With 2010 OCC-Ohio Division Player of the Year Scot Sapp and last year's league runner-up, Garrett Brickley, poised to lead the Pickerington High School North boys golf team this season, sophomore Alex Weiss may have been under the radar.

With 2010 OCC-Ohio Division Player of the Year Scot Sapp and last year's league runner-up, Garrett Brickley, poised to lead the Pickerington High School North boys golf team this season, sophomore Alex Weiss may have been under the radar.

But in the Division I state tournament Oct. 21 and 22 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course, it was Weiss carrying the flag for the Panthers.

The Panthers' lone state qualifier, the sophomore shot a 24-over-par 168 to tie for 53rd behind co-champions Ian Holt of Stow-Munroe Falls and Beau Titsworth of Cleveland St. Ignatius, both of whom shot 150.

It wasn't the ending Weiss wanted to his season, but it didn't erase the fact that he had shot a then-program-record round of 68 early in the season and had only a handful of rounds in which he didn't shoot in the 70s.

Sapp broke Weiss' record with a 67 in the Dublin Invitational on Aug. 17 at Golf Club of Dublin. Then in the North Invitational on Sept. 3 at Pine Hill, Brickley tied Sapp's mark.

"He didn't play the way he wanted, but it was still a tremendous experience for him," coach Casey Milligan said of Weiss. "He got to state and that's something he'll remember the rest of his life."

Weiss shot 80 in the first round at state, 40 on both the front and back nine, but on the second day he shot 47 on the front nine and 41 on the back nine. He was 4-over par on the last three holes the first day, then was even par on the same stretch the next day.

"He made a lot of pars, but it was those few big numbers that hurt him," Milligan said. "He couldn't buy a putt. He's always been a great putter; it's been those six-, seven- and eight-footers that have made for good rounds for him.

"(The second round at state) was the highest he shot all year. He was behind the 8-ball a lot of the weekend, but he had some good stretches."

Weiss shot 84 in the sectional tournament Oct. 4 at The Players Club at Foxfire, finishing third on his team behind Sapp, a sophomore, and junior Kevin Hannah, both of whom shot an 80.

Those rounds powered North to a fourth-place finish (331) at sectional and a berth in the district tournament Oct. 11 at Apple Valley, where Weiss shot a 1-under-par 71 to earn co-medalist honors with Dublin Coffman's Satoshi Tanaka and a state berth.

North shot 312 at district to finish eighth, as the top three teams - Dublin Jerome (296), Upper Arlington (297) and Dublin Coffman (299) - earned state berths.

That might have been the only blemish on the Panthers' season. They set a program record for wins, finishing 212-41 overall, and went 28-0 in the OCC-Ohio to win their seventh consecutive league championship.

Gahanna (22-6) finished second in the league, followed by Lancaster (19-9), Grove City (16-12), Pickerington Central (12-16), Reynoldsburg (9-19), Newark (6-22) and Groveport (0-28).

North will lose one senior in Kyle Thibaut but expects to return Brickley, Hannah, Sapp and Weiss.

"We have a nice number of guys who will have a chance to make an impact next year," Milligan said.

"Our junior high team went undefeated, too, and those guys will be moving up."

•Central finished 74-100 overall and fifth in the OCC-Ohio.

The Tigers will lose two seniors in Nick Bottoms and Shane Elzroth, the latter of whom was part of Central's most recent district-qualifying team in 2009.

Expected to return are junior Park Lukich, sophomores Rodney Howell and Trevor McArthur and freshman Nate Neek and Nick Vandervoort.

Elzroth paced the Tigers this season, shooting 80 in the sectional tournament Oct. 4 at Darby Creek to qualify for district as an individual. He shot 79 at district, four shots shy of qualifying for state, and had the team's three best individual rounds - 75 in the North Invitational on Sept. 3 at Pine Hill, 76 in the Kent Miller Colonial Fall Classic on Aug. 27 at Hiawatha and 77 in a tri-match Aug. 24 at Jefferson Country Club.

Central placed 11th (348) in the 14-team sectional, as Coffman (296), Hilliard Davidson (317), Olentangy Liberty (323) and Big Walnut (324) advanced to district.