Maddy Baughman and Maggie Szabo have had a special relationship on the tennis court ever since eighth grade at Davis Middle School when they formed a doubles team.
The seniors for the Dublin Scioto girls tennis team are hoping to add more good memories when they compete in the Division I district tournament Thursday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at Reynoldsburg.
Baughman and Szabo also qualified for district last season, losing their first-round match.
The duo advanced to district by placing third in a sectional held Oct. 3 and 5 at Hilliard Bradley, losing to Coffman's Abby Walker and Ria Singhal 6-3, 6-4 in a semifinal before falling to Westerville Central's Vivian Baker and Madison Lane 6-4, 6-2 in the third-place match.
"We were put together as partners in eighth grade by (then-middle school) coach (Sean) Gilbert, who is our coach now," Szabo said. "It's kind of cool he put us together in eighth grade and we've been playing together ever since. Maddy has definitely been a strong support for me on and off the court these last five years. It's really cool being able to make it to district with her again."
Baughman is looking forward to her second district tournament.
"Being a senior, I have a whole new perspective to the game," she said. "As much as I want to win and go far with Maggie, it's also about remembering how much fun I've had the last five years with her and how much joy the sport has brought me."
Baughman and Szabo will be joined at district by senior singles player Nicole Santoso, who will be making her third district appearance.
Santoso, who went 1-1 at district each of the past two seasons to fall one win shy of qualifying for state, reached the final at sectional before losing to Bradley freshman Anh Thi Thai 7-6, 6-4.
At district, the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
"It's always a great time of the year and we'll always extend the season any time the girls play that well," Gilbert said. "Going into the season, I knew how talented they were, but it was cool to see them continue to get better throughout the season. Nicole is a very solid player and seeing Maggie and Maddy step their games up and add little pieces to their game was fun to watch."
Also at sectional, Peyton Shaffer went 2-1 in singles, Ashima Srivastava snd Sydney Davis went 0-1 in doubles.
Girls volleyball team seeks league title
The girls volleyball team enters its match at Jerome on Thursday, Oct. 10, looking to earn at least a share of the OCC-Cardinal Division title.
The Irish were 18-2 overall before playing Ready on Oct. 8 and are 12-1 in the league, tied with Bradley for first place. They defeated Jerome 25-23, 25-15, 11-25, 25-21 on Sept. 10.
Scioto defeated Bradley 23-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-22 on Oct. 3 after losing to the Jaguars 25-22, 25-21, 25-20 on Sept. 5.
Bradley concludes league play against Hilliard Darby on Oct. 10.
"Bradley is a very good team," coach Jackie Wilson said. "They can score from every position, but we knew we needed to focus on our side of the net to win. (In the rematch), we simplified our game plan down to just three or four key things and we are really proud of the way we executed them."
In the win over the Jaguars, Lauren Erickson had 19 kills, 18 digs, four blocks and three aces, Karleigh Rothe had 18 kills and 17 digs, Abby Leonard had 24 assists and 10 digs and Lena Beasley had six blocks.
The Irish are seeded seventh of 49 teams in the Division I district tournament and will play host to 42nd-seeded Northland in the first round Monday, Oct. 14. The winner plays 29th-seeded Reynoldsburg in the second round Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the home of the higher seed.
Season ends for girls golf team
The girls golf team capped its season Oct. 1 by competing in a Division I sectional at Mentel Memorial.
The Irish finished eighth (397) of 12 teams, behind champion Upper Arlington (297). The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district.
Santoso led Scioto with a 96, followed by junior Alex Kopelcheck (97), senior Samantha Schaaf (99), senior Lauren Perry (105) and junior Mackenzie Wood (113).
Scioto went 8-18 in the OCC-Cardinal to finish fifth behind champion Jerome (26-0).
Santoso was honorable mention all-league with a 96 average in the four-round league tournament.
Sophomore Natalia Kantner also is eligible to return.
Boys golfers cap season at sectional
The boys golf team closed its season Oct. 1 by finishing last (361) of 15 teams in a Division I sectional at Darby Creek, behind champion Coffman (299).
Freshman Jack Gawronski led the Irish with an 85, followed by sophomore David Perry (90), freshman Alex Rath (92) sophomore Wyatt Bowen (94) and senior Chris Bryant (102).
Junior Gavin Smith also is eligible to return.
Scioto went 1-27 in the four-round OCC-Cardinal tournament to finish eighth behind champion Jerome (27-1).
Gawronski led the Irish with an 86.75 league average.
"We were a young team that got better and better as evidenced by a 40-stroke difference between our best and worst 18-hole scores," coach Todd Hardesty said. "We are motivated to continue to improve in the offseason to get our program back with the top-tier teams. Improvement is a daily goal, but winning and competing for championships is always a program goal."
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto cross country, field hockey, boys soccer and girls soccer teams:
Oct. 12 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Hilliard Davidson
Oct. 14 -- At second-seeded Thomas Worthington in second round of district tournament. Scioto lost to Thomas 9-0 on Sept. 9. The Irish are seeded 17th
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Jerome
Oct. 12 -- Home vs. Teays Valley
Oct. 15 -- Home vs. 28th-seeded Canal Winchester in first round of Division I district tournament. The Irish are seeded fifth.
*Oct. 10 -- At Jerome
Oct. 16 -- At 22nd-seeded Reynoldsburg in first round of Division I district tournament. The Irish are seeded 23rd.