After losing to Wellington in an Ohio Tennis Coaches Association district final May 13, costing itself a spot in the Division II state team tournament, the Columbus Academy boys tennis team responded with a strong effort with individual state berths on the line.
In the Division II district tournament that concluded May 18 at Reynoldsburg, the Vikings qualified for state on three courts as the top two finishers in singles and doubles advanced.
Drew Haffer will play singles at state, which will be held Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. He'll be joined there by the doubles teams of Suriya Sundaram and Rhian Seneviratne and Jack Madison and Arie Tuckerman.
Wellington defeated visiting Academy 3-0 in the OTCA district final to advance to state Sunday, May 26, at Reynoldsburg. The Jaguars are coached by Academy girls coach Tommy Haddow.
"We worked hard after that match," Academy coach Marc Wurtzman said. "The guys were motivated and ready to play (at district). It was a great effort. Everybody pushed each other and encouraged each other in these matches. Everybody played their best tennis. ... I'm very pleased with our performance."
The Vikings, who defeated Wellington 3-2 on April 23 on their way to winning the MSL-Ohio Division title at 5-0, finished 15-3 overall.
In the OTCA district final, Tuckerman lost to Milan Gonela 6-3, 6-2 at second singles, Madison lost to Griffin Biernat 6-0, 6-1 at third singles and Ryan Wahl and Ryan Panley lost to Evan Manley and Ben Marshall 6-3, 6-2 at second doubles.
Madison and Tuckerman, who are cousins, avenged their losses by defeating Biernat and Gonela 6-4, 6-2 in a district semifinal to secure their state berth.
"It was good getting revenge and now we're going to go represent the Central District at state, so I'm excited," Tuckerman said.
"Hopefully we can take the title," Madison said.
Sundaram and Seneviratne won the district title by defeating Madison and Tuckerman 6-7, 6-4, 7-5.
Haffer lost to Wellington's Trevor Ball 6-0, 6-0 in the district final.
"It's unbelievable," Haffer said of qualifying for state. "It's something that I've wanted. I'm a senior, so it's my last go-round. I'm just really happy that we can send a few guys (to state). This is amazing for Academy."
Haffer defeated Panley 6-1, 6-2 in a semifinal to secure his state berth.
"It's always tough to play your teammate," Wurtzman said. "They're both good sports. I thought they handled themselves really well out there."
Wahl lost to Bexley's Jordan Koppes 6-1, 6-3 in the first round in singles.
Track and field teams competing at regional
The boys and girls track and field teams are well represented in the Division III regional meet, which began May 22 and concludes Friday, May 24, at Fairfield Union.
The top four finishers in each event advance to state May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
In the district 2 meet that concluded May 18 at Watkins Memorial, Harry Mills led the boys by winning the 200 meters (22.24 seconds) and teaming with Sam Huyghe, Ezra Johnson and Manny Eribo on the first-place 800 relay (1:31.97) and Johnson, Huyghe and Luke Nester on the winning 1,600 relay (3:33.81). Mills also was second in the 400 (52.13).
Caleb Crawley was second in the discus (139 feet, 7 inches) and shot put (45-3 1/4), Nester was second in the 1,600 (4:28.26), Huyghe was third in the 400 (52.76), Huyghe, Liam McCann, Nester and Charlie Sabgir were third in the 3,200 relay (8:35.09), McCann was fourth in the 800 (2:04.9), Johnson was fourth in the 200 (23.49) and Alex McClellan was fourth in the high jump (5-4).
The top four finishers in each event advanced to regional, and Academy finished second (101 points) of 14 teams behind Grandview (163).
Annalise Grammel led the girls, winning the 800 (2:24.65) and joining Samantha Kass, Kiersten Thomassey and Hannah Clay on the winning 800 relay (1:46.92), Kass, Clay and Regan Cornelius on the winning 1,600 relay (4:05.5) and Cornelius, Mary Kate Prall and Maddie Tuckerman on the runner-up 3,200 relay (9:57.39).
Cornelius was second in the 1,600 (5:29.98), Clay was second in the 400 (1:00.17) and third in the 200 (27.14), Mabry Nichols was second in the high jump (5-2), Thomassey was third in the 100 (12.93) and fourth in the 200 (27.75) and Tuckerman was third in the 3,200 (12:03.64).
The Vikings finished third (88) of 12 teams behind champion Grandview (124).
Compton leads baseball team to district win
Hayden Compton turned in a strong effort on the mound and helped his cause with three hits and two RBI, leading the baseball team to an 8-3 win at sixth-seeded North Union in a Division III district tournament second-round game May 16.
Compton pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits while striking out eight and walking three.
Mitchell Priest and Nick Rothmann each added three hits and two RBI.
"The win was a great team effort," coach Todd Dunkle said. "We fought through some adversity. Hayden did not have his best stuff and we had a few fielding blunders. North Union is great team and well coached."
The 10th-seeded Vikings were 13-11 before playing ninth-seeded Northridge in a district semifinal May 21, with the winner playing top-seeded West Jefferson or 11th-seeded Heath in a district final Thursday, May 23, at a neutral site.
The district champion plays in a regional semifinal May 30 at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.
Boys lacrosse team reaches regional semi
The third-seeded boys lacrosse team was 17-3 before playing second-seeded DeSales in a Division II, Region 7 semifinal May 20.
The winner plays top-seeded Watterson or fourth-seeded Licking Valley in a regional final Thursday, May 23, with the regional champion playing in a state semifinal Wednesday, May 29, at a neutral site.
The Vikings defeated Licking Valley 16-13 on April 16 and lost to Watterson 16-11 on April 4.
Academy defeated sixth-seeded Big Walnut 15-10 in the second round May 17 at home. Malcolm Klingbeil and David Barren each scored four goals, and Philip Soderberg had 13 saves.
The Vikings defeated 15th-seeded Olentangy Berlin 20-7 in the first round May 13 at home.
Girls lacrosse team advances in regional
The second-seeded girls lacrosse team was 13-6 before playing third-seeded Granville in a Division II, Region 7 semifinal May 21.
The winner plays top-seeded DeSales or fifth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in a regional final Friday, May 24, at a neutral site.
Academy lost to DeSales 12-11 in overtime April 25 and Kilbourne 15-5 on May 7.
The regional champion plays in a state semifinal May 30 at a neutral site.
The Vikings defeated 17th-seeded Centennial 21-0 in the first round May 16 at home. Lexi Leader scored five goals and Avery Mitchell added three.
Academy then defeated seventh-seeded Columbus School for Girls 16-6 in the second round May 18 at home.