The performance the Dublin Coffman High School boys golf team put together during a Division I sectional Oct. 2 at Darby Creek was what it had been hoping to see for weeks.
All five of the Shamrocks' players shot in the mid-70s to produce a team score of 300, which gave the program its first championship since 2012.
It also gave Coffman a jolt of confidence heading into the district tournament Oct. 9 at Apple Valley, where the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
"First of all, it feels great," senior Matt Sopko said. "We knew that we had it in us to post a really solid team number. We've just been searching for consistency. It was extremely encouraging to see everybody play well in a high-pressure situation. It's been a little up and down over the past few weeks."
Coffman edged St. Charles (302) for the championship at the 13-team sectional.
Junior Jacob Hazen shot a 74 to tie three others for first and Sopko and junior Sam Sellman each shot a 75 to tie for fifth. Seniors Spencer Eiselt and Blake Whitis both shot 76 to tie for 10th.
"We've had a lot of good opportunities this season to score well, and (at the sectional) it fell into place," Hazen said. "We feel like all the hard work our team has put in over the summer and season is beginning to pay off."
Coffman was a sectional runner-up each year from 2013-15 but had placed fourth at sectional each of the past two seasons.
"(The sectional title) was kind of a surprise," coach Scott Sutherland said. "They pretty much all have played low-80s golf for a few weeks now. We've been working hard but haven't seen the results lately. We had a really nice early-season run where we finished in the top two and had a couple top fives. School started and there were some other distractions, and we haven't played very well as of late. (At the sectional) we actually had five good (scores). We didn't get ourselves in trouble off the tee. I saw a lot of good tee shots and we made a lot of short putts that we've missed in the past."
Boys soccer team battles for OCC title
After falling behind Jerome early in the second half Oct. 4, the boys soccer team got a tying goal from Ryan Sommerfeld with 11 minutes remaining.
The Shamrocks, who beat the Celtics 2-1 during the regular season and 5-0 in a Division I regional final last season, ended up with a 1-all tie against Jerome to improve to 10-2-2 overall.
Coffman was 4-0 in the OCC-Central and had a chance to wrap up the league title when it played Upper Arlington on Oct. 9.
The Shamrocks close the regular season Saturday, Oct. 13, at the state's second-ranked team, Cincinnati Moeller.
"We had a great first 20 minutes, (Jerome) had a nice 15 to 20 minutes toward the end of the first half and poached the goal," coach Brian Stoddard said. "We showed some character in coming back and fighting through that adversity. That was maybe the fifth or sixth game where we've come from behind, so I think it shows character in being able to do that. In the rivalry games, it's hard to really play your style when these guys live a block away from each other."
Coffman is the fifth seed for the Division I district tournament and opens Oct. 20 with a second-round game at home against 35th-seeded Teays Valley or 45th-seeded Columbus West.
"We'll see how (the rest of the season) shakes out," Stoddard said. "We're young. I think we're a pretty decent team."
Volleyball team tries to defend title
The girls volleyball team entered its match against Central Crossing on Oct. 9 needing a win to earn at least a share of its 12th consecutive league championship.
The Shamrocks entered the contest on a 143-match league winning streak and were 16-3 overall and 8-0 in the OCC-Central. Upper Arlington, which was 7-1 in the league before playing Marysville on Oct. 9, visits Coffman on Thursday, Oct. 11, to close league action.
The Shamrocks end the regular season Saturday, Oct. 13, at Mason, which was 15-4 before playing Cincinnati Mercy McAuley on Oct. 9.
Coffman is the No. 2 seed in the Division I district tournament and will open Tuesday, Oct. 16, at home against 49th-seeded Franklin Heights.
In a 25-13, 25-12, 25-14 win over Marysville on Oct. 4, Riley Wagoner and Mackenzie Curry both had nine kills, Lexi Piekarski had 13 digs, Jacy Sheldon had 33 assists and Angel Barrett had nine serves received.
Girls soccer team earns league title
The girls soccer team had an opportunity to win the outright OCC-Central championship Oct. 9 when it played host to UA.
The Shamrocks earned at least a share of the title when it beat Central Crossing 2-0 on Oct. 2. Before playing the Golden Bears, Coffman was 9-2-2 overall and 4-0 in the league.
Hilliard Davidson was second in the league at 3-1 before playing Marysville on Oct. 9.
The Shamrocks play host to Delaware on Thursday, Oct. 11, and close the regular season Saturday, Oct. 13, at home against Springboro.
Coffman is the fourth seed for the Division I district tournament and will open Oct. 18 at home against 25th-seeded Thomas Worthington or 26th-seeded DeSales in a second-round game.
Girls golfers battle for state berth
The girls golf team competed in the nine-team Division I district tournament Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
The top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
On Oct. 2 at Mentel Memorial, the Shamrocks were runners-up (333) in an 11-team sectional behind Upper Arlington (319).
Senior Maria Howard shot a 74 to tie UA's Emily Hummer for second behind Olentangy Berlin's Leila Raines (72). Sophomore Annika Manjunath shot an 84 to tie for seventh, followed by sophomore Ava Guilliams (86), senior Olivia Brickey (89) and junior Jenna Lynn (91).
Doubles team advances to district
The doubles team of seniors Alex Kapustin and Anya Shah will represent the girls tennis program at the Division I district tournament Thursday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at Reynoldsburg.
Kapustin and Shah open against Olentangy Orange's Livie Mauger and Caroline Sproule, who were champions at the Pickerington Central sectional. The top four finishers at district advance to the state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Kapustin and Shah placed fourth at the Upper Arlington sectional Oct. 5 and 6.
Also at sectional, senior Lena Caruso and sophomore Ria Singhal lost in the second round in doubles, and juniors Claire Feit and Hannah Qin and sophomore Cassi Shough all lost in quarterfinals in singles.
Field hockey team preps for tourney
The field hockey team opens the district tournament Oct. 18 with a second-round game against ninth-seeded Bexley or 10th-seeded Granville.
Coffman is the 12th seed.
The Shamrocks beat Scioto 1-0 on Oct. 3 on a goal by Ashley Crotty and Hartley 1-0 on Oct. 8 as Mia Citino scored to improve to 7-8 overall. Coffman was 3-4 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division before closing the regular season Oct. 10 against Upper Arlington.
Runners getting set for league meet
The boys and girls cross country teams will compete in the OCC-Central meet Saturday, Oct. 13, at Davidson.
Many of the Shamrocks' top runners did not compete in the Les Eisenhart Invitational on Oct. 6 at Thomas Worthington.
The boys finished 15th (428 points) of 21 teams, behind champion Gahanna (115), as Evan Burton led with a 69th-place finish (18 minutes, 1 second), while the girls were 19th (494) of 20 teams, behind champion Centerville (59), as Jaela Proper finished 91st (22:42).
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 13 – OCC-Cardinal meet at Hilliard Davidson
Oct. 11 – Home vs. Franklin Heights
Oct. 17 – Home vs. 32nd-seeded Logan in first round of Division I district tournament. The Irish are seeded 20th.
Oct. 13 – At Bellville Clear Fork
Oct. 15 – Home vs. 40th-seeded Marion Harding in first round of Division I district tournament. The Irish are seeded 18th.
*Oct. 11 – Home vs. Jerome. The Irish defeated the Celtics 10-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-16 on Sept. 13.
Oct. 15 – Home vs. 45th-seeded Walnut Ridge in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays 44th-seeded Briggs in the second round Oct. 17 at home of higher seed. The Irish are seeded ninth.