When the Wellington boys golf team won the Division III district championship Oct. 2 at Darby Creek, it marked the first time a district tournament had been held on the course since 1999 when coach Craig Mosier was competing for the Jaguars.
The Jaguars will return to another course that Mosier has even fresher recollections of when they compete in the state tournament Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Although it has made eight state tournament appearances overall, including seven since Mosier took over as coach in 2008, Wellington last played at Ohio State when it placed fourth in 2013.
The Jaguars won their first state title in 2009 at Ohio State and captured their second championship last season at NorthStar.
"There's not a better venue (than Ohio State)," said Mosier, who was a freshman in 1997 when the Jaguars made their first state tournament appearance. "We've been there a ton, but we haven't qualified to play (at Ohio State) since 2013, so it's been a while. It'll be exciting to go back. It's a collegiate course with a great setup."
Wellington advanced to state by shooting 314 at the 13-team district tournament, from which only the champion and the lowest-scoring individual not on the championship team advanced to state.
Senior Garrett Thesing shot a 72 to finish second at district, followed by senior Aidan Schumer (fourth, 76), junior Carsten Judge (eighth, 78), sophomore Jackson Jacobs (tied for 24th, 88) and freshman Sidd Ganesh (tied for 38th, 95).
Because there weren't at least 16 schools from the Central District that had full teams, there was no sectional tournament.
"It's been more of a grind this season," Thesing said. "I feel like our achievements feel better than last year, but we've had some pretty good tournaments. (The district performance) was about average for us."
Last season at state, Wellington shot 295 in the opening round and 315 on the second day to finish with a 610 that gave it the title. Brookfield (617) was runner-up and Canton Central Catholic (664) was a distant third.
Central Catholic and Brookfield are back among this year's field after finishing first and second, respectively, at the district tournament Oct. 3 at Tannenhauf.
"I don't want to say that we can't play better, but with the wind and the pressure, I don't think we got off to a great start (at district)," Mosier said.
"It's better than our average, but we've been playing some hard courses, so you kind of have to throw the averages out the window. When I look at the scores each player posted, all in all, I'm pretty content."
Five tennis players advance to district
The girls tennis team will be represented by one singles player and both of its doubles teams in the Division II district tournament Thursday, Oct. 10, at Columbus School for Girls and Saturday, Oct. 12, at Reynoldsburg.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
At a sectional Oct. 3 and 5 at CSG, sophomore Alexis Burkhalter and freshman Katie Zerbi won the doubles title by beating Worthington Christian's Meghan Mayotte and Abby Mayotte 6-1, 6-4, and senior Camille Olmstead and sophomore Olivia Vegas lost to CSG's Helen Hoag and Becca Hoffman 7-5, 7-5 in the consolation match to finish fourth in doubles.
In singles, sophomore Lauren Okoye placed third at sectional, beating Jonathan Alder's Maddy Grove 7-6, 6-3 in the third-place match as the top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to district.
Also in singles at sectional, freshmen Cassidy Chenelle and Kate Thompson both lost in the second round.
Boys soccer team battling for title
The boys soccer team kept its MSL-Ohio Division title hopes alive Oct. 7 with a 2-1 win over Whitehall.
The Jaguars are 9-2-3 overall and 3-0-2 in the MSL-Ohio and close league action Thursday, Oct. 10, at Bexley.
Worthington Christian, which Wellington played to a scoreless tie Sept. 18, is 3-0-2 in the league as it prepares to play Columbus Academy on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Warriors are ranked second in the Division III state poll and earned the No. 1 seed for the district tournament.
The Jaguars are ranked sixth in the state and are seeded second in the district tournament. They will open the postseason Oct. 21 at home against 19th-seeded West Jefferson or 21st-seeded KIPP Columbus.
After losing to St. Charles 3-0 on Sept. 26, Wellington beat Grandview 1-0 on Oct. 2 as Ahmet Ozer scored his 10th goal of the season.
Freddie Lin, who had 15 goals and five assists through 13 games, and Eoin Basobas O'Carroll each had two goals in a 4-1 win over Tree of Life on Oct. 3.
Below are the coming schedules for the Wellington boys cross country, boys soccer and girls soccer teams:
Oct. 12 -- MSL-Ohio meet at Buckeye Valley
*Oct. 10 -- At Bexley
Oct. 12 -- At Fairfield Union
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Bexley
Oct. 14 -- Home vs. 13th-seeded Marion Pleasant in first round of Division III district tournament. The Jaguars are seeded fifth.