Hayley Dye will represent the Delaware Hayes High School girls golf team in the Division I district tournament Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Cooks Creek.

The freshman is hoping to feel better about her performance there than she does about her performance in a sectional Oct. 2 at Royal American.

"I like Cooks Creek and I've played a few rounds well there. I think the course sets up to my game a lot better," said Dye, who finished eighth overall at sectional with a 79. "Although I think I drive the ball well, my (strengths are) hitting wedges into greens and my course management. I like the courses where there is a little more strategy in terms of ball placement."

Dye carded a 78 at Cooks Creek on Aug. 29 in the third round of the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament.

The top two teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team at district advance to the state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Gray Course.

"Hayley is a great course-management player," coach Rob Stultz said. "She knows her skills and utilizes them and puts herself into position for her next shot. She also has a mature and advanced mentality for a freshman. She can move on from a bad hole without so much as a flinch.

"She had a double (bogey) and a triple (bogey) and still made it out (of sectional). She bounced right back after her triple. The double came on No. 9, which was our closing hole."

Dye earned the third and final individual district-qualifying berth by one stroke over Mount Vernon's Maggie Williams. The other qualifiers, Licking Heights' Mariana Vega and Grove City's Lizzie Saur, both shot 78.

"It was not my best round, that's for sure," said Dye, who credits playing in the U.S. Kids Tour, the Hurricane Tour and in Central Ohio Golf Association events for her ability to remain calm under pressure. "But once the hole is over, you can't go back and change anything, so it's time to move to the next shot and focus on that one."

The Pacers shot a 387 in the 11-team sectional to finish fifth, behind district-qualifiers Olentangy Orange (306), Dublin Jerome (335) and Hilliard Davidson (360) as well as Grove City (386).

Also competing for Delaware were Sophie Zehner (91), Kenzie Collett (103), Faith Eden (114) and Alyssa Stultz (115).

Boys golfers end season at sectional

The boys golf team finished its season in a Division I sectional Oct. 2 at Denison Golf Club.

The Pacers shot a 321 to tie Olentangy Berlin for fifth in the 12-team field, as Jerome (290), Orange (308), Davidson (315) and New Albany (316) all advanced to the district tournament Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.

Freshman Mark Sulek just missed advancing to district individually, as he carded a 78 and was among three players who competed in a playoff to determine the fourth and final individual district berth.

Sulek and Berlin's Brady Casto both shot par on the first playoff hole, when Watterson's Fred Gilbert was eliminated with a bogey. Sulek missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole that could have won the hole, but he and Costo both shot par. Then on the third playoff hole, Casto made a 25-foot putt to win the tiebreaker.

"It's very disappointing, but I feel good at the same time to be right there as a freshman with a chance to make it to district," Sulek said. "It's hard to be too upset when all of your teammates and other competitors congratulate you for your round. I think the great thing is that we played well as a team and we'll all be back next year."

Sulek tied for 11th overall at sectional. Freshman Brady Gazarek was one stroke back with a 79 to tie for 17th, while junior Luke Gazarek (80) and freshman Colin Bibler (84) also scored for the Pacers. Junior Jake Ross battled through an injury for seven holes before withdrawing after 11 holes.

"Luke bogeyed the final three holes and a par in one gets him in the playoff and a par in two gets him out without a playoff," coach Andy Graham said. "He lipped out a putt on No. 16, three-putted No. 17 and horseshoed No. 18. He had some bad luck to finish.

"Brady four-putted No. 17. All three of them were on the qualifying bubble and had chances."

Delaware went 18-10 in the four-round OCC-Cardinal tournament to finish fourth behind Jerome (28-0), Berlin (23-5) and Hilliard Bradley (19-9).

"I couldn't be happier with the season," Graham said. "We improved our sectional score by 53 strokes from last season at Darby Creek. Our high score at sectional this year was 84 and our low score last year at Darby Creek was 90. Our season goal was to reach 320 and we did that three times. Over the previous three seasons, we had one win in our league and we had 18 this year and came up one win short of Bradley for third place.

"It was a great turnaround and the future looks bright. Everyone in our lineup will be back next year. We had three freshmen in the lineup and two other freshmen who would've made our lineup in previous years. Our middle school program is paying dividends."

Football team getting ready for Cardinals

The football team was 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Jerome on Oct. 5.

The Pacers will play at Thomas Worthington on Friday, Oct. 12, in a league contest.

The Cardinals were 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the league before playing Hilliard Darby on Oct. 5.

Thomas, which has been battling some key injuries, lost to league-leading Bradley 52-15 on Sept. 21 and fell to Jerome 33-0 on Sept. 28.

The Cardinals' young secondary was without defensive backs Marcus Faison and James Gaiters against Bradley and lost Sheron Phipps in the first quarter against the Jaguars. The status for those three players entering play Oct. 5 was unknown.

In addition, quarterback Charlie Rhoades was injured against Jerome. He was replaced by sophomore Isaac Settles, who had seen action in previous games.

Thomas has struggled with turnovers in recent weeks as well. The Cardinals allowed a fumble return for a touchdown against Jerome and an interception return for a score against Bradley.

Running back DiJahn Davis and receivers Nathan Borghese and Habib Bundu have been steady offensive performers for the Cardinals.

Delaware entered its game against Jerome coming off a 24-3 win over Worthington Kilbourne on Sept. 28.

Against Kilbourne, running back Jahi Broussard-Nash rushed for 222 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, and quarterback Blake Eiland rushed for 59 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and was 7-for-13 passing for 123 yards.

Nabil Abdus-salaam had three catches for 75 yards and Sam Lagando had three receptions for 42 yards.

Girls tennis team preps for sectional

The girls tennis team competed in a Division I sectional Oct. 5 and 6 at Pickerington Central.

The first day of the event was postponed from Oct. 4 because of bad weather.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to the district tournament Thursday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at Reynoldsburg.

At district, the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.

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Schedules

Below are the coming schedules for the Delaware Hayes cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Oct. 13 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Hilliard Davidson

BOYS SOCCER

*Oct. 9 -- At Olentangy Berlin

Oct. 11 -- Home vs. Teays Valley

GIRLS SOCCER

*Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Berlin

Oct. 11 -- At Dublin Coffman

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

*Oct. 9 -- At Dublin Jerome. The Pacers lost to the Celtics 25-22, 25-22, 25-23 on Sept. 6.

*Oct. 11 -- Home vs. Berlin. The Pacers beat the Bears 25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 25-22 on Sept. 13.

*League contest