Scott Brewer has been impressed with the attitude he's seen from his players during his first few weeks as Reynoldsburg boys golf coach.
An Ontario, Ohio, native who played for Ohio Northern, Brewer has been a teacher at Reynoldsburg's Livingston campus for four years and was offered the opportunity to take over the program after it had been led the past three years by Scott Walters.
Although Brewer is new to coaching in the school district, he previously coached baseball and football at Mentor and golf at Eastlake North and Ada.
"We had eight scheduled informal open practices (before the season) if they wanted to come to play or hit balls since I didn't know any of them," Brewer said. "I was happy with how many came out and I was able to get to know all of them."
The Raiders have gone 0-20 in the OCC-Ohio Division each of the past two seasons and shot 416 on Aug. 6 at Darby Creek to finish last in the opening round of the four-round league tournament.
Junior Jamison Boykins shot 80 to tie for ninth. He finished third in league average last season at 77.3 to earn first-team all-league honors.
Boykins then shot 78 in a Division I sectional at Turnberry to tie for 15th, but he fell one stroke short of having a chance to advance to district for the second consecutive season.
Sophomore Alex Perez also is a key returnee after shooting 98 at sectional.
Senior Spencer Daugherty, sophomore Evan Litton and freshman Dylan Austin are the others competing. Litton shot 106 during the opening round of the league tournament for the team's second-best score.
Pickerington Central and Gahanna each shot 315, and Central finished first on the fifth-player tiebreaker.
The second round of OCC-Ohio action was Aug. 12 at Apple Valley.
"(Reynoldsburg athletics director Jacob Perkins) found me and knew I'd played golf in college and asked if I had any interest," Brewer said. "I'm excited. The kids seem to be having fun. As a group, we just want them to keep improving. I'd like to see the two sophomores break 50 (for nine holes) sometimes, and our goal for Jamison would be to get out of the sectional and maybe district this year."
Tennis team boosted by young players
An influx of strong freshmen should provide more depth throughout the girls tennis program this season.
Included in the Raiders' lineup when they open Thursday, Aug. 15, at home against Westerville South should be three of their top competitors from a year ago, including last year's first-singles player in senior Hope Chaffin.
Freshman Olivia Cox could see time at first and second singles. She attends Licking Heights but competes for the Raiders because her school doesn't have a team.
Reynoldsburg went 0-5 in the OCC-Ohio last season and opens league play Aug. 23 at Gahanna.
"I have a handful of kids that are incredibly awesome," said coach Les Somogyi, who is in his 16th season. "Olivia Cox is a freshman, but if she doesn't become a state qualifier this year, it'll be within the next two or three years. She's absolutely awesome."
The other seniors are Nia Harris, who was at second doubles for much of last season, Abi Swift, who played first doubles, and Brandi Harrison.
Others in the program include junior Emili Pavlovska and freshmen Lorelei Dunlap and Rowan Toole.
Last season, the Raiders lost seven of their first nine matches but finished 6-9 overall.
"We have about seven or eight girls that are very close," Somogyi said. "We've got about 18 girls that are all sweet girls and hard workers."
Below are the coming schedules for the Reynoldsburg boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Aug. 19 -- Canal Winchester at Blacklick Woods
Aug. 21 -- Canal Winchester at Westchester
Aug. 16 -- Home vs. Groveport
Aug. 20 -- At Licking Heights
Aug. 16 -- Home vs. Groveport
Aug. 20 -- Home vs. Licking Heights
Aug. 15 -- Home vs. Westerville South
Aug. 17 -- Reynoldsburg Doubles Tournament
Aug. 20 -- At Central Crossing
Aug. 21 -- At Bexley
Aug. 20 -- Home vs. Newark