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.

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Schedules

BOYS GOLF

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

GIRLS GOLF

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

GIRLS TENNIS

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

*League contest

Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:

BOYS SOCCER

Aug. 17 -- At Davidson

Aug. 21 -- Home vs. Briggs

GIRLS SOCCER

Aug. 17 -- At Davidson

Aug. 21 -- At Olentangy Liberty

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

*Aug. 21 -- Home vs. Thomas Worthington

*League contest