Although the DeSales girls golf team fell short of advancing to the Division I district tournament for the second consecutive year, Amanda Pancake capitalized on the best part of her game to compete individually Oct. 8 at New Albany Links.
Pancake shot an 81 in a sectional Oct. 1 at Mentel Memorial and DeSales finished fourth (353) of 12 teams behind champion Upper Arlington (297). The top three teams and top three players not on qualifying teams advanced to district.
"She drove the ball very well," coach Charlie Mitchell said of Pancake, who finished ninth out of 60 individuals. "She struggled a little with her putting and still shot an 81. It was windy and the course was difficult but Amanda hit some key shots. She's a pretty long hitter anyway. That's a strength for her."
Also scoring were Faith Corn (87), Paige Verfurth (88) and Lizzy Gutman (97).
Dublin Coffman (324) and Westerville Central (343) earned the other team berths to district.
"Our sectional was loaded," Mitchell said. "We might have gotten (to district) from another sectional but the girls fought. It was exciting to see Amanda qualify."
DeSales' score would have been third at the Royal American sectional, behind champion Dublin Jerome (321) and four shots behind runner-up Pickerington North.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State.
The Stallions wrapped up an undefeated CCL championship Oct. 5, shooting a 350 in the league's postseason tournament at NorthStar to finish ahead of Watterson (377), Hartley (395) and Ready (497).
Corn shot an 80 and Pancake an 83 to lead DeSales, which finished 6-0 in the CCL, ahead of Watterson (4-2), Hartley (2-4) and Ready (0-6).
The boys team's season came to an end Oct. 1 in a Division I sectional at Darby Creek, in which it finished 12th (342) of 15 teams behind champion Coffman (299).
Senior Michael Cummins led the Stallions with an 81, followed by classmates Ryan Ratchford (85), Andrew Connor (87) and Kyle Zevchik (89).
While all of them graduate, two golfers who challenged for varsity time are eligible to return in sophomore Scotty Armstrong and freshman Luke Gabrielli.
Runners prepare for CCL meet
After having last weekend off, the boys and girls cross country teams will participate in the CCL meet Saturday, Oct. 12, at Westerville Community Center.
The girls team is seeking its second league championship in three years and fifth overall. Junior Bre Callahan won last year's meet in 20 minutes, 52.25 seconds.
The boys will try to topple perennial power St. Charles, which is trying for its 13th consecutive CCL championship and 19th in 20 years.
The only team to interrupt that streak was DeSales in 2006.
John Shoemaker was league runner-up last year in 17:07.82, 7.28 seconds behind St. Charles' Iain Karas, a 2019 graduate.
The boys scored 64 points in last year's meet to finish third behind the Cardinals (28) and Watterson (56).
The girls placed second (53) in the CCL last year behind Watterson (30).
Tennis season ends at sectional
A strong season for the girls tennis team came to an end Oct. 3 in a Division I sectional at Pickerington Central.
No Stallions advanced to district Thursday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at Reynoldsburg, although sophomore Molly Ballard came within a win of doing so. She went 2-1, losing to Lancaster's Mallory Thomas 6-2, 6-3 in a district-qualifying match.
Junior Evelyn Brainard went 2-1 in singles. Fourth-seeded senior Megan Husslein went 1-1.
The doubles teams of seniors Catharina Le and Abigail Waldren and junior Lilly Metzger and sophomore Kat Jolley both went 1-1.
DeSales lost its final two matches of the season, 5-0 at Westerville Central on Sept. 30 and 3-2 at Worthington Christian on Oct. 1, to finish 15-4 overall. The Stallions went 2-1 in the CCL to finish second behind Watterson (3-0).
Below are the coming schedules for the DeSales boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington
Oct. 12 -- At Cincinnati Indian Hill
Oct. 15 -- Home vs. 49th-seeded Columbus South in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays 27th-seeded Big Walnut or 34th-seeded Mifflin in second round Oct. 17. The Stallions are seeded ninth.
Oct. 19 -- Home vs. 29th-seeded Hartley in second round of Division I district tournament. The Stallions are seeded 28th.
Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Teays Valley
Oct. 16 -- Home vs. 26th-seeded Licking Heights or 34th-seeded Eastmoor Academy in second round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays 21st-seeded Newark, 22nd-seeded Hilliard Darby or 33rd-seeded Olentangy Berlin in district semifinal Oct. 22 at Whitehall. The Stallions are seeded second.