Senior Chad Merzbacher and his teammates on the Dublin Jerome High School boys golf team couldn't help but feel nervous on the second day of the Division I state tournament Oct. 22, especially when they found themselves two stokes ahead of Centerville for first place with two holes remaining on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

Senior Chad Merzbacher and his teammates on the Dublin Jerome High School boys golf team couldn't help but feel nervous on the second day of the Division I state tournament Oct. 22, especially when they found themselves two stokes ahead of Centerville for first place with two holes remaining on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

But Jerome received extra motivation at that moment when Stephanie Reed - the mother of former teammate and 2011 Jerome graduate Scott Reed - hugged each of the Celtics and wished them luck.

Stephanie Reed came out to support Jerome even though she recently underwent chemotherapy treatments for sarcoma cancer.

The Celtics responded by shooting a 623 to win their fourth state championship in the program's eight-year history, ahead of Centerville (626), Upper Arlington (629) and nine other squads.

Jerome also won Division I state titles in 2005 and 2007 and captured the Division II state championship in 2004.

"My heart was pounding on some of these holes because I knew how close it was and we have worked so hard for this," Merzbacher said. "Seeing (Steph-anie Reed) out here supporting us was so inspirational because she has a brain tumor and she's fought so hard through it. When she hugged me, I felt her energy transfer and it made me want to keep fighting as hard as I could all the way until the last putt dropped in, because she's an amazing person who is fighting a harder battle every day."

Merzbacher shot a four-over par 74 on the second day to finish with a 151, one stroke behind co-medalists Beau Titsworth of Cleveland St. Ignatius and Ian Holt of Stow-Munroe Falls.

Junior Mert Selamet shot a 152 to tie Cincinnati Elder's Daniel Schwarz for fourth.

Sophomore Brady Bohl had a 155 to tie three players for seventh.

"We were really hungry because none of us had won a state championship before, and we know our team's history," Selamet said. "Coach (Craig Zesiger) told us on hole No. 16 that it was really close between us and Centerville, so we made sure we finished strong."

Also competing for Jerome were junior Chad Howard, who tied for 48th with a 166, and junior Michael Harris, who tied for 53rd with a 168.

"Hats off to Centerville because they played really well and made it way closer than I expected it to be," Zesiger said. "Chad Merzbacher and Mert Selamet gave us a good one-two punch. Chad's the most incredible leader and clutch player I've been around, and we call Mert 'The Machine' because he's always steady and produces a good result. But we needed five guys to do this, and they all delivered. Our players are mentally stronger than any other team here, and that's why they're state champions."

•Coffman shot a 336 to place fourth in the state tournament for the third consecutive year.

After shooting a 325 the first day to drop into sixth place, well behind front-runner Jerome (308), the Shamrocks bounced back with a 311 the second day, which was second only to Centerville (309).

"We didn't start off real well the first day, but I'm real proud of the kids because they never quit fighting even though they were facing a big gap and they knew they probably weren't going to reach their ultimate goal," coach David Woodmansee said. "The competition in the state of Ohio was unbelievable, which made it even more special for our kids to compete here and finish so well."

Senior Jack Sparling led Coffman with a 153 to place sixth.

Also competing for the Shamrocks were senior Satoshi Tanaka (156, tied for 11th), sophomore Nick Sparling (164, tied for 35th), junior Brian Truckly (165, tied for 40th) and senior Thomas Shindler (165, tied for 40th).

"It's good to see our three seniors go out on a positive note like this," Woodmansee said. "Jack played with two of the best players in the state (Titsworth and Holt) and when you get a pairing like that it can be intimidating, but he played phenomenal golf all day long (Oct. 22) and had the best round (74) of golf I've seen him play."