Gahanna Lincoln High School boys golf coach Judy Ratzenberger always believed Alex Vegh could eventually emerge as one of central Ohio's top players.
Considering Vegh is just a freshman, she wasn't sure if his time would come this soon.
On Oct. 2 in a Division I sectional tournament at Granville Golf Course, Vegh shot 35 on the front nine and 39 on the back to turn in a 74 that qualified him for the district tournament Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at the Ohio State Scarlet Course.
"We were just waiting for it to happen," said Ratzenberger, who is the Lions' co-coach with Lori Scott. "He is a freshman who has been gaining knowledge and is very coachable. He's one of those kids who is a very hard worker and works hard on all of his goals."
Gahanna shot 325 at sectional to place fifth as Pickerington North (294), Upper Arlington (295), St. Charles (313) and Mount Vernon (316) advanced to district.
Also competing for the Lions were Aaron Byas (83), Ryan Beachy (84), Kenny Gaither (84) and Lucas Pottorf (86).
Vegh's 74 tied him for sixth individually at sectional.
"It was a good day," said Vegh, who first picked up the sport as a middle-schooler and shot his season-best for 18 holes at sectional. "I really didn't go in thinking I was going to (advance to district) by myself. I just did what I had to do. I struck the ball well and if I got in a tough situation I minimized.
"My coaches did tell me, 'Don't let the juniors and seniors intimidate you' since they hit the ball further. I just played my game, hit it onto the fairways and put it on the green."
Hughes advances to district in girls golf
The girls golf team was represented in the district tournament Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek by sophomore Emily Hughes.
She shot 79 in the sectional Oct. 2 at Mentel Memorial to earn one of three individual district-qualifying berths from the site. She placed fourth overall behind medalist Lexie Long of Dublin Coffman, who shot 73.
"I did OK," said Hughes, who bogeyed her final three holes but turned in a 37 on the front nine to help her advance. "I was putting well. My driver was real bad, but I did pretty well. I'm scoring better on the greens."
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at the Ohio State Gray Course.
Last season, Hughes shot 171 at state to tie for 43rd as the Lions placed eighth.
Gahanna settled for fourth (374) at sectional as Coffman (309), Upper Arlington (351) and Marysville (365) advanced to district.
Also competing for the Lions were Natalie Nix (96), Rachel Russ (97), Alyson Johnson (102) and Svitlana Yakim (124).
Doubles team makes district in tennis
Junior Emily Merickel and sophomore Elizabeth Sullivan placed fourth in the Division I sectional girls tennis tournament Oct. 4 and 6 at Upper Arlington to advance to the district tournament Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at Hilliard Davidson.
Merickel and Sullivan will open district play against sophomore Caitlyn Merzbacher and freshman Eleanor Bullock of Dublin Jerome. They lost to Olentangy Liberty's Olivia Groves and Anna Delaney 6-3, 6-1 in the third-place match Oct. 6.
The top four singles players and top four doubles teams advance to the state tournament Oct. 19 at Ohio State and Oct. 20 at Davidson.
Also competing at sectional but failing to advance were Kiara Shaw, Riley Crowe and Hannah Sobul in singles and the doubles team of Cara Monico and Anna McCloud.
Shaw lost to Upper Arlington's Emma Klebe 6-1, 6-1 in a quarterfinal after advancing to district each of the last two seasons.
Gahanna completed its regular season Oct. 3 with a 3-2 loss to Worthington Kilbourne. That gave the Lions a final dual-match record of 9-8.
Football team to face Grove City
The football team bounced back from a 21-7 loss to Reynoldsburg on Sept. 28 by beating Lancaster 24-3 on Oct. 5 to improve to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division.
The Lions continue league play by traveling Friday, Oct. 12, to Grove City. The Dawgs lost to Pickerington Central 28-7 on Oct. 5 and are 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the league.
Granyl Smith, who has been a key player for a defense that gives up an average of 9.7 points, rushed for a 6-yard touchdown in the first quarter and had an 8-yard touchdown catch in the fourth against Lancaster.
The Lions finished with just 137 total yards but kept the Golden Gales from scoring during the second half.