During its regular-season finale Oct. 13 against Upper Arlington, the Dublin Coffman High School boys soccer team might have gotten a taste of what it will face in the postseason.

During its regular-season finale Oct. 13 against Upper Arlington, the Dublin Coffman High School boys soccer team might have gotten a taste of what it will face in the postseason.

The second-seeded Shamrocks, who were fifth in last week's Division I state poll, play their district tournament opener Saturday, Oct. 22, at home against 35th-seeded Teays Valley or 39th-seeded Columbus West after being tested in a 1-0 victory over the Golden Bears.

Luke Kiley scored during the final 10 minutes against UA. According to coach Brian Stoddard, the contest was one of the most physical games the Shamrocks have played this season.

Coffman entered the postseason 13-1-2 overall and finished 5-0 in the OCC-Central Division for its first league title since 2013.

"It's the first time we've won (a league title) in a couple years, so it's awesome," senior defender Joey Rudolph said. "I think it's a great way for us to go into the tournament. We played physical and kept winning the balls. We won almost every ball in the back."

Among those joining Rudolph on defense against UA were juniors Jake Lister, Noah Paoletti and Matt Stritar.

Kiley has more than 20 goals on the season for the Shamrocks, who tied Olentangy Liberty at 1 on Oct. 11 and have given up just 12 goals on the season.

If Coffman wins its tournament opener, it will play 19th-seeded Mount Vernon, 23rd-seeded Logan or 28th-seeded Groveport in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 26, at home. The district final is Oct. 29.

The Shamrocks have won five consecutive district titles.

Volleyball team earns perfect league finish

With a 25-16, 25-10, 25-16 victory over UA on Oct. 13, the girls volleyball team finished first in the OCC-Central at 10-0. The Shamrocks have won 125 consecutive league matches and 10 consecutive league titles.

The top-seeded squad for the Division I district tournament was 19-3 overall before playing host to 35th-seeded Marion Harding on Oct. 19 in a second-round match. The winner of that match will play 21st-seeded Hilliard Bradley, 25th-seeded Delaware or 26th-seeded Groveport at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Whitehall in a district semifinal.

The district final is 11 a.m. Oct. 29 at Whitehall.

Coffman lost just seven games during the regular season and hadn't lost a game since Sept. 17 when it fell to Cincinnati Seton 15-25, 26-24, 26-24 before playing its tournament opener.

The Shamrocks were fifth in last week's Division I state poll.

Girls soccer team beats Golden Bears

With a 3-1 victory over UA on Oct. 13, the girls soccer team snapped a six-game winless streak.

Coffman was seeded 19th and opened the Division I district tournament Oct. 18 at home against 37th-seeded Licking Heights, with the winner playing Thursday, Oct. 20, at 18th-seeded Westerville North in the second round. The second-round winner plays top-seeded Gahanna, 28th-seeded Reynoldsburg or 36th-seeded Groveport in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the home of the higher seed.

The district final is Oct. 29.

Hayley Devine, Clare Proctor and Simone Rivard-Roberts each scored one goal against UA.

After losing 2-1 to Davidson on Sept. 13, the Shamrocks went 2-0-7 to close the regular season, including a scoreless tie against Gahanna on Oct. 4.

Field hockey team opens postseason

The 14th-seeded field hockey team began its postseason Oct. 19 with a second-round district tournament game at third-seeded Liberty.

The winner plays sixth-seeded Bexley, seventh-seeded New Albany or ninth-seeded Olentangy in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the home of the higher seed. The district final is Oct. 29 at Liberty.

Coffman closed the regular season Oct. 12 by beating Scioto 2-1 to finish 3-5 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division. The Shamrocks were 4-11 overall heading into the tournament.

Girls golfers to lose two seniors

The girls golf team will lose two seniors in Liz Kim and Sabrina Slama who helped it win its seventh consecutive league championship.

Coffman went 28-0 in the four-round OCC-Capital tournament to finish ahead of Worthington Kilbourne (22-6), Westerville Central (21-7), Marysville (15-13), Bradley (14-14), Grove City (7-21), Westerville North (5-23) and Westerville South (0-28).

The Shamrocks were runners-up with a 341 in the 10-team Mentel Memorial sectional Oct. 4 as Kim tied for third (77) and Slama tied for eighth (81).

In the nine-team district tournament Oct. 11 at The Links at Groveport, Coffman had a four-year run of qualifying to state snapped, as it finished sixth (350) behind state-qualifiers Olentangy Orange (327), Jerome (330) and UA (331).

Kim and Slama both shot 80 to tie for 10th but finished one stroke behind the final individual state qualifier.

"We struggled a little bit with our emotions," coach Randy Patton said. "But we won an OCC title and did some good things this year. Liz is one of the top players I've ever coached."

Kim, who was district medalist a year ago, will play for Ball State, while Slama has committed to Ohio Dominican.

Also competing at district were junior Jooho Oh and sophomores Maria Howard and Olivia Brickey.

Kim shared OCC-Capital medalist honors with Kilbourne senior Ashley Flynn, as both had a 74 average in the league tournament.

Also making first-team all-league were Slama (82.0) and Howard (84.5), while Brickey (94.5) made the second team. Sophomore Star Kinzer was another key player.

Girls tennis team to return strong nucleus

Junior Nethra Thenappan should be the top returnee next season for the girls tennis team.

The Shamrocks finished 14-4 overall and won the OCC-Central at 5-0, ahead of UA (4-1), Davidson (3-2), Marysville (2-3), Central Crossing (1-4) and Westland (0-5). They also reached a district semifinal of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Division I team tournament before losing 3-1 to Liberty on Oct. 5.

Thenappan reached the second round of the district tournament in singles before losing to Centennial sophomore Zoey Weil, the eventual champion, 6-0, 6-0 on Oct. 13 at Davidson. She opened district by beating Westerville Central's Alexandria Shaw 6-3, 6-2.

Thenappan was runner-up in the UA sectional Oct. 6 and 8.

"I thought Nethra played well and was hitting good ground strokes, but Zoey's just a tough player," coach Brett Hundertpfund said. "You can definitely count on her to work hard in the offseason and come back stronger than she was this year."

Also competing at district was the doubles team of seniors Victoria Fan and Skylar Moore, who lost to Liberty's Alexis Brengartner and Elizabeth MacDowell 6-0, 6-2 on Oct. 13 in the first round.

The other singles entrants at sectional were senior Maria Sadek, who lost in a quarterfinal, and freshman Hannah Qin, who lost in the first round.

Also at sectional, the doubles team of juniors Meredith Ainsworth and Darien Blackwell lost in a quarterfinal.

"When we look back, we'll look back at it as a really good season," Hundertpfund said. "We got in the top three in three tournaments we entered and we won an OCC championship for the first time in quite a while. We've got a good group of girls coming back."

Boys golf team losing one senior

Of the boys golf team's postseason competitors, the only senior was Donald Letizia, who tied for 17th with a 77 in the Division I district tournament Oct. 11 at Apple Valley to finish three strokes behind the final individual state qualifier.

Coffman shot 323 in the 13-team sectional Oct. 4 at Clover Valley to earn the fourth and final district-qualifying berth behind champion New Albany (299) as Letizia tied for 14th (79).

The Shamrocks then shot 317 in the 12-team district tournament to place seventh behind champion St. Charles (297). Junior Andrew Simpson had Coffman's second-best district score (79), followed by sophomores Spencer Eiselt (80) and Blake Whitis (81) and junior Alex Werth (92).

"I'm real proud of our guys," first-year coach Scott Sutherland said. "We have a young team. I'm looking forward to what we have coming back. Overall, I'm very happy."

Coffman placed third (13-7) in the four-round OCC-Central tournament, behind UA (20-0) and Davidson (15-5) and ahead of Marysville (8-12), Central Crossing (4-16) and Westland (0-20).

Letizia (79.3 average) and Whitis (79.5) both made second-team all-league, while Simpson (79.8), Werth (81.8) and Eiselt (81.8) all made honorable mention.

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