Coaches commonly refer to the postseason as the second season, and that may be how the Canal Winchester High School boys golf team is viewing the Division I sectional tournament after an up-and-down regular season.

Coaches commonly refer to the postseason as the second season, and that may be how the Canal Winchester High School boys golf team is viewing the Division I sectional tournament after an up-and-down regular season.

The Indians compete in the sectional tournament Tuesday at The Players Club at Foxfire. The top three teams and top three individuals on non-qualifying teams advance to the district tournament Oct. 13 at Apple Valley.

Among the teams at the site are Dublin Jerome, Hilliard Davidson, New Albany and Upper Arlington. Jerome placed second in the state meet last season and UA placed sixth.

The Indians are looking to qualify for district in Division I for the first time.

"The sectional will be tough, especially with Jerome and Upper Arlington there, but I think that course is a great equalizer for a lot of kids," coach Matt Moss said. "The course is very tight with a lot of high tree lines, so you can make a big number there even if you're a good golfer. Lucky for us we're playing early enough there where the wind won't affect us too much, especially on the front nine."

Canal Winchester narrowly missed defending its MSL-Buckeye championship, as it placed second to Bloom-Carroll by just one stroke.

The Indians shot a 319 to win the MSL-Buckeye postseason tournament on Sept. 22 at Deer Creek. Bloom-Carroll (327) finished second, followed by Logan Elm (328), Amanda-Clearcreek (336), Teays Valley (338), Fairfield Union (359) and Circleville (372).

Though Canal Winchester also won the league's preseason tournament, the league title is determined by the total numbers of strokes in both tournaments and the six league dual matches.

The Indians, who went 3-2-1 in the dual matches, played without three of their top five players in a 152-160 win over Amanda-Clearcreek on Sept. 1 and a 168-186 loss to Bloom-Carroll on Sept. 3. The players were suspended for the two matches for competing in a charity golf event Aug. 29, as participating in a non-sanctioned event during the season is a violation of OHSAA rules.

After discussing the situation with athletics director Kent Riggs, Moss made the decision to suspend the players.

"We learned from the situation and it would've been easy for everyone to sweep it all under the carpet, but we didn't," Moss said. "The one thing the kids were upset about was they felt they left some shots out on the course where they could've beat Teays Valley and Logan Elm. Hats off to those teams because they did what they had to do. I also want to give credit to (Bloom-Carroll) coach Denny Norris because his team played really well throughout the year."

•The boys and girls cross country teams compete in the Erin Nance Fall Classic on Saturday at London Country Club.

The girls team won the event last year, scoring 29 points in the Division II race to finish well ahead of runner-up DeSales (74). The boys team placed second (95) behind Springfield Kenton Ridge (56) a year ago.

The meet helped propel an inexperienced boys team to a Division II district championship.

"There's going to be some pretty good teams there, and we did well there last year," coach John Bender said. "It was the meet that was a springboard for the boys. We really came together at the meet last year. The goal this year is to have both the boys and the girls win."

Members of both teams battled illness last week, but that didn't prevent the Indians from making a strong showing in the Bob Reall Lancaster Invitational last Saturday. The boys team finished ninth (243) of 17 teams in the Division I race behind champion Hudson (57) and the girls team placed third (87) of 13 teams behind Upper Arlington (67).

The girls team tied Mount Vernon for second in terms of points, but Mount Vernon won the tiebreaker by having the faster sixth runner.

Jarrod Genther led the boys team, finishing 21st in 17 minutes, 6 seconds. Also scoring were Micah Cobb (34th, 17:26), Jimmy Fraley (44th, 17:45), Tyler Jenkins (71st, 18:18) and Dan Williard (75th, 18:29).

Emily Pifer placed second (19:12) to lead the girls team. Also scoring were Penny Boswell (third, 19:23), Kayla Scott (12th, 20:08), Ali Stauffer (30th, 20:58) and Taryn Meidl (40th, 21:23).

"If some of the guys weren't dealing with the flu, they would've run faster," Bender said. "But I'm not sure how much better they would've done overall. The good thing this year is we have the depth on both the guys and girls teams that anybody can step up."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Canal Winchester boys and girls cross country, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Last Saturday -- Boys: Finished ninth (243) behind champion Hudson (57) in Bob Reall Invitational at Lancaster; Girls: Finished second (87) behind champion Upper Arlington (67)

Saturday -- Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic at London Country Club

BOYS GOLF

*Sept. 22 -- Finished first (319) ahead of Bloom-Carroll (327) and Logan Elm (328) in MSL-Buckeye postseason tournament

Last Saturday -- At Granville Invitational

Tuesday -- Division I sectional at Players Club

GIRLS GOLF

*Sept. 22 -- Finished second (404) behind Logan Elm (367) and ahead of Teays Valley (421) in MSL-Buckeye postseason tournament

Tuesday -- Division I sectional at The Links at Groveport

BOYS SOCCER

*Sept. 22 -- Defeated Circleville 2-1

Sept. 24 -- Lost to Pickerington Central 4-0

Last Tuesday -- Played Wellington

*Today -- Home vs. Fairfield Union

Tuesday -- Home vs. Granville

Of note: The Indians were 5-3-2 overall before last Tuesday and are 3-0 in the MSL-Buckeye.

GIRLS SOCCER

*Sept. 24 -- Tied Circleville at 2

*Today -- At Fairfield Union

Tuesday -- At Wellington

Of note: The Indians are 7-3-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the MSL-Buckeye.

GIRLS TENNIS

Sept. 22 -- Lost to London 4-1

Last Monday -- Played Newark

*Last Tuesday -- Played Bloom-Carroll

Last Wednesday -- Played Ready

*Saturday -- MSL-Buckeye tournament at Teays Valley

Of note: The Indians were 4-4 overall before last Monday and were 1-1 in the MSL-Buckeye before last Tuesday.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

*Sept. 22 -- Def. Teays Valley 25-17, 25-20, 25-17

*Sept. 24 -- Lost to Logan Elm 26-24, 25-9, 25-17

Last Saturday -- Def. Marysville 25-14, 25-14; def. Olentangy Orange 25-21, 25-22; def. Eastmoor 25-19, 25-21

*Last Tuesday -- Played Hamilton Township

*Today -- At Amanda-Clearcreek

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Bloom-Carroll

Of note: The Indians were 13-2 overall and 6-1 in the MSL-Buckeye before last Tuesday.

*MSL-Buckeye contest