The Whetstone boys cross country team won six City League championships in a seven-year stretch from 2008-14.
The Braves ended up back on top of the City for the first time since winning their third title in a row in 2014 as they scored 44 points in the 11-team league meet Oct. 9 at Walnut Ridge. The host Scots were runners-up (56), with Eastmoor Academy (72), International (106) and Centennial (107) rounding out the top five.
Whetstone finished third in the league last year behind the Stars and International.
"We all did what we wanted to do," junior Thaine Nederveld said. "Our goal was just to win and we all did our part. We wanted to get as many in the top 10 as we could and we got four in the top 10. We haven't won (the City title) in a while, so this was a big goal and we've been talking about it the whole year."
Nederveld ran 16 minutes, 53.7 seconds to capture the individual title. He was followed by junior Matthew Conroy (fourth, 17:42.5), freshmen Maitland Neff (fifth, 18:10.5) and Wyatt Starkie (ninth, 18:54), senior Hassan Sesay (26th, 20:09), junior Eli Hinderer (29th, 20:16.4), sophomore Reed Wilson (39th, 21:21) and senior Emmet Hess (40th, 21:23.5).
"The entire team did super well," Conroy said. "Everyone was where they needed to be. People (ran personal-best times), which was nice to see."
The girls team scored 41 points to finish runner-up behind Northland (34) and ahead of Africentric (95), Eastmoor (96) and South (101).
Freshman Anouk Moritz placed second (23:27.2), followed by Marisa Tayal (10th, 24:26.7), Micah Stromsoe DeLorenzo (12th, 24:55.9), Ella Payne (14th, 25:05.6), Ella Combs (17th, 25:31.7), Megan Sharp (18th, 25:44.1) and Mia Kain (19th, 26:39.5).
"My past personal record was 23:38, so I beat it by a lot," Moritz said. "As a freshman, it's awesome. I didn't think I was going to get (second). It was a really tough race, but it worked out in the end. Everyone did pretty well."
Football team seeking consistency
Since opening with a 38-19 loss to Watkins Memorial on Aug. 30, the football team has alternated wins and losses and is 3-4 overall entering its non-league game Friday, Oct. 18, at Northwood.
The Rangers are 7-0 and are averaging 50.9 points. They are a Division V, Region 18 team that made the Division VI playoffs last season and have faced three Division VII programs this season.
In a 32-20 loss to Beechcroft on Oct. 11, quarterback Alex Hurd was limited to 8-for-20 passing for 69 yards. Darric McClinton rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and Rashaun Broomfield had three receptions.
The loss dropped the Braves to 2-2 in the City League-North Division.
"We've still got more work to do offensively, everywhere, to be honest," Hurd said. "We've still got to keep going hard in practice. (Our offense has) been clicking this year more than in past years. We have to execute more."
Volleyball team places second in City
For the second time in three seasons, the girls volleyball team ended up the City League runner-up.
The Braves, who last won the City championship in 1992 and didn't make the City final again until 2017 when they lost to Eastmoor, lost 25-23, 25-15, 25-23 to host Africentric in this year's City title match on Oct. 12.
Whetstone was 18-4 overall before playing 31st-seeded Westerville North in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 14. The Braves went 14-0 to win the City-North.
The Nubians improved to 21-1.
"We played well, but (Africentric is) just a very athletic team," coach Errole Rembert said. "They're good and every bit as good as their record. We played the best we could play, so there's nothing to hang our heads on."
The first-round winner played Oct. 16 at top-seeded Olentangy Orange in the second round. That winner plays 18th-seeded Canal Winchester, 24th-seeded Pickerington Central or 39th-seeded Briggs in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Central Crossing.
Whetstone is seeded 35th.
Tennis team sweeps courts at City event
The girls tennis team will lose four players to graduation, although its top two players were sophomores.
At the City League Coaches Tournament that concluded Oct. 8 at Park of Roses, sophomore Stella Thompson beat sophomore teammate Ashley Swinehart 10-1 for the singles title and senior Emma McAdams and junior Maizy Pratt defeated senior teammates Grace Djaodo and Anita Tamang 10-6 for the doubles title.
Sophomore Izzy Park, who lost in a singles semifinal at the event, earned honorable mention all-league honors.
Senior Kelsey Henderson also was a contributor for the Braves, who went 13-3 overall and won the City-North at 4-0. They beat Independence 5-0 on Sept. 30 for the City team title.
In a Division I sectional Oct. 3 at Hilliard Bradley, Thompson lost in the first round to the Jaguars' Nina Kisin 6-1, 6-2 for her only loss of the season.
"We had a really slow start with a lot of girls on vacation when we started the season and we lost our first two matches," coach Bucky Walters said. "The slow start is the only thing I'd change about this season."
Below are the coming schedules for the Whetstone boys soccer and girls soccer teams:
Oct. 15 -- Played 35th-seeded Delaware in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays at fourth-seeded Pickerington North in second round Oct. 17. That winner plays 21st-seeded Thomas Worthington, 23rd-seeded Westerville Central or 36th-seeded Hartley in district semifinal Oct. 22 at home of better seed. The Braves are seeded 38th.
Oct. 16 -- Played 24th-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays at eighth-seeded New Albany in second round Oct. 19. That winner plays 15th-seeded Olentangy Berlin, 22nd-seeded Reynoldsburg or 23rd-seeded Dublin Scioto in district semifinal Oct. 23 at home of better seed. The Braves are seeded 36th.