The Dublin Coffman girls tennis team entered this season hoping a trio of returnees would mesh well with a group of younger players that included two freshmen.
That's exactly what has occurred for the Shamrocks, according to coach Brett Hundertpfund.
"I love their attitudes," Hundertpfund said. "They're a fun group to be around. We've got a good mix of some upperclassmen and underclassmen. It's been a really fun season so far."
Coffman was 7-5 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Central Division before playing Hilliard Davidson on Sept. 18. The Shamrocks won five of their first six matches before falling to Jerome on Sept. 4 and Upper Arlington on Sept. 5 by 4-1 scores.
Coffman's other losses included a 3-2 decision Sept. 10 to Pickerington North, which won the OCC-Ohio Division, and a 5-0 setback Aug. 15 to Olentangy Orange, which won the OCC-Buckeye.
For much of the season, freshman Dasha Chistyakova has been at first singles, with senior Hannah Qin at second singles and junior Cassi Shough at third singles. Freshman Emily Yoshino and senior Claire Feit have been at first doubles, with senior Abby Walker and junior Ria Singhal at second doubles.
The Division I sectional tournament drawing will be held Sunday, Sept. 22. The Shamrocks will compete at one of four sites Oct. 3 and 5.
Last season, Qin, Feit and Shough all had their seasons end in the quarterfinal round at sectional.
Coffman's loss to Jerome also represented a quarterfinal match in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association district tournament. Shough won at third singles.
"They've played really well," Hundertpfund said.
"We definitely have some really good talent. We've got a pretty deep team, so our doubles have been playing really well and we've also got some great singles players. We're starting to kind of get in the groove."
Boys soccer team seeks breakthrough
The boys soccer team is seeking more consistency on offense.
Coffman was 2-5-1 overall and 0-1 in the OCC-Central before facing Westland on Sept. 17. The Shamrocks managed just four goals during an 0-5-1 stretch and had scored 10 goals and allowed 10 goals through eight games.
"We're not giving up goals," coach Brian Stoddard said. "For the most part of the year, we've dominated games and we're not bagging goals. We have to keep grinding."
The Shamrocks have battled through a difficult schedule.
After opening Aug. 17 with a 2-0 win over Brunswick -- which was 7-1-1 before playing Medina on Sept. 17 -- Coffman beat 2018 Division I district runner-up Olentangy 4-0 on Aug. 24.
The Shamrocks since have lost to Massillon Jackson (2-1 on Aug. 31) and Copley (2-0 on Sept. 7), both of whom were district runners-up last season, as well as to Cincinnati St. Xavier (3-2 on Sept. 14), which was a district champion last season.
Coffman lost 1-0 on Sept. 10 in a league game against Hilliard Davidson, which was 6-1-2 before playing UA on Sept. 17.
Against St. Xavier, senior midfielder Connor DesRoches and junior forward Ryan Sommerfeld both scored.
DesRoches had two goals against Olentangy and the only goal in a 1-all tie with Westerville North on Sept. 3.
Defensively, junior Braden Shoaf and sophomore Alex Anderson have joined junior goalkeeper Trent McConn-aughey to lead the way.
Runners prep for Celtic Clash
The cross country teams will compete in the Celtic Clash on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Jerome.
On Sept. 14, the boys team was runner-up (79 points) in the nine-team Otterbein Invitational behind Lancaster (51) as senior Alex Dediu captured the title in 15 minutes, 50 seconds.
That came one week after Dediu ran 15:51.5 to win the McGowan Invitational on Sept. 7 at Watkins Memorial.
Other key runners for the Shamrocks include seniors Colin Gagne and Shashwat Rao, junior Ryan Loynes, sophomore Noah Clemens and freshmen Will McGraw and Liam Shaughnessy.
The girls team finished second (56) of seven teams in the Otterbein Invitational, behind Troy (33), as junior Abigail Scherer placed third (19:40).
That followed the Shamrocks' fourth-place finish (122) in the 15-team McGowan Invitational behind champion Lancaster (89) where Scherer was fourth (19:14.1).
Senior Lydia Ainsworth, sophomores Madeline Erwin and Kendall Starr and freshmen Alexis Marsico, Bailey Morris and Olivia Oiler also have been among the Shamrocks' top runners.
Below are the coming schedules for the Coffman cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 21 -- Celtic Clash at Jerome
Sept. 19 -- At Lancaster
Sept. 21 -- Home vs. Dayton Oakwood
Sept. 23 -- At Columbus School for Girls
*Sept. 25 -- Home vs. Olentangy Liberty
Sept. 21 -- Upper Arlington Masters at Scioto Country Club
Sept. 23 -- OCC Shootout at Little Turtle
Sept. 19 -- Upper Arlington Invitational at Brookside
Sept. 21 -- Marysville Invitational at Darby Creek
Sept. 24 -- Jerome at Worthington Hills
*Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Westland
Sept. 19 -- At Dresden Tri-Valley
Sept. 21 -- At Canal Winchester
*Sept. 24 -- Home vs. Marysville
*Sept. 19 -- Home vs. Westland
Sept. 24 -- Home vs. Olentangy
Sept. 25 -- Home vs. Watterson
*Sept. 19 -- Home vs. Hilliard Davidson
Sept. 23 -- At Watterson
*Sept. 24 -- At Westland