Last fall, Pierre Southibounnorath was playing his best golf of the season heading into a Division I sectional at Clover Valley.
The standout for the Westerville North High School boys team shot an 80, but lost a one-hole playoff with Big Walnut's Kenny Schneider for the fourth and final district-qualifying spot.
This fall, as a senior, Southibounnorath will take a different route. Instead of Clover Valley, he will tee off Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Darby Creek, where the top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
"I like playing there," Southibounnorath said of Darby Creek. "I get a lot of birdies there."
Southibounnorath was runner-up medalist in the OCC-Buckeye Division, averaging 75.25 over the four league rounds to finish behind Westerville Central's Josh Qian (72.75) and earn first-team all-league honors.
In the final round Sept. 12 at Darby Creek, Southibounnorath shot a 74. That bodes well for sectional.
"Pierre shot a 74 and had a three-putt on 18," coach Bob Markin said. "He played really well and could have even had a 70 or 71. He had a really solid round."
Markin said the Warriors settled on Darby Creek after their first sectional choice, Turnberry, already had been filled. Southibounnorath shot a 71 there Aug. 7 in the opening round of league play.
"At Darby (Creek), Pierre is one of the top three of four players there, and some of those will advance (to district) with their teams," Markin said. "Anything can happen on any given day. He's starting on the back nine, which I think is the more difficult side. If he can get through that at even par or 1-over, I think he has a really good shot at getting out."
Markin said Southibounnorath has the proper temperament to excel in the postseason.
"Pierre doesn't get rattled," Markin said. "He's really even-keeled and is good at putting bad shots behind him. Once he hits the (bad) shot, it's gone."
Southibounnorath is happy with his game as he prepares for sectional. He wants to make the most of his final postseason.
"I'm doing well with my approach and my driver is doing well," he said. "I'm playing pretty well and I have a good understanding of my game right now."
Calhoun, Moore leading girls volleyball team
Cameron Calhoun and Addy Moore have led the girls volleyball team through 14 matches.
Calhoun, a senior middle hitter, had a team-high 75 kills to go with 25 blocks. Moore, a sophomore setter, led North with 158 assists.
The Warriors were 6-9 overall after defeating Columbus Academy 27-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23 on Sept. 24 and 1-3 in the OCC-Buckeye before playing Olentangy Orange on Sept. 25.
Other top contributors have included junior setter Lynn Burton (128 assists, 17 aces), junior middle hitter Clarke Gilchrist (team-high 37 blocks, 60 kills, 16 aces) senior outside hitter Maddy Hinz (team-high 19 aces, 73 kills, 80 digs), junior libero Ameena Freeman (team-high 127 digs, 18 aces) and senior right-side hitter Mackenzie Lykins (48 kills, 16 blocks).
The Warriors won their first league match by defeating Westerville South 25-13, 25-23, 25-22 on Sept. 20. Hinz had nine kills, Gilchrist had six kills and three blocks and Burton added nine assists.
Below are the coming schedules for the North cross country, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 29 -- Midwest Meet of Champions at Hilliard Bradley
Oct. 2 -- Division I sectional at Darby Creek. The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
Oct. 2 -- Division I sectional at Royal American. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
*Oct. 2 -- Home vs. Westerville South
Sept. 27 -- Home vs. Olentangy Berlin
*Oct. 1 -- At South
*Oct. 1 -- At Olentangy Orange
*Sept. 27 -- Home vs. Westerville Central. The Warriors lost to the Warhawks 23-25, 25-12, 18-25, 25-23, 16-14 on Sept. 4.
*Oct. 2 -- At Olentangy. The Warriors lost to the Braves 25-13, 25-14, 25-17 on Sept. 6.