Canal Winchester High School girls tennis coach Jason Moisey acknowledges that his team's best opportunity to be represented in the Division I district tournament probably rests on the shoulders of junior Madeline Niceswanger.
The Indians will be competing in the sectional Thursday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 5, at Reynoldsburg, where the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 11 and 12 at Hilliard Davidson.
None of the Indians are seeded in the top four, meaning they must upset a top-four seed to advance to district.
Niceswanger, who will be playing singles, won 10 of her first 13 matches at first singles . She won two matches at sectional to reach a district-qualifying match each of the past two seasons, losing to New Albany's Jane Haffer 6-0, 6-1 last year and falling to Teays Valley's Adrien Leatherwood 6-2, 6-2 in 2011.
"It will be tough for any of our players to win matches and make it through, but Madeline definitely has our best shot at going far," Moisey said.
Also playing singles at sectional will be Taylor Ramsey and Molly Schmitz. Kim Detty and Candice Maswela will form one of the doubles teams and Athena Theumathalaray and Kamala Sweeney will comprise the other.
"For the rest of our girls, I just want to see them play well, and it would be great if they could make it out of the first round," Moisey said.
The Indians lost to Teays Valley 4-1 on Sept. 24 and were 5-10 overall before playing Lancaster on Sept. 30 and Westland on Oct. 2.
Boys soccer team continues to win
The boys soccer team went 2-0 last week, beating Dublin Jerome 5-1 in an OCC-Cardinal Division game Sept. 24 and Whetstone 8-0 on Sept. 26.
Against Jerome, forward Luciano Thaboune had three goals, forward Tristan Daniels and midfielder Bailey Butler each scored one and goalkeeper Aaron Graber had six saves.
The Indians were 9-1-3 overall and 3-1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Westerville North on Oct. 1.
"We played really well against Dublin Jerome, and when we're playing that way and clicking, we're as good as any team in our district," coach Erik Feinstein said. "This is the most competitive league, top to bottom, that we've ever been a part of. And if you would have told me we'd have only one loss after 12 games this season, I would have taken it."
The Indians concludes the regular season Tuesday, Oct. 8, with a league game at Dublin Scioto.
"We want to win the rest of our OCC games and see what happens," Feinstein said. "We don't have a weak spot on the field from what I've seen. Luciano Thaboune and Bailey Butler have put a lot of balls in the back of the net and we're playing well in the back. Our midfielders, kids like Kyler Splunge, Zach Barwick, Bob Butler, Tristan Daniels, Phil Kelley and Jamie Robson, have been getting us a lot of good scoring chances, too."
Postseason underway for golf teams
The golf teams began the postseason Oct. 1.
The boys team competed in a Division I sectional at Darby Creek. The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Apple Valley.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team at district advance to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
The girls team competed in a Division I sectional at Westchester. The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 8, at The Links at Groveport.
The top two teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team advance to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
First victory still eludes football team
Still searching for its first win, the football team will play host to Hilliard Darby on Friday, Oct. 4, in an OCC-Cardinal contest.
The Indians lost to Westerville Central 57-14 on Sept. 27 to drop to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Quarterback Jared Drake threw for 238 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 93 yards and a score to lead the Warhawks, who improved to 4-1 and 2-0.
Wide receiver Skyler Scott had six catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns (74 and 20 yards) from quarterback Nick Hammond in the fourth quarter to lead the Indians.
Darby defeated Jerome 30-7 on Sept. 27 to improve to 4-1 and 2-0, as quarterback Nate Green rushed for two touchdowns and fullback Lorenzo McLaurin rushed for 90 yards and a score.