by Emma Klebe
As defending state champs, the boys tennis team hopes to finish the year with their 28th state title. The team recently won the Lexington Invitational with first place wins in three of the five flights. The team is compiled of all returning players including two college-commit captains seniors Nate Wallace (DePauw University), Brandon Griffin (University of Mary Washington) and Stu Little (University of Pennsylvania) along with two additional freshmen Eric Hunter and Jackson McNair. According to Gerber Analytics, the Upper Arlington team is ranked number one in the Central Ohio district.
Laxmagazine gave the Upper Arlington girls lacrosse team a pre-season ranking of #6 in the Midwest. Along with a strong standing, the team has numerous college-commits including seniors Sydney and Samantha Farwick (Kennesaw State University), Macauley Mikes (Gettysburg University) and Nicole Stines (University of Findlay). The team hopes to beat their biggest rival, Medina, who they lost to last year in the state championship as well as earlier this season.
After a successful scholastics meet held at Dillion Lake in Zanesville Ohio, the crew bears are preparing to send their junior eight boys light weight boat, four girls freshman boat, eight girls varsity eight and girls junior eight boats all to two different nationals. The team is preparing for the Scholastic Nationals in Camden, New Jersey which took place the weekend of the May 25-26. Youth Nationals will take place on June 8-9 at Oakridge in Tennessee.
The boys hope to retain the state title they won last year in the 2012 state finals against Dublin Jerome. The team has already played Jerome this year and came out with a victory of 10-6. The team also recently won the Midwest Championship 9-4 against a Michigan-based team, Brother Rice. College-commit captains on the team include seniors Jack Wormolts (Air Force Academy) and Jake Nolan (University of Denver).