The Watterson High School boys cross country team scored 83 points to finish second in the 13-squad Division II district 2 meet last Saturday at Watkins Memorial. Bexley finished first (62) and ruined the Eagles' chances of back-to-back titles.
The Watterson High School boys cross country team scored 83 points to finish second in the 13-squad Division II district 2 meet Oct. 23 at Watkins Memorial. Bexley finished first (62) and ruined the Eagles' chances of back-to-back titles.
However, coach Matt McGowan was pleased that the sixth-seeded Eagles finished ahead of two teams they were seeded behind in third-seeded Buckeye Valley (94) and second-seeded London (122), who finished third and fourth, respectively.
"We didn't get the gold trophy, but we brought home the silver trophy by beating two of the three teams who were seeded ahead of us," McGowan said. "I don't think the seeding is accurate, because we beat five teams who were seeded ahead of us at district last year, too. But it's always nice to do better than you're projected to do. We were the only CCL team that took a district trophy home, and I'm proud of that."
Watterson's Tyler Patrick finished seventh (17 minutes, 43.38 seconds), followed by Zac Lackey (14th, 18:00.19), Trevin Pitroff (19th, 18:13.63), Sam Kayuha (21st, 18:20.31) and Jordan Lucki (22nd, 18:21.12).
"We ran a nice race, but not as well as we could have run," McGowan said. "Tyler and Trevin ran nice races, and Sam ran a great race. Matt Richardson (47th, 19:25.76) has had some breathing and stomach issues, and he didn't perform the way he's capable of performing."
The top four teams advanced to the regional Saturday at Pickerington North. At regional, the top four teams and those individuals that finish in the top 16 advance to the state meet Nov. 6 at Scioto Downs.
The Eagles finished seventh (188) in the regional meet behind champion St. Clairsville (59) a year ago.
"To qualify for state, we'll need to get our top three boys - Tyler Patrick, Zac Lackey and Matt Richardson - running the way they're capable of running, because we haven't seen that the past few weeks," McGowan said.
The girls team finished seventh (190) in the 12-team Division I district 2 meet last Saturday at Watkins Memorial, behind champion Dublin Coffman (26).
Annamarie Funk (21st, 20:41.15), Megan Hurley (38th, 21:26.42), Heidi Hetterscheidt (39th, 21:28.81), Bridget McCurdy (40th, 21:38.1) and Alisa Noll (52nd, 22:21.17) scored for the Eagles.
Only the top four teams and top 16 individuals qualified for regional and none of the Eagles made the cut.
"Our girls team ran better than our boys team, and the only difference is they're running against Division I competition," McGowan said. "Annamarie gave a great effort, and this was the best team race for our girls all year. We had a nice pack. We just didn't have anyone in the top 20."
•The girls golf team finished eighth (667) at the Division I state tournament last Friday and Saturday at Ohio State's Gray Course, behind champion Mason (611).
"We hoped to play better here, but I wouldn't trade this experience for anything else, because we're all good friends and we enjoyed every minute of playing together," senior Lauren Grogan said.
Grogan, a University of Michigan recruit, shot a 151 to place third behind Mason's Emily Wright (142) and Medina Highland's Jessica Porvasnik (147).
"This is my fourth year playing here, so I know how things work, and I approached it like it was just another round of golf," Grogan said.
Also competing for Watterson were Alexandra Meyers (tied for 34th, 165), Natalie Meyers (tied for 58th, 176), Ann Jobko (61st, 177) and Jackie Townsley (tied for 70th, 188).
"This was the best weather we've played in in our four years here," Alexandra Meyers said. "We didn't reach our goal of finishing in the top three, but we had fun playing here again."
•The doubles team of freshman Lauren Ghidotti and sophomore Katie Shepherd went 2-2 and finished fourth in the Division I state girls tennis tournament, held last Friday at Ohio State and last Saturday at Hilliard Davidson.
"We're both really young, so it is awesome to get to state," Ghidotti said. "We've already decided that we're probably going to play doubles together next year, too. We will have more of a chance to play together, too. This whole experience has been really amazing."
Ghidotti and Shepherd opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Brecksville-Broadview Heights' Elise Griffin and Erin Davies, and then beat Canfield's Allison Pavlansky and Kaitlin Kaleel 6-3, 6-3.
In a semifinal, Ghidotti and Shepherd lost to Cincinnati Ursuline Academy's Komal Safdar and Mehvish Safdar 6-1, 6-0, before losing to Chagrin Falls Kenston's Victoria Marchant and Mandy Marchant 6-0, 6-3 in the consolation final.
"We came and we were ready to play, but we didn't play our best," Shepherd said. "We picked it up a little in the second set. We're excited to play next year. We want to do well again next year."
The doubles team of senior Olivia Ott and freshman Courtney Brown lost to Morgan Delp and Sydney Delp 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 in the first round.
At a glance
Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Watterson field hockey, football, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 20 - Defeated Lancaster 9-0 in district tournament opener
Last Tuesday - Played Dublin Jerome in semifinal. The winner plays Thomas Worthington or Toledo Ottawa Hills in the final Saturday at Dublin Scioto. The winner of that plays in a state semifinal on Nov. 5 at Upper Arlington.
Of note: The Eagles were 11-3-2 before last Tuesday.
*Last Friday - Def. St. Charles 28-21
Friday - At Uniontown Lake
Of note: The Eagles are 7-1 overall and finished 2-0 in the CCL-Silver.
Oct. 19 - Def. Buckeye Valley 8-1 in Division II district tournament opener
Oct. 21 - Def. fifth-seeded Granville 1-0 in second round
Last Tuesday - Played seventh-seeded Big Walnut in semifinal. The winner plays top-seeded Hilliard Bradley or eighth-seeded Bexley in the final on Oct. 30 at Grandview. The winner of that plays Chillicothe, Chillicothe Zane Trace, Greenfield McClain or Marietta in a regional semifinal Tuesday at a site to be determined. The regional final is Nov. 6 at Watkins Memorial.
Of note: The Eagles were 9-7-1 overall before last Tuesday.
Oct. 19 - Def. Whetstone 4-0 in Division I district tournament opener
Oct. 21 - Def. Grove City 2-1 in second round
Last Tuesday - Played fourth-seeded Hilliard Davidson in a semifinal. The winner plays second-seeded Dublin Coffman or Thomas Worthington in the final on Oct. 30 at Dublin Scioto. The winner of that plays Dublin Jerome, Gahanna, Olentangy Liberty or Upper Arlington in a semifinal Wednesday at Upper Arlington. The final is Nov. 6 at Dublin Scioto.
Of note: The Eagles were 10-4-4 before last Tuesday.
Oct. 21 - Def. Walnut Ridge 25-4, 25-9, 25-6 in Division I district tournament opener
Last Saturday - Def. Marion-Franklin 25-8, 25-14, 25-13 in second round
Last Wednesday - Played Upper Arlington in a semifinal. The winner plays third-seeded Olentangy Liberty or ninth-seeded Grove City in the final Saturday at Licking Heights. District champion plays Chillicothe, Dublin Coffman, Newark or Westerville Central in a regional semifinal on Nov. 4 at Hilliard Davidson. Regional final is Nov. 6 at Davidson.
Of note: The Eagles were 17-6 before last Wednesday. The Eagles are seeded sixth.