Two Dublin Coffman High School fall sports programs used to winning at the district level continued that success this fall.
On Oct. 27, the girls volleyball team captured its 12th consecutive Division I district championship, while the boys soccer team won a Division I district title for the eighth year in a row.
The volleyball team, which was the district's No. 2 seed, will face the team that was seeded first for the district tournament when it plays Olentangy Liberty in a regional semifinal Thursday, Nov. 1, at Worthington Kilbourne.
The boys soccer team played St. Charles in a regional semifinal Oct. 31.
Boys soccer team adds to title streak
The fifth-seeded boys soccer team beat 11th-seeded Jerome 3-1 in a district final at Westerville Central.
"That's eight (district titles) in a row, which is a huge accomplishment," coach Brian Stoddard said. "Hats off to Jerome, because in the first half they sure outplayed us and we were little lucky to go into the half 1-1. We made some adjustments at halftime and came out and I thought we created a lot of opportunities in the second half."
Troy McConnaughey moved from left back to the left wing position in the second half and scored the Shamrocks' second goal.
Connor DesRoches and David Urrea Partida had the other goals for the Shamrocks, who beat 22nd-seeded Hilliard Davidson 4-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 24 and took a 14-2-3 record into their regional semifinal against St. Charles.
The Coffman-St. Charles winner plays Liberty or Pickerington North in a regional final Saturday, Nov. 3, at a neutral site. The regional champion faces Cincinnati Anderson, Cincinnati Moeller, Cincinnati St. Xavier or Cincinnati Turpin in a state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 7, at a neutral site.
The state final is Nov. 10 at Mapfre Stadium.
"We (didn't) want to be the team that breaks the (district-title) streak, so that motivated us," McConnaughey said. "After halftime, we made some adjustments and just started playing with a lot more fire and really just brought the pressure. It felt good (to score the second goal) because after that we had a ton of momentum, and then we put away another one and that was the nail in the coffin."
Volleyball team seeks regional title
With a 25-17, 25-19, 25-20 win over fifth-seeded Kilbourne on Oct. 27 at Franklin Heights, the girls volleyball team began preparing for its 12th consecutive regional tournament.
The Shamrocks have won a regional title each of the past three seasons and have made it to state five times overall during their current district-title streak, finishing as state runner-up in 2009, '10 and '15.
Against Kilbourne, Riley Wagoner had 21 kills, 17 digs and two serving aces, Lexi Piekarski had 29 digs and Jacy Sheldon had 37 assists.
"We have a strong senior class but a pretty balanced team and nobody wants to be the team that breaks the (district-title) streak," coach Mary Anne Souder said. "Everyone is playing at a high level right now. We're just trying to refine some things, but Kilbourne did a really nice job of finding some weaknesses. I think of these 12 district championship matches we've been in, this was by far our biggest challenge."
Coffman is 23-3 heading into its regional semifinal against Liberty, which is 25-0.
The winner plays Watterson or Olentangy Orange in a regional final Saturday, Nov. 3, at Kilbourne.
The regional champion faces Cincinnati Mercy McAuley, Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame, Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy or Cincinnati Ursuline in a state semifinal Nov. 9 at Wright State. The state final is Nov. 10 at the same site.
Girls runners end season at regional
The girls cross country team had its season end with a seventh-place finish (215 points) at the 17-team Division I regional meet Oct. 27 at Pickerington North.
Hilliard Davidson (38) won the regional title, as the top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced to the state meet Saturday, Nov. 3, at National Trail Raceway.
Sophomore Abigail Scherer led the Shamrocks, finishing 28th of 133 runners in 20 minutes, 4.4 seconds. She was followed by freshman Madeline Erwin (32nd, 20:18.3), seniors Madeline Scherer (43rd, 20:40) and Leah Jablonski (73rd, 21:16.3), junior Emma Niswonger (77th, 21:21.6) and freshmen Jaela Proper (83rd, 21:30.1) and Kasey Stammen (85th, 21:30.5).
Others eligible to return include sophomores Claire Gibson and Natalie Conrad and freshman Makenna Leonard.
The boys team, which had its season end with a seventh-place finish in the district 2 meet Oct. 20 at Hilliard Darby, will lose two of its top seven runners to graduation.
Senior Ream Gebrekidan was 24th (17:15.9) at district to miss advancing by four spots, and Cameron Hull was the team's No. 5 runner at district.
Senior Evan Burton competed for the team at the OCC-Central Division meet.
Junior Alex Dediu, who placed third (16:08.7) at the league meet, leads a group of expected returnees that also includes juniors Colin Gagne, Noah Lowers and Shashwat Rao and sophomores Nate Brown, Ryan Loynes, Dylan Segieth and Mitchell Yeater.
Girls soccer team falls in semifinal
For the second year in a row, the girls soccer team had its season end with a loss to Orange in a Division I district semifinal.
After losing to the Pioneers 1-0 in a shootout last season, the Shamrocks lost to Orange by the same score Oct. 23 to finish 11-4-3 overall.
Coffman, which won the OCC-Central title at 4-0-1, is losing three seniors, and one of those players, defender McKenna Schaefer, missed the entire season with an injury.
Sophomore forward Catherine Zugaro finished with seven goals and one assist and junior midfielder Kinsey Crabtree and sophomore forward Addie Vaccari both scored five goals.
Others eligible to return include juniors Emma Barthel (midfielder), Ashleigh Burris (defender), Simone Rivard-Roberts (forward/midfielder), Lara Schober (midfielder) and Kendra Siefker (defender), sophomores Amanda Bailey (forward), Ally Beckman (midfielder/defender), Sydney Blake (midfielder) and MacKenzie Duff (mid-fielder/defender) and freshmen Olivia Alford (goalkeeper), Julia Flynn (midfielder) and Norah Roush (midfielder/defender).
Rivard-Roberts, who along with Schaefer has committed to Xavier, was among the team's top players before getting injured in a 1-0 loss to Jerome on Sept. 11.