Competing against the Division I field can be difficult for the Canal Winchester High School girls golf team, considering the Indians are one of the smallest programs in the highest classification.

Competing against the Division I field can be difficult for the Canal Winchester High School girls golf team, considering the Indians are one of the smallest programs in the highest classification.

For that reason, the Indians' goals for the sectional, which is Tuesday at The Links at Groveport, are modest. Their aim is to finish in the top half of the field and advance an individual to the district tournament, which is Oct. 12 at Bent Tree. The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district. Canal Winchester tees off with Olentangy and Westerville Central. Top teams at the site are second-seeded Dublin Jerome and No. 5 Pickerington North.

"It will be difficult to advance out (as a team) with teams such as Dublin Jerome, Pickerington North, Upper Arlington and Olentangy competing," coach Greg Hippler said. "However, I feel like we have some individuals that will have a chance to advance to the district tournament if they continue to play well."

The contenders for a district berth are all-MSL selections Lauren Arndt, Marci Browning and Elizabeth Kifer. Arndt was first-team, and Browning and Kifer were second-team. The Indians shot a 390 to finish third at the MSL Postseason Tournament on Sept. 21 at Pine Hill, behind Logan Elm (368) and Bexley (374) and ahead of Granville (393), Teays Valley (394), Licking Valley (425), Newark Catholic (457), Heath (468) and Liberty Union (493).

"Given the depth and strength of the league this year, I'm very proud of the way we finished in the MSL," Hippler said. "The past two weeks have been terrific, and the team has played at a high level."

With a young team, Hippler has seen the players struggle with their consistency and approach to matches and tournaments. In that respect, the Indians have made progress since the beginning of the season, which is why Hippler is optimistic about the postseason.

"The girls have made great strides in their course management," Hippler said. "Throughout the early and middle parts of the year, there would be a time in the round when our players would really struggle on a hole or two and take some high numbers despite playing the majority of the holes well. Over the past three weeks, we have not made many big mistakes on the course and, because of that, we've enjoyed some success."

•The boys golf team heads to the sectional Tuesday at The Players Club at Foxfire after winning the MSL-Buckeye Postseason Tournament.

The top three teams and the top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the district tournament on Oct. 12 at Apple Valley. The Indians are paired with Olentangy Liberty and Thomas Worthington, and the seeded teams at the site are No. 3 Dublin Jerome and No. 5 Pickerington North.

Canal Winchester won the league tournament Sept. 21 at Deer Creek, finishing first (323) ahead of Logan Elm (337), Teays Valley (338), Fairfield Union (344), Amanda-Clearcreek (367), Bloom-Carroll (370) and Circleville (394). Brandon Davis finished second with a round of 78, and Gentry Thompson was third with a 79.

•A look at the record for the boys soccer team might suggest the Indians have not played well, but according to coach Erik Feinstein, the opposite is true.

The Indians were 2-6-2 after playing Bexley to a 2-all tie on Sept. 21 and beating Circleville 3-0 on Sept. 23.

"By wins and losses, yeah it has been a struggle," Feinstein said. "We haven't been playing poorly, we just haven't been finishing. We haven't been able to get over the hump, but we have been playing some good soccer."

A large part of the problem has been a lack of scoring. Through 10 games, the Indians were averaging a goal a game, and that included a 4-0 win over Hamilton Township on Sept. 2.

The games against Bexley and Circleville have given the Indians reason to be optimistic.

"It's just been some bad luck," said Feinstein, whose squad was led in scoring through 10 games by Scott McAnaul's four goals. "We're getting shots, but we need to get some better shots. We hit some posts, and we've hit the goalie in the chest quite a few times."

Feinstein added that, with some better luck, the Indians could have a successful postseason run. And at 2-1 in league play, the Indians aren't out of the race for the title.

"We've been working hard and possessing the ball well," Feinstein said. "Our communication has been good. You know, it's not like we're getting killed by anybody."

At a glance

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

CROSS COUNTRY

Last Saturday — Boys: Finished second (60) in Tiger Division of Tiger Invitational at Pickerington Central, behind Hilliard Darby (58) and ahead of third-place Gahanna (72); Girls: Finished fourth (89) in Tiger Division of Tiger Invitational, behind champion Olentangy (67)

Saturday — Erin L. Nance Classic at London Country Club

FOOTBALL

*Last Friday — Defeated Fairfield Union 41-0

*Friday — At Amanda-Clearcreek

Of note: The Indians are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the MSL-Buckeye.

BOYS GOLF

*Sept. 21 — Finished first (323) at MSL-Buckeye Postseason Tournament, ahead of runner-up Logan Elm (337) and third-place Teays Valley (338)

Tuesday — Division I sectional tournament at The Players Club at Foxfire. The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the district tournament on Oct. 12 at Apple Valley.

GIRLS GOLF

*Sept. 21 — Finished third (390) in MSL Postseason Tournament, behind Logan Elm (368) and Bexley (374)

Tuesday — Division I sectional tournament at The Links at Groveport. The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the district tournament on Oct. 12 at Bent Tree.

BOYS SOCCER

Sept. 20 — Lost to Granville 4-2

Sept. 21 — Tied Bexley at 2

*Sept. 23 — Def. Circleville 3-0

Last Tuesday — Played Wellington

*Today — Home vs. Fairfield Union

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

GIRLS SOCCER

*Sept. 23 — Lost to Circleville 2-1

Last Tuesday — Played Whetstone

*Today — Home vs. Fairfield Union

Tuesday — Home vs. Wellington

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

GIRLS TENNIS

*Sept. 22 — Match vs. Logan Elm postponed to last Wednesday because of bad weather

*Sept. 23 — Lost to Teays Valley 5-0

Last Monday — Lost to Newark 5-0

*Last Tuesday — Played Bloom-Carroll

*Last Wednesday — Played Logan Elm

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

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

*Sept. 21 — Def. Teays Valley 30-28, 25-12, 25-19

*Sept. 23 — Def. Logan Elm 25-15, 25-22, 25-19

Last Saturday — Def. Eastmoor Academy 25-16, 25-10; def. Marysville 25-20, 25-18; def. Olentangy Orange 20-25, 25-18, 25-21 in Marysville tournament

*Last Tuesday — Played Hamilton Township

*Today — Home vs. Amanda-Clearcreek

*Tuesday — At Bloom-Carroll

Of note: The Indians were 15-1 overall and 7-0 in the MSL-Buckeye before last Tuesday.

*MSL-Buckeye contest