In a season filled with numerous highlights, the Hilliard Davidson High School boys golf team is hoping to have even more in the postseason next month.
The Wildcats shot a program-record 289 in winning the 19-team Kent Miller Colonial Fall Classic on Aug. 18 at Hiawatha, as Cole Kazmerzak and Caleb Stimmel each earned a share of medalist honors with a 70.
"I played really well that day and that's probably the highlight of my year so far," said Kazmerzak, whose team finished one stroke ahead of runner-up Olentangy (290). "That was a fun day."
Coach Monte Rhoden said another highlight was finishing second to Dublin Jerome in the rain-shortened 11-hole Pinnacle Classic on Sept. 1. The Wildcats finished 21-over par in the 17 team-event as Jerome finished 17-over.
Davidson entered the fourth and final round of the OCC-Central Division tournament Sept. 12 at Darby Creek looking to overtake Dublin Coffman for second place. Through three rounds, the Wildcats were third (10-5) behind Upper Arlington (15-0) and Coffman (11-4).
Davidson's best performance in league play came in the second round Aug. 13 at Denison Golf Club, where it finished second (319) behind UA (299).
"We haven't had our best rounds (in league play)," Rhoden said. "Our goal is to always play what we are capable of, but it did not happen in (the first three rounds of) OCC action."
Zach Burton led Davidson with a 77.33 league average through three rounds, followed by Stimmel (78.33), Kazmer-zak (82.67), Jacob Drees (84.67), Grant Cowan (86) and Zach Welch (88).
"Caleb has consistently shown that he is a top 10 player in central Ohio," Rhoden said. "Cole has had a super year and Zach Burton is arguably one of the best freshman players in the area. Jacob, Grant and Zach Welch have made solid team contributions."
The Division I seeding meeting is Sunday, Sept. 16. The postseason begins Oct. 2 with sectionals at Darby Creek, Denison Golf Club and Turnberry.
"I'm just trying to keep my swing in order and just keep the morale of the team up because after setting a school record it's easy to let yourself down," Kazmerzak said. "We just have to keep the same mindset that we had that one day (Aug. 18) and just keep grinding. It's all about grinding."
The Wildcats have qualified for district 21 of the past 22 seasons, including last year when they finished 11th.
"The boys are excited to maintain that level of excellence and tradition," said Rhoden, whose team last failed to qualify for district in 2009. "They know that we have enough firepower to really go somewhere if they all hit their best on that one day."
Boys soccer team set for league opener
The boys soccer team enters its OCC-Central opener Thursday, Sept. 13, at home against Coffman looking to end a four-game losing streak.
The Wildcats are 2-4-1 and have been shut out in three of their past four games, with their lone goal during that stretch being scored by Coby Stover in a 2-1 loss to Darby on Aug. 30. Their other losses during that stretch came against Olentangy Liberty (1-0 on Aug. 28), Olentangy (1-0 on Sept. 4) and New Albany (3-0 on Sept. 6).
Davidson split its two matches against its community rivals, defeating Bradley 1-0 on Aug. 17.
Girls soccer team out to strong start
The girls soccer team was 4-1-1 before playing Pickerington North on Sept. 11.
The Wildcats open OCC-Central play Sept. 13 at home against Coffman.
Davidson bounced back from its first setback of the season -- a 3-2 loss to Darby on Aug. 30 -- to defeat Olentangy 3-2 on Sept. 6.
Sydney Brown, Christina Gillotti and Sydney Thompson scored against the Braves and goalkeeper Lauren White had eight saves.
Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson cross country, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 15 -- Boys: Highbanks Run at Highbanks Metro Park
Sept. 13 -- Fairbanks at Thorn Apple
Sept. 17 -- Westerville Central at Royal American
Sept. 19 -- Bradley at Darby Creek
*Sept. 13 -- Home vs. Dublin Coffman
Sept. 18 -- Home vs. Pickerington Central
*Sept. 13 -- Home vs. Coffman
Sept. 18 -- At Canal Winchester
Sept. 18 -- At Pickerington North
*Sept. 13 -- Home vs. Central Crossing
Sept. 18 -- Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne