Girls golfers advance to district
Sophomore Abby Ketterman shot a 94 in the sectional to help the Marysville girls golf team advance to the Division I district tournament for the sixth consecutive season. The Monarchs will compete at district on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Cooks Creek. Buy This Photo
Sue Wyman has had many proud moments as coach of the Marysville High School girls golf team.
The latest came Oct. 2 when the Monarchs advanced to the Division I district tournament for the sixth consecutive season. Marysville shot a 365 in the nine-team sectional at Mentel Memorial to finish third behind Dublin Coffman (309) and Upper Arlington (351) and ahead of fourth-place Gahanna (374).
The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Cooks Creek.
"I was elated with tears in my eyes," Wyman said. "I've been emotional before because I've wanted it so bad for the girls every year. Your adrenalin gets so up that day that when it's finally a sigh of relief, you just feel that little bit of (tears)."
Junior MacKenzie Edgar led the Monarchs with an 85. Also competing were senior Hannah Hunt (89), sophomore Abby Ketterman (94) and freshmen Emma Romine (97) and Deanna DeHoff (106).
"Hannah is a senior, so that was a nice bonus for us having her play pretty good for the day," Wyman said. "MacKenzie has been my No. 1 golfer, so that's kind of her norm. She would have liked to have been a few strokes less, but it was a good round for Hannah. That was great."
The top two teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team at district advance to the state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
"We want to come out with the best score we've had the whole season," Wyman said. "We want to finish with a nice ending for the season."
Last season, Marysville (378) finished eighth in the nine-team district at Bent Tree behind champion Dublin Jerome (312).
Tess Fraser, a 2012 graduate, advanced to state individually last year by shooting a 74 at district to earn the first of two qualifying spots. Fraser, who is playing at Kent State University, went on to finish second (146) in the 36-hole state tournament behind Geneva's Danielle Nicholson (143).
Wyman is impressed with how well her team has played this season without Fraser.
"There is life after Tess," she said. "What's exciting is this is a young team, because we only have the one senior (Hunt)."
Tarrant earns district berth in boys golf
Sophomore Morgan Tarrant of the boys golf team advanced to the Division I district tournament Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Apple Valley.
Tarrant shot a 78 in the 14-team sectional Oct. 2 at Darby Creek to tie Big Walnut's T.J. Cowans for the final two district-qualifying spots.
Marysville shot a 326 to finish sixth behind champion Coffman (303). Rounding out the top five were Olentangy Liberty (312), Westerville North (320), Hilliard Davidson (323) and Lancaster (324).
The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district.
Also qualifying individually from the sectional site were Lancaster's Trevor Cohen (72) and Buckeye Valley's Clay Walter (75).
"Sectional went pretty well," Tarrant said. "I struggled a little bit starting the back nine but finished with birdies on two of my last three holes."
The top three individuals not on a qualifying team at district advance to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
"My goal for district is to make it to state," Tarrant said. "I have to stay consistent throughout the round and don't let nerves affect me."
Wyatt Tarrant, Morgan's twin brother, just missed forcing a playoff for a district berth as he shot a 79 at sectional. Wyatt Tarrant had a double bogey on the par-5 17th hole and made par on the par-4 18th.
Also competing at sectional were freshman Jevon Knox (83), junior Andrew Balsiger (86) and freshman Mark Milholland (89).
"I'm happy," coach Anthony Given said. "They scored a lot better than I was anticipating them scoring. They scored below their averages for the most part and gave us a shot (at qualifying for district as a team). We had a real good run at it. The scores we had there were very competitive."
Last season, Morgan Tarrant just missed earning a district berth as he tied Pickerington Central's Shane Eltzroth (80) for the final individual qualifying spot at the Darby Creek sectional, only to lose to Eltzroth in a one-hole playoff.
"One is better than none," Given said of Morgan Tarrant qualifying for district. "I know Wyatt would have liked to have been there, but to have both of them right there is a great place to be. Last year, Wyatt didn't have any shot at all and Morgan went to a playoff and didn't make it out."
Football team getting ready to face Bears
The football team will play host to Upper Arlington in an OCC-Central Division game on Friday, Oct. 12.
The teams last met in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 playoffs in 2008, with UA winning 28-16.
The Monarchs were 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Central before playing Thomas Worthington on Oct. 5. The Golden Bears were 3-3 and 2-1 before playing Davidson on Oct. 5.
"UA can score some points," coach Morgan Cotter said. "They have nice athletes in good spots, but I think we match up well with them up front. Our (offensive) line and (defensive) line are kind of our strengths right now, so hopefully we'll be able to match up well up front and then take advantage of that."
UA is led by senior running back Gus Ackley, who had 643 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on 75 carries through five games.
Marysville lost to Liberty 21-14 in an OCC-Central game on Sept. 28.
The contest was tied at 14 until Liberty running back Daryian Davies scored on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Kyle Hites led the Monarchs, completing 12 of 22 passes for 182 yards with an interception and rushing for 116 yards on 21 carries.
Nick Mazza kicked two field goals (18 and 25 yards) and fullback Austin Pfarr scored on a 1-yard run with Hites running for the two-point conversion.
"Our kids have done a good job all year long of wanting to come back and work," Cotter said. "It's just the type of kids that come through Marysville. They know what it takes to work hard and do those things. We just have to find a way to become more consistent and be a little more disciplined in some things that we do, but we're on our way."
Through six games, Hites had completed 61 of 108 passes for 694 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions and had rushed for 671 yards and three touchdowns on 104 carries.
Boys soccer team defeats Comets
The boys soccer team won its second consecutive OCC-Central game by defeating host Central Crossing 4-0 on Oct. 2.
Luke Kisor, Cody Seiter and Drew Alleman scored for the Monarchs and the other goal was an own goal by the Comets. Goalkeepers Cory Mankins and Brandon Sabido combined to make five saves.
The Monarchs, who are 3-2-1 in the OCC-Central, conclude league play Monday, Oct. 8, at home against Davidson.
"The boys are really playing well together," coach Marc Kirsch said. "The team chemistry has been great this year and all the boys seem to be motivated to play for each other.
"The slight changes in style and formation that we made a few games ago are allowing our players to have more space to create opportunities to attack. The effort has always been there. Now they are playing well as a team and finishing their opportunities. Our defense has tightened up, too."