With its gymnasium floor undergoing needed repairs the past six weeks, the Dublin Scioto High School girls volleyball team was forced to move most of its home matches to Davis Middle School.
For many of the players, playing at Davis brought back fond memories.
"At first, it was a little disappointing, but it's been fun playing back at our middle school," senior middle hitter Madison Heasley said. "We had larger crowds. It's been a lot louder and more fun. It was weird at first because we were back to eighth grade, but it's been fun."
The Irish, whose roster is comprised mainly of Davis graduates, have been practicing all season in the auxiliary gym at Scioto. According to coach Jackie Wilson, that venue is not suitable for matches.
"There's something a little nostalgic about playing at their old middle school, and Davis has such a nice facility," Wilson said.
Wilson said the repairs to the gym floor at the high school will be completed earlier than expected and that the Irish will be able to play host to Logan at the venue on Wednesday, Oct. 11, in their regular-season finale. Wilson added that the team is scheduled to return to practice at Scioto on Friday, Oct. 6.
The Irish were 6-12 overall and 3-6 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before playing Thomas Worthington on Oct. 3.
"We expected to be a little bit better than this, but we knew our conference was going to be good and all six of those losses were good, competitive losses," Wilson said. "We've just been on the losing side of some really good matches. Some of that is the youth of our team. ... The best part of (the players) is that even though we've lost these close matches, they have not given up on their season."
Scioto was swept by league champion Worthington Kilbourne, but both matches against the Wolves were competitive, as the Irish lost 25-23, 25-18, 25-23 on Sept. 18 and 25-12, 25-21, 24-26, 20-25, 15-9 on Aug. 31.
"We have to be more consistent," Heasley said. "Being upbeat will get us through the rest of the season."
The boys and girls golf teams competed in Division I sectionals Oct. 3.
The boys team competed in a sectional at Clover Valley, where the top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the district tournament Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Apple Valley.
Scioto shot a 328 in the 17-team Jerome Honorary Invitational on Sept. 30 at Tartan Fields to tie Cincinnati Moeller for fourth (328), behind champion Jerome (311).
Nic Rath led the Irish with a 79, followed by Nathan Tacosik (82), Matt Magno (83), Braytton Krock (84) and Dakotah Marshall (114).
The girls team competed in a sectional at Mentel Memorial, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 10 at Cooks Creek.
From both district tournaments, the top two teams and two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to their respective state tournaments Oct. 20 and 21 at Ohio State.
Senior Cesar Arellano led the boys cross country team in the Midwest Meet of Champions on Sept. 30 at Hilliard Darby, placing fourth of 194 runners in a program-record 15 minutes, 15 seconds.
The previous record of 15:34 was set by Luis Carbajal in 2010.
Scioto finished 12th (281) of 28 teams, behind champion Perrysburg (153).
Tyler Mielke was 19th (15:56.02) and Sam Thomas finished 33rd (16:20.49).
The girls finished third (93) of 16 teams in the Springfield Buck Creek Invitational on Sept. 30, behind champion West Liberty-Salem (43).
Audrey Bannister placed second (18:31.1) of 208 runners, followed by Shiana Cochran (18th, 20:50.4), Yosolajesu Olujide-Ajibade (29th, 21:44.1), Ally Thornbloom (32nd, 21:45.6) and Felicity Paez (36th, 21:50.3).
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto cross country, field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 7 -- Les Eisenhart Invitational at Thomas Worthington
Oct. 5 -- At Bexley
Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Hartley
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Jerome
Oct. 5 -- Home vs. Centennial
*Oct. 10 -- At Jerome
Oct. 5, 7 -- Division I sectional at Hilliard Bradley. Top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 12 at Bradley and Oct. 14 at Upper Arlington.
*Oct. 5 -- At Hilliard Bradley. The Irish defeated the Jaguars 17-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18, 15-10 on Sept. 20.
*Oct. 10 -- At Jerome. The Irish defeated the Celtics 25-13, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18 on Sept. 12.
Oct. 11 -- Home vs. Logan