Canal Winchester High School boys golf coach Jeff Bills concedes that his team doesn't have a realistic shot of placing in the top four of the Division I sectional tournament Tuesday, Oct. 4, at The Players Club at Foxfire.

Canal Winchester High School boys golf coach Jeff Bills concedes that his team doesn't have a realistic shot of placing in the top four of the Division I sectional tournament Tuesday, Oct. 4, at The Players Club at Foxfire.

Yet, he does have high hopes that Gentry Thompson and Brandon Davis will advance to the district tournament Oct. 11 at Apple Valley individually.

The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district.

Seeded teams competing in the same sectional as the Indians are Dublin Jerome (first), Pickerington North (fifth), New Albany (sixth) and Westerville Central (eighth).

Last year, Canal Winchester placed fifth (345) in the sectional at The Players Club, behind district-qualifiers Dublin Jerome (306), Pickerington North (319) and Mount Vernon (320) as well as Hilliard Darby (331).

Thompson shot an 11-over-par 83 to finish one stroke behind the third and final individual district qualifier, Austin Brady of Grove City (82).

"Those four highly seeded teams and Teays Valley look like they have the best chance to get through," Bills said. "We would have to have our best day and at least two of those teams would have to have their worst day for us to get through. But we do have a good chance to get our top two players out. Gentry and Brandon are both capable of shooting a 77 or 78 at Players Club, and that will get you through nine times out of 10. Gentry missed making it out by one stroke in rough weather last year, so he plans on shooting a low enough score that he doesn't have to sweat as he watches the other scores come in."

The Indians shot a 340 to place third in the MSL-Buckeye Division postseason tournament Sept. 20 at Deer Creek behind Fairfield Union (330) and Teays Valley (333).

Thompson shot a 70 to earn medalist honors and become the MSL-Buckeye Player of the Year. Davis shot an 84 to earn first-team all-league honors as well.

Blake Reynolds carded a 95 and made honorable mention all-league, and Dylan Lazor shot a 101 to round out the Indians' scoring.

The Indians finished fourth in the MSL-Buckeye standings with a 10-8 record, behind co-champions Fairfield Union (15-3) and Teays Valley (15-3) and Logan Elm (11-7).

"We needed two more consistent players to challenge for the MSL title," Bills said. "But I like the way we finished because we improved seven shots from the preseason tournament (on Aug. 16) to the postseason tournament on the same course, while the teams that finished above us got worse."

•The boys cross country team scored 23 points to win the eight-team Bulldog Invitational on Sept. 24 at Heath, as senior Jarrod Genther won the race in 16 minutes, 47 seconds.

Also competing were seniors Tyler Jenkins (second, 17:53), Jimmy Fraley (third, 17:56), Dan Williard (eighth, 18:21) and Aaron Robertson (ninth, 18:33), junior Justin Emmons (13th, 18:56) and freshman Jason Appel (15th, 19:03).

The girls squad scored 30 points to win the six-team Bulldog Invitational, as senior Kayla Scott won the race in 19:30. Also competing were senior Ali Stauffer (third, 21:04), junior Elizabeth Kifer (seventh, 22:14), senior Jessica Wheeler (eighth, 22:35), sophomore Sarah Collins (11th, 23:02), junior Kelly Henderson (16th, 22:31) and junior Taryn Meidel (18th, 23:42).

"We expected to do well and it's nice that both the boys and girls won," coach John Bender said. "That is not a course where you're going to run a good time. We packed it in for the first mile, and then let them go after that."

Both squads will compete in the Cambridge Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 1.

"We're trying to go to some challenging meets and this will have a lot of teams from eastern Ohio," Bender said. "We expect to win this meet, but we're not sure what other good teams will be there."