With a lineup featuring mostly freshmen and sophomores, the Wellington girls tennis team viewed its match perennial power Columbus Academy on Sept. 5 as an opportunity to grow.
The Jaguars lost 5-0 to the Vikings but left believing that experience would prove beneficial long-term.
"We have a young team and we have a lot of options," coach Rebecca Hinze said. "(The Academy match) was kind of a good challenge for us to see where players who don't normally play doubles or singles can be in some other positions. We've learned a lot from this particular match."
Wellington dropped to 7-2 overall with a 4-1 loss to Dublin Coffman on Sept. 9 and is 2-1 in the MSL-Ohio Division, with its next league match slated for Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Columbus School for Girls.
Sophomore Alexis Burkhalter has spent most of the season at first singles and took her first loss against Academy's Sydni Ratliff, the Division II state runner-up each of the past two seasons.
Senior Camille Olmstead, sophomores Lauren Okoye and Olivia Vegas and freshmen Cassidy Chenelle, Kate Thompson and Katie Zerbi are others who have contributed.
"They've all got a lot of unique strengths," Hinze said. "We definitely have some variety in our team moving forward."
Boys golfers set for final MSL event
The boys golf team will compete in the final round of the MSL-Ohio tournament Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Denison Golf Club.
The Jaguars are tied with Bexley for second in the league at 5-3, behind Columbus Academy (8-0).
Senior Aidan Schumer entered the week averaging 75 and carded a 148 to earn medalist honors in the Bell Cup held Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Pine Needs in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Senior Garrett Thesing and junior Carsten Judge also are having strong seasons, according to coach Craig Mosier.
"The season has gone pretty well for us so far," Mosier said. "Our top three have each had some strong individual rounds and usually combine to be just a few over par. Our (Nos.) 4 and 5 (players) have worked hard and have seemed willing to break down some elements of their games in order to rebuild them into stronger elements."
Boys runners prep for Bloom-Carroll meet
The boys cross country team will compete Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Bloom-Carroll Invitational.
In the McGowan Invitational on Sept. 7 at Watkins Memorial, the Jaguars had five competitors, with freshman Eric Albers leading the way with a 57th-place finish (20 minutes, 47.9 seconds) as Wellington finished last (338) of 12 teams, behind champion Fisher Catholic (61).
Albers was followed by juniors Kiran Mokadam (83rd, 22:15.5), Victor Thompson (84th, 22:34.8) and Julius Skestos (109th, 24:24.7) and sophomore Zachary Ware (119th, 25:36.3).
Below are the coming schedules for the Wellington cross country, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, golf soccer and girls tennis teams:
Sept. 14 -- Bloom-Carroll Invitational
Sept. 14 -- Rodney Butt Classic at Denison Golf Club
Sept. 17 -- MSL-Ohio at Denison Golf Club
Sept. 12 -- Worthington Christian at Blackhawk
Sept. 17 -- MSL-Ohio at Airport
Sept. 14 -- At Johnstown
*Sept. 18 -- At Worthington Christian
*Sept. 18 -- At Grandview
*Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Bexley
Sept. 16 -- At Dublin Scioto
*Sept. 17 -- At Columbus School for Girls