The Whetstone High School girls tennis team won its ninth consecutive City League championship, beating host West 5-0 in the City final Oct. 1.
The Braves did not lose a game in singles, as Stella Thompson, Alysia Swinehart and Anita Tamang all won 6-0, 6-0, as did Melia Loar and Sally Brackville at second doubles.
Emma McAdams and Maizy Pratt won 6-0, 6-2 at first doubles.
"We entered the season with one returning starter and were able to continue the City championships streak," coach Bucky Walters said. "It's quite an accomplishment, especially without one senior on the roster."
Swinehart was the only player to win a match in a Division I sectional held Oct. 5 and 6 at Hilliard Bradley. She defeated Marysville's Eliza Martin 6-0, 6-1 in the first round before losing to Dublin Scioto's Nicole Santoso 6-0, 6-0.
Thompson defaulted against Bradley's Dhriti Sanyasi in the first round, while Tamang lost to Athens' Sakura Sugiyama in a play-in match.
In doubles, Loar and Brackville lost to Grove City's Emma Olander and Josie Susi 6-3, 6-1 in the first round, while McAdams and Pratt had a first-round bye before losing 6-0, 6-0 to Mount Vernon's Kristyn Conrad and Hannah Baldwin in the second round.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to the district tournament Thursday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at Reynoldsburg.
Whetstone was scheduled to finish its season Oct. 8 with the completion of the City Coaches tournament.
Boys golfers win another City title
The boys golf team finished its season by winning the City League title for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons.
The Braves shot a 187 in the City tournament Oct. 4 at Airport to beat runner-up Walnut Ridge by 20 strokes. Whetstone, which went 14-0 in City duals, totaled 42 points to finish ahead of Walnut Ridge (34) and Centennial (32) in the final standings.
Points are accumulated in duals and the City tournament. The Scots and Stars both went 11-3 in duals.
In the nine-hole City tournament, junior Spencer Ball was medalist with a 38 as the Braves had three of the top four scores. Senior Victor Waitkus finished third (48) and junior Jay Johnson was fourth (49), while junior Nairan Normand tied for sixth (52) and sophomore Brian Charnas carded a 60.
Ball was overall league medalist with a nine-hole average of 38. Johnson (44), Normand (44.1) and Waitkus (47.1) also were on the five-player first-team all-league team. Charnas (54.2) was honorable mention all-league.
Whetstone earned the City title after struggling in a Division I sectional Oct. 2 at Darby Creek. The Braves shot 411 to place last of 13 teams, behind district-qualifiers Dublin Coffman (300), St. Charles (302), Westerville Central (302) and Upper Arlington (315).
Ball carded an 85 to tie for 41st of 67 competitors, followed by Johnson (105), Normand (110), Waitkus (111) and Charnas (111).
"It was a good season and I thought we showed improvement," coach Tom Philip said. "With losing just one senior from our lineup, I'm excited to see what we can do next year."
Football team earns second victory
The football team sealed its second win of the season by running out the final 4 minutes, 15 seconds in a 20-16 victory over visiting Mifflin on Oct. 5.
The Braves, who improved to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in the City-North, are hoping to build on that victory when they visit Beechcroft on Friday, Oct. 12. The Cougars are 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the league after rallying to be Centennial 30-25 on Oct. 5.
"I haven't seen film of Beechcroft yet, so about the only thing I know right now is they lost to Mifflin (12-7 on Sept. 14)," coach Tom Jones said Oct. 6. "I really do believe that after Northland, the rest of us are battling for second place and it's a big scrum. We just need to keep building off the things that are working for us and see what happens."
Special teams helped Whetstone against Mifflin, as the Punchers muffed a punt and failed to field the ball on a kickoff. The Punchers also fumbled at the Whetstone 10-yard line during a long kickoff return.
"They gave us some help, but we also earned a lot," Jones said. "We held them to minus-23 yards passing because they couldn't throw downfield and we did a great job coming up making plays on screens and passes in the flats.
"In addition to our secondary, I thought (linebackers) Ben Paugh and Mike Woodard played well and made adjustments throughout the game," Jones said. "They kept things together when (Mifflin) made an adjustment and was running through us."
The Braves led 14-0 at halftime as Rashaun Broomfield scored on a 1-yard run and threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Bud Nutter. Broomfield's 9-yard touchdown run gave the Braves a 20-8 lead in the third quarter.
"After (Mifflin) scored (in the fourth quarter) to make it 20-16, both teams had two more possessions," Jones said. "The good news is that we have 22 guys on the roster and they had 23, so they didn't have fresh guys to go to in the fourth quarter like a lot of our opponents."
Broomfield passed for 120 yards and rushed for 65 as Whetstone had a 283-137 advantage in total yards. Dorian Jordan added 47 yards rushing and Antwan Allen had two catches for 37 yards.
Girls volleyball team falls to Centennial
Despite a 14-25, 25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13 loss to visiting Centennial on Oct. 4, the girls volleyball team still had a chance to earn at least a share of the City-North title with the Stars.
Whetstone and Centennial both were 12-1 in the league entering the week. The Braves closed league play Oct. 9 at Northland while Centennial played Mifflin in its league finale that same night.
"We can still earn at least a piece of the championship if we win and that's what I told the girls afterward," coach Errole Rembert said. "They can't reach their goal of going to the City final, that's all. I know we wanted to get back there after getting in the final and losing last year, but we'll have seven of our top eight girls coming back next year."
The Braves were 14-4 overall entering the week. They closed the regular season Oct. 10 against Reynoldsburg and are preparing for the Division I district tournament.
The Braves are seeded 35th of 49 teams and will play at 14th-seeded Hamilton Township in the first round Monday, Oct. 15, with the winner advancing to play sixth-seeded Pickerington Central or 38th-seeded Reynoldsburg in the second round Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the home of the better seed.
Below are the coming schedules for the Whetstone boys soccer and girls soccer teams:
Oct. 17 -- At 23rd-seeded Delaware in first round of Division I district tournament. The Braves are seeded 41st of 48 teams.
Oct. 11 -- Home vs. Olentangy Orange
Oct. 15 -- At ninth-seeded Upper Arlington in first round of Division I district tournament. The Braves are seeded 36th of 44 teams.