Caleb Davern is heading back to the Division I state tournament for the third time, and looking to take care of some unfinished business.

The senior for the Central Crossing High School boys golf team will compete Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

Last fall, Davern finished fourth with a two-round total of 148, four strokes behind medalist Maxwell Modolvan of Uniontown Green. In his freshman season, Davern tied for fifth (152) as the Comets' first state qualifier.

"Freshman year, I was leading after the first round, so I have a little bit of experience doing that," said Davern, who missed out on a state berth as a sophomore by shooting a 79 at district to tie for 28th. "Then I was playing really well the second day last year, so I'm going to try to play a good mix of the two this year."

Last season, Davern shot a 75 on the first day at state and rebounded with a 73. As a freshman, he opened with a 70 and carded an 82 on the second day.

The Ohio State recruit advanced to state as one of two individual qualifiers from the district tournament Oct. 9 at Apple Valley. Davern tied Olentangy Liberty's Grant Smeltzer for first as both shot 71, but Smeltzer -- the other individual qualifier -- earned medalist honors by winning a one-hole playoff.

"I'm looking forward to (this) week," Davern said. "I didn't play my par-5s well (and) played them over-par (at district). I made a couple putts early in the day that helped a lot. I wasn't hitting the ball that well going into the week, so I knew I was going to have to grind out here and I was able to put up a pretty good score.

"Overall, my goal is to play as well as I can at state and in order to play well at state, you have to get there first. This is a steppingstone in the right direction."

Dublin Jerome (293) and St. Charles (309) were the team qualifiers to state. The Celtics will be looking to win their eighth championship.

"I'd be lying if I said I'd be disappointed if he didn't make it out (of district) his senior year," coach Justin Prati said. "He's been there two out of the first three and put himself in a good spot this year with quality practices and playing at a high level."

Soccer teams open district competition

The boys and girls soccer teams opened Division I district play this week with first-round contests.

The 30th-seeded girls team, which was 6-7-2 overall after losing to Wellington 2-1 on Oct. 13, played at 24th-seeded Newark on Oct. 15 with the winner playing at third-seeded Jerome on Thursday, Oct. 18.

That winner advances to a district semifinal against 16th-seeded Liberty, 21st-seeded Reynoldsburg or 31st-seeded Teays Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the home of the better seed. The Comets lost to Reynoldsburg 4-2 on Sept. 4.

The district final is Oct. 27 at a site to be determined.

Hallie Fryman and Georgia Lakso both scored twice in a 7-0 win over Westland on Oct. 9 as the Comets finished 1-4 in OCC-Central Division play.

The 37th-seeded boys team was 4-10-2 overall before opening the postseason at 25th-seeded Lancaster on Oct. 17. The winner advanced to a second-round game Saturday, Oct. 20, at third-seeded St. Charles.

That winner moves on to a district semifinal against 18th-seeded Reynoldsburg, 27th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley or 30th-seeded Watkins Memorial on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the home of the better seed. The Comets lost to Reynoldsburg 3-0 on Sept. 4.

The district final is Oct. 27 at a site to be determined.

Marcos Rios-Gutierrez scored for the Comets in a 3-1 loss to Westland on Oct. 9. Central Crossing finished 0-5 in league play.

Cross country teams prepare for district

The boys and girls cross country teams will compete in Division I district meets Saturday, Oct. 20, at Hilliard Darby.

The girls will run in district 2 and the boys are in district 3. The top six teams and top 24 individuals in both races advance to regional Oct. 27 at Pickerington North.

In the OCC-Central meet Oct. 13, the boys finished fifth (151 points) behind host Hilliard Davidson (23), Upper Arlington (46), Dublin Coffman (82) and Marysville (93) and ahead of Westland (177).

Avery Wright (33rd, 18 minutes, 2.7 seconds) led the Comets, followed by Dominic Manson (35th, 18:08.6), Michael Fry (37th, 18:23.9), Joey Taylor (41st, 18:37.2) and Noah Reardon (45th, 18:56.4).

Rachel Sinyuk (37th, 22:39.3) led the girls, who finished sixth (172) behind Davidson (20), Coffman (59), UA (76), Marysville (84) and Westland (163). Mallory Lalonde (40th, 25:43.9) was next, followed by Emma Thompson (42nd, 27:01.2), Ellie Williams (43rd, 27:11.3) and Emma Bethel (45th, 29:29.0).

Girls volleyball team begins postseason play

The girls volleyball team fell to 3-19 overall and finished 1-9 in the OCC-Central with a 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 25-22 loss to Westland on Oct. 11.

The Comets were seeded 41st for the Division I district tournament and opened Oct. 17 with a second-round match at 17th-seeded Hilliard Bradley or 24th-seeded Davidson.

The winner plays top-seeded Liberty, 29th-seeded Groveport or 33rd-seeded Canal Winchester in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Franklin Heights. The Comets lost to Groveport 20-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-18 on Aug. 23 and fell to Canal Winchester 25-10, 19-25, 25-19, 25-19 on Oct. 6.

The district final is Oct. 27 at Franklin Heights.

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