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Top athletes of September

Freshman Amiya Bowles plays 1st Singles against Columbus Schools for Girls on Sept. 8 (Photo by Alina Lacki)
Senior Morgan Agriesti hit the ball at a MSL tournament Aug. 7th (Photo courtesy of Cindy Ryan)

Freshman Amiya Bowles is a first singles varsity starter on the girls tennis team and has yet to lose a match this season.

She is ranked first in Ohio and 19th nationally for the class of 2026, according to Tennis Recruiting Network.

Bowles said one of her proudest accomplishments was being recognized by the United States Tennis Association at the Orange Bowl in early 2022. Her most memorable accomplishment this season was Bexley’s victory over Wellington on Sept. 1.

“Wellington is number five in the state, and we upset them 3-2, so it was really good for us,” Bowles said.

She said that the best part of the season has been the bond and support of the team, which was a vital aspect of the Wellington match.

“Everybody was just so supportive, and even through the losses, we were still there for each other,” Bowles said.

She explained how the change in playing on a team has affected her mindset as she’s used to traveling to tournaments and playing as an individual.

“It’s not just me anymore, just trying to fight my own battles. It’s the whole team fighting for everybody,” Bowles said.

Senior golfer Morgan Agriesti shot a career-best 69 at the Bob Darwin Memorial on Sept. 3, tying for fourth place and beating his previous low of 72.

Agriesti said that during the round, he was aware of his low score and tried to stay calm and not think about it during the final few holes.

“I was super nervous,” Agriesti said. “I just wanted to take a couple of breaths, relax and just push through it.”

Although Agriesti was runner-up in the first tournament of the year, he said that shooting a 69 has been his most memorable moment of the season so far.

Agriesti added that he hopes to end the season by going to the state tournament at the end of October, as it would be a great accomplishment during his last year playing for the high school.

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Alina Lacki
Alina Lacki is a senior at Bexley High School and is a feature editor on The Torch. Outside of the Torch, she plays softball and is involved in the Environmental Club.