As her second season winds down, Dublin Scioto High School field hockey coach Megan Kinnison believes she has the program heading in the right direction.
The Irish are 2-11-1 overall and went 0-7-1 in the Central Ohio High School Field Hockey League-West Division.
"We have a lot better offense compared to last year," Kinnison said. "Last year, we scored one goal and it came on a (penalty) stroke. This year, we have 13 goals (through 13 games). Our offense is definitely a lot better. Offense isn't the issue."
Scioto closes the regular season Thursday, Oct. 11, at Columbus School for Girls before preparing to play at fourth-seeded Watterson in the second round of the district tournament Monday, Oct. 15.
The Irish are seeded 16th of 18 teams.
"I'm interested to see how the girls are going to do (in the district tournament)," Kinnison said.
"I'm interested to see how they play from when we first started."
Scioto lost 1-0 to Coffman on Oct. 3. As time ran out, the Irish were around the Shamrocks' cage, pressuring to score.
Goalkeeper Christina Redfox had six saves for the Irish, who had lost to Coffman 4-0 last season.
The Irish tied Olentangy Berlin at 1 on Sept. 26 and lost 1-0 to Hartley on Sept. 19. Holland Bell scored against Berlin.
Both of Scioto's wins came against Lancaster.
The Irish defeated the Golden Gales 5-1 on Sept. 5 and 4-2 on Sept. 17.
"I definitely think we're getting better," senior defender Emily Oetter said.
"We're bonding and everyone here is focused because we learned from last season and we did a lot in the offseason and focused on our skills and asked for help when we needed it."
The Irish's continued improvement has earned the praise of opposing coaches, including Coffman's Jeff Goliver.
"I love it when Scioto does well and I love their coach," Goliver said. "She is fantastic. We had a couple of games this season where she was very positive about growing the game in Dublin. It doesn't help anyone grow the game if teams are 0-16 year after year, so seeing them get competitive makes me very proud of Dublin."
Girls tennis players qualify for district
The girls tennis team will be represented in the Division I district tournament Thursday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at Reynoldsburg by Nicole Santoso in singles and the doubles team of Maddy Baughman and Maggie Szabo.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Santoso earned the district berth by finishing first at sectional Oct. 5 and 6 at Hilliard Bradley. She defeated Thomas Worthington's Sarina Xie 6-1, 7-5 in the final.
"Nicole showed great poise taking the first set," coach Sean Gilbert said.
"Xie is a strong player, so we knew that she would put it together as she did in the second set. Nicole was able to put Xie in difficult spots to make shots and outlasted her. Being ranked the No. 1 seed heading into the tournament and then backing it up with her play to finish first is a tremendous accomplishment for Nicole."
Baughman and Szabo finished fourth at sectional, losing to Bradley's Corrine Dixon and Nina Kisin 6-1, 6-2 in the third-place match.
"It was good experience for Maddy and Maggie to play teams of that caliber as it will help them prepare for what to expect at the district tournament," Gilbert said.
"I am thrilled for them as they have worked hard to achieve the accomplishment of qualifying for district."
Also at sectional, Ashima Srivastava and Peyton Shaffer each went 1-1 in singles and Sydney Davis and Julia Trotti went 1-1 in doubles.
"I was extremely proud of how the entire team played at the sectional tournament," Gilbert said.
"Everyone won at least one match and gained valuable experience. This year's sectional was another step in the right direction for the program, as the ladies played at a high level and showed great improvement from an already strong showing last year."
Girls golfer reaches district
Breanna Santoso of the girls golf team competed in the Division I district tournament Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
The senior reached district by placing sixth (83) at a sectional Oct. 2 at Mentel Memorial, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced. Santoso was the third individual qualifier, finishing behind Berlin's Leila Raines (72) and Gahanna's Kayla Davis (75).
"I am very proud of Breanna," coach Stacy Snyder said. "She has been working very hard to get out of sectional and to make it to district. She will tell you that she did not have the best shots, but she did a great job of course management to score well even when she had a drive off the fairway or a chip that went too long or too short."
At district, the top two individuals not on one of the two qualifying teams advance to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Scioto finished seventh (399) at sectional behind champion Upper Arlington (319).
Also competing for the Irish were Alex Kopelcheck (94), Natalia Kantner (108), Lauren Perry (114) and Mackenzie Wood (115).
Boys golf team closes season
The boys golf team closed its season in a Division I sectional Oct. 2 at Turnberry, where it finished 10th (352) behind champion Olentangy Liberty (303).
The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
Senior Braytton Krock led the Irish with a 78. Also competing were junior Chris Bryant (88), senior Dylan Mathess (92) and freshmen Wyatt Bowen (94) and David Perry (94).
Krock had an 85 average in OCC-Cardinal Division play and was honorable mention all-league.