Caleb Davern has been riding a hot streak for the Central Crossing High School boys golf team.
The junior shot a 65 on Sept. 13 to earn medalist honors in the fourth and final round of the OCC-Central Division tournament at Darby Creek.
That kind of low score has become commonplace for Davern, who was OCC-Central Player of the Year for the second consecutive season with a 69.0 average.
"My confidence level is pretty high," he said. "I didn't have the best summer, but I'm playing well now. My (strong points have been my) irons and wedges and hitting (shots) from 160 yards in, and I've been putting the ball pretty close to the holes. I've been in a pattern of shooting good numbers and things come naturally when you're doing that."
Davern shot 74 in the first round Aug. 8 at Apple Valley, 72 in the second round Aug. 14 at Turnberry and 65 in the third round Aug. 30 at Clover Valley. His 69.0 average was the lowest in the five OCC divisions.
The Players of the Year in the other divisions were Olentangy Liberty's Cole Corder (72.0; OCC-Buckeye), Dublin Jerome's Ethan Snider (73.25; OCC-Cardinal), Big Walnut's Michael Ford (74.75; OCC-Capital) and Pickerington North's Josh Tasney (75.25; OCC-Ohio).
Upper Arlington's Matthew Cramer (75.5) was second in the OCC-Central.
"Golf is a fickle game and it comes in waves," Comets coach Justin Prati said. "You see that on the PGA Tour. Sometimes you're hot and sometimes you're not.
"When Caleb's hot, he stays hot and puts the hammer down. He's aggressive and doesn't sit back and wait on things. He wants to be in the best field playing against the best guys in central Ohio. That competition drives him."
In his last three tournaments, Davern has averaged 66 to take medalist honors in all three events. He had 65s in the third and fourth rounds of league play and shot 68 in the Grove City Invitational on Sept. 9 at Hickory Hills.
Davern said his success comes from hard work on his game, rain or shine.
"I lift six days a week and practice every day for about eight hours," said Davern, who is home-schooled. "If it rains, I have an indoor facility at my grandmother's (Sue Park) house where I can look at my swing in mirrors and watch video to help me improve.
"I wake up at 5 (a.m.) on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and lift at (Dublin) Coffman with my dad, Bobby Davern, who is lifting and conditioning coach at Coffman. I lift at different times on Monday, Wednesday and Friday depending on my golf schedule."
Davern said he verbally committed to Ohio State before his freshman season and remains true to his word.
"I have got other offers, but Ohio State is still the right fit for me," he said. "I had an offer from Oklahoma State, which is the No. 1 team in the country, but I still like Ohio State."
The Comets finished fifth (359) in the fourth round of the OCC-Central tournament, behind first-place Hilliard Davidson (313). Cole Jamison (83), Brandon VonIns (98), Andrew Gunning (113) and Jackson Phillips (113) also competed for the Central Crossing.
Overall in the league, the Comets were fifth (4-16) behind UA (18-2), Coffman (16-4), Davidson (14-6) and Marysville (8-12) and ahead of Westland (0-20).
"We really have improved as a team as well," Prati said. "We had a 420 at the first OCC (at Apple Valley) and had a 359 (in the fourth at Darby Creek). We had an 83 from our No. 2 (golfer), Cole, and he had a 109 (at Apple Valley)."
Central Crossing is tuning up for a Division I sectional Oct. 3 at Turnberry. The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 10 at Apple Valley.
Boys soccer team
looking for offense
The boys soccer team had been shut out in three consecutive games before playing Marysville on Sept. 19.
The Comets entered the game 4-4 overall and 0-1 in the OCC-Central. They had been shut out in all four of their losses.
Central Crossing started league play with a 5-0 loss to UA on Sept. 12. Goalkeeper Ryan Fahy had nine saves.
On Sept. 16, the Comets lost to Logan 5-0. Their other losses came against Canal Winchester (6-0 on Aug. 29) and Groveport (3-0 on Sept. 5).
Girls soccer team
The girls soccer team played three games in as many days last week, going 2-1 in those contests.
The Comets were 7-2-1 overall and 0-1 in the OCC-Central before playing Marysville on Sept. 19.
Central Crossing opened league play with a 5-1 loss to UA on Sept. 12, but defeated Marion Pleasant 7-0 on Sept. 13 as Jaylyn Lewis had three goals.
One day later, the Comets edged Buckeye Valley 2-1 on goals by Kennedy Edwards and Maddie Ross. Goalie Brittany Hanson had 12 saves.
Below are the coming schedules for the Central Crossing cross country, boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 23 -- Bob Reall Invitational at Lancaster
Sept. 21 -- Marysville at Oakhurst
Sept. 25 -- OCC Shootout at Moundbuilders
Sept. 26 -- Westerville Central and Westerville South at Medallion
Sept. 21 -- Home vs. Grandview
*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Hilliard Davidson
Sept. 21 -- At Westerville North
*Sept. 26 -- At Davidson
Sept. 27 -- At Ready
Sept. 23 -- At Westerville Central
*Sept. 26 -- At Upper Arlington. The Comets lost to the Golden Bears 25-14, 25-18, 25-18 on Sept. 5.