Despite the loss of his top two players, Marysville High School boys golf coach Jon Wing has been impressed with his team early on.

Despite the loss of his top two players, Marysville High School boys golf coach Jon Wing has been impressed with his team early on.

Twins Morgan and Wyatt Tarrant, both 2015 graduates, led the Monarchs last season as each qualified for the Division I district tournament. Wyatt finished in a nine-way tie for 53rd of 90 competitors with an 83, and Morgan finished in a five-way tie for 64th with an 85.

The Monarchs return only two golfers with varsity experience in seniors Cole Jordan and Blake Kaffenbarger.

"We're a young squad after graduating six seniors last year," said Wing, who is in his second season. "We have two returning letterwinners (in Jordan and Kaffenbarger). I really like that we show up every day ready to work hard."

Last season, Kaffenbarger had a 42.52 average and Jordan averaged 42.96 for nine holes.

Juniors Tyler Lewis and Ryan Skaggs and sophomores A.J. Fisher and Dylan Tremayne played junior varsity last season.

Jordan and Kaffenbarger each shot 86 as the Monarchs finished 12th (340) of 16 teams in the Marysville Invitational on Aug. 12 at Darby Creek behind champion St. Charles (300).

In the Steve Youmans Classic on Aug. 8 at Oakhaven, Marysville finished 12th (337) of 15 teams behind champion Upper Arlington (312) as Jordan and Kaffenbarger each shot 81.

"We've seen a lot of positive golf coming from the young guys and look forward to correcting some mistakes and working on course management and decision thinking," Wing said.

Last season, Marysville finished fifth (11-17) in the OCC-Central Division behind champion UA (27-1).

The first round of the four-round league tournament was postponed Aug. 10 because of bad weather and rescheduled for Sept. 9. League play now begins Monday, Aug. 17, at Turnberry.

"(Olentangy) Liberty is the team to beat this year," Wing said. "They return almost all of their guys from last year and they made it to state as a team last year. Liberty and Upper Arlington are going to be the teams to beat, along with (Dublin) Coffman and Thomas Worthington. Central Crossing is good this year."

Romine back to lead girls golf squad

Senior Emma Romine, coach Bill Romine's daughter, again should lead the girls golf team this season.

She reached the Division I district tournament a year ago, finishing 42nd (98) of 54 competitors.

Romine had a 41.78 average for nine holes and was second-team all-league.

Also back is senior Deanna DeHoff, who had a 44.13 average and was honorable mention all-league. Other returnees are seniors Emily Hunt (49.28) and Shruti Parashar (48.53).

Rounding out the team are junior Sallie Spillman and sophomore Katie Bischoff.

"We'll have a really good year," said coach Romine, who is in his third season. "Our goal is to win the conference. Obviously, Coffman is always a tough opponent. I don't know if we're going to be able to achieve that, but we think this year we have an opportunity. We want to make it out of the sectional to the district and we have a great opportunity to do that."

Marysville opened OCC-Capital play by finishing third (386) behind Coffman (345) and Worthington Kilbourne (347) on Aug. 6 at The Links at Groveport. Romine and DeHoff each shot 85.

The Monarchs then finished second (344) behind Coffman (320) in the second round of league play Aug. 11 at Mentel Memorial. Romine was fourth (77) of 35 players, and DeHoff and Parashar each shot 89.

"I'm not surprised (by the improvement)," coach Romine said. "We have four seniors on the varsity."

Marysville finished eighth (362) of 16 teams in the Gahanna Invitational on Aug. 10 at Jefferson behind champion Dublin Jerome (314). Romine was seventh (78) of 90 golfers, and DeHoff shot 89.

Last season, Marysville finished third (15-8) in the OCC-Capital behind Coffman (23-0) and Kilbourne (19-4).

Tennis team relying on Yoakam, Hunt

The girls tennis team also was affected by graduation, as the Monarchs return just two players with significant varsity experience.

Senior Regan Yoakam played third singles last season and has moved to first singles. Senior Sammie Hunt, who played doubles most of her career, now is playing second singles.

The remaining players are new to varsity.

"Our team goals are to cut down on unforced errors and show steady growth throughout the season," third-year coach John Merriman said.

Last season, Marysville set a program record for wins while finishing 15-6 overall. The Monarchs went 2-5 in the OCC-Central to finish sixth behind champion UA (7-0).

Sophomore Anne Grimm is playing third singles, with juniors Emily McDonald and Kiya Miller at first doubles. Junior Ean See is playing second doubles, with sophomores Lydia Romine and Kylie Wells and freshman Lauren Markert competing for the other spot.

Marysville opened the season by defeating Mount Vernon 3-2 on Aug. 7 at home. Winners were Yoakam 6-1, 6-4 at first singles, Grimm 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) at third singles and McDonald and Miller 7-5, 6-4 at first doubles.

Marysville lost by 3-2 scores at Jonathan Alder on Aug. 10 and at home to Marion Harding on Aug. 11.

Against Jonathan Alder, winners were McDonald and Miller 6-1, 6-0 at first doubles and See and Romine 6-2, 6-1 at second doubles. Against Harding, winners were Hunt 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 at second singles and Grimm 6-2, 6-0 at third singles.

Marysville lost to Wapakoneta 4-1 on Aug. 13 and was 1-3 before playing London on Aug. 14.