The Olentangy Berlin boys and girls cross country teams have continued to make strides heading into the OCC-Cardinal Division meet Saturday, Oct. 12, at Hilliard Davidson.
Both squads have strong runners leading the pack in Corey Rinehart for the boys and returning state-qualifier Meghan Boggess for the girls.
"We're still pretty young, but we're making progress and starting to peak at the right time," boys coach Anthony Beggrow said. "Corey has been leading the way and has been solid and consistent. We also have had some younger guys step up for us like sophomores Wyatt Bednar and Calvin Davies and freshman Cooper Citro."
Boggess is coming off a runner-up performance (19 minutes, 41.1 seconds) in the home Bear Den Dash on Sept. 28.
"Meghan is looking good and had her season-best (in the home meet) when conditions were kind of hot," coach Catherine Ubry said. "It was only 20 seconds off her best time.
"We also have a couple of new girls who have really done well for us. Sophomore Ada Freeman went to Genoa Christian last year, and she has progressed and has run well. Freshman Grace Dahlke continues to get better."
Beggrow said the course at Davidson is flat and should help his team prepare for its Division I district race Oct. 19 at Hilliard Darby, which is a similar course.
"We're focusing on having a good, solid race and being more aggressive in the middle," he said. "I think we can step up and have better results than last year."
Last fall, the boys placed seventh (155 points) in the league meet behind champion Worthington Kilbourne (55) and the girls were runners-up (99) behind Thomas Worthington (29).
"We have run the (Davidson) course before, and it's flat and can give us decent times," Ubry said. "Hopefully we can have good times, but place is more important than time this time of year. You can't compare times from week to week or course to course. Placing is much more important than individual time."
Franz captures sectional singles title
Sophomore Ella Franz led the girls tennis team by winning a Division I sectional singles championship Oct. 3 and 5 at Pickerington Central.
Franz went 5-0 at sectional, defeating Watterson's Carolyn Goodlive 6-0, 6-0 in the final.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to district Thursday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at Reynoldsburg, where the top four in singles and doubles advance to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Seniors Maddie Reger and Maggie Torlone were 1-1 in doubles at sectional. Junior singles players Emma Reger and Sydney Webb and the doubles team of senior Vidya Puttagunta and junior Janna Harris all lost their opening matches.
Reed ties for medalist honors
Bryce Reed shot a 74 to tie Pickerington North's Elijah Hale for medalist honors in a Division I sectional Oct. 2 at Turnberry, leading the boys golf team to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.
The Bears were second (308) at sectional behind Pickerington North (306). New Albany and Gahanna (both 312) also qualified for district, where the top two teams and top two individuals not on those teams advanced to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Brady Casto and Leila Raines (both 77), Ethan Hegg (80) and Tanner Shimp (84) also competed at sectional for Berlin.
Girls golfers end season at sectional
Freshman Reagan Clifton (103) and sophomore Michele Starner (113) competed for the girls golf team in a sectional Oct. 1 at Royal American but did not advance to district.
Led by second-year coach Bethany Dlesk, the Bears did not have the requisite four players for a team score.
Berlin tied Kilbourne for sixth (5-21) in the OCC-Cardinal behind champion Dublin Jerome (26-0).
Below are the coming schedules for the Berlin field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 15 -- At top-seeded Columbus Academy in second round of district tournament. The Bears are seeded 18th.
*Oct. 10 -- At Delaware
Oct. 14 -- Home vs. 11th-seeded Upper Arlington or 50th-seeded Franklin Heights in second round of Division I district tournament. The Bears are seeded 10th.
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Delaware
Oct. 19 -- Home vs. 24th-seeded Worthington Kilbourne or 36th-seeded Whetstone in second round of Division I district tournament. The Bears are seeded 15th.
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Delaware. The Bears lost to the Pacers 25-19, 25-18, 25-18 on Sept. 10.
Oct. 14 -- At 21st-seeded Newark in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays 22nd-seeded Hilliard Darby in second round Oct. 16 at home of better seed. The Bears are seeded 33rd.