Led by junior twins Morgan and Wyatt Tarrant, the Marysville High School boys golf team is preparing for what it hopes is a successful postseason run.
Coach Anthony Given said his team played consistent golf throughout the four OCC-Central Division tournaments while finishing fourth in the league at 15-13.
The Monarchs finished behind Dublin Coffman (28-0), Upper Arlington (23-5) and Olentangy Liberty (19-9) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (13-15), Thomas Worthington (10-18), Central Crossing (4-24) and Westland (0-28).
"Finishing fourth was great for us," Given said. "We played OK in our OCCs through the year. We could actually score better than what we have in most of our OCCs, but I don't think we could have finished any better than fourth."
Morgan Tarrant tied Thomas' Curtis Salmans and UA's Seth Brenneman for second with a 74.75 league average, behind Coffman's Nick Sparling (69).
Morgan Tarrant was first-team all-league and Wyatt Tarrant (77.75) was second-team all-league.
Marysville tied Liberty for fourth (325) in the final league tournament Sept. 16 at Turnberry, but won the tiebreaker by having a better fifth-player score. The Monarchs and Patriots finished behind Coffman (302), UA (304) and Davidson (322) and ahead of Thomas (329), Central Crossing (361) and Westland (396)
The tournament was rescheduled from Sept. 11 because of bad weather. Morgan Tarrant shot a 75, followed by Wyatt Tarrant (80), Jevon Knox (84), Mark Milholland (86) and Andrew Balsiger (86).
Marysville will compete in a Division I sectional Oct. 1 at Darby Creek. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.
The Monarchs are seeded 13th in the district, but the only better-seeded teams in their sectional are Coffman (third), New Albany (fourth) and Liberty (ninth).
"We're a dark horse," Given said of advancing to district. "Things have to happen for us to be able to get out. Our sectional draw gives us the best opportunity out of all (three sectional tournaments)."
Edgar leading girls golf team
Mackenzie Edgar of the girls golf team finished OCC-Capital play with an 81.25 average to lead the Monarchs.
She shot an 84 as Marys-ville finished third (361) in the final league tournament Sept. 10 at Westchester behind Coffman (291) and Worthington Kilbourne (352) and ahead of Westerville Central (364), Hilliard Bradley (363), Grove City (378), Westerville South (415) and Westerville North (558).
Abby Ketterman shot an 89, Emma Romine had a 90 and Deanna DeHoff shot a 98 for the Monarchs, who finished third (25-7) in the league behind Coffman (32-0) and Kilbourne (27-5).
Marysville is seeded sixth in the district and will play in a sectional Oct. 1 at Mentel Memorial. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at The Links at Groveport.
"Of course, all coaches would like a few more things, but having the sixth seed in the district and playing at Mentel, I think we feel comfortable there," coach Bill Romine said. "Mackenzie shot a season-low 74 there (Aug. 27). It gives an opportunity for us to get out and advance to district."
Football team to visit Coffman
The football team went 3-0 in non-league games and opened OCC-Central play Sept. 20 at home against Westland.
The Monarchs visit Coffman on Friday, Sept. 27. The Shamrocks, who were 1-2 before playing Davidson on Sept. 20, defeated Marysville 49-10 last season.
Marysville defeated visiting Dublin Scioto 30-28 on Sept. 13, rallying from a 21-7 deficit in the second quarter.
Marysville took the lead for good at 30-28 on quarterback Matt Mulholland's 28-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Applegate with 17 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Mulholland connected with Logan Roston for an 85-yard touchdown earlier in the quarter and finished 11 of 20 for 226 yards with an interception.
"One of our goals was to be 3-0," coach Morgan Cotter said. "If we were 2-1 coming out of those first three, I would have been OK with that, but we really thought we had an opportunity to make that run in those first three games. We just had to play well."
Through three games, Mulholland completed 54 of 94 passes for 607 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. Roston had 10 receptions for 235 yards and a touchdown, and running back Aron Mowery had 58 carries for 212 yards and three scores.
The Shamrocks lost at Canton McKinley 26-17 on Sept. 13. C.J. Saunders had a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and junior running back Dre Kendrick had a 6-yard scoring run.
"Coach (Mark) Crabtree does a great job getting his team ready," Cotter said of Coffman. "He has a young quarterback (Gunnar Hoak) that's only going to get better. Coach Crabtree and his staff do a great job in developing quarterbacks. He's going to be a lot better when he gets to game five against us than he was in games one, two and three.
"We really have to buckle down. We have to be ready for a program that knows how to win."
Girls tennis team defeats Delaware
The girls tennis team defeated host Delaware 3-2 on Sept. 16 behind victories from Katie Martin (6-2, 6-0 at second singles), Regan Yoakam (6-2, 6-2 at third singles) and Sammie Hunt and Mikayla Knox (6-4, 6-4 at second doubles).
The Monarchs are 10-5 overall and finished 2-5 in OCC-Central duals.
"The girls have maintained a positive attitude," coach John Merriman said. "(Delaware) beat us last year 5-0 and we managed a 3-2 win against a senior-laden squad. We should finish the season in a very competitive manner. ... The 10 wins establish a new standard for Marysville High School girls tennis."
Girls volleyball team falls to Davidson
The girls volleyball team lost at Davidson 22-25, 25-14, 24-26, 25-23, 15-8 on Sept. 17.
Middle blocker Monica Miller had 15 kills, outside hitter Veronica George had 11 kills, setter Anna McNabb had 26 assists and defensive specialist Abby Butler had 15 digs.
"Both teams played hard and smart, creating a lot of good rallies and battles back and forth," coach Jennifer Burton said.
"Our team stuck to our plan in our defense and found holes on offense. I was proud of the way they played in games one through four. In game five, we dropped off and started having several errors."
The Monarchs were 8-8 overall and 4-4 in the OCC-Central after defeating host Westland 17-25, 25-15, 25-22, 22-25, 20-18 on Sept. 19. Marysville had lost to Westland 25-22, 25-21, 24-26, 25-11 on Aug. 27.