Audrey Bannister quickly emerged as the Dublin Scioto High School girls cross country team’s top runner at the start of the season.
The freshman continues to lead the Irish, and now she is on her way to the Division I regional meet Saturday, Oct. 28, at Pickerington North.
Bannister qualified for regional by finishing fifth of 116 runners in the district 2 meet in 18 minutes, 39.8 seconds Oct. 21 at Watkins Memorial, where the top six teams and top 24 individuals advanced.
“I’m really excited. The season has been going really well,” Bannister said. “If I could qualify for state, that’s where I’m going to try to kill it.”
At regional, the top five teams and top 20 individuals advance to state Nov. 4 at National Trail Raceway.
“She’s at a talent level that very rarely happens at this age,” assistant coach Mara White said. “Today we held her back because she’s 14 years old, her body is still immature and we want to take care of it. Even though she was fifth, she could have been up with the front girls, but we want to make sure we take care of her and have her all four years.”
Coach Matt Suttle missed the meet because of a family commitment.
Scioto finished eighth (223 points) of 16 teams behind champion Granville (43). Westerville Central (139) placed sixth.
Yosolajesu Olujide-Ajibade finished 36th (21:01.61) for the Irish, followed by Felicity Paez (60th, 21:48.16), Ashley Carr (61st, 21:49.39), Lauren Chapman (64th, 22:08.62) and Ally Thornbloom (71st, 22:27.28).
The boys team qualified for regional by placing fourth (87) of 17 teams in the district 2 meet, behind champion Pickerington North (56). The top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced.
Senior Cesar Arellano continued his pursuit of a return trip to state by placing second (15:30.26) of 119 runners, behind Pickerington Central’s Matt Scrape (14:59.54).
Last season at state, Arellano finished 21st (15:43.7) of 186 runners to earn all-state honors.
Senior Tyler Mielke is seeking his first state berth after placing ninth (16:10.36) at district.
“We put our best foot forward,” Mielke said. “I’m real excited. I’m hoping to make it (to state). I hope to get far this year. We want to move on to the state meet.”
Also competing for the Irish were Sam Thomas (12th, 16:25.36), Trevor Page (26th, 16:57.8), Joel David (38th, 17:16.08), Ali Latif (75th, 18:05.57) and Antonio Loor (85th, 18:25.15).
“Hopefully, we’ll continue to build on this,” coach Kevin Foley said. “The kids ran very well. I’m real happy with the effort.”
Volleyball team reaches semifinal
The girls volleyball team reached a Division I district semifinal for the first time since 2014.
The 25th-seeded Irish rallied to defeat 32nd-seeded Thomas Worthington 25-18, 20-25, 24-26, 25-18, 15-8 in a second-round match Oct. 18 to improve to 12-12 and advance to play top-seeded Coffman in a semifinal Oct. 25.
Scioto also won both of its OCC-Cardinal matches against Thomas during the regular season.
“I have a lot of respect for (the Cardinals’) program and they have a lot of good hitters,” coach Jackie Wilson said. “We played them earlier in the season and they just didn’t pass very well, so I told my team if (the Cardinals) pass they’re going to be good, and they did. They passed very well, so that’s what made the difference and made it tougher for us.”
The semifinal winner plays ninth-seeded Pickerington Central or 12th-seeded Hilliard Darby in a district final Saturday, Oct. 28, at Whitehall. The district champion advances to a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Worthington Kilbourne.
Scioto lost to Darby 25-22, 21-25, 25-16, 25-19 on Aug. 29 and fell to Central 25-12, 25-16, 21-25, 25-19 on Sept. 6.
Girls soccer team beats Golden Gales
The 20th-seeded girls soccer team was 9-6-3 before playing top-seeded Pickerington North in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 24.
The winner plays 10th-seeded Canal Winchester or 11th-seeded Grove City in a district final Saturday, Oct. 28, at a neutral site to be determined.
Scioto lost to Grove City 1-0 on Aug. 22.
The district champion advances to a regional semifinal on a date and at a site to be determined. The possible opponents are Jerome, Marysville, Olentangy and Westerville North.
The Irish reached a district semifinal with a 1-0 second-round win over 28th-seeded Lancaster on Oct. 19 at home as Brooke Woolum scored.
“We did not play as well offensively as we did against Newark, but we defended tenaciously to make Brooke Woolum’s goal stand up for the win,” said coach Doug Williamson, whose team defeated 24th-seeded Newark 4-2 in the first round Oct. 16. “I’m proud of the effort the players have put into training in recent weeks.”
Season ends for boys soccer team
The 35th-seeded boys soccer team lost at 19th-seeded Olentangy 3-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 18 to finish 2-15 overall.
Junior goalkeeper Ben Bolyard had five saves.
“This is a team that is so much better than its record,” coach Chad Snider said. “There was so much progression and improvement during the season.”
Scioto went 0-6 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to finish seventh, behind Jerome (5-0-1), Kilbourne (3-1-2), Hilliard Bradley and Thomas (both 3-3), Darby (2-2-2) and Delaware (2-3-1).
Sophomore midfielder Gavin Wigg had a team-high five goals, while junior defender Ty Snyder and sophomore midfielder Zack McQuade each scored four.
Others eligible to return include juniors Tanzim Chowdhury (midfielder), Cameron Gastaldo (midfielder/defender), Bradley Rohrig (midfielder/def-ender) and Ryan Sheeran (forward/midfielder) and sophomores Aidan Bunner (midfielder), Gerardo Cebada-Argueta (midfielder), Declan Farrell (goalie), Colin McKenzie (midfielder/defender), Mitchell Smilonich (mid-fielder/forward) and Jayden Tharp (midfielder/defender).
Field hockey team falls to Patriots
The 16th-seeded field hockey team lost at fourth-seeded Olentangy Liberty 11-0 in the second round of the district tournament Oct. 18 to finish 1-14-1.