The St. Charles Preparatory School boys golf team hopes to live up to the praise bestowed upon it by area coaches, who voted the Cardinals as the top seed for the Division I sectional tournament Tuesday. The field of teams is divided between courses at Darby Creek, Granville Golf Club and The Players Club at Foxfire.

The St. Charles Preparatory School boys golf team hopes to live up to the praise bestowed upon it by area coaches, who voted the Cardinals as the top seed for the Division I sectional tournament Tuesday. The field of teams is divided between courses at Darby Creek, Granville Golf Club and The Players Club at Foxfire.

St. Charles earned the top seed over other league champions after cruising through CCL play at 10-0 and breaking Watterson's streak of 11 consecutive CCL titles.

"I wanted to make sure it's a paper ranking," said St. Charles coach Anthony Mampieri, whose team tees off at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Granville. "I'm pretty sure this is the first time it's ever happened (St. Charles being the top seed). I don't know if I would have voted that way, but it's definitely an honor."

Dublin Jerome, which finished second at state last year to Cincinnati St. Xavier, was seeded second, with Mount Vernon, Dublin Coffman and Pickerington North rounding out the top five.

The top four teams and top four individuals on non-qualifying teams from the Darby Creek sectional and top three teams and top three individuals on non-qualifying teams from the Granville and Players Club sectionals advance to the district tournament Oct. 13 at Apple Valley.

Among the teams joining St. Charles at Granville are OCC-Capital Division champion Mount Vernon, OCC-Capital runner-up Watkins Memorial and CCL runner-up Watterson. Watkins Memorial is seeded sixth.

Also at Granville is a Newark team led by Garrett Williams, who shot a 7-over-par 79 at Granville last year to advance to district as an individual.

Rounding out the teams at the site are Centennial, Dresden Tri-Valley, Gahanna, Lancaster, Marysville, Newark, Reynoldsburg and Zanesville. Northland's Vinny Chanthovong and Eric Crabtree also will compete.

•Headlining the Darby Creek sectional are OCC-Central champion Coffman, OCC-Ohio champion Pickerington North and Olentangy Orange, which is seeded ninth. The three teams will play as a group, teeing off at 9:12 a.m.

North, which won its fifth consecutive OCC-Ohio title at 24-0, beating out runner-up Pickerington Central (19-5), won the Granville sectional last year with a 302. Upper Arlington (304), St. Charles (304) and Olentangy Liberty (314) also advanced.

Not only has North established a winning tradition since becoming a program in 2003, but it advanced to district each of its first six seasons.

"These five young guys really felt the pressure of the tradition that's been established at North," North coach Casey Milligan said. "They didn't want to be the team that lost the championship. I don't know if I buy into tradition stuff like some, but (tradition) was part of (winning the league championship)."

Coffman, which won the OCC-Central at 20-0 ahead of runner-up Upper Arlington (16-4), won the Darby Creek sectional last year. The Shamrocks shot a 298 to advance to district along with Watterson (301), Mount Vernon (317) and Central (318).

Coffman's Thomas Dunne returns after shooting a 2-under-par 70 to earn medalist honors a year ago. He is the OCC-Central Player of the Year.

The field at Darby Creek also includes Delaware. The Pacers' Matt Mosca advanced to district as an individual last year by shooting a 75 at the site.

Also competing at Darby Creek will be Central, Columbus West, Dublin Scioto, Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby, Groveport, Olentangy, Westerville North, Westerville South and Whitehall.

•Jerome tees off at 11 a.m. at The Players Club in a group with seventh-seeded New Albany and eighth-seeded Westerville Central.

Jerome returned Jared Howard and Chad Merzbacher from a year ago when it won The Players Club sectional with a 298. Also advancing were New Albany (323), Olentangy (329) and Hilliard Davidson (330).

Last year as a freshman, Merzbacher shot a 1-under-par 71 to earn medalist honors. He is the OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year this season, having helped Jerome win the league at 28-0 head of runner-up Olentangy Liberty (24-4).

Standings

Below are the final OCC boys golf standings:

OCC-Cardinal

Dublin Jerome 28-0

Olentangy Liberty 24-4

Westerville Central 19-9

Dublin Scioto 13-14-1

Olentangy 13-15

Westerville North 10-17-1

Marysville 3-25

Westerville South 1-27

OCC-Capital

Mount Vernon 22-2

New Albany 17-7

Watkins Memorial 17-7

Delaware 13-11

Olentangy Orange 11-13

Big Walnut 4-20

Hilliard Bradley 0-24

OCC-Central

Dublin Coffman 20-0

Upper Arlington 16-4

Hilliard Davidson 12-8

Thomas Worthington 7-13

Worthington Kilbourne 5-15

Hilliard Darby 0-20

OCC-Ohio

Pickerington North 24-0

Pickerington Central 19-5

Gahanna 12-12

Newark 11-13

Lancaster 9-15

Reynoldsburg 7-17

Groveport 0-24