The last time the Wellington School boys golf team made it to the Division III state tournament, Chris Doody placed sixth as a junior to lead the Jaguars to a third-place finish in 2014 at NorthStar.
Senior Jack Doody has enjoyed being a part of the resurgence for a program that will make its eighth state appearance Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13. And he'll compete on the same course as his older brother.
"It was kind of a struggle after my brother (graduated in 2016) with rebuilding the program, but we've got a pretty good squad now," Doody said. "I think we've handled the pressure really well. It's going to be a good challenge, but I think we're ready for it."
The Jaguars shot 300 in a sectional Sept. 28 at Turnberry to finish second behind Worthington Christian (299), but they turned the tables at district Oct. 3 at Denison Golf Club. Wellington finished with a 295 to edge the defending state champion Warriors by one stroke.
Doody led with a 71 to tie for second, junior Aidan Schumer was fifth with a 74 and junior Garrett Thesing and sophomore Carsten Judge tied for sixth at 75. Senior Jay Briggs shot an 80.
Only the district champion from Denison Golf Club advanced, so Wellington's toughest competition at state could come from Berlin Hiland, which shot 306 to win a district title at River Greens, and Brookfield, which carded 306 to win district at Tannenhauf.
"If we play our brand of golf the way we have all year, we've got a pretty darn good shot," coach Craig Mosier. "We've won eight invitationals this year. I set up the schedule to focus on winning and I want them to learn how to win because when you get (to district) you have no choice.
"We've got a deep team. We have to have a good week of practice. NorthStar is a course we're very familiar with. We shot a 300 there earlier this year."
At district, Thesing made what Mosier called a "very, very difficult 8-foot birdie putt on (No. 16) and a 25-foot par putt on 17."
"I'm super excited," Thesing said. "I putted really well (at district). We've pretty much been the favorite all year. My (sophomore) year (at Apple Valley) we shot (349) at district, so it's definitely been an improvement."
Tennis team competes in district events
On Oct. 9, the girls tennis team played Columbus Academy in a Division II district final of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament.
The winner advanced to the state tournament Oct. 21 at Reynoldsburg.
The Jaguars also have five players competing in the Division II district tournament Thursday, Oct. 11, at Columbus School for Girls.
Junior Camille Olmstead plays Bexley's Sydney Elliott in a first-round singles match. In doubles, the team of junior Akua Antwi-Woods and freshman Alexis Burkhalter faces Bexley's Avery Weisman and Olivia Williams and the team of senior Isabella Vegas and freshman Olivia Vegas plays Bexley's Katie Benedict and Ellie Levy.
The championship matches in singles and doubles will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at Reynoldsburg, and only the winners advance to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
During a sectional Oct. 5 and 6 at CSG, Olmstead lost to Olentangy Berlin's Ella Franz 6-0, 6-1 in the title match in singles and Antwi-Woods and Burkhalter beat the Vegas sisters 6-1, 7-5 for the doubles championship.
Girls soccer team seeks strong finish
The girls soccer team was 6-2-4 overall before playing Tree of Life on Oct. 9, including going 2-1-1 in its previous four games.
The Jaguars went 1-1-4 in the MSL-Ohio, including tying Bexley at 1 on Oct. 1 as Maddy Morosky scored.
Wellington, which closes the regular season Saturday, Oct. 13, at home against Central Crossing, was led offensively through 12 games by Addie Shock (6 goals, 4 assists) and Morosky (5 goals).
The Jaguars received the third seed for the Division III district tournament and open Tuesday, Oct. 16, at home against 14th-seeded Marion Pleasant.
The winner plays fifth-seeded Fairbanks or 11th-seeded West Jefferson on Oct. 18 in the second round.
Boys soccer team preps for tourney
The boys soccer team received the second seed for the Division III district tournament and opens Wednesday, Oct. 17, at home against 13th-seeded Columbus International or 18th-seeded Northside Christian.
The winner plays 10th-seeded Grove City Christian, 19th-seeded Patriot Prep or 22nd-seeded Ready on Oct. 23 in a district semifinal.
With a 4-0 victory over Grove City Christian on Oct. 3, the Jaguars improved to 9-4-1 overall and 6-0-1 in the MSL-Cardinal. They have a game to make up against Harvest Prep, which was postponed Sept. 21.
Wellington, which also plays Saturday, Oct. 13, at Watterson, was led offensively through 14 games by Eli Dulle (13 goals, 14 assists) and Ahmet Ozer (10 goals, 7 assists).