While DeSales High School girls golf coach Charlie Mitchell emphasizes daily improvement for his players, he let himself look ahead on the schedule.

While DeSales High School girls golf coach Charlie Mitchell emphasizes daily improvement for his players, he let himself look ahead on the schedule.

The Stallions' final four regular-season matches are at their home course, NorthStar, and Mitchell hopes that will help his players gain the momentum they need to advance from a Division I sectional tournament.

He also thinks having the majority of September matches on courses with which his team is familiar will boost the players' confidence and scores.

"We started off shooting a little lower than we are right now, and that's because of a combination of factors," Mitchell said. "Some of it is that we're on golf courses we've never seen. We'll be at home a lot coming up, especially in mid- to late September, and that familiarity is going to help.

"And they're starting to take to heart some of the things we're showing them. We haven't necessarily been driving well, and the girls aren't always strong enough to get back into a good spot (after a bad drive), but we're starting to see them come around."

Bella Imlay and Maddie Kleinhenz have alternated the first and second spots in DeSales' lineup. Imlay is averaging about 48 per nine holes, while Kleinhenz averages 52.

"We are pretty evenly matched," Imlay said. "Some days, I will have an off day and she will play well. It can go the other way, too. My chipping is pretty good, and then (Kleinhenz) can hit the fairway very well."

Imlay said a recent chipping clinic at NorthStar, part of a series of workshops for teams who play their home matches there, helped her with shots from about 100 yards and in.

"The short game is where you lose the most strokes," Imlay said. "My longer chips are getting better. Usually I am good at short chipping and getting it next to the hole, but 100-yard chips have been hard for me."

The Stallions also will participate in driving and putting clinics this month.

"If you aren't setting up properly, you don't have a chance (for a good shot)," Mitchell said.

Paige Verfurth has been DeSales' No. 3 golfer, ahead of Kennedy Pannell, Shaye Steele and Stephanie Circelli.

Verfurth is a freshman.

"Paige very well could be our first or second golfer, but I like to have seniors in those spots if I can," Mitchell said. "For a freshman, Paige's knowledge of the game is fantastic. She knows how to pitch the ball. Many high school girls struggle in their short game. That is one of Paige's strengths."

DeSales will participate in the fourth and final round of the Mid-Ohio Girls Golf League tournament Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Village View.

The Stallions' home match against Jonathan Alder on Sept. 7 was the first of six matches in September at NorthStar.

Football team getting ready for Indians

Although the football team's next opponent went just 2-8 a year ago, it proved to be one of the Stallions' toughest opponents last season.

DeSales gave up a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns but held on for a 27-22 victory over Canal Winchester in week 3 last year.

The teams will meet for the second time at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at DeSales.

It marks the third of five home games to begin the season for the Stallions, who opened with a 28-7 win over Lancaster on Aug. 25 and beat Mississauga (Ontario) Clarkson 49-12 on Sept. 2.

Canal Winchester opened with a 24-21 double-overtime win over Thomas Worthington on Aug. 26 and beat Athens 21-14 on Sept. 2.

Among those who are back after playing key roles in last year's meeting are Canal Winchester quarterback Trevor Harrison-Rawn, Indians running back Nick Tiell and Stallions running back Alonzo Booth, who attended Canal Winchester as a freshman and sophomore.

Booth rushed for three touchdowns against Clarkson.

In last year's game, Tiell had 113 yards rushing and a touchdown and Harrison-Rawn ran for a score for the Indians, while Booth scored on a 12-yard pass from quarterback Dylan Todd.

Entering the Stallions' game Sept. 2, Todd was serving as the backup quarterback to junior Cole Silvestri, a transfer from Olentangy Liberty. Silvestri completed eight of 12 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown against Lancaster.

"I was here for the last semester of (the 2015-16 school year)," Silvestri said. "I've always liked the football team and the academics here. It's been a lot tougher academically and a tighter brotherhood."

Landis leading way for boys golf team

The boys golf team concentrated on its short game as it entered the second half of the season.

"I tell the team to 'aim small,' 'miss small,' " coach Mike McGoldrick said. "I want them to have a precise target. If they miss the green, just get up and down as well as they can and get out with a par. (Freshman) Michael Cummins is probably our best player in terms of his short game. He's consistently shooting in the low 90s, and for a freshman, I am pretty thrilled with that. I don't think he's ever really taken lessons, so he's making some nice progress."

Rob Landis has been DeSales' No. 1 golfer all season, and before play Aug. 31, he had the team's best round of the year with an 80 on Aug. 16 against Gahanna at The Lakes. McGoldrick called that round, a 349-374 win that also featured scores of 85 from Andrew Richards and Phil Coplen, the team's best so far.

"That was our most balanced round," McGoldrick said. "We've had some solid scores and tended to avoid really big numbers. If they can continue to grind off some strokes, we can shoot up the scoreboard in our tournaments. I'm fine with shooting in the mid-80s now as long as we continue to improve heading toward October."

Landis was averaging 82 before an Aug. 31 match against Hartley, followed by Richards (86), Coplen (89) and Brett Husslein (90).

Cummins and Alex Miller have competed for the fifth spot in the lineup.

Landis shot an 85 to lead DeSales in the CCL preseason tournament Aug. 18 at Denison Golf Club at Granville. The Stallions finished fourth (369) behind St. Charles (295), Watterson (333) and Hartley (339) and ahead of Ready (379).

Cummins shot a 93, followed by Husslein (94), Coplen (97), Ryan Ratchford (106) and Brady Dolan (114).

The CCL postseason tournament is Sept. 25 at Pinnacle.

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Schedules

Below are the coming schedules for the DeSales cross country, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Sept. 10 -- McGowan Invitational at Watkins Memorial

BOYS GOLF

Sept. 10 -- Worthington Christian Invitational at Turnberry

Sept. 13 -- Big Walnut at Champions

GIRLS GOLF

Sept. 12 -- Centerburg and Lakewood at Wyandotte

Sept. 13 -- MOGGL at Village View

BOYS SOCCER

Sept. 10 -- At Hilliard Bradley

*Sept. 13 -- Home vs. Watterson

GIRLS SOCCER

*Sept. 8 -- At Hartley

Sept. 10 -- At Pickerington Central

Sept. 13 -- At Dublin Jerome

GIRLS TENNIS

*Sept. 8 -- At Ready

Sept. 10 -- Reynoldsburg Doubles Invitational

Sept. 12 -- At Franklin Heights

*Sept. 13 -- Hartley at Ohio Dominican University

Sept. 14 -- At Westerville South

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Sept. 8 -- Home vs. Jonathan Alder

*Sept. 12 -- At Columbus School for Girls

Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Big Walnut

*League contest