With an average of 299.3 for the four rounds of the OCC-Buckeye Division tournament, the Olentangy Liberty High School boys golf team had little trouble wrapping up its third consecutive league championship.
The Patriots also went undefeated in league play, which is something they didn't accomplish when they won the OCC-Central in 2015 or last year when they won the OCC-Buckeye.
"This is the first year we've had a perfect record in our league, so it's something we want to (remember)," coach Ryan Snivley said.
Liberty has five events scheduled before beginning the postseason Oct. 3 with a Division I sectional at Turnberry.
Cole Corder earned league Player of the Year honors with a 72.0 average that included shooting a 70 to win the first round Aug. 8 at Turnberry and a 68 to win the second round Aug. 14 at Clover Valley.
Liberty shot 302 during the final round Sept. 13 at Darby Creek to complete a 20-0 finish in the league. Olentangy (14-6), Westerville Central (12-8), Orange (10-10), Westerville North (4-16) and Westerville South (0-20) rounded out the standings.
Joining Corder as first-team all-league were Trey Rath (74.5) and Grant Smeltzer (75.5), who were second and fourth in average, respectively.
Jacob Hickman (78.0) was second-team all-league and Josh Steyer (79.8) was honorable mention.
On Sept. 16, the Patriots shot 308 to win the 19-team Howlett Invitational at Worthington Hills as Rath had a 73, Hickman carded 75 and Corder shot 76.
"(Corder) has had several under-par rounds and has been tournament medalist about five times, so he's started out on fire," Snivley said. "This year he's definitely worked hard and become focused on being good."
Girls golfers take
second in league
The girls golf team won one of the four rounds of the OCC-Cardinal tournament and went on to earn a runner-up finish at 17-3 behind Orange (19-1).
On Sept. 12, the Patriots shot 305 to finish behind the first-place Pioneers (290) as Priyasha Kota led with a 71.
Central (12-8), Olentangy (8-12), North (4-16) and South (0-20) rounded out the league standings.
Kota finished fourth in league average at 74.8 and Kavya Manocha was fifth (79.0) to earn first-team all-league honors.
Makenna Brown (81.0) and Sarah Latzke (85.0) both were second-team all-league. Sidney Kadlic averaged 76.7 but did not compete during the third round Aug. 29 at Cooks Creek.
"Every person put in a ton of work over the offseason, and it's really paying off," Brown said. "My team is one of a kind."
Liberty again will battle Orange on Oct. 3 during a Division I sectional at Royal American, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district.
to be tested
Both the boys and girls soccer teams are set to face defending Division I district champions.
The boys team, which is ranked first in the state poll, plays host to Dublin Jerome on Thursday, Sept. 21.
The Patriots gave up just one goal over their first six games and beat Orange 4-0 on Sept. 12 as Jared Whitfield had two goals and Ashvin Rajmahon and Jagger Brooker also scored.
Liberty was 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the OCC-Buckeye before playing South on Sept. 19.
Jerome, which has won back-to-back district titles, was 6-1-2 before playing Hilliard Darby on Sept. 19.
The girls team was 3-3-2 overall and 0-1 in the league before playing South on Sept. 19.
The Patriots travel Thursday, Sept. 21, to Pickerington North in a rematch of a game Liberty won 1-0 last season. North was a state semifinalist a year ago.
On Aug. 31 in a 2-1 win over defending district champion Jerome, the girls got one goal apiece from Abby Jones and Gia Gaetano.
Volleyball team set
for Orange rematch
The girls volleyball team will get a chance to avenge its first loss of the season when it plays host to Orange on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
Before playing Olentangy on Sept. 19, the Patriots were 12-1 overall and 3-1 in the OCC-Buckeye.
Liberty lost to Orange 25-15, 25-19, 25-22 on Sept. 5, as its team hitting percentage of .146 was well below its average of .256 through 13 matches.
Heading into the match against the Braves, Claranne Fechter (71 kills, 18 serving aces), Abby Erickson (65 kills, 19 blocks) and Heather Littlejohn (64 kills) were leading the offense. Fechter led in digs (109) and setter Maddie Fogg was averaging 9.3 assists per game.
Below are the coming schedules for the Liberty cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 23 -- Boys: Bob Reall Invitational at Lancaster; Girls: Strongsville Invitational
*Sept. 25 -- At Olentangy
*Sept. 27 -- At Thomas Worthington
Sept. 23 -- Wedgewood Showcase
Sept. 25 -- OCC Shootout at Moundbuilders
Sept. 26 -- St. Charles at Kinsale
Sept. 21 -- Olentangy and Olentangy Orange at Scioto Reserve
Sept. 23 -- Marysville Invitational at Darby Creek
Sept. 25 -- Olentangy, Pickerington North and Watterson at Turnberry
Sept. 21 -- Home vs. Dublin Jerome
Sept. 23 -- At Cleveland St. Ignatius
*Sept. 26 -- At Westerville North
Sept. 21 -- At Pickerington North
Sept. 23 -- At Liberty Township Lakota East
*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Westerville North
Sept. 26 -- At Jerome
Sept. 21 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington
*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Orange. The Patriots lost to the Pioneers 25-15, 25-19, 25-22 on Sept. 5.