When it comes to the Olentangy girls golf team's best league finish in three years, coach Micah Conley said short memories deserve some credit.
"We expected a lot of ourselves in the OCC (-Buckeye Division) and we added some tough courses this year like New Albany Links and Blacklick Woods. Anytime you can go out and play on courses that test you, that's what you need," Conley said. "What I'm probably most pleased with is how composed we were every single round. The girls put bad shots behind them.
"The skill level will increase and our talent will increase, but the composure is what I'm most proud of beyond their scores."
Led by Lauren Sommerfeld's round of 84, Olentangy shot a 398 in the fourth and final round of the OCC-Buckeye tournament Sept. 4 at Royal American to come in third behind Liberty (359) and Westerville Central (379) and ahead of Westerville South (443), Westerville North (471) and Orange (526). The Braves finished 13-7 in the league, third behind Liberty (20-0) and Central (15-5) and ahead of South (6-14), North (4-16) and Orange (2-18).
That was Olentangy's best league season since 2016, when the Braves went 20-8 in the OCC-Cardinal to place third behind perennial power Dublin Jerome and Orange, which went on to win the first of back-to-back Division I state championships.
The Braves had finished fourth in the OCC-Buckeye each of the past two years.
Also scoring Sept. 4 were Olivia Drankwalter (97), Sam Horton (101) and Claudia Novak (116).
Sommerfeld averaged 86.8 in the league tournament and earned the fifth of five spots for first-team all-league.
"The biggest thing for her has been her confidence," Conley said. "She knows what each club can do and she lets the club do the work. She's striking the ball well. She's been talented since she was a freshman, but she's confident in her game and she knows how to manage herself."
Girls tennis team remains in league race
Despite splitting two OCC-Buckeye matches last week, the girls tennis team still is in contention for the league championship.
Olentangy was 6-1 overall before playing Jerome on Sept. 10 and is 3-1 in the league.
The Braves fell to host Orange 3-2 on Sept. 3 in a match that also counted in the second round of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Division I district tournament, but rebounded to edge visiting Liberty 3-2 on Sept. 5. Olentangy swept the singles courts but lost both doubles matches.
Orange is 4-0 in the OCC-Buckeye, ahead of Olentangy and Liberty at 2-1. The Patriots and Pioneers are scheduled to finish league play against each other Sept. 25.
The Braves had one league match remaining entering the week, against Westerville North. They were postponed Aug. 27 because of bad weather and a reschedule date had not been determined.
Boys soccer team enters league play
The boys soccer team tried to break a three-game losing streak when it began OCC-Buckeye play Sept. 10 at South.
Olentangy was 2-5 before playing the Wildcats, coming off losses to Pickerington North (4-1 on Aug. 29), Hilliard Davidson (4-0 on Sept. 3) and Dublin Scioto (3-1 on Sept. 5).
Drew Clement had a team-high three goals through seven games, ahead of Danny Leeper and Colin McComb with two each. Goalkeeper Grant Robinson made 12 saves against Scioto, his second-highest total of the season after a 17-save effort against North.
Below are the coming schedules for the Olentangy cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 14 -- Ohio Wesleyan Invitational at Liberty Park
Sept. 14 -- At Stow-Munroe Falls
Sept. 16 -- Home vs. Bexley
Sept. 18 -- Home vs. Hilliard Lynx
Sept. 14 -- Trojan Invitational at Findlay Country Club
Sept. 16 -- Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome and Liberty at Kinsale
Sept. 16 -- Berlin, Delaware and Thomas Worthington at Oakhaven
Sept. 17 -- Liberty and Pickerington North at Turnberry
Sept. 12 -- Home vs. Thomas
Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Canal Winchester
*Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Westerville North
Sept. 12 -- At Big Walnut in makeup from Aug. 27
*Sept. 17 -- At Westerville North
Sept. 16 -- Home vs. Columbus Academy
Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Berlin
Sept. 18 -- At Upper Arlington
*Sept. 12 -- At Orange
*Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Liberty