Winter Sports Recap – Varsity
Boys Basketball 13-11
The boys basketball team finished in 3rd place this year in the stars division of the Patriot Athletic Conference. They won 13 games this year which happens to be the best win total since 2011-12. A loss to the district champions of Oberlin ended the season in the semi-finals. The Dukes will sincerely miss the two graduating seniors’ leadership and commitment next year but will return all five starters to the court. The boys will hope to be a major contender in the conference next season.
Girls Basketball 5-16
The Lady Dukes basketball team showed much improvement in this year’s campaign. The girls won more games this year than the previous two years combined and won the most games in the conference since 2012 proving that they are headed in the right direction. The girls will have to replace the 5 seniors that logged a significant amount of minutes this year for the Lady Dukes varsity team. They will return 4 starters for next year and other contributors to improve their record.
The year started off great with Coach John Sedlick being inducted by the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association into their Hall of Fame. The wrestlers collected a few championships at certain tournaments throughout the year topped off by 2 conference champions in Mason Wright and Hayden Bartolovich. The Dukes were able to send a handful of wrestlers to districts and made it to the Regional Finals as a team. However a couple late season injuries really hurt the Dukes’ chances at repeating as Patriot Athletic Conference champions. All but one wrestler will be back for next season and a lot of returning talent will be looking to make it to state in 2017.
This year bowling performed as a club sport for Wellington High School. The boys and girls that bowled really enjoyed competing all over the area at different bowling alleys. Calling a new facility their “home venue” from week to week allowed for the bowlers to adapt to new environments each week. The bowling team was very proud to send sophomore Randy Sizer to the state bowling tournament in Columbus this year. He will have high expectations ahead of him as will a handful of returning bowlers that helped contribute to the team this year.
Good Luck Players and Coaches! Go Dukes!