The Dublin Coffman High School boys and girls soccer teams and senior boys cross country runner Lucas Bons all celebrated league championships last week.
The state's third-ranked boys soccer team beat Upper Arlington 5-1 on Oct. 10 to finish 4-0-1 in the OCC-Central Division.
The girls soccer team played UA to a scoreless tie Oct. 10 but finished 3-0-2 in the OCC-Central to win the title.
On Oct. 14 in the OCC-Central cross country meet at Hilliard Darby, Bons captured his third consecutive league championship after placing 10th as a freshman.
Girls soccer team preps for tourney
On Thursday, Oct. 19, the second-seeded girls soccer team opens the Division I district tournament at home against 41st-seeded Briggs in a second-round game.
The winner plays ninth-seeded Olentangy Orange, 25th-seeded Watkins Memorial or 27th-seeded Pickerington Central in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the home of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 28.
With a 3-1 win over Westerville South on Oct. 14, the Shamrocks improved to 11-1-4 overall.
"They've been working well together, and the cohesion can be seen on and off the field," coach Costa Kalorides said. "We'd like to see the team continue to focus and prepare for each training session and remaining contests."
Through 15 games, Simone Rivard-Roberts had seven goals and Emma Barthel had scored five. Allie Beckman, Ellie Redman, McKenna Schaffer and Haruko Tanaka were leading the defense, according to Kalorides.
Boys soccer team begins tourney
The boys soccer team also is seeded second for the Division I district tournament and opens Saturday, Oct. 21, at home against 39th-seeded Lancaster or 41st-seeded Licking Heights in the second round.
The winner plays 13th-seeded Thomas Worthington, 33rd-seeded Mifflin or 42nd-seeded Walnut Ridge in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the home of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 28.
The Shamrocks closed the regular season with a 2-1 loss Oct. 14 to Olentangy Liberty, which has been the state's No. 1-ranked team most of the season.
Coffman, which got its only goal against Liberty from Emeka Eneli, is 13-1-2 overall.
In its win over UA, Eneli, Luke Kiley, Thomas Fuchik, Matt Stritar and Noah Paoletti all scored.
"With such a difficult schedule to date, it has required a laser focus," coach Brian Stoddard said.
Bons leads runners into postseason
In the boys cross country league meet, Bons ran 15 minutes, 33.09 seconds to win the championship as the Shamrocks took second (60) behind Hilliard Davidson (24).
"It felt great to win," Bons said. "The weather was nice to run in and overall I felt smooth."
Also in the meet, Ryan Bosworth finished fourth (16:14.83) and Alex Dediu was 10th (17:01.88). Arnaldo Gonzalez-Calero (17:43.97), Nate Brown (17:44.64), Collin Gagne (17:48.73) and Cameron Hull (17:49.32) placed 24th through 27th, respectively.
"My team is feeling confident heading into districts," Bons said."
The boys and girls teams will compete in the Division I, district 1 meet Saturday, Oct. 21, at Watkins Memorial. The top five teams and top 20 individuals advance to the regional Oct. 28 at Pickerington North.
The girls were fourth (88) in the league meet behind champion Davidson (22) as Ellie Weber led with a 10th-place finish (19:59.33). She was followed by Leah Jablonski (15th, 20:20.98), Emma Niswonger (18th, 20:38.51) and MacKenzie Meshcer (21st, 20:52.2), while Grace Marsalek (21:26.93), Lydia Ainsworth (21:27.29), Delaney Marsalek (21:27.58) and Dimitra Herbei (21:27.6) were 26th through 29th, respectively.
Field hockey team opens tourney
The 15th-seeded field hockey team was 4-11 before playing second-seeded Columbus Academy on Oct. 17 in the second round of the district tournament.
The winner plays seventh-seeded UA or ninth-seeded Orange in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 24. The district final is Oct. 28 at Liberty.
Volleyball team begins postseason
The top-seeded girls volleyball team opened the Division I district tournament Oct. 18 at home against 42nd-seeded Marion Harding in the second round.
The winner plays 25th-seeded Scioto or 32nd-seeded Thomas in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Whitehall. The district final is Oct. 28 at Whitehall.
With a 25-11, 25-11, 25-13 win over UA on Oct. 10, the Shamrocks completed a 10-0 run through the OCC-Central. They've won 135 consecutive league matches and 11 league titles in a row.
Coffman closed the regular season with a 25-22, 25-18, 25-20 win over Mason on Oct. 14 to improve to 20-2 overall. The Shamrocks were fourth and Mason was fifth in last week's state poll.
Boys golf season ends at district
On Oct. 10 at Apple Valley, the boys golf team finished seventh (328) of 12 teams in the Division I district tournament as Jerome (294) and Liberty (307) advanced to state.
Juniors Blake Whitis (78), Spencer Eiselt (79) and Matt Sopko (84) had the team's top scores, followed by seniors Andrew Simpson (87) and Alex Werth (92).
Whitis finished five strokes behind the final state individual qualifier.
"He played great but just had one bad hole," coach Scott Sutherland said.
Coffman was fourth (328) in a 12-team sectional Oct. 3 at Clover Valley to edge Scioto by one stroke for the final district berth as Sopko and Simpson both shot 81.
Coffman went 16-4 to finish second in the OCC-Central behind UA (18-2) and ahead of Davidson (14-6), Marysville (8-12), Central Crossing (4-16) and Westland (0-20).
Simpson averaged 78.0 to earn first-team all-league honors. Sopko (78.8) and Whitis (79.0) were second-team all-league, and Eiselt (80.3) and senior Drew Shipley (84.8) made honorable mention.
Sophomore Sam Sellman is another eligible to return.
"We had great kids, great parents and the kids worked hard," Sutherland said.
Girls golf team wraps up season
The girls golf team's season ended Oct. 10 with a sixth-place finish (339) in the nine-team Division I district tournament at Cooks Creek as Orange (304) and Jerome (307) advanced to state.
Junior Maria Howard shot a 78 to tie for 16th. Freshman Annika Manjunath (81), junior Olivia Brickey (86), senior Jooho Oh (94) and sophomore Jenna Lynn (96) also competed.
"We've got two sophomores, two freshmen and a junior who will all be back," coach Randy Patton said. "We've got some up-and-coming players that are going to be good. Some bad holes killed us, but besides that the kids played hard."
Also eligible to return is freshman Ava Guilliams, who did not compete in the postseason because of an injury.
Coffman went 16-4 in the OCC-Central to finish behind UA (20-0) and ahead of New Albany (9-11), Davidson (7-13), Canal Winchester (6-14) and Marysville (2-18).
Howard was league Player of the Year with a 75.5 average, and Brickey and Manjunath both averaged 82.3 to make second-team all-league. Oh averaged 88.3 and Guilliams averaged 88.5.
The Shamrocks shot 346 on Oct. 3 in a 12-team sectional at Mentel Memorial to finish third behind Jerome (314) and Gahanna (339).
Most of tennis team eligible to return
All three of its singles entrants in the postseason and six of the top eight players in the program are eligible to return for the girls tennis team.
Freshman Lalasa Nagireddy, who played first singles for much of the regular season but had other commitments and didn't compete in the postseason, should be among the key returnees.
In a Division I sectional held Oct. 6 and 7 at Hilliard Bradley, junior Lena Caruso and sophomore Hannah Qin lost in quarterfinals and sophomore Claire Feit lost in the first round in singles. In doubles, the teams of senior Meredith Ainsworth and junior Alex Kapustin and senior Darien Blackwell and junior Anya Shah lost in quarterfinals.
Coffman went 10-9 overall. In the OCC-Central, the Shamrocks finished second (4-1) behind UA (5-0) and ahead of Marysville (3-2), Davidson (2-3), Central Crossing (1-4) and Westland (0-5).
"We've got a young team, so we're definitely excited as we look forward to next year," coach Brett Hundertpfund said. "The people returning definitely got better as the season went on."