Pierre Southibounnorath wants to make the most of his senior season with the Westerville North High School boys golf team, including advancing to the Division I district tournament.
Southibounnorath shot an 80 in a sectional at Clover Valley last fall, but lost a one-hole playoff with Big Walnut's Kenny Schneider for the fourth and final district-qualifying spot.
"I have been practicing hard," said Southibounnorath, who was first-team all-league with a 75.0 average. "I have played in a lot of tournaments to get ready for this season."
Southibounnorath started strong this season, shooting medalist scores in his first two events. He carded a 72 in the Fairfield Federal Invitational on Aug. 6 at Turnberry and one day later shot 71 to tie Olentangy's Cameron Casto and Olentangy Liberty's Josh Steyer for first in the first round of OCC-Buckeye Division play, also at Turnberry.
"The strongest part of my game is probably my short game," Southibounnorath said. "I have been focusing a lot on chipping and putting and that helps me make more birdies and shoot lower scores."
Sixth-year coach Bob Markin said the Warriors are "building around" Southibounnorath.
"He's our main competitor and hopefully he will have a successful season," Markin said. "This is his last opportunity, but he has the game to do it."
The Warriors finished fifth (397) in the league opener behind Liberty (295), Olentangy Orange (306), Olentangy (307) and Westerville Central (325). Westerville South did not field a team.
Also competing for North were sophomore Jack Yancey (98), freshman Rocco Thomas (113), senior Preston McCallum (115) and junior Elijah Rex (116).
In the second round of the four-round OCC-Buckeye tournament Aug. 13 at Apple Valley, North was fifth (385) behind Liberty (302), Olentangy (313), Central (319) and Orange (328).
Also on the roster are seniors Bentley Corson and Ryan Saleme and freshman Andrew Scurlock.
"When we had a meeting in April we had 12 players interested but we're down to eight now," Markin said. "One of our freshmen, Andrew Scurlock, averaged 41 per nine holes in middle school, which is pretty decent. He is battling a knee injury and will be out at least the first couple of weeks, if not longer. He could really help us out quickly when he comes back."
Girls golf team returns two starters
The girls golf team has five players, including two returning starters, for fourth-year coach Betsy Gegick.
The team's lone senior, Jessica Huffman, returns after competing in the Division I sectional at Westchester. Junior Ella Holtzmuller played some varsity last fall but did not play at sectional.
"I'm impressed with how much improvement I have seen in the girls since last year," Gegick said. "I'm excited to see where we can be in the next few weeks."
Juniors Emma Diehl, Sydney Johnson and Alexyss Smith round out the roster.
"I really like the hard work and enthusiasm shown by the newcomers," Gegick said. "Emma dropped five strokes from the first day of tryouts to the second. It's what can happen when you commit time to get better and you can show impressive gains."
In the first round of league play Aug. 8 at Mentel Memorial, the Warriors were sixth (515) behind Orange (317), Liberty (330), Central (385), Olentangy (425) and South (508).
The second round was Aug. 15 at Westchester.
Girls tennis team learning fundamentals
The girls tennis team has 18 players, but first-year coach Max Quinton said the majority of them still are learning the game.
Senior Maddie Jones returns along with juniors Sophia DiCarlo, Maddie Poling and Anyce Sewell and sophomores Kayla Cochran, Elise McGann, Aubrey McMahon and Emma Weisgerber.
"We're still trying to figure out who will be playing where," said Quinton, who replaced Rob Carlson after five seasons. "Emma Weisgerber had an operation on her right hand and will miss about half the season, but she will help us when she comes back."
The Warriors finished 6-10 overall last season and were fifth (1-4) in the OCC-Buckeye behind champion Liberty (5-0). They begin league play Aug. 23 at Central.
Also on the roster are senior Charlotte Miller, juniors Emily Buss, Grace Neal, Patti Doud and Emylee Preston, sophomores Aniqua Bushra and Hanna Ford and freshmen Liz Amici, Hope Meadows and Sequoyah Turner.
"We have eight back from last season, but it's going to be a rebuilding year," said Quinton, who also coaches the St. Charles tennis program. "I'm not sure if we can make it to .500 or not.
"We have 18 girls and most of them are inexperienced. If we can get them to come out for a couple of years, they might be a pretty good team."
Aug. 6 -- Fairfield Federal Invitational at Turnberry
Aug. 7 -- OCC-Buckeye at Turnberry
Aug. 8 -- Warhawk Invitational at Rattlesnake Ridge
Aug. 10 -- Mount Vernon Invitational at Chapel Hill
Aug. 13 -- OCC-Buckeye at Apple Valley
Aug. 15 -- Reynoldsburg at Royal American
Aug. 18 -- Kent Miller Colonial Fall Classic at Hiawatha
Aug. 21 -- Big Walnut at Royal American
Aug. 23 -- Dublin Scioto at Royal American
Aug. 28 -- OCC-Buckeye at Denison Golf Club
Aug. 30 -- Dublin Scioto at Glenross
Sept. 5 -- Canal Winchester at Royal American
Sept. 10 -- Big Walnut at Royal American
Sept. 12 -- OCC-Buckeye at Darby Creek
Sept. 13 -- Westerville Central and Westerville South at Royal American
Sept. 19 -- Reynoldsburg at Blacklick Woods
Sept. 20 -- Reynoldsburg and Westerville South at Royal American
Sept. 22 -- Watterson Invitational at Clover Valley
Sept. 25 -- Westerville Central and Westerville South at Medallion
Sept. 26 -- Canal Winchester at Westchester
Aug. 6 -- Westerville South at Royal American
Aug. 7 -- Worthington Kilbourne at Royal American
Aug. 8 -- OCC-Buckeye at Mentel Memorial
Aug. 13 -- Hilliard Bradley at Raymond Memorial
Aug. 15 -- OCC-Buckeye at Westchester
Aug. 20 -- Big Walnut at Royal American
Aug. 21 -- Grove City at Royal American
Aug. 23 -- Westerville Central at Royal American
Aug. 27 -- Westerville South at Royal American
Aug. 29 -- OCC-Buckeye at Royal American
Sept. 4 -- DeSales at NorthStar
Sept. 6 -- Delaware at Royal American
Sept. 10 -- Hilliard Bradley at Royal American
Sept. 12 -- OCC-Buckeye at Cooks Creek
Sept. 17 -- Worthington Kilbourne at Worthington Hills
Sept. 18 -- Grove City at Oakhurst
Sept. 25 -- DeSales at Royal American
Sept. 26 -- Westerville Cup at Royal American
Aug. 11 -- Delaware Invitational
Aug. 14 -- vs. Whitehall
Aug. 16 -- vs. Upper Arlington
Aug. 18 -- Warrior Doubles Tournament at home
Aug. 21 -- at Dublin Coffman
Aug. 22 -- vs. Marysville
*Aug. 23 -- at Westerville Central
Aug. 27 -- at Big Walnut
*Aug. 28 -- vs. Olentangy
*Aug. 30 -- at Olentangy Liberty
*Sept. 4 -- vs. Westerville South
Sept. 5 -- vs. Hilliard Bradley
*Sept. 6 -- at Olentangy Orange
Sept. 12 -- at DeSales
Sept. 13 -- vs. Delaware
Sept. 17 -- at Hilliard Darby
Sept. 18 -- vs. Watkins Memorial
Sept. 19 -- vs. Mount Vernon
Sept. 20 -- at Westland
Sept. 24 -- vs. Ready
Sept. 25 -- vs. Worthington Kilbourne
Sept. 26 -- vs. Hilliard Bradley
Below are the coming schedules for the North boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Aug. 18 -- Home vs. Grove City
Aug. 21 -- At New Albany
Aug. 17 -- Home vs. Grove City
Aug. 21 -- Home vs. New Albany
Aug. 21 -- At New Albany