With its streak of qualifying for the Division I district tournament snapped, sophomore Zach Burton looked to carry the mantle for the Hilliard Davidson boys golf team Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.
The Wildcats had reached district as a team nine consecutive years before finishing ninth (337) in a sectional Oct. 1 at Denison Golf Club behind champion Dublin Jerome (294). Westerville Central (320) earned the fourth and final district berth.
Burton led the Wildcats with a 75 to earn the first of four individual qualifying spots.
"I felt like I didn't have my best game, but I was able to buckle down and grind out a score that would be good enough," Burton said.
Also competing at sectional were Zach Welch (81), Matt Jackson (84), Cam Colman (97) and Drew Miller (97).
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
"After we finished fifth at the Pickerington Central Fall Invitational (on Sept. 28), we had a lot of confidence going into sectional," coach Brett Miller said. "Our guys were able to see how much they had improved from the start of the year to now. Four of our five golfers got to get sectional tournament experience. We weren't able to string four scores low enough to make it out, but I think overall it was a positive experience."
Davidson finished fifth (322) of 21 teams in the Pickerington Central Fall Invitational at Turnberry behind champion Pickerington North (306).
Burton earned medalist honors with a 70, while Jackson (81), Welch (82), Miller (89) and Colman (91) also competed.
Girls golf team concludes season
The girls golf team saw its season end at a Division I sectional Oct. 1 at Mentel Memorial.
The Wildcats finished ninth (402) of 12 teams, behind champion Upper Arlington (297), as Grove City (348) earned the third and final berth to the district tournament held Oct. 8 at New Albany Links.
Junior Kacy Harsh led Davidson with a 90, followed by senior Natalie Myers (100), junior Ainsley Guthrie (101), senior Kara Brabb (111) and sophomore Abby Emery (112).
Davidson went 3-17 in the four-round OCC-Central Division tournament to finish fifth behind champion New Albany (20-0). Harsh led the Wildcats with an 89.5 league average.
Sophomore Olivia Bradley also is eligible to return.
"It was one of those years where we had a lot of young kids," coach Bob Winland said. "A lot of new ones that needed to find out where they could fit in. We have a good group of sophomores, so the future looks good. We have a good corps of young kids coming. We'll miss the seniors, but we'll see these younger kids progress. It was fun."
Girls tennis coach caps first season
First-year girls tennis coach Adrian Tolentino was pleased with the development of his team.
The Wildcats finished 5-11 overall and 2-3 in the OCC-Central to finish fourth behind champion UA (5-0).
Davidson closed its season by competing in a Division I sectional Oct. 3 at Bradley.
In singles, senior Sophia Prasad went 2-1 and fell one win shy of qualifying for the district tournament Thursday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at Reynoldsburg.
The doubles teams of seniors Kate DeSanti and Katherine Sarkel and junior Ella McWherter and sophomore Olivia Temelkoff both went 2-1 to fall one win shy of advancing. Also in singles, senior Kaitlyn Quinn went 1-1 and freshman Lila Davis went 0-1.
"I'm amazed at the improvement made by several girls," Tolentino said. "On Aug. 1, I didn't expect for Sophia, Kate and Katherine or Olivia and Ella to each be one win away from making it to district. These months flew by, and I can barely fathom how quickly our program developed in two short months."
Junior Allie Myers also is eligible to return.
"My first season with Hilliard Davidson was incredible," Tolentino said. "The support from the community was uplifting. Coach Steve De Dent was a great mentor and resource, and the athletic staff made the season a lot smoother than a lot of people expected it to be, seeing as how I got hired barely one week before the season started."
Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 12 -- OCC-Central meet at home
*Oct. 10 -- At Marysville
Oct. 17 -- At fifth-seeded Dublin Scioto or home vs. 28th-seeded Canal Winchester in second round of Division I district tournament. The Wildcats are seeded sixth.
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Marysville
Oct. 16 -- Home vs. 42nd-Westland in first round of Division I district tournament. The Wildcats are seeded 12th.
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Marysville. The Wildcats defeated the Monarchs 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-15 on Sept. 17.
Oct. 14 -- At 27th-seeded Marysville in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays at eighth-seeded Hartley or home vs. 43rd-seeded Groveport in second round Oct. 16. The Wildcats are seeded 30th.