Hayley Dye didn't let a couple rough moments slow her down during a Division I sectional girls golf tournament Oct. 1 at Royal American.
Looking to advance to district for the second consecutive season, the Delaware Hayes sophomore triple-bogeyed one hole and double-bogeyed another on the back 9, where she and her team started the event.
Dye recovered to shoot 39 on the back 9 and then carded 33 on the front for a 72 that earned her medalist honors and a qualifying berth to district Tuesday, Oct. 8, at New Albany Links.
"It was one of my better rounds," Dye said. "My putting was going pretty well. I had a couple one-putts and had five birdies, so that was pretty good. I had two birdies on (the back 9) and three on the front to go even."
The top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams at district advance to the state tournament Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Last season, Dye shot 79 in a sectional at Royal American to earn the third and final district-qualifying spot and then carded 85 to tie for 26th of 54 competitors at district at Cooks Creek.
"(Dye) was striking the ball well," coach Rob Stultz said. "This was only our second time (at Royal American) as a team, but she's played it three or four times this year and she came out (Sept. 29) knowing this was where we were playing and got a good practice round in.
"She did OK at New Albany Links earlier this year. She'll go out and play it again before district, so I have the utmost confidence that she'll shoot well out there."
Delaware finished fifth (377) in the 11-team sectional behind champion Dublin Jerome (321) as the top three teams advanced to district.
Junior Faith Eden shot 92 to tie for 17th, and sophomore Izzy Crissinger (101) and junior Gabrielle Weckerly (112) also scored.
It was Eden's first time competing in three weeks after breaking the fourth toe on her right foot in a non-golf-related incident.
Despite that, she turned in one of her better rounds of the season.
"I definitely left a lot of strokes on the course, but I'm happy with it after not playing the last three weeks," Eden said.
The boys team settled for fifth (319) in a 15-team Division I sectional Oct. 2 at Turnberry behind champion Pickerington North (306) as the top four advanced.
However, the Pacers will be represented at district Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Apple Valley by senior Luke Gazarek and sophomore Brady Gazarek, who tied for third (75) and tied for 17th (79), respectively.
Brady Gazarek won a two-hole playoff for the fourth and final district-qualifying berth.
Also competing were junior Ben Madden (tied for 24th, 81) and sophomores Mark Sulek (tied for 28th, 84) and Colin Bibler (tied for 33rd, 86).
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Football team to face Celtics
During a 32-21 loss to Olentangy Berlin on Sept. 20, the football team allowed Johnny Spinner and Jacob Moeller to rush for 117 and 102 yards, respectively, and combine for three rushing touchdowns.
Then in a 29-17 loss to Dublin Scioto on Sept. 27, Pete Hrelec rushed 32 times for 189 yards and one score to lead the Irish.
The Pacers' next opponent, Dublin Jerome, might have an even more formidable ground game led by senior running back Adam Booth, who had 615 yards with seven touchdowns over the first five games.
Before playing Worthington Kilbourne on Oct. 4, Delaware was 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.
Jerome was 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the league before playing Thomas Worthington on Oct. 4.
"They're a good football team," coach Scott Wetzel said. "They run the ball a lot more than last year when they did a little more with their passing game. Their offensive and defensive lines are both real good. That'll definitely be a strong test."
Against Scioto, junior quarterback Blake Eiland was limited to 5-for-13 passing for 52 yards with one interception and senior running back Jahi Broussard-Nash had seven carries for 57 yards and one touchdown.
Ty Gillman had an interception, but Scioto totaled 396 yards on Delaware's defense.
"When you lose, you're looking to get better," Wetzel said. "(Scioto) did a nice job shutting down our run game so we've got to figure out what we're doing wrong and fix it."
Girls volleyball team seeking consistency
Before playing Jerome on Oct. 3, the girls volleyball team had lost three of four matches and was 7-11 overall and 3-9 in the OCC-Cardinal.
The Division I district tournament drawing is Sunday, Oct. 6.
"Our season has been full of ups and downs," coach Raynard Martin said. "We feel like we've played well at times and competed with some really good teams. On the other hand, we have struggled at times to play consistently enough to always be competitive and play up to our potential."
Senior middle hitter Hadlee Bruns has been leading Delaware in hitting percentage and blocks. Senior Becca Rocassin (setter/right-side hitter) and sophomore Natalie Davis (outside hitter) also have been key hitters, and juniors Madelyn Kaasa (right-side hitter/outside hitter) and Anna Johnson (setter/right-side hitter) have been the top servers. Senior libero Mia Thompson leads in serve-receive and digs, and sophomore middle hitter Bailey Christiansen has been a key blocker.
"As of late, our team has been improving on the defensive side of the net, which has helped our consistency," Martin said.
Below are the coming schedules for the Delaware Hayes cross country, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 12 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Hilliard Davidson
Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Mount Vernon
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Olentangy Berlin
*Oct. 10 -- At Berlin
Oct. 3, 5 -- Competed in Division I sectional at Hilliard Bradley. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to district Oct. 10 and 12 at Reynoldsburg.
Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Westerville North
*Oct. 10 -- At Berlin. The Pacers beat the Bears 25-18, 25-20, 25-18 on Sept. 10.