The Watterson High School girls tennis team has high expectations for the Division I sectional tournament.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles in the sectional Thursday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 5, at Upper Arlington will advance to district Oct. 11 and 12 at Hilliard Davidson, and all three of the Eagles' singles players and both of their doubles teams are seeded in the top four.
"We want to send everyone to district for the first time since any of us have been here," senior Courtney Brown said. "We all have the potential to make it through. We just need to play with confidence and focus."
In singles, Lauren Ghidotti is seeded first, Brown is seeded second and Maria Jeric is seeded fourth. In doubles, Elise Miller and Sydney Simmons are seeded third and Mollie Godbout and Sophia Wible are seeded fourth.
Last year, Ghidotti and 2013 graduate Katie Sheppard went 4-0 in doubles to win the Division I sectional at Pickerington Central before going 3-1 and placing third at district and going 3-1 and placing third at state. Ghidotti and Sheppard were state runners-up in 2011.
"I definitely miss my partner, Katie Sheppard, but I'm interested in seeing how far I can go individually," Ghidotti said. "In the tournament, we just need to stay focused and play our game."
Brown qualified for state in doubles in 2010 with 2011 graduate Olivia Ott, losing in the first round. She reached district the past two years in singles, losing in a state-qualifying match both times.
Last year, Brown went 4-1 and finished second at sectional before going 1-1 at district.
"We want to go into the postseason strong and we hope to make an appearance at state," Brown said.
The Eagles beat DeSales 5-0 on Sept. 24 to clinch their fifth consecutive CCL championship.
They finished 4-0 in the league.
Winning against the Stallions were Jeric at first singles, Sarah Jonesco at second singles, Godbout at third singles, Brown and Ghidotti at first doubles and Kinsey Krause and Elizabeth Madden at second doubles.
"To secure the CCL championship is a great way to represent our school," Brown said. "Any victory over DeSales is always fun for Watterson."
The Eagles lost to Pickerington Central 3-2 on Sept. 26 to fall to 15-5 overall.
Boys golfers win sectional title
The boys golf team shot a 326 to win the 11-team Division II sectional Sept. 24 at The Players Club at Foxfire, ahead of runner-up Johnstown (332).
David Shepherd led the Eagles with a 79. Also competing were Seth Cones (82), Nick Naderhoff (82), Brian Sapp (83) and Nick DiCello (92).
"This was pretty much the highlight of our season so far," coach Olin Melaragno said. "We don't have any stars, but we have some consistent golfers and they all shot about what they have been averaging and played the course the way it needed to be played."
The Eagles competed at district Sept. 30 at River Greens, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to state Oct. 11 and 12 at NorthStar.
Girls golf team in midst of postseason
The girls golf team competed in the Division I sectional Oct. 1 at Mentel Memorial, with the top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team qualifying for district Tuesday, Oct. 8, at The Links at Groveport.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to state tournament Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Field hockey team beats New Albany
The field hockey team went 1-1 in a pair of Central Ohio Field Hockey League-East Division games last week, beating New Albany 2-0 on Sept. 23 before losing to Bexley 2-1 on Sept. 24.
The Eagles beat Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 1-0 and lost to Shaker Heights 2-1 on Sept. 28 and were 7-4-1 overall and 5-1 in the COFHL-East before playing Columbus Academy on Oct. 1.
Against New Albany, attacker Margaret McGowan scored both goals and goalkeeper Bridget Wagy had three saves.