The depth throughout its roster continues to sustain the Dublin Coffman High School girls soccer team.
After losing senior defender McKenna Schaefer to a season-ending injury before the season started, one of the Shamrocks' other top players, junior forward/midfielder Simone Rivard-Roberts, suffered a season-ending injury during a 1-0 loss to Jerome on Sept. 11.
Junior midfielder Emma Barthel also has missed time this season with an injury.
Schaefer and Rivard-Roberts both have committed to Xavier University, while Barthel has been among the team's best distributors.
Despite those injuries, Coffman has managed to put itself in position to win the league championship and earn a high seed for the Division I district tournament.
The Shamrocks were 8-2-2 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Central Division before facing Central Crossing on Oct. 2.
Coffman closes its league schedule Tuesday, Oct. 9, at home against Upper Arlington.
The district tournament drawing is Sunday, Oct. 7.
"Since even (in 2016) where I don't think talent-wise we were the deepest, our kids have always worked hard and are organized and do what we need to do. So from that aspect, we're always pleased," coach Costa Kalorides said. "It's just a shame this year that the ones we've been invested in since their freshmen year that are juniors now are hurt, and having McKenna Schaefer hurt really hurts us.
"But I think we're pleased effort-wise. We're always going to be there and compete, and we've stocked up talent a lot more than (we did) two years ago."
The only other seniors in the program are starting defender Ellie Redman and a key contributor in defender Zoe Wesp.
Among those who have joined Barthel as key juniors, according to Kalorides, are Ashleigh Burris (defender), Kinsey Crabtree (midfielder), Lara Schober (midfielder) and Kendra Siefker (defender).
Coffman's only other loss through 12 games was to Canal Winchester, 2-1 on Sept. 22. The Shamrocks opened Aug. 17 with a 1-all tie against Olentangy Liberty and played Gahanna to a scoreless tie on Sept. 18.
"There's a lot of parity," Kalorides said. "I think we're always in the mix."
Field hockey team taking steps forward
With four games still remaining in the regular season, the field hockey team already had surpassed its overall and league win totals from a season ago.
Coffman was 5-8 overall after beating the Hilliard Lynx club team 2-1 on Oct. 1 and was 2-4 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division before playing Scioto on Oct. 3.
The Shamrocks close their league schedule Wednesday, Oct. 10, at home against UA.
"The team is pretty close to the goals that we set for ourselves at this point in the season," coach Jeff Goliver said. "The biggest highlight is the work ethic of the players in games, practices and watching game film. They're constantly asking the coaching staff for feedback, suggestions and new skills to work on.
"The team is progressing each week on how well they play their roles and how they react to adversity. We'd like to continue to improve on reacting quickly to changes in possession."
The district tournament drawing is Sunday, Oct. 7.
In a 3-2 loss to Dayton Oakwood on Sept. 29, juniors Mia Citino and Ashley Crotty both scored and sophomore goalkeeper Sophie Bagozzi made 10 saves.
Volleyball team staying on track
The girls volleyball team was 14-3 overall and 6-0 in the OCC-Central before playing Westland on Oct. 2.
The Shamrocks had won four matches in a row before facing the Cougars, including a 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 25-17 win over last year's Division I state runner-up, Cleveland St. Joseph Academy, on Sept. 29.
"I love this team," coach Mary Anne Souder said.
"We're really happy with our season so far. We have a very athletic group and we're improving every day."
Coffman, which was sixth in last week's Division I state poll, continues league play Thursday, Oct. 4, at Marysville and Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Central Crossing before closing its OCC-Central schedule Oct. 11 at home against UA.
The Shamrocks have won 11 consecutive league titles.
Through 16 matches, senior outside hitter Riley Wagoner had 212 kills, 199 digs and 227 serves received to lead the team in all three categories and senior setter Jacy Sheldon led in assists with 424. Senior Lexi Piekarski (defensive specialist) and junior Sadie Brown (outside hitter/middle hitter) also have been among the team's standouts.
Golf teams begin postseason action
The boys and girls golf teams began their respective postseasons Oct. 2 in Division I sectionals.
The boys competed at Darby Creek, where the top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the district tournament Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Apple Valley.
The girls played in a sectional at Mentel Memorial, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
From both district tournaments, the top two teams and two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to their respective state tournaments Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State.
In regular-season matches Saturday, Oct. 6, the boys will compete at the Wedgewood Showcase and the girls will participate in the Pickerington North Fall Classic at Cooks Creek..
Girls tennis team set for sectional
The girls tennis team opens the Division I postseason Thursday, Oct. 4, with a sectional at Upper Arlington.
The semifinals and finals are Saturday, Oct. 6, with the top four finishers in singles and doubles advancing to the district tournament Oct. 11 and 13 at Reynoldsburg.
Junior Claire Feit is seeded third in singles at sectional and opens against Centennial's Nicole Kaiser or Groveport's Precious Anumbondem.
Also in singles, junior Hannah Qin opens against Groveport's Serena Musungu and sophomore Cassie Shough opens against Westerville North's Madie Poling.
Seniors Alex Kapustin and Anya Shah are seeded fourth in doubles at sectional. Also playing doubles are senior Lena Caruso and sophomore Ria Singhal.
Below are the coming schedules for the Coffman cross country, field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 6 -- Les Eisenhart Invitational at Thomas Worthington
Oct. 8 -- At Hartley
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington
Oct. 4 -- Home vs. Jerome
*Oct. 9 -- At Upper Arlington
*Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington
*Oct. 4 -- At Marysville. The Shamrocks beat the Monarchs 25-7, 25-15, 25-8 on Sept. 13.
*Oct. 9 -- At Central Crossing. The Shamrocks beat the Comets 25-9, 25-7, 25-12 on Sept. 20.