Coming off a dominant performance in the MSL-Buckeye Division postseason tournament, the Canal Winchester High School boys golf team enters the Division I sectional Wednesday at Players Club at Foxfire with big expectations.

Coming off a dominant performance in the MSL-Buckeye Division postseason tournament, the Canal Winchester High School boys golf team enters the Division I sectional Wednesday at Players Club at Foxfire with big expectations.

The Indians, who finished second to Logan Elm in the preseason league tournament, shot a 308 at Deer Creek on Sept. 16 to win the league title over Logan Elm (321), Teays Valley (331), Amanda-Clearcreek (334), Bloom-Carroll (358), Fairfield Union (360) and Circleville (376).

"It's good to get the monkey off your back after finishing second so many times," coach Matt Moss said. "It felt good and it was a pretty dominating performance by the kids."

"All our matches with Logan Elm were pretty close," senior Wes White said.

"They beat us in the preseason and for usto win by 13 strokes was a surprise to all ofus."

Also at the sectional site will be Thomas Worthington, Westerville North, Teays Valley, Dublin Jerome, New Albany, Olentangy, Hilliard Davidson, Grove City, Central Crossing, Centennial, Groveport and Columbus West.

Jerome is the defending Division I state champion and is coming off an impressive showing in the final OCC-Cardinal tournament where the Celtics won with a 288 at Granville.

"Jerome will be there and I'm not sure Ohio State's team could beat Jerome," Moss said. "So I think between Teays Valley, Olentangy, Grove City, Hilliard Davidson and ourselves, there are five teams fighting for three spots (to advance to the district tournament)."

Canal Winchester is familiar with The Players Club. The Indians were there on Aug. 14 when they shot a 311 to win the Teays Valley Invitational.

"We're really familiar with it," junior Kyle Cottrill said. "We've already played it four times, so that will help us out a lot."

Canal Winchester is hoping to make program history, being the first to qualify to district as a team in Division I.

The Indians advanced as a team in 2002 when they were playing in Division II.

"That would be a big step for the golf program," White said. "To be the first team to make district (at the Division I level) would be great, but we wouldn't want to stop there."

Looking back at the Indians' performance in the league tournament, it's possible that the championship was won before the event was played. Canal Winchester knew defending champion Logan Elm was its biggest threat.

On Sept. 4, the Indians played host to Logan Elm at Westchester in a dual. Moss knew the teams would be playing on the back nine, so he had the team practice it every day for a week, even in the rain.

Canal Winchester defeated Logan Elm 154-163, giving the Indians an edge for the league tournament.

"That played on Logan Elm's psyche," Moss said. "That week of practice really set us over the top. When we saw the results from all that practice, our confidence went up."

ēThe girls team will play its sectional Wednesday at The Links at Groveport. The Indians are grouped with Pickerington North, New Albany, Gahanna, Dublin Scioto, Westerville North, Logan and Teays Valley.

Canal Winchester shot a 468 to finish fifth in the MSL Postseason Tournament on Sept. 17 at Pine Hill. The Indians finished behind champion Logan Elm (397), Lakewood (431), Heath (439) and Bexley (446) and ahead of Teays Valley (470), Granville (474), Licking Valley (485) and Circleville (503).

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedules for the Canal Winchester boys and girls golf teams:

BOYS

Sept. 16 -- Finished first (308) ahead of Logan Elm (321), Teays Valley (331), Amanda-Clearcreek (334), Bloom-Carroll (358), Fairfield Union (360) and Circleville (376) in MSL-Buckeye postseason tournament at Deer Creek

Last Saturday -- Tied Granville white for fifth (319) behind champion Mount Vernon (298) in Granville Invitational

Wednesday -- At Division I sectional at Players Club

GIRLS

Sept. 16 -- Finished fifth (468) behind Logan Elm (397), Lakewood (431), Heath (439) and Bexley (446), and ahead of Teays Valley (470), Granville (474), Licking Valley (485) and Circleville (503) in MSL postseason tournament at Pine Hill

Wednesday -- At Division I sectional at Links at Groveport