The Hilliard Darby High School boys golf team is peaking at the right time.

The Hilliard Darby High School boys golf team is peaking at the right time.

The Panthers shot a season-best 310 in the final round of the OCC-Central Division tournament Sept. 17 at Darby Creek to finish fourth behind Hilliard Davidson (302), Upper Arlington (303) and Dublin Coffman (304). The good showing helped Darby finish fifth in the OCC-Central at 13-15 behind UA (25-3), Coffman (24-4), Davidson (22-6) and Thomas Worthington (16-12) and ahead of Worthington Kilbourne (8-20), Central Crossing (4-24) and Westland (0-28).

In the first three rounds, the Panthers averaged 342 with a best of 331. Coach Russ Edgington said he and the team spent some time in the past few weeks talking about taking the right mindset into the postseason.

"I told the team that the final OCC tournament provided them an opportunity to demonstrate what they are capable of and they went out and played pretty well," Edgington said.

Tony Callendar (73), John Hilditch (76) and Joe Bucci (79) gave Darby three golfers who broke 80.

Darby will return to Darby Creek on Wednesday for a Division I sectional. Darby shares a 10:32 a.m. tee time with Franklin Heights, Westland and Kilbourne.

Callendar and Hilditch will lead the team into the postseason after leading Darby with 81 averages in OCC play. Both have postseason experience. Callendar was the lone junior on a team last year that finished seventh at state. Hilditch played in the sectional last year as Darby shot a 318 at Darby Creek to finish fourth to Watterson (302).

•Davidson won the final round of the OCC-Central led by a career-best 69 by Matt Renner, who took medalist honors. The performance also gave him a 72.62 average in the four rounds of the OCC-Central tournament, which was the best of any competitors in the league.

"You can apply every sports cliché possible to Matt Renner's awesome feat," coach Monte Rhoden said. "But the bottom line is that he is incredibly disciplined mentally and he has that fire inside to compete."

Renner was one of four Wildcats to break 80 in the final round of the tournament. Brody Bower was second with a 75 followed by Matt Odierna and Clay Rice with 79s.

The Wildcats will play Wednesday in the sectional at the Players Club. They share a 10:20 a.m. tee time with Canal Winchester and Grove City.

Renner and Odierna were on the postseason roster last year and helped Davidson shoot a 320 to finish second in the sectional at the Players Club behind Dublin Jerome (294). Renner shot a team-best 74 and Odierna shot an 87.

The Wildcats played at the Players Club for the third round of the OCC-Central tournament Sept. 3 and shot a 333. Renner led that day with a 75.

Thomas is the only league rival the Wildcats will face in the sectional. The Cardinals shot a 323 in the third round of the OCC-Central tournament to finish better than Davidson. Jerome also will be there. The defending state champion Celtics shot a 288 there Aug. 13. The top four teams and four individuals not on a qualifying team from each sectional will qualify to the district tournament Oct. 7 at Apple Valley.

"We like our chances at the sectional," Rhoden said. "Outside of Dublin Jerome it looks like a toss-up for six schools."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Darby and Davidson boys golf teams and Darby girls golf team:

DARBY BOYS

Sept. 3 -- Finished fifth (351) to champion Upper Arlington (304) in third round of OCC-Central tournament

Sept. 6 -- Finished 16th (339) to champion Mount Vernon (289) in Kent Miller Invitational

Sept. 9 -- Finished third (170) behind Watterson (148) and DeSales (167)

Sept. 10 -- Finished third (161) behind Davidson (148) and Dublin Scioto (158) and ahead of Lancaster (162) and Westerville Central (166)

Sept. 17 -- Finished fourth (310) to champion Davidson (302) in fourth round of OCC-Central tournament

Sept. 18 -- Lost to DeSales 159-171

Last Saturday -- Finish seventh (339) to champion Dublin Coffman (310) in Howlett Invitational

Last Monday -- Played Lancaster

Last Tuesday -- Played Mount Vernon and Olentangy

Last Wednesday -- Played Teays Valley

Saturday -- At Hilliard Invitational at Heritage

Wednesday -- At Division I sectional at Darby Creek

Of note: The Panthers finished fifth at 13-15 in the OCC-Central.

DAVIDSON BOYS

Sept. 3 -- Finished fourth (333) in third round of OCC-Central tournament

Sept. 4 -- Finished third (175) behind Grove City (162) and Reynoldsburg (171)

Sept. 6 -- Finished 15th (334) in Kent Miller Invitational

Sept. 9 -- Lost to Olentangy Orange 162-166

Sept. 10 -- Finished first (148) ahead of Scioto (158), Darby (161), Lancaster (162) and Westerville Central (166)

Sept. 17 -- Finished first (302) ahead of runner-up UA (303) in final round of OCC-Central tournament

Last Saturday -- Finished fifth (326) in Howlett Invitational

Today -- At Heritage vs. Pickerington North and DeSales

Saturday -- At Hilliard Invitational

Wednesday -- At Division I sectional at Players Club

Of note: The Wildcats finished third at 22-6 in the OCC-Central.

DARBY GIRLS

Sept. 3 -- Finished third (192) behind DeSales (173) and Gahanna (177) at Mentel Memorial

Sept. 8 -- Finished fourth (207) in four-team meet at Scioto Reserve behind champion Marysville (163)

Sept. 9 -- Finished fourth (400) in third round of the OCC-Ohio tournament at Bent Tree behind champion Pickerington North (334)

Sept. 11 -- Finished second (186) at Glennross behind Watterson (153) and ahead of Olentangy Liberty (187) and Olentangy (188)

Sept. 18 -- Finished first (199) ahead of Pickerington Central (219) and Westerville Central (225) at Turnberry

Last Monday -- Played Gahanna and Worthington Kilbourne at Tartan East

Last Wednesday -- Played in fourth round of OCC-Ohio tournament at Mill Creek

Today -- At Mentel Memorial vs. Watterson

Monday -- At Division I sectional at Mill Creek. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 7 at Bent Tree.

Of note: The Panthers were fourth at 6-9 in the OCC-Ohio behind first-place Pickerington North (15-0) before last Wednesday.