For the second consecutive season, the Olentangy Orange boys golf team finished second to Liberty in the OCC-Buckeye Division.
Second-year coach Jerrod Ross said the Pioneers must learn from the league experience as they prepare for the Division I postseason. He said they have yet to put everything together.
"We have not been jelling as a team, and that's our focus," Ross said. "We want everyone to have that round that they can shoot as a team. We know we can do it, but just have to put it together."
Orange went 17-3 in the four-round league tournament, behind Liberty (19-1) and ahead of Westerville Central (11-9), Olentangy (9-11), Westerville North (3-17) and Westerville South (1-19).
The Pioneers were second (13-2) behind the Patriots (14-1) entering the final round Sept. 11 at Darby Creek and finished as runner-up (310) to Liberty (290).
Jonathan Green led Orange with a 74. Corbin Bentley (76), Luke Johnson (79), Nathan Brown (81) and Mitch Purdue (82) also competed.
Bentley (75.25) was first-team all-league, Green (75.75) and Johnson (77.75) were on the second team and Purdue and Brown (both 80.75) were honorable mention.
"Corbin has been amazing in his play and his attitude," Ross said. "Jon struggled early but is turning his game around, and Luke is only a sophomore but he shot below 80 in all of his OCC rounds."
The Pioneers aren't finished with Liberty. They are the district's fourth seed and open the postseason in a Division I sectional Oct. 1 at Darby Creek, with the top-seeded Patriots also slated for that venue.
"Our kids are a team," Ross said. "They talk to each other. It doesn't matter how they are playing, they always ask how the other guys are playing. They thrive off that.
"Golf is a mental game. It will come around for us, and we'll have a good low number. Maybe that will be at sectional or district."
King, Patria lead runners at OWU meet
Bryan King and Medha Patria led the way for the boys and girls cross country teams in the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational on Sept. 14 at Liberty Park.
King placed 11th in 16 minutes, 41.6 seconds as the boys finished seventh (190 points) of 12 teams behind champion Liberty (28). Also scoring were Justin Nichols (42nd, 17:39.3), Luke Woolard (48th, 17:47.6), Zamir Fuller (52nd, 17:51.6) and Carter Giacomelli (54th, 17:52.2).
Patria was 15th (20:36.1) for the girls, who were fourth (107) of nine teams behind champion Liberty (43). Corinne Hazel (18th, 20:53.0), Allison Clifford (23rd, 21:01.6), Olivia Dieckmann (25th, 21:03.4) and Lainey Garling (26th, 21:06.4) also scored.
Field hockey team snaps losing streak
The field hockey team was 4-4-1 overall after defeating Hartley 4-1 on Sept. 16 and 3-2 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West before playing Berlin on Sept. 18.
The Pioneers defeated Dublin Jerome 2-0 on Sept. 11, snapping a three-game losing streak in which they were shut out in all three contests. Mia Jakubowski and Josie Vance both scored against Celtics.
Below are the coming schedules for the Orange cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 21 -- Bob Reall Invitational at Lancaster
*Sept. 25 -- At Upper Arlington
Sept. 21 -- Howlett Invitational at Worthington Hills
Sept. 23 -- Gahanna at Little Turtle
Sept. 25 -- Berlin at Bent Tree
Sept. 19 -- Thomas Worthington at Blackhawk
Sept. 23 -- Grove City at Valley View
Sept. 25 -- Delaware at Oakhaven
Sept. 19 -- At St. Charles
*Sept. 24 -- Home vs. Westerville South
Sept. 19 -- At Canal Winchester
Sept. 21 -- Home vs. Thomas
*Sept. 24 -- At South
Sept. 23 -- At New Albany
Sept. 25 -- Home vs. Liberty
*Sept. 19 -- At Liberty. The Pioneers defeated the Patriots 25-22, 22-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-13 on Sept. 3.
*Sept. 24 -- Home vs. Westerville Central. The Pioneers defeated the Warhawks 25-20, 25-14, 25-12 on Sept. 5.