It's been a memorable couple weeks for several Dublin Jerome High School fall sports teams.
The Celtics wrapped up OCC-Cardinal Division championships in boys soccer and girls soccer with wins of 8-0 and 4-0, respectively, on Oct. 10 over Scioto.
That same day, Jerome earned the opportunity to compete at the highest level in boys golf, girls golf and girls tennis.
While the boys soccer and girls soccer teams are about to begin their respective postseasons, the boys golf and girls golf squads are competing in the Division I state tournament Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21, at Ohio State and the tennis squad will play in the Division I state team tournament Sunday, Oct. 22, at Reynoldsburg.
Girls tennis team wins district title
The girls tennis team defeated Olentangy Liberty 3-1 on Oct. 10 in a district final to advance to the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association state team event.
The Celtics will be joined at the event by Toledo Notre Dame Academy from the Northwest District, North Canton Hoover or Rocky River Magnificat from the Northeast District and Mason or Cincinnati Ursuline Academy from the Southwest District.
Jerome won state titles in 2014 and '15 and placed third last season.
The Celtics also beat the Patriots 3-1 to win the district title last season. In this year's meeting, Vicki Chang won 6-3, 7-5 at first singles, Reagan Resor and Katherine Wang won 6-0, 6-2 at first doubles and Erin Zhao and Neha Dudipala won 6-2, 7-6 (11-9) at second doubles.
"I think it's about being able to win the mental battles and being able to come back when your opponent (is playing well)," coach Ken Berlin said.
Jerome wasn't able to advance to the OHSAA state tournament from the district event Oct. 12 at Hilliard Bradley.
In singles, Jiaqi Liu lost to Olentangy's Kathleen Jones 6-1, 6-1 in a quarterfinal and Kavya Alagappan lost to Marietta's Meredith Coil 6-0, 6-0 in the first round.
In doubles, Chang and Resor lost to Upper Arlington's Ella Hazelbaker and Noah Mizer 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 in the first round and Wang and Arya Dudipala lost to Liberty's Maddie Atway and Dani Schoenly 6-4, 6-2 in the second round.
Girls golfers prepping for state
The girls golf team is headed to its seventh consecutive state tournament on Ohio State's Gray Course.
The Celtics are six-time state champions, having won five titles in a row from 2011-15 before placing fifth last season. They enter state after earning a runner-up finish (307) in the nine-team district tournament Oct. 10 at Cooks Creek, behind defending state champion Olentangy Orange (304).
Abby Kiefer, who was co-medalist at state a year ago, tied for fourth (73) at district and Taby Robinson tied for seventh (74) to lead the Celtics. Meaghan Yant (78), Caitlin Yant (82) and Ash Abhang (83) also competed.
"Honestly, (district) was probably one of our best days of the season," Kiefer said. "I was pretty happy with the outcome. I'll feel a little bit of pressure, but like every tournament, I'm playing for my team. There's a lot of people that doubted us and are still doubting us, and we're ready to prove them wrong."
Chandler, Root lead boys golfers
After earning a third-place finish at state last season, the boys golf team should be one of the favorites to contend for the title again when it competes at state on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
The Celtics, who have won six state titles, shot 294 in the 12-team district tournament Oct. 10 at Apple Valley to easily beat runner-up Liberty (307) for the title.
Jackson Chandler and Davis Root both shot 72 to tie for third, Ethan Snyder carded a 73 to tie for fifth and Blake Solomon (77) and Mason Wagner (81) rounded out the scoring.
Last season in the one-day state tournament, Solomon tied for third (73).
"We've been playing well and we just want to try to keep the momentum going," coach Taylor Harle said. "You always feel pressure to make it onto the next round, but we knew that if we played our game, we'd have a good chance."
Girls soccer team extends title run
The girls soccer team has won at least a share of seven consecutive league championships.
After beating Scioto to finish first in the OCC-Cardinal at 5-0-1, the Celtics defeated Pickerington North 3-1 on Oct. 12 to hand the Panthers their only loss of the regular season. North is the top seed for the district tournament.
Riley Mullady, Bronwen Sears and Emma Sears each scored against North.
"It's definitely a year where our big scorers are putting points up on the board and we have a deeper bench," coach Kelly Brothers said. "It's just a good group."
Jerome is 11-3-2 overall and seeded fourth for the district tournament. The Celtics play host to 42nd-seeded Mifflin in a second-round game Thursday, Oct. 19, with the winner facing 16th-seeded Marysville, 19th-seeded Delaware or 21st-seeded Central Crossing in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the home of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 28.
Boys soccer team again wins OCC title
With its win over Scioto, the boys soccer team finished 5-0-1 in the OCC-Cardinal to win its third consecutive league title.
The Celtics are 10-1-5 overall and are seeded third for the district tournament.
"I'm really happy for the seniors," coach Nate Maust said.
Jerome opens the district tournament Saturday, Oct. 21, at home against 30th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley or 43rd-seeded Franklin Heights in the second round. The winner plays 14th-seeded Grove City, 16th-seeded Hilliard Bradley or 34th-seeded Westerville North in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the home of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 28.
Chris Dowling and Carter Patchett both had two goals against Scioto.
Boys runners place second in OCC meet
The boys and girls cross country teams both will compete in the Division I, district 3 meet Saturday, Oct. 21, at Watkins Memorial.
The top six teams and top 24 runners advance to regional Oct. 28 at Pickerington North.
On Oct. 14 in the OCC-Cardinal meet at Darby, the boys team was runner-up (61 points) to Thomas Worthington (35) as Kellen Posacki placed fourth (16 minutes, 11.78 seconds) and Elliott Cook took fifth (16:21.46) to lead the way.
Rounding out the Celtics' top seven were Arjun Dhankani (10th, 16:54.76), Alex Sanders (20th, 17:21.64), Jeremy Coad (22nd, 17:35.0), Sahil Ambardekar (28th, 17:46.74) and Spencer Rubel (32nd, 17:58.32).
The girls team placed fourth (94) in the league meet behind champion Thomas (47).
Jessica Blake finished 13th (20:35.93) to lead the Celtics, while Lauren Metzger (16th, 20:51.88), Halle Bentley (20th, 21:23.35), Madison Weigle (21st, 21:25.94), Abby Lenz (24th, 21:29.9), Manaka Yamaucki (36th, 22:09.01) and Nicole Bowen (52nd, 22:45.86) rounded out their top seven.
Volleyball team wins tourney opener
The 27th-seeded girls volleyball team opened the Division I district tournament by defeating 33rd-seeded Tri-Valley 25-10, 25-16, 25-19 in a first-round match Oct. 16 at home.
The Celtics were 10-13 before playing ninth-seeded Pickerington Central on Oct. 18 in the second round, with the winner advancing to face 12th-seeded Darby or 24th-seeded Newark in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Whitehall. The district final is Oct. 28 at Whitehall.
The Celtics closed the regular season Oct. 14 by going 2-1 at the Logan Elm Classic, including beating the host squad 25-18, 22-25, 25-22.
Season ends for field hockey team
The 11th-seeded field hockey team lost to 10th-seeded Bexley 3-2 on Oct. 16 in the first round of the district tournament to finish 6-9-2.