Ever the perfectionist, Caleb Davern wasn't pleased with his performance in the Division I state tournament.
The junior on the Central Crossing High School boys golf team shot a two-round total of 148 to finish fourth overall Oct. 20 and 21 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course. That performance earned him his second first-team all-state honor, but Davern had his eye on winning the championship.
Davern finished four strokes behind medalist Maxwell Modolvan of Uniontown Green.
"I'm definitely happy to be here, just disappointed," said Davern, who shot a 75 in the opening round and a 73 on the second day.
"I putted really awful (in the second round). I had three three-putts and a four-putt. I hit some irons pretty well, but didn't get where I wanted to be."
Coach Justin Prati said Davern is driven to win every tournament, and the experience only can make him better.
"It's a good score but Caleb puts a lot of pressure on himself," said Prati, who finished his 12th season. "A couple shots didn't bounce his way. A couple inches here, a couple inches there might have made a difference. He wants this (state title) bad and he has to learn from this.
"He had a lot more composure this year than he did as a freshman, which is a sign of maturity. He's a young man who I can only see getting better, which is scary. The sky is the limit for him."
Davern competed at state as a freshman and tied for fifth (152) as the program's first state qualifier. Last fall, he failed to advance from district.
"Definitely I realize that I need to work on my putting and chipping," Davern said. "That's where I messed up this week. I just need to clean up on my driver and be prepared for the next time."
Davern shot a 71 in the district tournament Oct. 10 at Apple Valley, tying Olentangy Liberty's Trey Rath for first, but Rath won a one-hole playoff for medalist honors.
Davern qualified for district by shooting a 78 in a sectional Oct. 3 at Turnberry, as the Comets finished ninth (358) of 12 teams. Sophomore Brandon VonIns (88), junior Cole Jamison (91), freshman Jackson Phillips (101) and senior Cole Spencer (103) also competed.
The Comets finished fifth (4-16) in the OCC-Central Division behind Upper Arlington (18-2), Dublin Coffman (16-4), Hilliard Davidson (14-6) and Marysville (8-12) and ahead of Westland (0-20).
"We only had three seniors so a major core of the team is coming back," Prati said. "We'll have to improve in the offseason and get back at it."
Girls soccer team logs another winning season
The girls soccer team finished 9-7-1 overall for a second consecutive winning season after going 9-8-1 last year.
Before 2016, Central Crossing's previous winning season was 2007 when it finished 10-8.
The 21st-seeded Comets lost at 19th-seeded Delaware 3-2 in overtime Oct. 16 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
"I'm really proud of what these girls have done," seventh-year coach Amy Williams said. "Our program has continued to progress, the talent has progressed and the competitive nature has progressed. We expect to only get better."
The Comets finished fifth (1-4) in the OCC-Central behind Coffman (3-0-2), Davidson (3-1-1), Marysville (2-0-3) and UA (2-1-2) and ahead of Westland (0-5).
Junior midfielder Hallie Fryman (8 goals, 7 assists) was third-team all-district and first-team all-league, and junior goalkeeper Brittany Hanson (172 saves) was second-team all-league. Junior defender Sofia Robledo was special mention all-league, and junior midfielder Maddie Ross (11 goals, 8 assists) was honorable mention.
Senior forward Jaylyn Lewis led the Comets with 13 goals and also had two assists. Other top contributors included junior midfielder Kennedy Edwards (4 goals, 4 assists), senior defender Karlee Cammarata (4 goals, 3 assists), freshman forward Emily Smits (3 goals, 2 assists), junior forward Rylee Sheets (3 goals, 2 assists) and freshman forward Emma Malkowski (3 goals, 1 assist).
Cross country teams end season at district
The boys and girls cross country teams competed in the Division I district meet Oct. 21 at Watkins Memorial, but failed to advance to regional Saturday, Oct. 28, at Pickerington North.
The boys finished 11th (302) in the 17-team district 2 race as North (56), Pickerington Central (67), Olentangy Orange (74), Dublin Scioto (87) and Granville (141) advanced.
Senior C.J. Patrick (34th, 17 minutes, 8.364 seconds) led the Comets, followed by seniors Greg Patrick (49th, 17:29.95) and Kyle Buerkle (71st, 17:58.56), junior Avery Wright (72nd, 17:59.72), senior Dylan Price (76th, 18:07.55), freshman Dominic Manson (84th, 18:24.0) and senior Jeremy Dech (118th, 21:37.06).
The girls were 10th (284) in the 11-team district 1 race behind regional-qualifiers Liberty (42), Gahanna (61), Central (83), UA (99) and Coffman (118).
Junior Zoey Calafatis (36th, 21:33.23) led Central Crossing, followed by sophomore Lilly Dimmerling (48th, 22:44.87), junior Mallory Lalonde (65th, 24:23.84), sophomore Jennifer Pena-Zamora (75th, 26:33.0) and freshman Lay'Marra Barker (77th, 27:37.0).
In the OCC-Central meet Oct. 14 at Hilliard Darby, the boys finished fifth (130) behind Davidson (24), Coffman (60), UA (68) and Marysville (99) and ahead of Westland (189). The girls were fifth (155) behind Davidson (22), UA (53), Marysville (77) and Coffman (88).
Boys soccer team loses district opener
The boys soccer team lost to visiting and 40th-seeded Whetstone 2-1 in overtime Oct. 18 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
The 32nd-seeded Comets finished 5-11-1. Marcus Rios scored and Pedro Gomez had 18 saves.
Volleyball team falls to Wolves
The girls volleyball team lost at sixth-seeded Worth-ington Kilbourne 25-17, 25-8, 25-12 on Oct. 17 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
The 46th-seeded Comets finished 2-18.