Oct. 20 and 21 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Junior Amanda Mayotte finished fourth in singles and plays Wellington's Akua Antwi-Woods in a first-round match at district.
In doubles, seniors Isabelle Nguyen and Alyssa Weishaar placed fourth at sectional and will play CSG's Rosie Gliatis and Helen Hoag in a first-round match at district.
Also competing at sectional in singles were senior Caroline King, who lost in the first round, and freshman Abby Mayotte, who lost in a quarterfinal.
The doubles team of juniors Anna Kremnitzer and Caroline Mousa lost in the second round.
Boys soccer team eyes tourney run
The boys soccer team is seeded third for the Division III district tournament and will open the postseason Wednesday, Oct. 18, at home with a second-round game against 16th-seeded Delaware Christian or 20th-seeded Gahanna Christian.
The winner plays seventh-seeded Granville Christian, eighth-seeded Northside Christian or 15th-seeded Fairbanks in a district semifinal Oct. 24.
Worthington Christian was ranked ninth in last week's state poll and was 6-4-3 overall before playing Grove City Christian on Oct. 10.
"For the tournament, we're looking to increase our goal-to-chance ratio," coach Dan Roads said. "We believe that we can compete with the best teams in the state defensively, but we want to grow into a team that can score goals in any game. ... Our goal is to win championships and get to games where people take notice of us."
Through 13 games, senior Ethan Crary and freshman Tyler Kindberg both had 10 goals. Senior defender Kyle Smith and senior midfielder Jake Strick also have been key players, according to Roads.
Volleyball team going 'in right direction'
The girls volleyball team is seeded seventh for the Division III district tournament and will open the postseason Tuesday, Oct. 17, at home against 17th-seeded Liberty Union.
The winner plays eighth-seeded CSG in the second round Oct. 21 at the home of the higher seed.
The Warriors are hoping for a longer tournament run than a year ago when they lost in the first round.
"As we prepare for the postseason, we realize that we have to improve our first ball and keep playing at our tempo," coach Lorraine Smith said. "When we drive that first ball to one of our setters, we have a really strong frontline that can quickly put the ball away. ... We're moving in the right direction."
The Warriors were 16-4 overall and 8-1 in the MSL-Ohio before closing their league schedule Oct. 10 at London. The Red Raiders, who defeated Worthington Christian 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 on Sept. 19, were 9-0 in the league entering play Oct. 10.
According to Smith, senior middle hitter Emma Linehan has been leading the way with her blocking, and senior libero Alex Evans and senior setter Emma McIntosh also have performed their roles well.
Girls golf team excited for future
With no seniors in a program that reached the Division II district tournament, girls golf coach Rick Kelley believes next season could bring even better finishes to his second-year program.
"Last year we sent one player to the district tournament," Kelley said. "Our goal this year was for the whole team to advance. We were able to accomplish that by finishing second in our sectional at Mill Creek, and then we followed that up with a third-place finish at districts. With no seniors on the team this year, we're excited to have all our players returning for next year."
Worthington Christian went 14-2 to win the MSL-Ohio tournament, ahead of Bexley (12-4), Grandview (9-7), London (4-12) and Wellington (1-15). Freshman Rena So was league Player of the Year, while Abigail Stevenson also made first-team all-league and sophomore Anna Opava was second-team all-league.
On Sept. 27 in the nine-team sectional at Mill Creek, the Warriors shot a 399 to finish second behind Fairbanks (347). So placed fourth (84) to lead the team.
In the six-team district tournament Oct. 2 at Darby Creek, Worthington Christian was third (412) behind champion and state-qualifier Newark Catholic (346) and Fairbanks (374). Stevenson led the Warriors with a 99.
The other varsity regulars were sophomore Natalie Opava and freshman Zoe Holston.
Below are the coming schedules for the Worthington Christian cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 14 -- MSL-Ohio meet at London
Oct. 12 -- At Hartley
Oct. 18 -- Home vs. 16th-seeded Delaware Christian or 20th-seeded Gahanna Christian in second round of Division III district tournament. The Warriors are seeded third.
Oct. 12 -- Home vs. Hartley
*Oct. 14 -- At Bexley
Oct. 17 -- Home vs. 13th-seeded Liberty Union in first round of Division III district tournament. The Warriors are seeded fifth.
Oct. 17 -- Home vs. 17th-seeded Liberty Union in first round of Division III district tournament. The Warriors are seeded seventh.