Tyler Mordarski didn't let the dead of winter stop him from working on his golf game.
During the past offseason when the weather was cold, the senior for the Hilliard Bradley boys team practiced his putting on a piece of carpet in his bedroom.
The extra work has paid off this season for Mordarski, who led the Jaguars with a 74.33 league average through three rounds of the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament. Of the players who had participated in all three rounds, he ranked second in average behind Olentangy Berlin's Bryce Reed (69.0).
The fourth and final round of the league tournament was held Sept. 11 at Denison Golf Club.
"I worked on putting a lot," Mordarski said. "I have a mat in my room that I would putt on during the winter. It helps with my stroke consistency.
"I would set up with a mirror behind me and I would practice straight back and straight through all of the time. Sometimes it would be with the ball and sometimes without, but I wanted to be consistent every time. Once I know I was going to hit in the middle of the putter every time, I would know where to aim and how hard to swing."
Entering the week, Mordarski had a 75.1 overall average after averaging 79.0 last fall.
"I think the most important part of the game is putting," he said. "That's the easiest place to make improvements.
"I think the difference between a scratch golfer and an 18-handicap is their short game. I think if you have a really good short game, you can be a good golfer, especially with the courses we play in high school. They aren't really long, so everyone has an equal chance of getting to the green in the same number of strokes. If you are better around the greens, you'll shoot better."
Bradley coach Scott Allen has noticed a change in Mordarski's game.
"Tyler is making more of the 10- or 12-footers for pars or birdies or whatever," Allen said. "He has made more birdies than anyone on our team, and he's lowered his average by at least a couple shots. I think he had a 39 (average) over nine holes (last year) and he's around 37 now."
Mordarski shot a 72 in the third round of the league tournament Aug. 28 at Darby Creek to finish runner-up to Reed (71). He carded a 77 in the first round Aug. 6 at Apple Valley and a 74 in the second round Aug. 12 at Turnberry.
Through three rounds, Bradley (15-6) was third in the league behind Dublin Jerome (20-1) and Berlin (18-3).
"Tyler just seems to be playing with much more of a calm," Allen said. "He's not too high or too low. He just gets it as a senior and has been solid. He hasn't even been hitting the ball off the tee that well, but he's making pars and rolling in birdies.
"He has played every course we will play multiple times. He can talk strategy and where to hit the ball on certain courses with kids who haven't played those courses. He has played in high-pressure situations like when he played in district as a freshman, so nothing is too big for him. That's why we're seeing him play well now."
When Mordarski was a freshman in 2016, the Jaguars made their most recent appearance in the Division I district tournament, finishing eighth (325) of 12 teams at Apple Valley behind state-qualifiers St. Charles (297) and Dublin Jerome (300). He shot an 81.
Bradley will compete in a sectional Oct. 1 at Darby Creek or Denison Club Golf or Oct. 2 at Turnberry. The tournament drawing is Sunday, Sept. 15.
Mordarski, who carries a 3.9 GPA, doesn't plan to play golf in college, where he likely will study aerospace engineering, possibly at Dayton.
"I think if you want to be good in anything, you have to work at it," he said. "In school, if you want to get a good grade on a test, you have to do the homework. It's the same with golf. If you want to put together good scores when you have to, you have to practice. You have to put in the time even if you don't necessary want to."
Volleyball team out to strong start
The girls volleyball team not only entered the week unbeaten, but it hadn't lost a game through nine matches.
The Jaguars were 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Darby on Sept. 10.
Allie Holland led the team in kills (112), blocks (21) and aces (17) and Clare Flanagan led in digs (99) and had 12 aces. Riley Speelman had a team-leading 225 assists along with 54 digs and 14 aces, and Maggie Willis had 55 kills, 42 digs and 12 aces.
Girls soccer team has balanced scoring
The girls soccer team had six players score -- each with one goal -- in its first seven contests.
The goal-scorers were Morgan Bowers, Macy Enneking, Avery Jantonio, Ashley Long, Shea Stephens and Abby Ullum.
Goalkeeper Emily Keck had 35 saves for the Jaguars, who were 3-2-2 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Worthington Kilbourne on Sept. 10.
Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley cross country, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 14 -- Ohio Wesleyan Invitational at Liberty Park
Sept. 17 -- Delaware and Watkins Memorial at Mentel Memorial
Sept. 18 -- Darby and Davidson at Darby Creek
Sept. 12 -- At DeSales
*Sept. 17 -- At Delaware
Sept. 12 -- Home vs. Pickerington Central
*Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Delaware
Sept. 12 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington B
Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Marysville
*Sept. 12 -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto. The Jaguars defeated the Cardinals 25-17, 25-22 25-12 on Aug. 20.
Sept. 14 -- Worthington Kilbourne Invitational
*Sept. 17 -- At Olentangy Berlin. The Jaguars defeated the Bears 25-18, 25-11, 25-16 on Aug. 22.