Ashley Au and Riley Dean may have shot eye-popping numbers in the third round of the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament, but the two standouts on the Olentangy Orange High School girls golf team didn't want the focus to be on their performances.

Ashley Au and Riley Dean may have shot eye-popping numbers in the third round of the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament, but the two standouts on the Olentangy Orange High School girls golf team didn't want the focus to be on their performances.

Despite Au shooting a program-record 66 and Dean adding a 68 on Aug. 30 at Westchester, they said the 80 turned in by Brittany Miller was the performance that carried the Pioneers to a 301-303 win over five-time defending state champion Dublin Jerome.

"Brittany wasn't feeling well at all and still shot an 80," Au said. "That was big for us, and I'm surprised she was even out there."

"Brittany was a real trooper out there when we needed her most," Dean said. "Thanks to her effort, we won. I really don't think I would have been out there playing if I had felt like she did."

The victory gave the Pioneers (20-1) the edge over Jerome (19-2) heading into the final round Sept. 19 at Royal American. Olentangy is third (15-6), followed by Liberty (12-9), New Albany (9-12), Delaware (6-15), Big Walnut (3-18) and Dublin Scioto (0-21).

"I know both Ashley and Riley are able to put up numbers like that, but it's still pretty crazy to see," coach Cari DeAngelis said. "Ashley is making birdies and her putting is on point.

"Riley has been striking the ball well and hitting a ton of greens. It always helps your game when you hit a lot of greens."

Emily Fisher had an 87 and Rachael Nobile added an 89 to round out the Pioneers' competitors at Westchester.

Au leads the OCC-Cardinal with a 71.3 average and Dean is second at 73.

Orange and Jerome have finished first or second in all three rounds of league play. Orange won the first round 329-337 on Aug. 10 at The Links at Groveport, and Jerome won the second round 315-329 on Aug. 16 at Mental Memorial.

"We definitely have fun playing against (the Celtics)," Au said. "We know they are good. They have won five straight state championships, but it's fun to see how you can do against a team like that."

Not only has Jerome won state titles, but it has earned eight consecutive OCC-Cardinal championships. It has won league titles in 11 of its 12 seasons as a program.

"We love Jerome and we're friends with some of the girls on the team," Dean said. "It's competitive and even through we're friends, you still want to beat them."

Boys runners finish nearly perfect

Hunter Moore won the dual race with Kings Mills Kings on Sept. 3 in 16 minutes, 4 seconds to lead the boys cross country team to a near-perfect score.

The Pioneers scored 16 points against Kings (45) in the Duals at DeWine Manor in Cedarville. The event pitted four central Ohio teams against four southwestern Ohio teams in a head-to-head format instead of an eight-team race.

A perfect score in cross country is 15, with the five scorers finishing in the top five positions, and Orange earned four of the top five spots.

Following Moore were Jackson Schiefelbein (second, 16:37), Brandon Lane (third, 16:45), Andrew Schroff (fourth, 16:46), Matt Hartzell (sixth, 17:03), Josh Brooks (eighth, 17:26) and Tyler King (ninth, 17:32).

The girls team lost to Beavercreek 23-33 as Allison Guagenti was second (20:06), followed by Lindsey Ott (fourth, 20:15.2), Zoe Bond (seventh, 20:37.3), Grace Frye (ninth, 21:00.7), Kayel Pugazhenthi (19th, 22:25.1), Elizabeth Schneider (21st, 22:31.8) and Paige Benecke (22nd, 22:38.2).

Doubles team wins first seven matches

The senior doubles team of Mary Damko and Isabella Prislusky won its first seven matches for the girls tennis team, which was 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Buckeye before playing Olentangy on Sept. 6.

Damko and Prislusky have been taken to three games only twice this season. They defeated Columbus Academy's Deeksha Bathini and Lexis Hughes 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 in a 3-2 loss to the Vikings on Aug. 24. They won 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 over Lexie Brengartner and Makayla Schaefer of Liberty in a 4-1 loss to the Patriots on Aug. 25 in league play.

Entering the week, Kortney Reed was 5-1 at second singles and Erin Storrer was 3-3 at first singles.

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