New coaches bring new philosophies to a program, and Colleen Baker is no exception.
The first-year coach of the Hilliard Bradley High School girls tennis team expects her players to have a good attitude, show confidence and give their all when they take the court.
Baker was an assistant with the Jaguars last fall under Donna Long, who retired after leading the program for three seasons.
"We call it ACE -- Attitude, Confident and Effort," said Baker, who also will coach the boys team in the spring. "We want to make sure we have a great attitude when we take the court, have confidence in ourselves and our abilities and give a total effort on the court. If you do that, you can do well against anyone."
The Jaguars, who finished 16-5 overall last season, return three starters in seniors Corinne Dixon and Cat Whetstone and sophomore Nina Kisin.
"It's great having a new coach," Dixon said. "She plays tennis, has a lot of experience and has been awesome. I'm really excited because it's my final year and I want leave my mark on the team."
Dixon will play first singles, with Kisin at second singles.
Baker said the Jaguars have several options to fill the third singles court as well as both doubles teams. Candidates include Whetstone, seniors Karay Hill and Aubrey Hudson, junior Evelina Tumash, sophomores Reyann Askar, Anoushka Panganamamula, Dhriti Sanyasi and Jillian Weita and freshman Madison Kennedy.
"We have good leaders who have played for the last few years," said Baker, whose team opened Aug. 14 at Watkins Memorial. "We're loaded down in singles, but we're trying to develop some doubles players.
"They all seem excited to be out this season and they are working to get better. They are going to grow a lot and will be so much better at the end of the season than they are today."
Last fall, Bradley went 4-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to tie Dublin Scioto and Thomas Worthington for second behind Dublin Jerome (6-0). The Jaguars open league play Thursday, Aug. 16, at home against Thomas.
"We have been working on the mental aspects of the sport as well as the physical," Baker said. "I think the mental aspects will be so helpful, especially in the league."
Hribar to lead girls golf team
Senior Christy Hribar returns to lead the girls golf team under first-year coach Chuck Burkhart.
Hribar earned second-team all-OCC-Cardinal honors last fall and had a strong start in league play this season, shooting a 90 to lead the Jaguars in the first round of the league tournament Aug. 8 at Westchester.
"Christy has set herself apart from the rest, but the rest of the girls are really close and will be challenging for spots in the lineup," said Burkhart, who was an assistant under four-year coach Jeff Pontius. "The lineup will be based on how the scores have been going for the previous few matches."
Bradley finished third (388) in the opening round of the four-round OCC-Cardinal tournament, behind Jerome (338) and Delaware (362) and ahead of Scioto (426), Worthington Kilbourne (459) and Darby (476). Thomas and Olentangy Berlin did not have team scores.
Junior Lindsey Thom (95) was next for the Jaguars, followed by sophomores April Parkin (99), Callie Hribar (104) and Allie Waggener (106).
The second round was Aug. 15 at Royal American.
Also on the roster are seniors Emma Walls and Michaela Medich and juniors Madison Marshall, Savannah Montgomery and Rachael Rice. Walls made honorable mention all-league last year.
"We have improved quite a bit over the summer from where we were last fall," said Burkhart, whose team finished third (17-7) in the league last year behind Jerome (24-0) and Delaware (19-5). "They have been pretty consistent, but we need to get better in the short game -- chipping and putting."
Four golfers return for boys team
Fourth-year boys golf coach Scott Allen is looking for a fifth player to complement his top four competitors.
Juniors Michael Chapman and Tyler Mordarski join sophomores Tison Alexander and Luke Lehman as returning starters for the Jaguars.
"We're not sure who will take that fifth spot right now," Allen said. "I still would qualify us as a young varsity team. All four of (the returnees) have varsity experience because we started two freshmen and two sophomores last year."
The Jaguars finished fifth (7-17) in the OCC-Cardinal last season behind champion Jerome (22-1).
They got out to a strong start in the league this season, finishing fourth (323) in the first round Aug. 7 at Apple Valley behind Jerome (298), Berlin (317) and Delaware (319) and ahead of Darby (344), Thomas (348), Kilbourne (349) and Scioto (369).
Alexander carded a 72 to finish third behind Jerome's Ethan Snyder (69) and Mason Wagner (71). Mordarski (80) was next for the Jaguars, followed by Chapman (81), Lehman (90) and junior Travis Manring (91).
In the second round Aug. 13 at Turnberry, Alexander was medalist with a 71 as Bradley finished second (311) behind Jerome (296). Berlin (319) was third, followed by Delaware (330), Kilbourne (346), Thomas (350), Scioto (360) and Darby (362).
"We should see more consistency this year with (fewer) bad rounds," Allen said. "The difference is, as the kids get more experience, their bad rounds will be in the 80s instead of the 90s."
Also on the team are senior Josh Stoof, sophomore Zach Franks and freshman Griffin Dixon.
Aug. 4 -- Thomas Worthington Preview at Delaware Golf Club
Aug. 6 -- Fairfield Federal Invitational at Turnberry
Aug. 7 -- OCC-Cardinal at Apple Valley
Aug. 8 -- Marysville Invitational at Darby Creek
Aug. 9 -- New Albany Eagle Invitational at New Albany Links
Aug. 13 -- OCC-Cardinal at Turnberry
Aug. 23 -- Darby at Darby Creek
Aug. 29 -- OCC-Cardinal at Darby Creek
Sept. 4 -- Dublin Scioto at Darby Creek
Sept. 5 -- Darby and Davidson at Heritage
Sept. 8 -- Grove City Invitational at Hickory Hills
Sept. 10 -- Golden Bear Invitational at Zanesville Country Club
Sept. 12 -- OCC-Cardinal at Denison Golf Club
Sept. 13 -- Davidson and Grove City at Heritage
Sept. 18 -- Dublin Scioto and Grove City at Pinnacle
Sept. 20 -- Dublin Scioto at Darby Creek
Sept. 22 -- Howlett Invitational at Worthington Hills
Sept. 25 -- Marysville at Darby Creek
Sept. 27 -- Marysville at Darby Creek
Sept. 29 -- Pickerington Central Fall Invitational at Turnberry
Aug. 7 -- Thomas Worthington at Rolling Meadows
Aug. 8 -- OCC-Cardinal at Westchester
Aug. 13 -- Westerville North at Raymond
Aug. 14 -- Davidson at Mentel Memorial
Aug. 15 -- OCC-Cardinal at Royal American
Aug. 23 -- Westerville South at Thorn Apple
Aug. 30 -- OCC-Cardinal at Cooks Creek
Sept. 4 -- Thomas Worthington at Mentel Memorial
Sept. 5 -- OCC-Cardinal at Mentel Memorial
Sept. 10 -- Westerville North at Royal American
Sept. 13 -- Grove City at Oakhurst
Sept. 19 -- Davidson at Darby Creek
Sept. 22 -- Marysville Invitational at Darby Creek
Sept. 24 -- Grove City at Thorn Apple
Sept. 25 -- Westerville South at Royal American
Sept. 27 -- Superintendents Cup at Thorn Apple
Aug. 14 -- at Watkins Memorial
Aug. 15 -- at Lancaster
*Aug. 16 -- vs. Thomas Worthington
*Aug. 21 -- at Olentangy Berlin
Aug. 22 -- at Whetstone
*Aug. 23 -- at Worthington Kilbourne
*Aug. 28 -- vs. Delaware
*Aug. 30 -- at Dublin Jerome
*Sept. 4 -- at Dublin Scioto
Sept. 5 -- vs. Bexley
*Sept. 6 -- vs. Darby
Sept. 10 -- vs. Gahanna
Sept. 11 -- at Pickerington Central
Sept. 13 -- at Olentangy Liberty
Sept. 19 -- vs. Grove City
Sept. 20 -- vs. DeSales
Sept. 22 -- Kim Shepherd Doubles Classic at Davidson
Sept. 25 -- at Reynoldsburg
Sept. 26 -- at Westerville North
Sept. 27 -- vs. Davidson
Oct. 2 -- vs. Worthington Christian
Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Aug. 17 -- At Davidson
Aug. 21 -- Home vs. Briggs
Aug. 17 -- At Davidson
Aug. 21 -- At Olentangy Liberty
*Aug. 21 -- Home vs. Thomas Worthington