Gahanna Lincoln High School enjoyed a pair of golf celebrations last week.
For the first time in program history, the boys team earned a league championship when it shot 313 to finish first in the fourth and final round of the OCC-Ohio Division tournament Sept. 13 at Turnberry.
The girls shot 336 to take first Sept. 12 at Mentel Memorial and earn a share of the OCC-Ohio title, its first since winning league championships in 2009 and 2011.
Jake Simone shot 75 to earn medalist honors and Dylan Errington carded 76 to lead the boys during the final round. Gahanna finished 17-3 in the league, ahead of Pickerington North (14-6), Grove City (13-7), Pickerington Central (12-8), Lancaster (4-16) and Reynoldsburg (0-20).
Simone finished third overall in league average (78.0) and Drew Bailey was fifth (79.5) as both made first-team all-league. Other key boys have included Mitchell Soma and Michael Hahn.
The boys will compete in a Division I sectional Oct. 3 at Turnberry.
"This is our most well-rounded team," Simone said. "Everybody was pretty relaxed, and wanting to finish in first place was fuel."
Kayla Davis earned her second consecutive OCC-Ohio Player of the Year honor for the girls team when she shot 72 during the final round. She averaged 74.8 over the four league rounds.
Gahanna and North each finished 18-2 to share the league title, ahead of Grove City (11-9), Central (7-13), Big Walnut (5-15) and Lancaster (1-19).
Chelsea Regner shot 84 and Elise Wenz carded 88 during the final round as the Lions edged North by eight strokes.
Other key contributors for the girls have included Emma Cepek and Alexis Buck.
The girls will compete in a Division I sectional Oct. 3 at Mentel Memorial.
"I was pretty excited," Davis said. "I was OCC Player of the Year last year so it was hard to do it again, but that kind of pushed me. We were excited to (win the league title), and of course we're looking forward to sectional and district and hopefully qualifying for state."
Boys soccer team
preps for 'Hounds
With a 5-3 victory over Reynoldsburg on Sept. 12, the boys soccer team took a 1-0 record in the OCC-Ohio into its game Sept. 19 against Pickerington North.
The Lions continue league play Tuesday, Sept. 26, at home against Grove City, which was 5-1-1 overall and 1-0 in the league before playing Reynoldsburg on Sept. 19.
Last season, the Greyhounds beat Gahanna 3-0.
The Lions were 4-4-1 overall before playing North, but among their losses were a 2-0 decision against Olentangy Liberty on Sept. 5 and a 2-1 setback against Dublin Jerome on Sept. 7. Liberty was ranked first in last week's Division I state poll and Jerome is a two-time defending district champion.
Sam Polonia scored two goals and Bachir Diane, Josh Gates and Harley Wheaton each scored one against Reynoldsburg.
"We were in the game with Liberty in the first half and gave up a penalty late in the first half," coach Matt Kovach said. "(Against) Jerome, we scored a goal late and it was 1-1. The big thing for us is learning how to win those games."
trip to Kentucky
The boys and girls cross country teams will compete Saturday, Sept. 23, in the Bob Reall Invitational at Lancaster.
On Sept. 16, the girls finished eighth (273) in the 23-team Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky, behind champion Centerville (138).
Claire Steigerwald finished seventh in 18 minutes, 26.8 seconds to lead the Lions, followed by Natalie Clay (43rd, 19:34.4), Tara Shope (73rd, 19:58.9), Sara Buckner (79th, 20:05.1) and Maddie Larick (99th, 20:28.5).
The boys placed 18th (389) of 21 teams behind champion Carmel (Indiana), which had 70 points. Jason Mehalic led with a 56th-place finish (16:33.6), followed by Riley Jackson (72nd, 16:48.3), Steffano Molina (89th, 17:06.8), Evan Pfeifer (106th, 17:21.7) and Oliver Cope (109th, 17:23.0).
Below are the coming schedules for the Gahanna Lincoln cross country, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 23 -- Bob Reall Invitational at Lancaster
Sept. 21 -- Worthington Kilbourne at Little Turtle
Sept. 23 -- Pickerington Central Invitational at Turnberry
Sept. 25 -- OCC Shootout at Moundbuilders
Sept. 26 -- Reynoldsburg at Little Turtle
Sept. 23 -- Marysville Invitational at Darby Creek
Sept. 25 -- Canal Winchester and Lancaster at Valley View
Sept. 21 -- At New Albany
*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Grove City
Sept. 23 -- Home vs. Hilliard Bradley
*Sept. 26 -- At Grove City
Sept. 21 -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto
Sept. 23 -- Hilliard Davidson Doubles Classic
Sept. 25 -- Home vs. Dublin Jerome
Sept. 26 -- At Westerville South
Sept. 21 -- Home vs. Thomas Worthington
*Sept. 26 -- At Reynoldsburg. The Lions beat the Raiders 25-13, 25-17, 25-11 on Sept. 5.