The Wellington School boys golf team's performance Aug. 7, when it recorded a program-record 283 in the MSL-Cardinal Division preseason tournament at Westchester, was a signal that it could be in for an unforgettable season.
The pinnacle of what the Jaguars accomplished took place Oct. 12 and 13 at NorthStar when they shot a two-day total of 610 to break the Division III state record while winning the championship.
Wellington's 295 during the opening round also set a state record for the division.
"We knew this year was going to be special the whole way," junior Garrett Thesing said. "We broke 300 for our first three tournaments in a row and set a lot of school records this year."
Wellington, which averaged 302 on the season, built a 14-stroke lead over Brookfield during the opening round. Although they finished seven strokes behind the Warriors in the second round when they shot 315, the Jaguars beat Brookfield (617) by seven strokes overall.
The state title was the second in program history, with the other coming in 2011 on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
"We won in 2011 at Scarlet and in 2012 we finished second (at NorthStar)," coach Craig Mosier said. "Everyone was asking me if I was disappointed we weren't at Scarlet because the environment is admittedly different here and I said, 'You know what, it's nice being at Scarlet, but admittedly I'd rather be at NorthStar because I wanted to win at this golf course to show that we could do it.' We also finished fourth here in 2014 and had teams capable of winning it (in both 2012 and 2014)."
Wellington, which made 19 birdies during the opening round, had four of its state competitors finish among the top 10.
Junior Aidan Schumer shot 149 to finish third as Worthington Christian's Tyler Jones was medalist (145) and Brookfield's Conner Stevens was runner-up (147).
Thesing shot 151 to tie for fifth and join Schumer as a first-team all-state honoree.
Sophomore Carsten Judge finished seventh (152) and senior Jack Doody tied for 10th (158) as both were second-team all-state. Rounding out the lineup was senior Jay Briggs (172), who tied for 30th.
Wellington was runner-up (300) in a sectional Sept. 28 at Turnberry behind Worthington Christian (299) but shot 295 to edge the Warriors by one stroke in the district tournament Oct. 3 at Denison Golf Club. The Warriors were defending state champions.
In addition to Judge, Schumer and Thesing, the Jaguars are eligible to return freshman Jackson Jacobs, who was the No. 6 player.
Doody has committed to Toledo.
"It's exciting for the school," Mosier said. "It's a testament to how hard these guys work. It's nice winning any state championship, but it's nice doing it when the team has a totally different identity. It's build differently than in 2011. This team went through a harder path to get here and to win here. The district was just a grind. Brookfield gave us all we could handle. They beat us down and I'm thrilled we had the ability to punch back."
Tennis season ends at district tourney
Both doubles teams and the singles representative of the girls tennis team had their seasons end in Division II district semifinals Oct. 11 at Columbus School for Girls.
Junior Camille Olmstead won her opening singles match 6-4, 6-4 over Bexley's Sydney Elliott but then lost to eventual champion Sydni Ratliff of Columbus Academy 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles, senior Isabella Vegas and her freshman sister, Olivia Vegas, beat Bexley's Katie Benedict and Ellie Levy 7-5, 7-6 before losing to Academy's Himaja Reddy and Alex Graham 6-1, 6-0.
Junior Akua Anti-Woods and freshman Alexis Burkhalter beat Bexley's Avery Weisman and Olivia Williams 6-0, 6-0 then lost to Academy's Carmen Merkel and Lauren Motta 6-4, 6-2.
"They played well but just couldn't get the balls the way they wanted to," coach Rebecca Hinze said. "Today just wasn't their day, but they have next year. Isabella was our only senior."
Wellington finished 12-3 overall and second (4-1) in the MSL-Ohio Division behind Academy (5-0).
The Jaguars also had their Division II OTCA team title hopes end with a 3-1 district final loss to the Vikings on Oct. 9.
"Academy has a great, deep, strong team this year, and we do, too," Hinze said. "We've gotten a lot better in three years. It's nice to have just the culture get better. Wellington tennis is going to continue to get stronger."
Girls soccer team opens postseason
On Oct. 16, the third-seeded girls soccer team opened the Division III district tournament against 14th-seeded Marion Pleasant.
If the Jaguars won that game, they will play host to fifth-seeded Fairbanks or 11th-seeded West Jefferson on Thursday, Oct. 18, in a second-round game. The winner will meet top-seeded Worthington Christian, eighth-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek, ninth-seeded Ready or 16th-seeded Madison Plains in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the home of the better seed.
With a 2-1 victory over Central Crossing on Oct. 13, the Jaguars finished the regular season at 8-2-5. Heading into the tournament, Addie Shock had six goals and seven assists, Maddie Morosky had nine goals and Catherine Zallanta had five goals and four assists.
Boys soccer team begins tourney play
The second-seeded boys soccer team opened Division III district tournament play Oct. 17 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 in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the homer of the better seed.
On Oct. 13, the Jaguars closed the regular season at 11-4-1 overall with a 1-0 win over Watterson.
With a 6-0 win over Harvest Prep on Oct. 10, Wellington finished 6-0-1 in the MSL-Cardinal to capture the title ahead of Rosecrans (5-1-1), which tied the Jaguars at 1 on Sept. 22.