The final nine holes of the MOGGL season will be played today at Bent Tree, and though the Columbus School Girls golf team won't repeat as champions, the Unicorns are focused on finishing in the top three.

The final nine holes of the MOGGL season will be played today at Bent Tree, and though the Columbus School Girls golf team won't repeat as champions, the Unicorns are focused on finishing in the top three.

Bexley and Wellington, are first and second, respectively, heading into the final nine holes.

A third-place finish is not ideal, but for a team that has had to deal with injury and some players being out of the lineup for other reasons, it's about as well as the Unicorns could have done.

CSG's top player, Angela Mentel, missed the MOGGL Tournament at Bent Tree on Sept. 23 because she was part of the school trip to Stratford, Ontario. Millie Leonard also missed that match, but she was out because of a back injury. Considered to be a minor injury, coach Sharon Salzer thought Leonard would be able to return for today's MOGGL Tournament.

"I think the girls did their best and stepped up and did what they could," coach Salzer said. "Some of the younger players had to step up and they've done a great job of improving. So I've been pleased with that."

The improvement by those players has also been because of the strong leadership provided by Francie Taylor and Mary Lutter. They've been able to ease the Unicorns through lineup changes brought on by Mentel going on the class trip, the injury to Leonard and having last year's top player, Jacqueline Carroll, move before the start of the season.

"The dynamic of our team changed a lot, but everybody has done well and come in with some personal-best scores," Salzer said.

CSG competed in the Division II sectional tournament at Mill Creek last Wednesday. The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the district tournament, which is Tuesday at Bent Tree.

The Unicorns were seeded sixth and grouped with No. 4 Centerburg and No. 5 Jonathan Alder. Other teams at the same sectional site were Liberty Union, Madison Plains, Newark Catholic and Tree of Life.

"The girls have stepped up so far, and if they continue to improve, anything's possible," Salzer said.

•Less than two weeks remain between now and the start of the Division II sectional tournament for the tennis team.

Coach Stephanie Greene said Tiffany Lau, Abigail Perrini and Priya Rao will likely play singles. The doubles teams will be Jessica Gladfelter and Lauren Gerber as well as Morgan Conkle and Jenny Henderson.

The Unicorns play at home against Reynoldsburg on Friday and at Upper Arlington on Monday in the final regular-season matches.

"Working these last few matches with this lineup will be good for everybody to know where they're playing," Greene said. "We want to keep their confidence up so we can have them peaking at the right time."

The Unicorns were 3-5 overall before playing Hartley last Tuesday, but four losses were to Division I teams.

The schedule has made it a struggle at times for the Unicorns, but Greene thinks it will pay off in the postseason.

"It definitely doesn't make the record better, but it gives the players a better experience," Greene said. "I think that kind of experience is going to be great for us going into the tournament."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Columbus School for Girls cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Last Saturday — Finished 16th (430) in Division II race of Bob Reall Invitational at Lancaster, behind champion Peninsula Woodridge (95)

Saturday — Erin L. Nance Classic at London Country Club

GOLF

Sept. 23 — Finished sixth (242) at MOGGL tournament at Bent Tree, behind champion Bexley (192)

Last Wednesday — Competed in Division II sectional tournament at Mill Creek. The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the district tournament on Tuesday at Bent Tree. The Unicorns were seeded sixth.

Today — MOGGL tournament at Bent Tree

SOCCER

*Sept. 21 — Lost to Ready 2-0

Last Monday — Lost to Columbus Academy 3-0

*Last Tuesday — Played Watterson

Today — Home vs. Lancaster

Saturday — Home vs. Bloom-Carroll

*Tuesday — At Hartley

Of note: The Unicorns were 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

TENNIS

*Sept. 21 — Defeated DeSales 5-0

*Last Tuesday — Played Hartley

Last Wednesday — Played Wellington

Friday — Home vs. Reynoldsburg

Monday — At Upper Arlington

Of note: The Unicorns were 3-5 overall and 2-1 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

VOLLEYBALL

*Sept. 21 — Lost to Hartley 25-5, 25-8, 25-9

*Sept. 23 — Lost to Watterson 25-3, 25-3, 25-6

Last Saturday — Def. Richmond New Creations 25-15, 21-25, 25-16, 26-24

*Last Tuesday — Played DeSales

Saturday — Home vs. Richmond New Creations

*Tuesday — At Ready

Of note: The Unicorns were 3-7 overall and 0-4 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

*CCL contest