Marysville High School golfer Morgan Tarrant needed to work a little longer to earn a return trip to the boys Division I district tournament.
Tarrant made a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, the par 4 No. 10, in the Darby Creek sectional Oct. 1 to earn an individual qualifying berth for district, which will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Apple Valley.
Tarrant (76) will join Westerville South's Justin Arens (73) and teammate Jevon Knox (75) at district, as the top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced from sectional.
"I definitely felt pressure," Tarrant said. "The second shot is the most key, as long as you put yourself close enough to have a decent chance to birdie."
Tarrant, a junior, beat out Hilliard Bradley's Cody Storch and Grove City's Gavin Gensler for the final district-qualifying spot.
"It's an awesome opportunity," coach Anthony Given said. "It's great for our community, it's great for our school system to have two of our top five golfers being able to get out and go to district."
Tarrant shot a 35 on the front nine during regulation but 41 on the back nine, forcing the playoff.
"It just speaks volumes of the way Morgan played golf all year," Given said. "If he had something happen pressure-wise in his round, he would come out and do something great."
Knox, a junior, will be competing in his first district tournament.
"I haven't been there before so it's great having a teammate there with me," he said. "I just played with no pressure."
Knox was consistent throughout the day, as he shot 37 on the front nine and 38 on the back.
Marysville just missed a qualifying berth as a team. The top three squads advanced, and the Monarchs finished fourth (314) in the 13-team sectional behind New Albany (299), Dublin Coffman (304) and Olentangy Liberty (307).
Also playing for Marysville at sectional were Wyatt Tarrant (80), Mark Milholland (83) and Andrew Balsiger (83).
At district, the top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Last season at district, Tarrant shot an 83 as Thomas Worthington's Curtis Salmans (73), Reynoldsburg's Darnell Ellis (74) and Pickerington North's Scot Sapp (75) earned state berths.
Edgar earns spot in girls district tourney
Senior girls golfer MacKenzie Edgar earned her fourth district berth after shooting an 83 in the Mentel Memorial sectional Oct. 1.
The Monarchs just missed a qualifying berth as a team, finishing fourth (353) in the 11-team sectional behind Coffman (302), Watterson (343) and Westerville Central (348).
The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 8, at The Links at Groveport.
Also playing for Marysville at sectional were Emily Hunt (90), Deanna DeHoff (90), Abby Ketterman (90) and Emma Romine (93).
"We, as a team, are very disappointed that we didn't reach our goal of making the district this year," coach Bill Romine said. "With that being said, we had a very successful season with the girls playing some really good golf. I'm very proud of them and sad for them because they didn't reach their goal. Hopefully, this will drive the returning players to work hard in the offseason to get back to the district next year."
Grove City's Makenzie Torres (75) and Hartley's Salmika Wairegi (84) were the other individual qualifiers to district, where the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
"It would mean a lot because there are a lot of great girls that I would be competing against at district," Edgar said of advancing to state. "It would mean a ton if I could go."
Last season, Marysville advanced to district as a team and finished ninth (385) behind champion Coffman (314), as Edgar shot a 90.
As a sophomore, Edgar shot a 101 at district as Marysville finished eighth. As a freshman, Edgar shot a 99 as the Monarchs were fifth.
"I'm very excited for her and it is well deserved," Romine said of Edgar. "She is a very good golfer and a great girl. She was very upset that her team did not make it out with her, but she realized that she posted a score that will allow her to move on to district and, with a great day and a little luck, get to state. She has the game to do this. She just needs to put 18 holes together."
Football team to play Thomas
The football team will visit Thomas on Friday, Oct. 11, for an OCC-Central Division contest.
The Monarchs were 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the league before playing Liberty on Oct. 4.
Marysville was looking to bounce back from its first loss, a 31-28 setback at Coffman on Sept. 27.
Linebacker Dalton Maynard's 35-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1 minute, 42 seconds remaining helped the Shamrocks secure the win.
Marysville quarterback Matt Mullholland connected with wide receiver Desmond Johnson on a 14-yard score in the final minute to pull the Monarchs within 31-28.
Marysville recovered the ensuing onside kickoff, but could not score.
Mulholland completed 34 of 66 passes for 353 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions, and wide receiver Jimmy Applegate caught 13 passes for 167 yards.
"We made some mistakes that we haven't made all year long defensively, which cost us about 14 points," coach Morgan Cotter said. "Offensively, we looked really good. We had four turnovers, but a couple of them were (just like) punts."
Thomas was 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the league before playing Coffman on Oct. 4.
The Cardinals defeated Westland 76-32 on Sept. 27. Quarterback Danny Gordon completed 12 of 13 passes for 262 yards and four touchdowns, and running back Tony Harvard rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns.
"Thomas is scoring points and they have real nice athletes," Cotter said. "They're greatly improved. It's a team that we definitely have to go in with a great game plan and the kids have to be ready to play."
Girls soccer team preparing for tourney
The girls soccer team is 8-5-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the OCC-Central as it prepares to play host to Hilliard Davidson on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
The Monarchs will play host to Olentangy on Thursday, Oct. 10, before preparing for the Division I district tournament, which begins Oct. 15.
Marysville defeated Central Crossing 11-0 on Sept. 30, as forward Abby Jaggers and midfielder Aubree Lewis each scored three goals.
Tennis team wins sixth-place tourney
The girls tennis team won the first OCC sixth-place tournament Sept. 28, scoring 16 points to finish ahead of Delaware (7), host Newark (7) and Canal Winchester (5).
Marysville won eight of 10 matches, including four titles. Champions were Katie Martin at second singles, Regan Yoakam at third singles, Haley Willoughby and Taylor Shirk at first doubles and Sammie Hunt and Mikayla Knox at second doubles.
The Monarchs competed in a Division I sectional tournament Oct. 3 at Davidson. Play was suspended because of bad weather and was scheduled to resume Oct. 5.
Finishing 1-1 were Megan Marsh and Yoakam in singles and Willoughby and Shirk in doubles.
Before play was suspended, Martin earned a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Hilliard Bradley's Deepthi Nacharaju and Hunt and Knox defeated Grove City's Lauren Singleton and Rachel Henricksen 7-5, 6-2.