Morgan and Wyatt Tarrant are channeling their competitive nature into leading the Marysville High School boys golf team.
The sophomore twins, along with junior Andrew Balsiger, are big reasons why the Monarchs are optimistic as the postseason approaches.
"The season is going pretty good," Wyatt said. "There have been a couple bad rounds here and there, but there really isn't much to complain about. You can't really be on every day."
The twins began golfing at a relatively older age, as their father, Steve, took them to Blues Creek in Marysville before entering seventh grade. They played for the golf team at Bunsold Middle School before joining the high school team last year.
"They were scoring pretty well when they were in middle school, so I knew when they were coming into high school there was good potential in them playing," coach Anthony Given said. "I didn't know they would play varsity last year, which was a good surprise. This year they're playing pretty well, right about the same level as they were last year. They've shot a few rounds under par and a few rounds even."
Before playing in the fourth and final OCC-Central Division tournament Sept. 20 at The Players Club at Foxfire, each had a 39 average for nine holes. Wyatt had a season-best 34 and Morgan's best score was 35.
"Most of the time, Wyatt and I play together," Morgan said. "There is always some sort of competition."
Marysville will compete Oct. 2 in a Division I sectional tournament at Darby Creek. The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the district tournament Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
Marysville is seeded 16th in the sectional field behind top-seeded Pickerington North, which will play in the Granville Golf Course sectional.
Fifth-seeded Dublin Coffman is the highest seed at Darby Creek.
"I really like our draw," Given said. "Being here at Darby Creek, it's close. We know the course. If I can get the guys to score like they can there's no reason we shouldn't be in contention as maybe the fourth team out. Crazy things happen on sectional day. Good teams can play bad and mediocre teams can play good. We've shown throughout the season that our guys can shoot well, it's to get them to shoot well at the same time."
Last season, Marysville was fifth (328) in the Darby Creek sectional behind champion Coffman (296). Big Walnut (324) earned the fourth district berth.
Morgan led the Monarchs with an 80 and Wyatt had an 84.
Morgan and Pickerington Central's Shane Eltzroth tied for the final individual-qualifying berth, with Eltzroth earning the spot after winning a playoff hole.
Chris Grady (82), Rob Balsiger (82) and Andrew Bergadine (88), all 2012 graduates, rounded out Marysville's scoring.
Andrew and Rob Balsiger are brothers.
The twins hope to better their sectional scores and earn district berths.
"My main key to getting out of sectionals is being consistent," Morgan said. "Last year a few bad holes ruined my round."
"I think with the draw we have a pretty good chance of going out," Wyatt said. "Last season's experience helped a lot."
The twins and Andrew Balsiger, who had a 41 average before Sept. 20, have secured the top three spots on the team. However, Given still was looking for his fourth and fifth golfers as the sectional approached.
Sophomore Luke Morse and freshmen Blake Kaffenbarger, Devon Knox and Mark Milholland have been competing for the positions, according to Given.
"We're young and we have plenty of years to grow and have a lot of fun," he said.
Football squad earns first win
The football team was looking to build on its first win when it played Coffman on Sept. 21.
The visiting Monarchs defeated Westland 51-14 on Sept. 14 in the OCC-Central opener.
Marysville plays at Olentangy Liberty on Friday, Sept. 28.
Liberty was 3-1 and eighth in the Division I, Region 3 computer rankings before playing Upper Arlington on Sept. 21. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
Last season, Marysville defeated Liberty 25-22 when both were members of the OCC-Cardinal.
The Patriots lead the series 3-1.
"Liberty is solid," coach Morgan Cotter said. "They always have athletes. Coach (Steve) Hale does a great job coaching them up, putting them in a good position. Liberty, year in and year out, is a team you have to watch out for. They're playing pretty good football."
Against Westland, Joey Cunningham ran back the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown, Kyle Hites scored on a 51-yard fake punt and Nick Mazza blocked a punt and scored on a 4-yard return.
Hites added a touchdown run of 78 yards and touchdown passes of 26 yards to Kody Davisson and 33 yards to Mazza.
Hites rushed for 161 yards on 16 carries and completed 10 of 16 passes for 159 yards.
Davisson rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
"It was a lot of fun," Cotter said. "It was good to see the kids come out on the victory side. They've worked hard. It was definitely a big reward. They're still working their tails off to put themselves in a good position. We've had good weeks of practices."
Cross country teams win invitational
The boys cross country team won the Marysville Invitational on Sept. 15, scoring 15 points to finish ahead of runner-up Grove City (63). The Monarchs finished in the top six positions.
Alec Sandusky (17 minutes, 20.2 seconds) won and was followed by Michael Coffey (17:39.6), Aaron Cingle (17:59.3), Nathan Wasik (18:05.3), Josh Brady (18:05.6) and T.J. Borawski (18:05.8).
The girls team tied Grove City for first with 41 points but was awarded the title on a tiebreaker as the team's sixth runner, Jesse Kmietsch (23:48.4), finished ahead of Grove City's sixth runner, Destiny Camp (25:19.7).
Beth Miller was fifth (22:17.5), followed by Ashley Zani (eighth, 22:34.5), Nicole Lindsey (ninth, 22:39.5), Samantha Weingates (15th, 23:17.9) and Riley Nelson (16th, 23:33.2).
"Our runners turned in really great times, and our course is known as a slow course," coach Tom Borawski said. "Over half ran personal bests. The boys have been running well so far. I did not think times were going to be that good due to the tough week I put them through. This is a strong and focused team that shows improvement every week.
"The girls team held on to pull out a close victory. This race showed the importance of that sixth runner, with Jessie Kmietsch serving in that role. The girls are now seeing their hard work begin to pay off. Both teams are where they should be this time of the season. We have a ways to go, but this meet gave us a big lift."