Marysville High School boys soccer coach Marc Kirsch hopes a late-season surge helps his team advance in the Division I district tournament.
Before closing the regular season against Jonathan Alder on Oct. 13, the Monarchs were unbeaten in their previous seven games.
Marysville is seeded 15th in the tournament and will play host to 24th-seeded Reynoldsburg in the second round Saturday, Oct. 20. Both teams have a first-round bye.
"I think we have a great shot of getting to the district final and seeing how things go from there," Kirsch said.
Marysville and Reynoldsburg last met in a district semifinal in 2008, with the Monarchs winning 3-2 in overtime.
"Reynoldsburg has a new coach (Justin Lewis), but they're a very physical team," Kirsch said. "They usually bring a good amount of pace. Our scorers match up pretty evenly with them. It will be a good challenge for the boys."
The winner will play seventh-seeded Westerville North, 22nd-seeded Watkins Memorial or 33rd-seeded Mount Vernon in a semifinal Oct. 24.
Marysville was 7-4-4 overall before playing Jonathan Alder and finished 3-2-2 in the OCC-Central Division.
"There's definitely games I'd like to have back that we should have won, but I'm definitely happy with the boys and their level of play and how we continue to get better," Kirsch said.
Marysville defeated Marion Harding 5-0 on Oct. 10. Ryan Husband scored two goals, and Drew Alleman, Alex Kallinicou and Cody Seiter each scored one.
Girls soccer team seeded 9th in district
The ninth-seeded girls soccer team has a first-round bye in the Division I district tournament and will play host to 13th-seeded Olentangy Orange or 32nd-seeded Newark in the second round Thursday, Oct. 18.
The winner plays seventh-seeded Dublin Scioto or 21st-seeded Hilliard Bradley in a semifinal Oct. 23.
"I think we're ready for the tournament," coach Jim Daugherty said. "With the schedule that we've played, (Dublin) Coffman, (Hilliard) Davidson, (Pickerington) North -- we play a difficult schedule, so they should be ready to face people."
Marysville closed the regular season by defeating Harding 12-0 on Oct. 10.
The Monarchs are 9-3-4 overall and finished 2-2-3 in the OCC-Central.
"It would have been nice to get one of those ties to be a win, but you can't really argue about only losing two in the league," Daugherty said.
Marysville closed league play by losing to Hilliard Davidson 4-2 on Oct. 8, ending a three-game winning streak.
Tarrant competes at district in golf
Sophomore boys golfer Morgan Tarrant closed his season by shooting 83 in the Division I district tournament Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
"It was a good experience," he said. "It would have been great to move on, but overall I'm happy with the season."
Individual qualifiers for state, which will be held Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Ohio State Scarlet Course, were Thomas' Curtis Salmans (73), Reynoldsburg's Darnell Ellis (74) and Pickerington North's Scott Sapp (75).
Qualifying teams were New Albany (298), Dublin Coffman (300) and Dublin Jerome (306).
"This was a great opportunity for Morgan and it was a great experience since he's only a sophomore," coach Anthony Given said. "We're really excited about next year. We get everyone back, so maybe we can make a run at getting here (to district) as a team."
Girls golf team competes at district
The girls golf team competed at district for the sixth consecutive season, finishing ninth (385) in the nine-team tournament Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek behind state-qualifiers Coffman (314) and Jerome (314).
MacKenzie Edgar (90), Abby Ketterman (96), Hannah Hunt (98), Emma Romine (101) and Deanna DeHoff (103) competed for Marysville.
"We played a little above our average (365), which was a little disappointing to the girls," coach Sue Wyman said. "They had hoped to place better than our eighth seeding. It was a great experience for our young team and they learned a great deal. We hope to have the opportunity to get to the district level again next year."
Football team to face Central Crossing
First-year football coach Morgan Cotter said he continues to see improvement in his team as the season winds down.
The Monarchs defeated Thomas Worthington 39-21 on Oct. 5.
"The hard work is definitely paying off," Cotter said. "Our kids are doing a great job working hard in practice. They're still doing a great job of taking coaching. It's really exciting. It's unfortunate that we got off to such a slow start, but it's exciting to see that they're still building on what we've been talking about since June."
The Monarchs visit Central Crossing on Friday, Oct. 19, before closing the season at home against Davidson on Oct. 26. Marysville was 2-5 overall and 2-2 in the OCC-Central before playing Upper Arlington on Oct. 12.
Central Crossing was 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the league before playing Thomas Worthington on Oct. 12.
The Monarchs and Comets last played in 2008, with Marysville winning 28-3.
Against Thomas, junior quarterback Kyle Hites scored on runs of 19 and 7 yards and connected with senior Kody Davisson for touchdown passes of 60 and 22 yards.
Senior Darren Spain added a 1-yard touchdown run, and junior Nick Mazza kicked field goals of 35 and 30 yards.
Hites completed 15 of 20 passes for 204 yards.
"It definitely makes us all think that the hard work is finally starting to pay off," Hites said. "We put in all the work during the summer ... and it's finally starting to pay off towards the end the season."
Through seven games, Hites had completed 76 of 128 passes for 898 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions. He also had rushed for 742 yards and five touchdowns on 121 carries.