John Catanzarite was seeking a little more consistency when he represented the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys golf team in the Division I district tournament Oct. 10 at Apple Valley.
Competing in a sectional Oct. 3 at Darby Creek, the junior shot a 74 to place sixth overall. That score made him the top individual district qualifier at the site.
But it was the way Catanzarite qualified that amazed him and coach Gavin Meeks.
"He started on the back nine and he was 4-over (par) coming to No. 18 and I was thinking he's going to need a real strong front nine," Meeks said. "Then he double-bogeyed on 18 for a 42. He was miffed and out of sorts, so I just got out of his way."
That's when Catanzarite turned around his game, completing the front nine in 32 shots.
"It was crazy," said Catanzarite, who shot an 82 in his first district appearance last season. "I got to No. 1 and I told myself I had to give it 110 percent, stay focused, be aggressive and not let up. My driving was a bit better and I hit seven greens. I got eagle on No. 4 when I drained a 30-foot putt. That gave me an adrenaline rush. I had never felt that type of fire inside. But I had to be careful because the last time I had an eagle this year, I followed with a triple(-bogey)."
The Wolves finished ninth (343) in the 13-team sectional, as the top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district. Junior Carson Daugherty shot an 84 to tie for 27th of 71 golfers.
Also competing for Kilbourne were Mark Towns (89), Evan Fisher (96) and Garrett Meeks (96).
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the state tournament Oct. 20 and 21 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Abbott leads girls golfers at sectional
Junior Trixie Abbott came up just short of representing the girls golf team in the Division I district tournament Oct. 10 at Cooks Creek.
In a sectional Oct. 3 at Westchester, Abbott shot an 84 to tie Teays Valley's Alle Sprague for 11th overall and for the third and final individual district-qualifying spot. Sprague won the tiebreaker on the first playoff hole to advance to district.
The Wolves finished eighth (452) in the 11-team sectional, as the top three teams advanced to district.
Also competing for Kilbourne were seniors Madalyn Hopkins (100), Emily Loy (103) and Brea Galvin (109) and junior Jenna Mains (109).
The Wolves finished 7-17 in the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament to place fifth, behind Dublin Jerome (24-0), Delaware (19-5), Hilliard Bradley (17-7) and Dublin Scioto (10-14) and ahead of Hilliard Darby (4-20) and Thomas (3-21).
Also on the roster was freshman Hannah Kramer.
Begley paces boys in Eisenhart meet
Jack Begley finished 16th of 234 runners in 16 minutes, 33.8 seconds and Tanner Williams was 23rd (16:42.4) in the Les Eisenhart Invitational on Oct. 7 at Thomas, as the boys cross country team finished 11th (311 points) behind champion Olentangy Liberty (85) in a 26-team field.
Also scoring for the Wolves were Max Shafran (86th, 17:38.9), Chris Velade (101st, 17:49.6) and John Cuozzo (105th, 17:51.1).
The girls team finished 12th (323) of 23 teams, behind champion Liberty (62), as Keira Smith (29th, 20:08.2) and Sasha Bomser (30th, 20:13.1) led the Wolves in the 155-runner field.
Also scoring for Kilbourne were Madeline Allen (54th, 20:55.9), Sydney Shannon (101st, 22:09.4) and Amya Harris (112th, 22:26.7).
The boys and girls teams will compete in the OCC-Cardinal meet Saturday, Oct. 14, at Darby.
Girls tennis season ends at sectional
No members of the girls tennis team qualified for the Division I district tournament.
In a sectional Oct. 6 and 7 at Bradley, seniors Kate Worster and Rose Hampshire defeated Westland's Genesis Perez and Samantha Khoun 6-4, 6-1 in the first round of doubles before losing 6-1, 6-0 to top-seeded Vicki Chang and Reagan Resor of Jerome.
Also in doubles, senior Alysia Sanchez and freshman Rhea Taneja lost to Scioto's Sydney Davis and Julia Trotti 6-2, 6-0 in the first round.
In singles, junior Elizabeth Costello beat Independence's Serenity Triplett 6-0, 6-0 before losing to Hilliard Davidson's Kaitlyn Quinn 6-2, 6-0 in the second round, sophomore Hannah Lindaman fell to Bradley's Casey Mignery 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round and junior Chloe Howard lost to Scioto's Peyton Shaffer 6-0, 6-0 in a play-in match.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles at sectional advanced to district.
Also on the roster for the Wolves, who finished 2-12 overall and 0-6 in the OCC-Cardinal, was junior Lauren Lemmon.
Below are the coming schedules for the Kilbourne field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 12 -- Home vs. Thomas
Oct. 18 -- Home vs. 10th-seeded Bexley or 11th-seeded Dublin Jerome in second round of district tournament. The Wolves are seeded sixth of 17 teams.
Oct. 18 -- At 17th-seeded Delaware in first round of Division I district tournament. The Wolves are seeded 27th of 47 teams.
Oct. 16 -- At 13th-seeded Upper Arlington in first round of Division I district tournament. The Wolves are seeded 13th of 42 teams.
Oct. 17 -- Home vs. 46th-seeded Central Crossing in first round of Division I district tournament. The Wolves are seeded sixth of 50 teams.