Sure, the Olentangy Liberty High School boys golf team wanted to win the OCC-Cardinal Division championship, but the Patriots essentially considered that to be an unattainable goal with Dublin Jerome, the defending Division I state champion and winner of three state titles in the last four seasons, in the league.

Sure, the Olentangy Liberty High School boys golf team wanted to win the OCC-Cardinal Division championship, but the Patriots essentially considered that to be an unattainable goal with Dublin Jerome, the defending Division I state champion and winner of three state titles in the last four seasons, in the league.

Liberty is more than satisfied with being the OCC-Cardinal runner-up. The Patriots finished 22-6 in the league to place second behind Jerome (28-0) and ahead of Olentangy (20-8), Westerville North (12-16), Marysville (11-17), Westerville Central (10-18), Dublin Scioto (8-20) and Westerville South (0-28).

"Jerome is a very good team," coach Ryan Snivley said. "That's all I can say. (Placing second) was our goal all year. But even though we were just going for second, the kids were very focused on accomplishing that goal. They were competitive."

Perhaps the most satisfying part about placing second for the Patriots was the fact that they finished ahead of Olentangy.

"That was one of our goals," Snivley said. "We're just very competitive with each other."

Liberty, which had won OCC-Capital titles the last two seasons, shot a 321 in the final round of the league tournament Sept. 17 at Granville to place third behind Jerome (288) and Olentangy (314) and ahead of Central (335), Scioto (340), North (352), Marysville (362) and South (365). Tanner Pontius shot a 3-over-par 75 to lead the Patriots.

Jon McMahan averaged a team-best 76.25 strokes over the four rounds to make second-team all-league. Pontius (77.75) also made second-team all-league, with Andrew Eckhardt (80), Alex Rovder (81) and Alex Eppley (82.5) receiving honorable mention.

Liberty will compete in the Division I sectional Wednesday at Granville, with the top four teams and top four individuals on non-qualifying teams advancing to district Oct. 7 at Apple Valley.

Three of the district's top six seeds -- Pickerington North (2), St. Charles (4) and Upper Arlington (6) -- will be among the 13 teams at the sectional site.

"Our next goal is to get the team to district, which seems very attainable," Snivley said. "The three teams that are a lock to get out (to district) are Upper Arlington, Pickerington North and St. Charles. I see us being the fourth-best team there. I see DeSales as our toughest competition (for the final district-qualifying spot), and possibly Gahanna."

Liberty has qualified for district as a team only once, in 2006, since moving to Division I in 2004. The Patriots last season were ninth of 12 teams at the Granville sectional, though McMahan qualified individually for district.

•Olentangy had to settle for third in the OCC-Cardinal mainly because it couldn't overcome its first-round performance.

The Braves shot a 337 on Aug. 13 at the Players Club at Foxfire to place fifth. They finished third (301) in the second round Aug. 18 at Darby Creek, second (309) in the third round Sept. 3 at Apple Valley and second in the final round.

"I'm pretty happy with the way we finished," coach Joel Glassburn said. "(Placing second) was one of our goals this year because first was probably out of our reach. Unfortunately, we didn't start off well. We dug ourselves too deep of a hole."

Taylor Harle (77.25) and Kyle Richardson (78) made second-team all-league and Zach Baker (80) and Matt Huter (80.5) received honorable mention. Baker led the Braves in the final round with a 77.

Olentangy will compete in the Division I sectional Wednesday at the Players Club. Among the 13 teams at the sectional is top-seeded Jerome.

"We know we're more than capable of playing with them," Glassburn said. "We gave them a scare in the third round at Apple Valley. I asked the players where they feel the most comfortable going and they said Players Club even though even though we had our highest round (in the OCC-Cardinal tournament) there.

"I think we have a really good chance to get out (to district)."

Olentangy has not qualified for district as a team since 2003.

•Orange finished sixth in the OCC-Capital at 6-18 behind Mount Vernon (24-0), New Albany (20-4), Big Walnut (13-11), Watkins Memorial (11-13) and Delaware (10-14) and ahead of Franklin Heights (0-24).

The Pioneers shot a 346 in the final round Sept. 17 at the Players Club to finish sixth behind Mount Vernon (308), New Albany (315), Big Walnut (321), Delaware (331) and Watkins Memorial (341) and ahead of Franklin Heights (460).

John Jones and Tanner Onesko shot 13-over-par 85s. Marcus Carroll had a team-best 82.5 average over the four rounds.

"I don't know what I expected (in the OCC-Capital tournament)," coach Mark Corica said. "I knew Mount Vernon was very good and that New Albany was an excellent team, but I didn't know about Delaware, Big Walnut and Watkins Memorial. We were able to compete with all three of those teams this year. We even beat them at times this year. But we didn't beat them consistently enough."

Orange competed in the Division II sectional last Tuesday at the Players Club. The top four teams and top four individuals on non-qualifying teams advanced to district Monday at Cumberland Trail.

The Pioneers were seeded fifth in the district behind Granville, Bexley, Marion Pleasant and Buckeye Valley.