Jon Wing is fulfilling a dream.
A 2005 Marysville High School graduate who played four years in the boys golf program, Wing now is leading the Monarchs as their coach.
"Being a golf coach is always something I've wanted to do," said Wing, who also played baseball and basketball for the Monarchs. "I played golf at Marysville when I was in high school and I always thought it would be something that I would like to do as far as helping players learn the game as well as dealing with all the other aspects of golf."
Wing replaced Anthony Given, who resigned following his third season. He also is an assistant boys basketball coach at Marysville, previously was an assistant baseball coach at Westerville North and is a first-year science teacher at Marysville.
He is counting on senior twins Morgan and Wyatt Tarrant to again lead the Monarchs.
"Morgan and Wyatt are great players and it's nice having their senior leadership to help with some of the younger guys," Wing said. "I always know that I have two scores that I can count on."
Last season, Morgan qualified for the Division I district tournament at Apple Valley and shot a 78 as Delaware's Grant Godfrey (73), St. Charles' Eddie O'Brien (73) and Dublin Coffman's Nick Sparling (74) advanced to state.
Marysville just missed a district-qualifying berth as a team, finishing fourth (314) in a 13-team sectional at Darby Creek as New Albany (299), Coffman (304) and Olentangy Liberty (307) moved on.
Wing said Morgan and Wyatt have competed for the top spot on the team in the early season, and he expects a tight competition throughout the year.
Senior Luke Morse is the other returning letterwinner.
The Tarrants led the Monarchs in the first two of four OCC-Central Division tournaments this season.
Morgan shot a 72 and Wyatt had a 76 as Marysville finished sixth (327) in the second league tournament Aug. 11 at Turnberry behind champion Upper Arlington (289).
Junior Blake Kaffenbarger (88) and seniors Drew Yutzy (91) and Ethan Shepherd (96) followed.
Marysville was fifth (329) in the first league tournament Aug. 7 at Clover Valley behind champion Liberty (310). Wyatt shot a 77, followed by Morgan (78), Shepherd (83), Yutzy (91) and sophomore Tyler Lewis (106).
Other golfers are senior Chris Hrytzik and junior Cole Jordan.
Senior Jevon Knox, who qualified for district last season, opted not to play this season.
Last season, the Monarchs went 15-13 in the league to finish fourth behind champion Coffman (28-0).
Girls golf team hopes to be balanced
Second-year girls golf coach Bill Romine is looking for a balanced effort.
Marysville finished third (345) in the first round of the OCC-Capital tournament Aug. 6 at Mentel Memorial, behind Coffman (293) and Worthington Kilbourne (338).
Junior Emma Romine, the coach's daughter, led the Monarchs with an 81. Senior Abby Ketterman (83) and juniors Deanna DeHoff (87), Emily Hunt (94) and Shruti Parashar (99) followed.
The Monarchs also were third (354) in the second round Aug. 12 at The Links at Groveport, behind Coffman (312) and Kilbourne (343). Romine shot an 82, followed by DeHoff and Parashar (90), Ketterman (92) and Hunt (96).
Senior Tristen Stover also is looking to contribute.
Last season, Marysville finished third (25-7) in the OCC-Capital behind Coffman (32-0) and Kilbourne (27-5).
"I have some experience this year," coach Romine said. "We have a strong junior class, so I look for good things. I look for us to contend for our league. No one is going to beat Dublin Coffman, but we're very capable of finishing second in our league and finishing in a top three at a sectional site to get to district. We have capable girls who can do well at district and who knows what could happen then if they're playing fairly well."
The Monarchs are looking to replace 2014 graduate MacKenzie Edgar, who was a four-time district qualifier. Last season, she shot an 85 in the district tournament at The Links at Groveport as Watterson's Erin Harper (72) and Gahanna's Emily Hughes (78) advanced to state individually.
Girls tennis team returns solid group
The girls tennis team should have a solid nucleus, as six of seven starters have returned.
The returnees include senior Megan Marsh, who is playing first singles. Also back are senior Katie Martin, who will play second singles, and junior Regan Yoakam, who will be at third singles.
Senior Mikayla Knox and junior Sammie Hunt played second doubles last season, and senior Taylor Shirk played first doubles with 2014 graduate Haley Willoughby.
"The girls understand our goals and provide leadership for our newcomers by example," second-year coach John Merriman said. "Our winning season last year gives the program a positive boost and more pride to the players. It also makes playing tennis a more attractive choice for incoming athletes."
Marysville, which finished 14-5 overall last season, defeated Kenton 4-1 on Aug. 13 at home then lost at Wapakoneta 5-0 on Aug. 14 to move to 2-1 before playing London on Aug. 15.
Winners against Kenton were Martin 6-0, 6-3 at second singles, Yoakam 6-0, 6-1 at third singles, Hunt and senior Kristin Langlois 6-2, 7-5 at first doubles and juniors Sarah Kreuz and Rachel Kuzma 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles.
The Monarchs opened by defeating Jonathan Alder 5-0 on Aug. 11 at home. Winners were Marsh 6-3, 6-1 at first singles, Martin 6-0, 6-0 at second singles, Yoakam 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) at third singles, Hunt and Shirk 6-4, 6-3 at first doubles and Langlois and senior Kelsey Wells 6-2, 6-2 at second doubles.
Merriman said Hunt and Knox eventually will play first doubles, with Shirk playing with Langlois or Wells at second doubles.
Last season, the Monarchs finished sixth (12 points, 2-5) in the OCC-Central behind champion UA (39, 7-0). They won (16) the OCC sixth-place tournament ahead of Delaware (7), Newark (7) and Canal Winchester (5).
"Our biggest goal is to try to climb higher in our conference," Merriman said. "We won our flight championship, but would like to move up a notch or two."
Aug. 7 -- OCC-Central at Clover Valley
Aug. 9 -- Steve Youmans Classic at Oakhaven
Aug. 11 -- OCC-Central at Turnberry
Aug. 12 -- North Union Invitational at Glenross
Aug. 13 -- Marysville Invitational at Darby Creek
Aug. 19 -- Bellefontaine at Darby Creek
Aug. 21 -- Olentangy Orange at The Lakes
Aug. 25 -- Columbus Academy at Clover Valley
Aug. 27 -- OCC-Central at Darby Creek
Sept. 2 -- Watterson at Darby Creek
Sept. 6 -- Hilliard Invitational at Darby Creek
Sept. 8 -- Dublin Scioto at Glenross
Sept. 10 -- OCC-Central at Apple Valley
Sept. 18 -- Dublin Scioto at Darby Creek
Sept. 23 -- Olentangy Orange at Darby Creek
Sept. 25 -- Hilliard Bradley at Darby Creek
Aug. 6 -- OCC-Capital at Mentel Memorial
Aug. 7 -- Lady Rocks Invitational at Little Turtle
Aug. 8 -- Pickerington North Panther Invitational at Turnberry
Aug. 11 -- Gahanna Invitational at Jefferson
Aug. 12 -- OCC-Capital at The Links at Groveport
Aug. 21 -- Dublin Coffman and Thomas Worthington at Darby Creek
Aug. 23 -- Midwest Golf Classic at Skyland Pines
Aug. 26 -- OCC-Capital at West-chester
Aug. 30 -- Thunderbird Invitational at Hawthorne Hills
Sept. 6 -- Bexley Invitational at Blacklick Woods
Sept. 9 -- OCC-Capital at Royal American
Sept. 11 -- Olentangy Liberty and Watterson at Darby Creek
Sept. 15 -- Pickerington North and Upper Arlington at Turnberry
Sept. 16 -- Dublin Coffman, Olentangy and Watterson at Riviera
Sept. 20 -- OSU Bye Day Invitational at Mentel Memorial
Sept. 22 -- Gahanna and Pickerington North at Darby Creek
Sept. 27 -- Marysville Invitational at Darby Creek
Oct. 4 -- Pickerington North Fall Classic at The Links at Groveport
Aug. 11 -- vs. Jonathan Alder
Aug. 13 -- vs. Kenton
Aug. 14 -- at Wapakoneta
Aug. 15 -- at London
*Aug. 19 -- at Westland
Aug. 20 -- vs. Westerville Central
Aug. 21 -- vs. Westerville North
Aug. 22 -- at Marion Harding
*Aug. 26 -- vs. Dublin Coffman
*Aug. 28 -- at Central Crossing
*Sept. 2 -- at Olentangy Liberty
*Sept. 4 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson
*Sept. 9 -- vs. Thomas Worthington
Sept. 10 -- vs. Grandview
*Sept. 11 -- vs. Upper Arlington
Sept. 15 -- vs. Delaware
Sept. 17 -- at Caledonia River Valley
Sept. 22 -- vs. Newark
Sept. 23 -- at Buckeye Valley
Sept. 25 -- at Grove City
Sept. 29 -- at Hilliard Darby