During its third consecutive OCC-Central Division championship run this spring, the Dublin Coffman High School boys lacrosse team beat its seven opponents by an average of 18.6 goals.
Correction: Because of a photographer's error, an earlier version of this story in print and online misidentified Coffman softball player Rylee Anspach as Lily Foster in a photo caption.
That includes a 16-5 victory over perennial power Upper Arlington on May 1, although that game at least provided the kind of challenge the Shamrocks are hoping will help prepare them for the Division I, Region 1 tournament.
Coffman fell short in an even bigger test May 4, as it lost to visiting Bloomfield Hills (Michigan) Brother Rice, another perennially strong program, 8-6. The Warriors improved to 16-0.
The Shamrocks were 15-1 overall before facing New Albany on May 7 and close the regular season Thursday, May 9, at Olentangy Orange. They went 7-0 in the OCC-Central.
"(UA) is a very good team," coach Shane Comisford said. "They're well-coached and disciplined. We had a slow April and we needed this game. We came together. ... We finally saw a team we think we match up with pretty well."
Coffman received the No. 1 seed for the Division I, Region 1 tournament and will play host to 16th-seeded Westerville South or 17th-seeded Westerville North in the first round Tuesday, May 14.
The winner plays eighth-seeded Strongsville or 12th-seeded Olmsted Falls in a regional quarterfinal May 17.
Against UA, Evan James scored six goals, Nick Harris scored four, Ethan Tyack scored three and goalkeeper Sean McCourt made four saves.
Coffman, which was a state semifinalist last season, had won 36 of its previous 39 games before May 7.
"Obviously, winning a league title is always something we want to do every year, and beating UA is always a goal," James said. "They have been a powerhouse in central Ohio for a long time and it's always nice to beat them, but this is a small step to our ultimate goal of a state championship. The biggest thing for us is staying focused. Keeping our heads and staying together as a team will be big keys in the postseason. There's a lot of competition in the state tournament and we're going to have to bring our best shot day in and day out."
Track teams set for OCC, district meets
The track and field teams are set to compete in the OCC-Central meet Thursday, May 9, and Saturday, May 11, at Hilliard Davidson.
The Shamrocks then will compete in the Division I district meet next week at Hilliard Darby. The boys are competing in district 1, which begins Tuesday, May 14, continues May 16 and concludes May 18. The girls are in district 2, which begins May 14, continues Wednesday, May 15, and concludes May 18.
On May 3 at Thomas Worthington, the girls team scored 87 points to finish second of 12 teams in UA's Crosten Classic, behind Lancaster (97), and the boys finished third (93.5) of 12 teams in UA's Larkin Classic, behind Pickerington Central (124) and Lancaster (103.5).
Karlee North led the girls team with a first-place finish in the pole vault (11 feet). Placing second were Isabelle Angerman in the 300-meter hurdles (45.42 seconds), Abigail Scherer in the 1,600 (5:19.82) and the 800 relay of Kendal Kolba, Hallie Mitchell, Angerman and Katelyn Brand (1:46.56).
"We have some out-of-the-blue kind of surprises and some kids that are running really well," girls coach Greg King said. "The biggest thing I'm reminding myself is almost everybody is coming back next year. Over 93 percent of our points have been scored by underclassmen.
"(Angerman) is coming back slowly from a hamstring (injury). My freshman sprinter, (Brand), has run 12.66 (in the 100) and 26.6 (in the 200) and there's still a lot of low-hanging fruit for her to improve on. She's already the third-fastest freshman in Coffman history without getting any faster."
Softball team opens postseason
The 19th-seeded softball team was 13-14 overall after beating 30th-seeded Whetstone 11-0 on May 6 at home in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
The Shamrocks played at 16th-seeded Westerville North in the second round May 8, with the winner facing sixth-seeded Lancaster or 31st-seeded Logan in a district semifinal Monday, May 13, at a site to be announced.
The district final will be played May 17 or 18 at Pickerington Central.
Coffman lost to Jerome 2-1 in the Dublin Classic on May 4 at Scioto. Rylee Anspach had a first-inning RBI single but the Celtics tied the score in the third and scored the winning run in the sixth to win the event for the second consecutive season.
The Shamrocks' game against Scioto wasn't played because of bad weather.
Coffman lost to Marysville 9-2 on April 30 but beat UA 13-2 on May 1 to tie the Golden Bears for second in the OCC-Central at 7-3, behind the Monarchs (9-1).
Sophie Maggs had four RBI in support of pitcher Kelsi Anderson against UA.
"I'm happy (with the way we played against Jerome), but it's disappointing," coach Scott Tillman said. "Jerome's a good team and we had them two or three times with runners on and couldn't make the big hit. We did everything right except for having the ball drop."
Volleyball team takes second in league
The boys volleyball team earned a runner-up finish in the OCC-Ohio.
Coffman was 13-6 overall and 11-2 in the league before facing Pickerington North on May 7 and will finish second in the league behind Gahanna, which entered the week at 13-0.
The Shamrocks also played Watterson on May 8 and will close the regular season Saturday, May 11, at home against Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Wednesday, May 15, at Licking Heights.
The Division I East Region tournament drawing will be held Monday, May 13.
On May 3, Coffman went 1-1 in the Battle of Dublin, beating Scioto 25-18, 25-10 and losing to eventual champion Jerome 23-25, 25-18, 25-23.
Baseball team turns focus to tourney
A three-game league losing streak in late April eliminated the baseball team from the OCC-Central title race.
The Shamrocks were 14-8 overall and 8-4 in the OCC-Central after beating Marysville 3-2 on May 6 and before facing Westland on May 7 and Central Crossing on May 8. UA was 12-0 in the league after beating Westland 15-2 on May 6.
The Shamrocks play host to UA on Friday, May 10, before closing the regular season Saturday, May 11, with a home doubleheader against Beavercreek.
Coffman is seeded 10th of 48 teams in the Division I district tournament and has a first-round bye. The Shamrocks will play host to 23rd-seeded Worthington Kilbourne or 30th-seeded Pickerington Central in the second round Wednesday, May 15, with the winner advancing to a district semifinal May 20.
Coffman split a doubleheader with Brunswick on May 5, losing the first game 4-3 but winning the rematch 6-3.
In a 7-4 victory over Davidson on May 1, Matt Dorenkott and Bryce Hostetler each went 2-for-3 and James Bartman and Ethan Hetzel both had two RBI in support of pitcher Ben Hall, who gave up two unearned runs and struck out four while throwing a complete game.
In the win over Brunswick, the Shamrocks scored five runs in the fourth inning. Connor Coyan led the offense with two RBI and Ben Sarver gave up two earned runs over the first six innings to earn the victory.
Girls lacrosse team set to begin tourney
Having lost consecutive games to UA (17-2 on April 30) and Jerome (13-5 on May 5) to close the regular season, the girls lacrosse team will look for a fresh start when it opens the Division I, Region 3 tournament Monday, May 13, at home against 16th-seeded Hilliard Bradley in the first round.
The winner plays fifth-seeded Scioto or 14th-seeded Gahanna in a regional quarterfinal May 17.
The Shamrocks are the fourth seed.
Delaney Murray had two goals against the Celtics and surpassed 150 career goals during a 16-5 victory over Gahanna on April 23.
Boys tennis team set for sectional
The boys tennis team is set to compete in a Division I sectional Thursday, May 9, and Saturday, May 11, at UA.
In singles, sophomore Luke Ritchie is the No. 1 seed, junior Peter Lin is seeded second and senior William Sun is the third seed, and all three will open against winners of feed-in matches.
In doubles, senior Cobie Frank and sophomore Sanjay Janardhan are seeded third and sophomores Siddharth Rajagopal and Anton Bakunin are the fourth seed.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district May 16 and 18 at Reynoldsburg.
The Shamrocks lost to UA 4-1 on April 23 in what amounted to the OCC-Central championship match, as the Golden Bears finished 5-0 in the league and Coffman finished 4-1.