Having lost no players from last season to graduation, Dublin Scioto High School girls tennis coach Sean Gilbert expects his team to have a solid season.
The Irish finished 11-7 overall a year ago and went 4-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to tie Hilliard Bradley and Thomas Worthington for second behind champion Jerome (6-0).
Ashley Lambillotte, the team's only senior, and junior Nicole Santoso have returned and were competing for the first singles spot during the preseason. Both qualified for the Division I district tournament a year ago, going 1-1.
Gilbert is in his second season after replacing Mike Wrigley, who stepped down after 22 years following the 2016 season.
"The big thing is continuing to push the program," said Gilbert, whose team opened Aug. 15 against Olentangy Liberty and begins OCC-Cardinal play Thursday, Aug. 16, against first-year Olentangy Berlin.
"Coach Wrigley left it in a great position and I saw us take the next step last year. With Ashley and Nicole solidifying themselves as solid singles players, just taking another big step as a program would be huge for us and getting that to be the norm where that's the floor."
Santoso is looking to build on her performance last season.
"I want to make it to state," she said. "I want to have a good time with all my friends."
Also back are juniors Maddy Baughman, Sydney Davis, Peyton Shaffer, Maggie Szabo, Alexandra Tanner and Julia Trotti.
Junior Emma Robinson and sophomore Ashima Srivastava also are vying for playing time.
"The girls are pushing each other, and that's how you get the program to the next level," Gilbert said.
Gilbert expects perennial power Jerome to again be the team to beat in the league.
"I would love to win the conference. I know Jerome is always a powerhouse, but (we want to) at least compete with them," Gilbert said. "Minimum, (finish in the) top three. First would be great, second would be great. You always want to finish in the top three."
Gilbert said the addition of assistant coach Emily Ziesenheim last season was a key to the smooth transition in leadership.
"We have a year under our belts, both coach Ziesenheim and myself, so it's exciting," Gilbert said. "The program is definitely going in the right direction. We have a loaded junior class. We have more than 10 juniors. It's a good situation for the program when you have that many."
Krock to lead boys golf team
Senior Braytton Krock is back to lead the boys golf team, which lost four starters from a year ago to graduation.
Krock shot an 83 in the Division I sectional at Clover Valley last year, but fifth-year coach Todd Hardesty expects him to contend for a district berth this season.
"It's the Braytton Krock show right now," Hardesty said. "He's a senior and clearly our No. 1 player. He is a lifer, he's grown up on a golf course. He has every part of the game when he needs it. ... He'll keep working on the mental part of things. He can challenge for a lot of things. As a senior, he wants to finish strong."
Freshmen Wyatt Bowen and David Perry had successful careers at Davis Middle School, according to Hardesty, and are expected to play at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.
"We knew we needed some fresh talent and coach (Doug) Swanson and Davis Middle School have provided it," Hardesty said. "These two guys are great young players. They're making young-player mistakes, but they really have good swings, good work ethics and they're going to fit right in."
Senior Dylan Mathess will be the No. 4 golfer, while junior Chris Bryant is expected to play No. 5. Both played on junior varsity last season.
Scioto opened Aug. 4 by shooting a 360 in the 15-team Thomas Worthington Preview at Delaware Golf Club to tie the host Cardinals for 14th, behind champion Wellington (297).
The Irish opened the four-round OCC-Cardinal tournament by finishing eighth (369) in the first round Aug. 7 at Apple Valley, behind first-place Jerome (298).
Krock led Scioto, tying for 25th with an 87.
The Irish finished seventh (360) in the second round Aug. 13 at Turnberry, behind first-place Jerome (299).
Last season, the Irish went 18-6 in the league tournament to place third, behind champion Jerome (23-1).
"We're going to go out and compete and work to get better," Hardesty said.
Girls golf team returns four players
The girls golf team returns four players from a year ago, including senior Breanna Santoso, who led the Irish in the Division I sectional at Mentel Memorial with an 86.
"Breanna is picking up where she left off last season," third-year coach Stacy Snyder said. "She's a very good golfer and she golfed in quite a few tournaments this summer, which was great."
Also back are junior Lauren Perry and sophomores Alexandra Kopelcheck and Mackenzie Wood.
"All three have made some improvements, which is nice," Snyder said.
Junior Samantha Schaaf and freshmen Natalia Kantner and Preshecca Ragavan are new to the team.
Schaaf, who competed on the cross country team last season, is expected to miss the early part of the season with a knee injury.
The Irish competed in the first round of the four-round OCC-Cardinal tournament Aug. 8 at Westchester, finishing fourth (426) behind first-place Jerome (338).
Santoso led Scioto, tying for sixth with an 88.
Last season, the Irish finished fourth (10-14) in the league tournament, behind champion Jerome (24-0).
"We want to be competitive in our OCC and we want to continue to keep improving everybody's average," Snyder said. "All the girls would say their averages weren't bad (last season), but we still have a lot of room for improvement. ... We're working on course management and continuing to improve our skills."
Aug. 4 - Thomas Worthington Preview at Delaware Golf Club
Aug. 7 - OCC-Cardinal at Apple Valley
Aug. 8 - Marysville Invitational at Darby Creek
Aug. 9 - Delaware Invitational at Oakhaven
Aug. 11 - Steve Youmans Classic at Oakhaven
Aug. 13 - OCC-Cardinal at Turnberry
Aug. 14 - Dublin Invitational at Golf Club of Dublin
Aug. 29 - OCC-Cardinal at Darby Creek
Aug. 30 - Westerville North at Glenross
Sept. 4 - Hilliard Bradley at Darby Creek
Sept. 6 - Thomas Worthington at Glenross
Sept. 8 - Grove City at Hickory Hills
Sept. 12 - OCC-Cardinal at Denison Golf Club
Sept. 15 - Granville Invitational at Denison Golf Club
Sept. 18 - Grove City at Pinnacle
Sept. 20 - Hilliard Bradley at Darby Creek
Sept. 25 - Thomas Worthington at York
Sept. 27 - Hilliard Darby at Darby Creek
Sept. 29 - Jerome Invitational at Hickey Hills
Oct. 6 - Olentangy Invitational at Wedgewood
Aug. 6 - Big Walnut at Bent Tree
Aug. 8 - OCC-Cardinal at Westchester
Aug. 9 - Granville at Airport
Aug. 13 - Worthington Kilbourne at Mill Creek
Aug. 14 - DeSales at NorthStar
Aug. 15 - OCC-Cardinal at Royal American
Aug. 20 - Thomas Worthington at The Ridge Golf & Gardens
Aug. 22 - Big Walnut at Golf Club of Dublin
Aug. 23 - Buckeye Valley at Rolling Meadows
Aug. 27 - Centerburg at Rolling Meadows
Aug. 28 - DeSales at Rolling Meadows
Aug. 30 - OCC-Cardinal at Cooks Creek
Sept. 5 - OCC-Cardinal at Mentel Memorial
Sept. 6 - Thomas Worthington at Glenross
Sept. 10 - Buckeye Valley at Oakhaven
Sept. 12 - Delaware at Mentel Memorial
Sept. 17 - Marysville at Rolling Meadows
Sept. 19 - Delaware at Oakhaven
Sept. 26 - Marysville at Rolling Meadows
Sept. 27 - Worthington Kilbourne at The Ridge Golf & Gardens
Aug. 15 - at Olentangy Liberty
*Aug. 16 - vs. Olentangy Berlin
Aug. 20 - at Bexley
*Aug. 21 -at Delaware
*Aug. 23 - at Hilliard Darby
Aug. 27 - at Wellington
*Aug. 28- vs. Worthington Kilbourne
*Aug. 30 - at Thomas Worthington
*Sept. 4 - vs. Hilliard Bradley
*Sept. 6 - at Jerome
Sept. 12 - vs. Upper Arlington
Sept. 13 - vs. Gahanna
Sept. 18 - vs. Coffman
Sept. 20 - at Pickerington Central
Sept. 24 - at Hilliard Davidson
Sept. 25 - vs. Olentangy Orange
Sept. 26 - at Pickerington North
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto cross country, field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Aug. 18 - OHSAA Early Season Invitational at National Trail Raceway
Aug. 22 - At Jerome
*Aug. 22 - Home vs. Olentangy Liberty
Aug. 17 - At Marysville
Aug. 21 - At Groveport
Aug. 21 - Home vs. Grove City
Aug. 18 - Home vs. Canal Winchester and Hamilton Township
*Aug. 21 - Home vs. Olentangy Berlin