With all five of its participants averaging 90 or better during the four rounds of the OCC-Ohio Division tournament, the Pickerington High School North girls golf team earned a second consecutive perfect record in league play.
The Panthers, who now have won six league titles in eight seasons, shot 331 to win the final round of the league Sept. 10 at Mentel Memorial.
That score helped North go 28-0 in the OCC-Ohio, ahead of Thomas Worthington (20-8), Upper Arlington (18-10), Canal Winchester (16-12), Hilliard Davidson (15-13), Gahanna (11-17), Lancaster (3-25) and Hilliard Darby (1-27).
Seniors Kristin Oliphant and Shayleigh Holbrook each shot 79 to share medalist honors during the final round of the league tournament.
Oliphant finished second in the OCC-Ohio in overall stroke average at 79.75, behind Gahanna's Emily Hughes (75.75). Upper Arlington's Leah Mills (80.25), Holbrook (82.0) and Thomas Worthington's Sydney Kelly (82.66) rounded out the top five to make first-team all-league.
Also competing in league tournaments for North were freshman Lauryn Oliphant (87.25) and juniors Krista Moore (89.75) and Rachel Moore (90.0).
North will begin the postseason Oct. 1 in a Division I sectional at Westchester.
Central coach happy with work ethic
Central will begin the postseason Oct. 1 in a Division I sectional at Westchester.
The Tigers finished sixth (4-20) in the OCC-Cardinal behind Dublin Jerome (24-0), Olentangy Liberty (20-4), Olentangy (14-10), Dublin Scioto (14-10) and New Albany (8-16) and ahead of Olentangy Orange (0-24).
Central shot 385 to place sixth in the final round of the league tournament Sept. 10 at Oakhaven as Jerome was first (287).
Junior Emma Duncan averaged 86 in league play to make second-team all-league. Senior Christina Conley averaged 94.5 to make the third team.
"I have a very hard-working team that really wants to be good," coach Mary Ann Wharton said.
"They work hard on the course and in the classroom. (The) players are constantly trying to improve. I remind the girls that it's the girls against the golf course. You have to focus and do the best you can. When the girls play relaxed and have fun, they do well."
Other key players for the Tigers have been junior Morgan Terbovich and sophomores Kiera Harper and Caitlin Tarr.
"All I want them to do is just go out and give me the best you've got on every shot, and we'll worry about the strokes when we're done," Wharton said.
"We'll total them up and whatever it is, it is. When we relax and play, I think we will be a pretty good team."