According to Upper Arlington High School girls water polo coach Dan Peterkoski, the Golden Bears' ability to come at opponents like a hockey team was key to regaining the state title after a one-year lull.

According to Upper Arlington High School girls water polo coach Dan Peterkoski, the Golden Bears' ability to come at opponents like a hockey team was key to regaining the state title after a one-year lull.

The top-seeded Golden Bears defeated second-seeded Napoleon 15-7 in the state final Oct. 18 at Mason to finish 26-2. The state championship is their fourth in five years and 14th overall.

"We had 26 girls and all of them got a considerable amount of playing time," said Peterkoski, whose team finished third at state last year. "Some teams might play six girls. Sometimes, we remind me of a hockey team in that respect, rotating different lines in and out."

UA defeated eighth-seeded Cincinnati AMDG 20-4 in a second-round game Oct. 17 and fourth-seeded Milford 17-8 in a semifinal Oct. 18 to reach the final. Senior Gracie Long, who has committed to the University of Louisville for swimming, totaled 17 goals and seven assists in the three games and junior Chloe Magyari had 12 goals and one assist.

"(Reclaiming the state title) does feel good," Peterkoski said. "That said, that's where our expectations are. This was our big goal, and the girls did a nice job of accomplishing that. I just love the fact that our girls worked so hard and, when it came to translating that into game situations, they did great."

Junior goalkeeper Emma Griffith made 40 saves and had three steals in the three games at state, including 10 saves and two steals in the final, when she also had three assists.

UA's only losses were to Lansdale (Pa.) North Penn, 12-7 on Sept. 26, and Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny, 12-9 on Sept. 27 in North Allegheny's Tiger Classic. The Bears are 68-2 against Ohio teams the last three seasons.

UA had four seniors in Alexandra Hedden, Emma Lammers, Gracie Long and Grace Van Fossen. Long was a three-year starter, and Hedden and Van Fossen were two-year starters.

"Gracie has been one of the really integral parts of our team the past couple of years, and her presence was a benefit to our younger players," Peterkoski said. "We want to make sure we are always able to reload. Everyone needs to be ready to play a big part at some point. We relied on our varsity girls for the most part in the (state) semifinal and final, but the nice thing for us is that can mean going anywhere from 12- to 16-deep."

Football team looksfor 2nd straight win

The football team will look to clinch at least a .500 season and draw closer to a Division I, Region 2 playoff berth when it plays host to Westland in an OCC-Central Division game Friday, Oct. 24.

UA broke a three-game losing streak with a 14-7 win at Marysville on Oct. 17. Cole Kaparos and Drew Snouffer ran for touchdowns of 4 and 1 yards, respectively, in the third quarter to help the Bears improve to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the league.

Both scores came after Monarchs turnovers.

"This was critical," coach Joel Cutler said. "It's just something you have to work through, and that's what we can control."

UA was projected to be 21st in Region 2 computer ratings after defeating Marysville. The top 16 teams in the region make the playoffs.

Westland dropped to 3-5 and 1-4 with a 48-7 loss at Dublin Coffman on Oct. 17. The Cougars were outgained 437-153 in total yards and got their only touchdown on a 1-yard run by running back Matt Mickens in the fourth quarter.

UA is 20-1 all-time against Westland, with its only loss to the Cougars coming in 1990. The Bears won last year's meeting 69-0.

Girls runners windistrict championship

The girls cross country team and Ian Hamilton of the boys team will compete in the Division I regional meet Saturday, Oct. 25, at Pickerington North.

The girls team won the district 1 meet Oct. 18 at Watkins Memorial, scoring 42 points to finish ahead of runner-up Dublin Jerome (65) as 13 teams scored. Ann Heuerman placed third in 18 minutes, 20.39 seconds to lead the Bears.

Also scoring were Madeline Nichols (sixth, 19:16.47), Megan Brewer (eighth, 19:35.57), Elise Barbour (ninth, 19:45.24) and Erin Simko (16th, 20:08.84).

Hamilton led the boys team in the district 3 race, placing 23rd (16:41.19). UA finished 10th (253), behind champion Coffman (41), as 19 teams scored.

Also scoring were Nicholas Gill (28th, 16:55.31), Juergen Wilkes (65th, 17:44.81), Trent Popovich (67th, 17:46.08) and Andrew Harper (70th, 17:56.28).

The top five teams and top 20 individuals in district 1 and the top six teams and top 24 individuals in district 3 advanced to regional. The top four teams and top 16 individuals at regional advance to state Nov. 1 at National Trail Raceway.

Field hockey teamreaches district semi

Maggie Hobson, Tanner Miley and Audrey Pottschmidt each scored a goal to power the fifth-seeded field hockey team past 11th-seeded Worthington Kilbourne 3-1 in the first round of the district tournament Oct. 16.

Goalie Alee Caldwell had five saves for UA, which improved to 14-3-1 and advanced to play fourth-seeded Olentangy Liberty in a district semifinal Oct. 22. The semifinal winner will play second-seeded Watterson or sixth-seeded Bexley in a district final Saturday, Oct. 25, at Dublin Jerome.

The district champion advances to a state semifinal Oct. 31 at UA.

The Bears defeated Bexley 2-1 on Oct. 1 and lost to Watterson 1-0 in overtime Oct. 9.

Schildmeyer leads wayfor girls soccer team

Olivia Schildmeyer scored in the second overtime to lead the 10th-seeded girls soccer team to a 1-0 win over 24th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in a Division I district tournament second-round game Oct. 16.

Goalie Hannah Ewing had four saves for UA, which improved to 10-3-4 and advanced to play fifth-seeded Pickerington North in a district semifinal Oct. 21. The semifinal winner will play seventh-seeded Hilliard Bradley or ninth-seeded Olentangy in a district final Saturday, Oct. 25, at Westerville South.

The district champion advances to play Grove City, Liberty, New Albany or Olentangy Orange in a regional semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Gahanna.

UA lost to New Albany 2-0 on Aug. 19, lost to Liberty 2-0 on Sept. 2 and tied Orange at 1 on Sept. 27.

Boys soccer teamreaches district semi

The boys soccer team posted two shutouts in its first two Division I district tournament games, defeating 24th-seeded Grove City 3-0 in the first round Oct. 15 and 23rd-seeded Watkins Memorial 3-0 in the second round Oct. 18.

The 19th-seeded Bears improved to 8-6-4 and advanced to play second-seeded Canal Winchester in a district semifinal Oct. 22.

"Doug Bannon, Owen Auch, Will Myers and (goalie) Will Collis have been great in the back," said coach Mic Rogers, whose team entered its district semifinal having allowed only two goals in its previous five games. "We're playing with confidence and have been able to get things rolling. We get to the ball quickly and know how to counter-attack."

Santiago Barros, Jack Minnery and Jack Strahm each scored against Watkins Memorial.

The semifinal winner plays fifth-seeded St. Charles or 10th-seeded Westerville South in a district final Saturday, Oct. 25, at Olentangy, with the district champion advancing to play Coffman, Gahanna, Olentangy or Orange in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Gahanna.

UA tied Coffman at 1 on Oct. 7.

Boys water polo teamprepping for state

The boys water polo team will attempt to win its first state championship since 2012 when it competes in the state tournament Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25, at Ohio Wesleyan University and Thomas Worthington.

UA, which is 14-11 and is seeded fifth, will play 12th-seeded Cincinnati Princeton in the first round Oct. 24 at Thomas. The Bears, who won the state title in 2012 before placing fifth last year, did not play Princeton during the regular season.

Volleyball team fallsin second round

A season of improvements for the girls volleyball team came to an end Oct. 16 with a 25-12, 25-13, 25-19 loss to fifth-seeded DeSales in the second round of the Division I district tournament.

UA, which was seeded 25th and defeated 34th-seeded Briggs in a first-round match 25-7, 25-8, 25-11 on Oct. 14, finished 11-12 overall. The Bears made a nine-win improvement over last season under first-year coach John Nguyen.