With a roster filled with new players and with only two seniors, the Dublin Coffman girls volleyball team has experienced its share of growing moments under a mostly new coaching staff.
One thing that hasn't changed is the success the Shamrocks have had inside their league.
On Oct. 10, Coffman beat host Upper Arlington 25-15, 25-18, 26-24 to finish 10-0 in the OCC-Central Division and capture its 13th consecutive league championship.
The Shamrocks, who are 13-9 overall, have won 155 consecutive league matches.
"I work in the (school) district, but don't get off work until later so they've had to adjust and they've been flexible," first-year coach Kim Atherton said. "They're just a great group of kids."
Seniors Sadie Brown (middle hitter) and Angel Barrett (outside hitter) have been key leaders all season for a team that has a trio of freshmen who have been contributing in Ella Durham (middle hitter/outside hitter), Leah Shumate (libero/outside hitter) and Annabelle Straty (defensive specialist).
Junior Anna Dorenkott (setter) and sophomore Ruby Moore (outside hitter) also have been key players.
Coffman is the No. 12 seed for the Division I district tournament and opens the postseason Thursday, Oct. 17, against 11th-seeded Big Walnut or 38th-seeded Westerville South at the home of the better seed.
The winner plays ninth-seeded Pickerington North, 14th-seeded Grove City or 40th-seeded Logan in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Central Crossing. The district final is Oct. 26 at Central Crossing.
Coffman has won 12 consecutive district titles.
Runners prep for postseason
The cross country teams begin their respective postseasons at the Division I district meet Saturday, Oct. 19, at Hilliard Darby.
The boys are in district 3, from which the top six teams and top 24 individuals advance to regional Oct. 26 at Pickerington North. The girls are in district 1, from which the top five teams and top 20 individuals advance to regional.
In the OCC-Central meet Oct. 12 at Hilliard Davidson, the girls team finished runner-up (65) behind the host Wildcats (15) as Abigail Scherer placed sixth (19 minutes, 13.3 seconds).
She was followed by Emma Niswonger (11th, 19:59.6), Olivia Oiler (13th, 20:13.8), Bailey Morris (19th, 20:53), Morgan Halli (20th, 20:53.3), Madeline Erwin (21st, 20:54.9) and Kendall Starr (24th, 21:04.2).
The boys team finished third (64) in the league behind Davidson (26) and UA (61) as Alex Dediu won the title in 15:54.5.
He was followed by Ryan Loynes (15th, 17:01.8), Liam Shaughnessy (16th, 17:02.3), Noah Clemens (19th, 17:14.9), Isaac Frank (21st, 17:22.8), Will McGraw (22nd, 17:25.2) and Shashwat Rao (26th, 17:36.5).
Girls golfers finish third at district
The girls golf team couldn't overcome a rough start at the Division I district tournament Oct. 8 at New Albany Links and finished third (325) in the nine-team event behind state-qualifiers New Albany (305) and UA (314).
Coffman, which shot 171 on the back nine before shooting 154 on the front nine, were led by sophomore Ava Guilliams, who placed ninth with an 80.
She was followed by junior Annika Manjunath (tied for 10th, 81), senior Jenna Lynn (tied for 13th, 82), freshman Ellie Lim (tied for 13th, 82) and sophomore Megan Kestner (39th, 100).
Guilliams finished two strokes behind the final individual state qualifier.
"We shot 325 and only shot 171 on the back nine," coach Randy Patton said. "One of our girls, Ava Guilliams, played really well and shot 80. We had a great year."
Manjunath averaged 74.8 in the four-round OCC-Central tournament to earn first-team all-league honors, with Lim averaging 80.8 and making the second team and Guilliams and Lynn averaging 84 and 82.8, respectively, to make honorable mention.
Coffman finished third (12-8) in the OCC-Central behind New Albany (20-0) and UA (16-4).
Sophomore Jessica Steller also is eligible to return.
Seniors led boys golfers to success
The boys golf team followed its second consecutive Division I sectional title by placing sixth (311) at the 12-team district tournament Oct. 8 at Apple Valley as the top two teams advanced.
Senior Jacob Hazen was sectional medalist Oct. 1 at Darby Creek with a 71 and shot 72 to finish sixth at district, while senior Sam Sellman shot 72 at sectional and tied for 10th at district with a 74.
"My (No.) 1 and 2 guys just played great all day," coach Scott Sutherland said. "We played very well the last couple weeks and it was fun to win the sectional for the second year in a row."
The other seniors in the lineup were Connor Mitchell and Cameron Seery, both of whom shot 83 at district.
The top returnee should be sophomore Klay Redman, who shot 79 at sectional and an 82 at district.
Also eligible to return is sophomore Ryan Seidensticker, who was honorable mention all-OCC-Central with an 82.33 average in three of the four league rounds.
Hazen finished third (75.75) and Sellman was fourth (77.25) in league play to each earn first-team honors while Seery (79.5) and Redman (83.0) both were second-team all-league.
Coffman went 17-3 in the OCC-Central to finish second to UA (19-1).
Tennis season ends at district
The girls tennis team was represented at the Division I district tournament Oct. 10 at Reynoldsburg by freshman Dasha Chistaykova in singles and by both of its doubles teams.
Chistyakova lost to eventual champion Cassie Alcala of Pickerington North 6-2, 6-0 in a quarterfinal.
In doubles, senior Claire Feit and freshman Emily Yoshino also reached the quarterfinal round, while senior Abby Walker and junior Ria Singhal lost in the first round.
"Everybody, even the ones on my team that lost in the first round, played really, really well," coach Brett Hundertpfund said. "It's been a great season."
Coffman's other postseason competitors were senior Hannah Qin and junior Cassi Shough, both of whom competed in singles.
Sophomore Geetha Anne is another contributor eligible to return for the Shamrocks, who went 12-5 overall and lost to Jerome 4-1 on Sept. 4 in the quarterfinal round of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament. Coffman was runner-up in the OCC-Central at 4-1, behind UA (5-0).
Below are the coming schedules for the Coffman field hockey, boys soccer and girls soccer teams:
Oct. 15 -- Played 10th-seeded Jerome in second round of district tournament. Winner plays second-seeded Thomas Worthington or 17th-seeded Scioto in district semifinal Oct. 22 at home of better seed. The Shamrocks are seeded 14th.
Oct. 17 -- Home vs. 51st-seeded Briggs in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays 18th-seeded Westerville North or 26th-seeded Hilliard Darby in second round Oct. 19 at home of better seed. Second-round winner plays fifth-seeded Scioto, sixth-seeded Hilliard Davidson or 28th-seeded Canal Winchester in district semifinal Oct. 22 at home of better seed. The Shamrocks are seeded 13th.
Oct. 19 -- Home vs. 45th-seeded Columbus West in second round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays 25th-seeded Westerville Central, 27th-seeded Newark or 31st-seeded Westerville South in district semifinal Oct. 23 at home of better seed. The Shamrocks are the No. 1 seed.