The Columbus School for Girls golf team attained its primary goal while gaining valuable experience for next season.
The Unicorns won the program's first Division II district championship Sept. 30 at Darby Creek to earn their first state berth since 2008.
CSG shot 731 in the state tournament Oct. 11 and 12 at Ohio State's Gray Course to finish 10th of 12 teams, behind champion Lima Central Catholic (647). The Unicorns shot a 373 in the second round after opening with a 358.
"We came into the season with the goal of making it here, and we came into the experience with the idea of enjoying it and having fun," fourth-year coach Chris Ditello said. "The atmosphere and the nerves might have gotten to us, but we made it here and won the (program's) first district championship."
CSG expects to return three of its five state participants next season.
Junior Kate Kramer led the Vikings with a 170 to tie for 28th of 71 golfers, behind medalist Kyleigh Dull (137) of Kansas Lakota. Also competing were junior Caroline Kromalic and sophomore Emily Bruce (both 188, tied for 51st), senior Vara Mehra (191, 55th) and freshman Emma Kim (193, tied for 58th).
Bruce will not return, as her family will be moving to Canada after the school year.
"My goal when I came on board was to make this a competitive program and be in the realm of contention (in qualifying for state)," Ditello said. "It's nice for our senior, Vara, who has been with varsity program four years and she saw how close we were (to qualifying for state the) last two years."
Kramer carded a 77 at district to lead CSG, which shot 350 to finish nine strokes ahead of runner-up Lakewood. Also competing for the Unicorns were Bruce (89), Kromalic (90), Mehra (94) and Kim (97).
CSG won the MSL-Ohio Division championship in its first season in the league, going 16-0 to finish ahead of second-place Bexley (12-4).
"Coming into the Mid-State League, our goal was to win it and, after we did that, we focused on the postseason," Ditello said. "I couldn't be more proud of the way they played and their resiliency. I wanted them to enjoy the (state) experience from start to finish. It was a heck of an accomplishment to make it to state and they have a lot to be proud about."
Cross country team prepares for district
The cross country team will compete in a 22-team Division II district meet Saturday, Oct. 19, at Hilliard Darby.
The top six teams and top 24 individuals advance to regional Oct. 26 at Pickerington North.
The Unicorns finished fifth (126) of six teams in the MSL-Ohio meet Oct. 12 at Buckeye Valley, behind champion Bexley (31).
Sabrina Morse (18th, 22 minutes, 6.3 seconds) led CSG, with Lauren Sloan (21st, 22:22.3), Molly Pawlik (27th, 23:30.1), Katrina D'Arms (28th, 23:46.7) and Abigail Falk (32nd, 24:37.2) also scoring.
Volleyball team opens district tourney
The volleyball team opened the Division II district tournament Oct. 14 against 14th-seeded Lakewood in a first-round game.
The winner advanced to play fifth-seeded Licking Valley in the second round Oct. 16.
The 18th-seeded Unicorns entered the postseason 4-15 overall. They finished 3-9 in the MSL-Ohio after defeating Grandview 15-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-23 on Oct. 10.
Tennis team ends season at district
Senior Helen Hoag and freshman Becca Hoffman of the tennis team reached the second round in doubles in the Division II district tournament Oct. 10 at Columbus Academy.
They beat Bexley's Ilsa Evans and Maxine Giller 6-2, 6-0 in the opening round before losing to the eventual district champion, Wellington's Alexis Burkhalter and Katie Zerbi, 6-0, 6-3 to finish the season.
In singles, freshman Lanie Klatt lost her opening match at district to Bexley's Sydney Elliott 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.
Only the district champion in singles and doubles advanced to state Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
In a home sectional Oct. 3 and 5, Klatt went 4-1 to finish second and Hoag and Hoffman went 3-1 and placed third.
Also at sectional, seniors Megan Hardy and Haley Tobias went 2-1 in doubles, junior Sophia Vershinin went 2-1 in singles and junior Maya Garg went 0-1 in singles.
The Unicorns finished 6-10 overall under sixth-year coach Sean Delaney and placed fifth in the MSL-Ohio (22 points, 3-4), behind champion Columbus Academy (42, 7-0).
Below are the coming schedules for the Columbus School for Girls field hockey and soccer teams:
Oct. 15 -- Played 11th-seeded Granville in second round of district tournament. Winner plays at top-seeded Columbus Academy or 18th-seeded Olentangy Berlin in district semifinal Oct. 22. The Unicorns are seeded 15th.
Oct. 15 -- Played eighth-seeded Caledonia River Valley in first round of Division II district tournament. Winner plays at top-seeded Bloom-Carroll or at home against 16th-seeded Whitehall in second round Oct. 19. That winner plays third-seeded Bexley, sixth-seeded Hamilton Township, 10th-seeded Sparta Highland or 15th-seeded Cristo Rey in district semifinal Oct. 23 at home of better seed. The Unicorns are seeded ninth.