The Olentangy High School girls soccer team had to wait longer than it planned, but the Braves celebrated their third league championship in four years with a 2-1 win at Orange on Oct. 13.

Sydney Richards scored both goals as the Braves finished a 5-0 run through the OCC-Buckeye Division and improved to 11-3-2 overall.

"The players were so excited to play this game," coach Earl Devanny said. "The fact that they had the opportunity to win (the league) was the biggest motivating factor. They are so glad to have accomplished this."

The game had been postponed Oct. 2 because of bad weather.

Olentangy won its other league game last week, 1-0 over Liberty on Oct. 9.

Seeded fifth in the 44-team Division I district tournament, the Braves took a first-round bye and will play host to 42nd-seeded Briggs on Thursday, Oct. 18. The winner will play sixth-seeded Hilliard Davidson or 13th-seeded Hilliard Bradley in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Of those teams, Olentangy lost to Davidson 3-2 on Sept. 6.

Brookshire, Holt lead runners at league meet

Sam Holt of the boys cross country team finished second to lead three teammates in the top seven of the OCC-Buckeye meet Oct. 13 at Davidson, and the Braves finished third as a team.

Holt was second in 15 minutes, 58.9 seconds and Olentangy scored 57 points to finish behind Orange (34) and Liberty (47) and ahead of Westerville Central (119), Westerville South (130) and Westerville North (168). Also scoring for the Braves were Carter Schaefer (fourth, 16:14.1), Mikey Worboy (seventh, 16:40.8), Chandler Moyer (19th, 17:07.7) and Luke Galloway (28th, 17:34.3).

Lex Brookshire of the girls team was third (18:39.9) and Alice Pozzi was eighth (19:40.2) to lead Olentangy to 93 points and third place behind Orange (38) and Liberty (44) and ahead of Central (108), North (109) and South (133).

Brookshire and Pozzi were followed by Ashleigh Niklaus (23rd, 20:43.6), Aleah Clow (30th, 21:16.3) and Hannah Moore (34th, 21:30.9).

Both teams will participate in Division I district meets Saturday, Oct. 20, at Hilliard Darby. The boys are in district 1, from which the top five teams and top 20 individuals will advance to regional Oct. 27 at Pickerington North, and the girls are in district 3, where the top six teams and top 24 individuals advance.

Boys soccer team begins tourney at home

The boys soccer team finished the regular season by snapping a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over Bradley on Oct. 11.

Olentangy, which had been outscored 9-1 during its skid, was 10-4-2 overall before playing host to 43rd-seeded Big Walnut on Oct. 17 in the first round of the Division I district tournament. It finished 2-3 in the OCC-Buckeye after a 3-0 loss to Liberty on Oct. 9.

The Braves were seeded sixth in the 48-team tournament.

The Olentangy-Big Walnut winner will play host to 48th-seeded Marion Harding on Saturday, Oct. 20. The winner will play ninth-seeded Upper Arlington, 21st-seeded Thomas Worthington or 33rd-seeded Northland in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Volleyball team opens tournament

The girls volleyball team played host to 27th-seeded Lancaster in the second round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 17.

Olentangy, which was seeded third of 49 teams, finished the regular season at 17-5 overall and 6-4 in the OCC-Buckeye after losses last week to Orange (25-15, 25-15, 25-18 on Oct. 9) and Liberty (25-22, 25-15, 30-28 on Oct. 11).

The second-round winner will play 12th-seeded Dublin Jerome or 43rd-seeded Harding in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Whitehall.

Field hockey team starts tourney on road

The field hockey team visited eighth-seeded New Albany in the second round of the district tournament Oct. 16. It was the third consecutive season the Braves and Eagles opened postseason play against each other.

New Albany and Olentangy, which was seeded 13th of 18 teams, split those two meetings.

The winner will visit second-seeded Thomas or 17th-seeded Lancaster for a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 23. The Braves lost to Thomas 6-0 on Aug. 20 and edged Lancaster 1-0 on Oct. 8.

The Braves finished the regular season at 5-10 overall and 3-5 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West with an 8-1 loss to Liberty on Oct. 11.

Girls tennis season ends at district

Despite missing three weeks because of a cracked growth plate in her left ankle, freshman Nour Khayat of the girls tennis team finished her season as a Division I sectional champion and district qualifier.

Khayat went 0-1 in the district tournament Oct. 11 at Reynoldsburg, losing to Jerome's Reagan Resor 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in a first-round match that took about 2 hours, 20 minutes.

Khayat was injured when she stepped on a ball during a practice in early September.

"She's disappointed with the way it turned out, but Reagan played just a little bit better on the bigger points," coach Jeff Luxenburger said. "Nour is such a mentally tough player. She keeps her composure so well, which I love. She has the composure of somebody who is a lot older than a freshman. Her forehand is stronger than her backhand but when her backhand return is on, she can be dangerous. She gets to a lot of balls you might not think she's going to get to."

Olentangy finished 5-8 overall and 3-2 in the OCC-Buckeye, third behind champion Orange (5-0).

Golfer Casto falls short of state

The boys golf team's season came to an end in the Division I district tournament Oct. 9 at Apple Valley, as senior Cameron Casto shot a 77 to fall short of a state berth.

Casto tied six other golfers for 11th place out of 72 individuals.

At sectional Oct. 2 at Turnberry, Casto shot a 72 and was one of four golfers to share medalist honors. The Braves finished sixth (325) as the top four teams advanced to district.

The only expected returnee to the Braves' top five is junior Bennett Zeitner.

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