The Watterson High School girls golf team has aspirations of qualifying to the Division I state tournament for a fourth consecutive year and challenging for its first championship.

The Watterson High School girls golf team has aspirations of qualifying to the Division I state tournament for a fourth consecutive year and challenging for its first championship.

But Emily Ransone said the Eagles understand that they will need to play well at the Division I sectional Monday at Mentel Memorial to give themselves the opportunity to reach those goals.

Top-seeded Watterson will compete in the event along with fourth-seeded Dublin Coffman, DeSales, Lancaster, Olentangy, Pickerington Central, Westerville Central and Worthington Kilbourne. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams will advance to district Oct. 7 at Bent Tree. The top two teams and two individuals not on qualifying teams at district will qualify to state Oct. 17-18 at Ohio State's Gray Course.

The Eagles were first (311) in the 10-team sectional at Mentel Memorial a year ago before going on to place second (337) behind Pickerington North (337, won tiebreaker) at district at Bent Tree.

The Eagles were eighth (701) in the 12-team state tournament behind champion Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (649) as Ransone (166), Lauren Grogan (173), graduate Clare Topper (182), Alexandra Meyers (182) and Ali Chaney (191) competed.

"We've been up and down this year, and we can't afford to have a bad day at sectional or district because there are a lot of great teams in our district, and if we don't play well, we definitely could get bumped out before we make it to state," said Ransone, who has made a verbal commitment to Penn State. "We've played OK for the most part lately, but we'll need to be better than OK in the tournaments. We need to go put up good numbers in these events."

Coach Rick McQuade is confident the Eagles will cruise to a top three spot at sectional before being put to the test at district.

Watterson's scoring leaders are Ransone (38), Chaney (38.7), Meyers (40), Grogan (40), Elizabeth Hrach (43) and Chloe Campisi (44).

The Eagles, who played Upper Arlington last Monday and Dublin Jerome and Pickerington North last Tuesday, will compete today at Tartan East against New Albany.

"Ours is probably the least strong of the three sectionals, so we should have no trouble advancing," McQuade said. "Our girls have been there before and I think they're going to be a lot more relaxed going into it."

Watterson shot a 154 to win the fourth round of the MOGGL tournament ahead of runner-up DeSales (185) to win the league's Division I title with a 24-0 record. Ransone (35), Chaney (38) and Meyers (38) finished first through third in the event.

"We didn't have much competition in the MOGGL this year, but our kids were able to keep their composure and put up nice scores anyway," McQuade said. "If we can hang onto those types of scores, we'll be in good shape for sectional and district."

•The field hockey team beat Bexley 2-0 on Sept. 18 to improve to 5-1 heading into a game last Tuesday against Olentangy Liberty as Maria Swartz scored twice and Domini Paradiso made seven saves.

The Eagles will play today at Columbus Academy, Monday at Olentangy and Wednesday at UA.

Watterson beat Academy 2-0 in a district final a year ago, avenging a 4-0 loss to Academy in the state final in 2006.

The Eagles beat Olentangy 9-0 and UA 1-0 last season.

•The girls volleyball team defeated Ready 25-15, 25-12, 25-13 on Sept. 16 to improve to 11-2 overall and 5-0 in the CCL heading into a league match last Tuesday against Worthington Christian.

The Eagles will play today at Hartley and will play host Saturday to Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame and Tuesday to DeSales.

Watterson, which lost to Mount Notre Dame 23-25, 25-22, 25-11, 25-19 last year, beat Hartley 25-17, 25-14, 24-26, 25-22 on Sept. 9 and DeSales 25-14, 25-12, 25-18 on Sept. 11.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Watterson boys and girls soccer teams:

BOYS SOCCER

Sept. 18 -- Def. Watkins Memorial 3-1. Paolo Bucci, Billy Halsey and Chris Miller scored and Paul Gray had 16 saves.

*Last Tuesday -- Played DeSales

Saturday -- At Beavercreek

Tuesday -- At Granville. Watterson won 2-0 last year.

Of note: The Eagles were 4-2-2 overall and 2-0 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

GIRLS SOCCER

*Sept. 16 -- Def. Worthington Christian 6-0. Melissa Gilliland scored two goals and Molly Cantwell, Bridget Lynch, Meghan Caldwell and Lindsey Schons scored one. Olivia Rancour had one save.

Sept. 18 -- Def. New Albany 3-0. Rachael Callahan scored two goals, Tyler Bucci scored one and Mary Kate Campbell had two saves.

Last Saturday -- Def. Whitehouse Anthony Wayne 2-0. Gilliland and Schons scored and Rancour had four saves.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Columbus School for Girls

Today -- At Olentangy Liberty

*Tuesday -- Home vs. DeSales. Watterson won 1-0 last year.

Of note: The Eagles were 9-1-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

*CCL contest

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Watterson boys and girls cross country, boys golf and girls tennis teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Saturday -- At Panther Invitational at Pickerington North

BOYS GOLF

Sept. 15 -- Defeated Grove City 158-167. Josh Cones (38) was medalist.

Sept. 18 -- Finished second (162) behind Dublin Coffman (154) and ahead of Thomas Worthington (174) and Westerville North (181). Aaron Hannigan (37) was medalist.

Today -- At York vs. Olentangy Liberty

Saturday -- At Hilliard Invitational at Heritage

Wednesday -- At Division I sectional at Darby Creek

GIRLS TENNIS

*Sept. 16 -- Def. Hartley 4-1

Sept. 17 -- Lost to Dublin Jerome 4-1

Last Friday -- Lost to Cincinnati Hills Christian 5-0

Last Saturday -- Lost to Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 4-1

*Last Tuesday -- Played Worthington Christian

*Tuesday -- At Ready. Watterson won 5-0 last year.

Wednesday -- At Pickerington Central. Watterson lost 3-2 last year.

Of note: The Eagles were 11-7 overall and 2-1 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

*CCL contest