Audrey Bannister begins her quest to return to the Division I state meet when the Dublin Scioto High School girls cross country team competes in the district 1 meet Saturday, Oct. 20, at Hilliard Darby.
The sophomore finished 37th of 173 runners at state last season in 18 minutes, 51.4 seconds.
"With Audrey, it's just staying healthy and making sure she's staying in control and saving those huge efforts for the end of the season," coach Matt Suttle said.
The top five teams and top 20 runners in district 1 advance to the regional meet Oct. 27 at Pickerington North. At regional, the top five teams and top 20 individuals advance to state Nov. 3 at National Trail Raceway.
Bannister led the Irish in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet Oct. 13 at Hilliard Davidson, placing second (17:59.4) of 75 runners behind Darby's Daniella Santos (17:53.9).
The Irish finished fifth (118 points) behind Thomas Worthington (29), Olentangy Berlin (99), Jerome (109) and Worthington Kilbourne (113) and ahead of Darby (119), Delaware (154) and Hilliard Bradley (180).
"We're going to be as best prepared as possible at the end of the year," Suttle said. "We're gearing towards district. We don't put a whole lot of emphasis on our league meet."
Also competing in the league meet were Lauren Chapman (21st, 21:01.7), Ashley Carr (24th, 21:06.9), Molly Sarver (35th, 21:28.8), Lisa Lin (42nd, 21:48.1), Kaeleigh Gould (44th, 21:50.6), Avery Samms (46th, 21:55.7) and Felicity Paez (51st, 22:07.4).
Suttle said Ally Thornbloom also should contribute at district.
"They're running pretty well as a group. We just have to get that group to move a little bit," Suttle said. "Audrey is clearly No. 1 and Lauren is clearly No. 2 and then after that we need a three, four, five to step up and be within 10, 15 seconds of each other."
Led by junior Sam Thomas and sophomore Trevor Page, the boys team finished fifth (93) in the league meet.
Thomas placed third (16:07.4) of 73 runners and Page was eighth (16:31.6) as the Irish finished behind Kilbourne (55), Thomas Worthington (65), Darby (72) and Jerome (90) and ahead of Bradley (145), Berlin (155) and Delaware (246).
Also competing for Scioto were Ali Latif (14th, 16:39.2), Jackson Jordan (30th, 17:23.4), Spencer McClellan (40th, 17:37.5), Dylan Walsh (56th, 18:17.3) and Justin Ward (61st, 18:36.5).
"For a young team, we've made a lot of progress since the early season," coach Kevin Foley said. "It will be fun to see what's going to happen over the next couple of weeks."
Scioto will compete Oct. 20 in the district 3 meet, from which the top six teams and top 24 individuals advance to regional.
"With a young team, it's hard to run at a real high level two weeks in a row. So given the choice, we're pointing to district," Foley said. "Our team has a shot to get to regional. That's what we're going for. If we get there, that's up to us."
Boys soccer team opens postseason
The 20th-seeded boys soccer team was 7-5-4 overall before playing 32nd-seeded Logan in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 17.
The winner plays at 13th-seeded Marysville in the second round Saturday, Oct. 20, with that winner playing seventh-seeded Kilbourne, 15th-seeded Westerville South or 36th-seeded Mifflin a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the home of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 27.
Scioto tied Marysville at 1 on Aug. 17 and lost to Kilbourne 5-1 on Sept. 20.
The Irish defeated Jerome 2-0 on Oct. 9 to tie the Celtics for second (4-2-1) in the OCC-Cardinal behind champion Kilbourne (6-1).
Zack McQuade and Joonhwan Yoo scored against Jerome and goalkeeper Ben Bolyard had two saves.
Girls soccer team begins postseason
The 18th-seeded girls soccer team opened the Division I district tournament with a 9-0 win over 40th-seeded Marion Harding on Oct. 15 at home.
Rachel Fullerton scored three goals and Alexis McKee added two to lead the Irish.
Scioto, which improved to 7-6-4 overall, plays at second-seeded Pickerington North in the second round Thursday, Oct. 18, with that winner playing 17th-seeded Pickerington Central or 19th-seeded Grove City in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the home of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 27.
The Irish lost to Grove City 3-2 on Aug. 21.
Scioto lost to Jerome 7-0 on Oct. 9 to tie Thomas for third (3-3-1) in the OCC-Cardinal behind the champion Celtics (7-0).
Volleyball team starts postseason
The ninth-seeded girls volleyball team defeated 45th-seeded Walnut Ridge 25-1, 25-6, 25-9 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 15 at home.
Scioto was 16-6 overall before playing 14th-seeded Briggs in the second round Oct. 17, with that winner playing 10th-seeded Upper Arlington or 11th-seeded DeSales in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Franklin Heights. The district final is Oct. 27.
Scioto lost to UA 25-22, 21-25, 25-18 in a quad-match Sept. 15 at home.
The Irish defeated Jerome 25-13, 25-23, 22-25, 22-25, 16-14 on Oct. 11 to finish second (12-2) in the OCC-Cardinal behind Kilbourne (13-1).
Field hockey team opens postseason
The 16th-seeded field hockey team finished the season 2-13-1 overall with a 4-0 loss to fourth-seeded Watterson in the second round of the district tournament Oct. 15 at home.
Sophomore goalkeeper Christina Redfox had 27 saves for the Irish.
Santoso ends tennis season at district
Nicole Santoso of the girls tennis team saw her season come to an end in the Division I district tournament Oct. 11 at Reynoldsburg.
The junior went 1-1 at district, falling one win shy of qualifying for state Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Santoso beat Marion Harding's Maggie Pitts 6-1, 6-2 before losing to Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy 6-0, 6-0 in the second round.
"We'll continue to work at it and make sure she can get those goals," coach Sean Gilbert said of Santoso's hopes of reaching state.
Juniors Maddy Baughman and Maggie Szabo also competed at district losing to New Albany's Valentina DiLorenzo and Alexandra Vitellas 6-2, 6-2 in the first round.
Santoso earned a district berth by finishing first in a sectional Oct. 5 and 6 at Bradley.
Baughman and Szabo finished fourth as the top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced.
Juniors Sydney Davis, Peyton Shaffer and Julia Trotti and sophomore Ashima Srivastava also are eligible to return.
Scioto, which has no seniors in its program, finished 10-5 overall and went 6-1 in the OCC-Cardinal to place second behind Jerome (7-0).
"Overall, I'm so proud of the ladies," Gilbert said. "They work so hard. I get compliments on their sportsmanship and that's really what you want. They're earning it themselves with their hard work and then they're being appreciated and they're doing it the right way."
Santoso finishes prep golf career
Breanna Santoso of the girls golf team ended her season in the Division I district tournament Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
The senior tied for 16th of 54 golfers with an 80, as the top two individuals not on one of the two qualifying teams advanced to state Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Santoso advanced to district by finishing sixth (83) in the 11-team Mentel Memorial sectional Oct. 2 as the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district.
The Irish finished seventh (399) at sectional behind champion UA (319).
Scioto went 7-12 in the four-round OCC-Cardinal tournament to finish fourth behind champion Jerome (19-0).
Santoso finished with an 83.75 league average to make first-team all-league.
Expected to return are juniors Lauren Perry and Samantha Schaaf, sophomores Alex Kopelcheck and Mackenzie Wood and freshmen Natalia Kantner and Preshecca Ragavan.