Grant Godfrey of the Delaware Hayes High School boys golf team is hoping to make a few more birdie putts during the Division I district tournament than he made in the sectional Oct. 1 at Granville Golf Course.
The sophomore realizes he missed posting a special round by leaving five birdie putts within a foot of the cup when he shot a 74 at sectional to secure the first of three individual qualifying spots for district, which will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Apple Valley.
The top three individuals not on a qualifying team at district will advance to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
"I left two, no three, on the edges," Godfrey said. "To leave that many close ones was disappointing, but I was giving myself chances. I'd get mad for a second or two and then let it go. I think yoga practice helps. I just take a deep breath and forget about it and move on to the next one."
Seeded 24th, Delaware finished ninth (345) in the 13-team sectional as second-seeded Dublin Jerome (300), sixth-seeded St. Charles (301) and fifth-seeded Upper Arlington (304) advanced to district.
"Grant didn't make a birdie, but he made 15 pars and three bogeys and gave himself a chance," said coach Mike Nesselroad, who is in his 21st and final season leading the program. "He made 11 greens in regulation and only had 32 putts. He kept his composure as he has all season and earned the top (individual qualifying) spot."
Also competing for the Pacers were Cody Ross (88), Dan Van Brimmer (90), Cole Haferman (93) and Lali Lakatos (100). The other two individual district qualifiers were Gahanna's Aaron Byas (75) and Lancaster's Boone Maxim (76).
Godfrey also qualified to district last season, shooting an 83 to finish eight strokes behind the final state qualifier, Pickerington North's Scot Sapp (75).
"The greens at Apple Valley are bigger and faster (than Granville), but there's not as much break," Nesselroad said. "If he hits greens like he has been and gets a putt or two to fall, who knows what can happen?"
Godfrey is pleased with where his game is at this stage of the season.
"Everything is pretty solid right now, not spectacular, but solid," he said. "I'm very confident with my short game. I'm hitting my irons well. ... My goal is to shoot a 74 and see what happens. I think the course sets up pretty well for my game."
No girls golfers advance to district
Sophomores C.C. Barger and McKenzie Confer and freshman Bailey Hager competed in the Division I girls golf sectional Oct. 1 at Oakhaven, but none advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 8, at The Links at Groveport.
Barger led the Pacers with a 105, finishing 18 strokes behind the third and final individual district qualifier. Hager shot a 108 and Confer carded a 155.
Football team getting ready for Pioneers
The football team will play host to Olentangy Orange on Friday, Oct. 11, in an OCC-Capital contest. Delaware was 3-2 and 1-1 before playing New Albany on Oct. 4. Orange was 0-5 and 0-2 before playing Mount Vernon on Oct. 4.
The Pacers defeated Big Walnut 21-0 on Sept. 27, marking just the second time in 17 games that they have beaten the Golden Eagles since the two became OCC rivals in 1997. Their other win during that stretch came in 2009 (17-10). Big Walnut outgained Delaware in total yardage 224-222, but had four turnovers and the Pacers had none.
All but 24 of Delaware's total yards came on the ground. Quarterback Jante Wright (12 carries for 68 yards) and running backs Ernest Bonsu (11 carries for 60 yards) and Thoeun Sorn (13 carries for 58 yards) each scored one touchdown, as the offensive line helped the Pacers dominate the time of possession 32:26 to 15:34.
Linebacker Josh Daughenbaugh had five tackles and an interception against Big Walnut. Gaige Linville, Ethan Tucky, James Wegmiller and Wright all had four tackles and Shawn Johnson and Nick Shaver had interceptions.
Boys soccer team gaining confidence
The boys soccer team defeated Central Crossing 3-1 on Oct. 3 to extend its winning streak to five games.
Delaware ended a seven-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Mount Vernon on Sept. 24. It then defeated Groveport (6-2 on Sept. 26), Buckeye Valley (4-2 on Sept. 28) and Franklin Heights (6-1 on Oct. 1) before topping the Comets.
The Pacers are 6-8 and 2-4. They conclude the regular season with home games Tuesday, Oct. 8, against Olentangy in a league contest and Thursday, Oct. 10, against Westerville South.
"We pulled together and were able to produce a nice winning streak," coach Nate Weakland said. "The young guys are finally stepping up and feeling comfortable, the schedule eased up a bit and we're gaining confidence from it."
Senior forward Ridge Snyder had two goals against Franklin Heights. Scoring against Central Crossing were Snyder, defender Bryan Neitzelt and stopper Ben Gibbs.
"We moved Neitzelt back to the defense to calm (the young players) down. They trust in him back there," Weakland said. "Snyder went from the midfield to forward and has been scoring well. He's chasing the ball down and putting the work together. Tyler Zinader has been great in the midfield."
Girls soccer team set to face Braves
The girls soccer team will conclude the regular season Tuesday, Oct. 8, with an OCC-Capital game at Olentangy.
Delaware dropped to 4-10-1 overall with a 3-0 loss to Westerville South on Oct. 3 and is 1-4 in the league. The Pacers had won three of four, including a 4-0 victory over Central Crossing on Sept. 26 and a 10-1 win over Franklin Heights on Oct. 1.
The game against Franklin Heights does not count in the OCC-Capital standings because the Falcons are not playing a full league schedule.
"We're starting to go at teams, attack them no matter if they're a good team or not," coach Drew Zellers said. "We're not playing timid or unsure of ourselves anymore. We're more confident and more aggressive."
Cassie Call scored two goals against Franklin Heights.
"Brooke Zinader is playing well up top, making things happen with her high work rate," Zellers said. "Our back line also is playing well. Hannah Bartfay, Emily Mathias, Melanie Anderson and Ashley Smiley are focused, stepping in front of players and getting the ball out quickly."
Runners preparing for OCC-Capital meet
The boys and girls cross country teams will compete in the OCC-Capital meet Saturday, Oct. 12, at Pickerington Central.
Last season, the boys finished fifth (144) in the league meet behind champion New Albany (32) and the girls placed sixth (140) behind champion New Albany (33).
Both teams closed the regular season Oct. 5 in the Kenton Invitational after participating in the Erin Nance Fall Distance Classic on Sept. 28.
Senior Jason Watkins placed ninth in 17 minutes, 22.46 seconds to lead the boys team, which finished 25th (311) of 29 teams as Columbus Academy (27) won. Justin Hernan (56th, 18:32.38) was next for the Pacers.
The girls team finished 26th (372) of 27 teams behind champion Academy (35). Samantha Piroska (53rd, 22:33.41) led the Pacers.
Girls tennis players compete at sectional
The girls tennis team's goal entering the Division I sectional Oct. 3 at Hilliard Davidson was to win on all five courts.
Delaware had at least one win on four courts, with sophomore Blair Ramsey winning two matches in singles to advance to a district-qualifying match Oct. 5.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to district Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at Davidson. The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district will advance to state Oct. 18 at Ohio State and Oct. 19 at Davidson.
Ramsey defeated Westland's Cassidy Dyer 6-2, 6-0 in the first round and beat Hilliard Darby's Abigail Greene 6-1, 6-2 in the second.
Also in singles, Claire Brennan beat Grove City's Vicki Rohr 6-1, 6-2 in the first round before losing to Hilliard Bradley's Haley Jackson 6-3, 6-3 in the second, and Darcy Flanagan defeated Darby's Abigail Niehaus 6-2, 6-2 in a play-in match before losing to Davidson's Heather Haynes 6-0, 6-0 in the first round.
In doubles, Amy Co and Liz Russell beat Darby's Sydney Bright and Hannah Lee 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4) before losing to Davidson's Chloe Shevlin and Ella Wilson 6-1, 6-0 in the second, and Caroline Proffitt and Lexi Wolfe lost to Darby's Abby Schuster and Mikino Maeda 6-2, 6-4 in the first round.