Jerome reaches perfect 10 in OCC play
The Dublin Jerome High School boys golf team now has 10 league championships in its 10-year history.
The Celtics wrapped up their latest title by shooting a 300 in the fourth and final round of the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament Sept. 11 at Darby Creek to place second to Westerville Central (300).
Central won the tiebreaker on the fifth-player score, as the Warhawks' Eric Briggs shot an 82 to finish two strokes ahead of J.D. Fletcher (84).
The loss marked only the second time Jerome has lost to a league opponent, excluding 2005 when the Celtics were forced to forfeit five victories because they were late for the start of the second round.
Jerome, which is 247-7 all-time in league play, finished 27-1 in the OCC-Cardinal. Central was second at 25-3, followed by Westerville South (18-10), Scioto (14-14), Hilliard Bradley (10-18), Hilliard Darby (9-19), Westerville North (9-19) and Canal Winchester (0-28).
"We didn't finish our league tournament the way we wanted to, but we still ultimately accomplished our goal of defending our league championship," coach Craig Zesiger said. "Our goal was never to go undefeated in the OCC. We just wanted to win it, so we accomplished what we set out to do."
South's Justin Arens was OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year with a 72 average, but Jerome had four players earn first-team all-league honors in Grant Lewis (74), Jack Herceg (74.3), Fletcher (76) and Brady Bohl (76). Adam Stephens (78) was second-team all-league.
"It's nice to have five guys earn league honors because they each contributed to our championship," Zesiger said. "Jack's only a freshman and he's going to be someone to watch because he hasn't shot a round in the 80s all season."
The two-time defending Division I state champion, Jerome is seeded second in the district behind Pickerington North and will compete in the 13-team sectional Oct. 1 at Granville Golf Course. Among the other teams competing at the site are fifth-seeded Upper Arlington and sixth-seeded St. Charles (sixth).
"Losing to Westerville Central proves that we're vulnerable when we don't play our best, and that's a good lesson with sectional coming up," Zesiger said. "Winning the OCC is our first of four major goals, and winning sectional is the next one."
Shamrocks capture OCC-Central title
Coffman shot a 302 to win the final round of the OCC-Central tournament Sept. 16 at Turnberry and wrap up its second league title in three seasons.
Nick Sparling carded a 74 to lead the Shamrocks, who edged runner-up Upper Arlington by two strokes.
Coffman finished 28-0 in the league. UA (23-5) was second, followed by Olentangy Liberty (19-9), Marysville (15-13), Hilliard Davidson (13-15), Thomas Worthington (10-18), Central Crossing (4-24) and Westland (0-28).
"We shot a 156 on our first nine holes at Turnberry, which were probably our worst nine holes of the season," coach David Woodmansee said. "But our guys are mentally tough and they stepped up and shot a 2-under-par 146 over the last nine holes to win it.
"Finishing first in all four rounds of the OCC tournament is special because our division is really talented."
Sparling averaged a 69 in league play to be named OCC-Central Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Brennan Whitis (76.3), Keldon Fukunaga (76.5), Mehdy Slama (79) and Matt Pietrusik (79) all made second-team all-league.
"Nick had another great run in the OCC tournament, winning three of the four rounds and finishing third in the fourth round," Woodmansee said. "Nick's so consistent. He shot even-par or better eight times in our first 12 tournaments, and he's shot between 64 and 79 so far this season."
The Shamrocks are seeded third in the district in Division I and will compete in the 13-team sectional Oct. 1 at Darby Creek. Among the other teams at the site are fourth-seeded New Albany and ninth-seeded Liberty.
Irish move up in league standings
Scioto shot a 332 in the final round of the OCC-Cardinal tournament to finish fourth behind Central, Jerome and South (327).
Austin Dyson led the Irish with an 80, followed by Blake Moody (82), Sam Humphries (85), Joey Nave (85) and Nick Pothoven (89). Dyson averaged an 81 for the tournament to make second-team all-league.
Scioto placed fourth in the OCC-Cardinal at 14-14 after finishing eighth (1-27) a year ago.
The Irish are seeded 22nd in the district in Division I and will compete in the Darby Creek sectional.