Girls Golf: CSG sets sights on getting back to state
After reaching the state tournament for the first time in 11 years, the Columbus School for Girls golf team is ready for more.
The Unicorns won their first Division II district championship last season to earn their first state berth since 2008. They shot 731 in the state tournament at Ohio State's Gray Course to finish 10th of 12 teams behind champion Lima Central Catholic (647).
Three players return from the state lineup in seniors Kate Kramer and Caroline Kromalic and sophomore Emma Kim. Junior Emily Bruce and her family moved to Canada.
Kramer led the Vikings with a 170 to tie for 28th of 71 golfers. Kromalic shot 188 (tied for 51st) and Kim had a 193 (tied for 58th).
"Last year, I think a lot of us weren't really used to playing at that (state) level," Kramer said. "It was a really big thing at our school. We let the pressure get to us, and we didn't play to our ability.
"We're trying really hard to get back to state, and coach (Chris Ditello) has been talking a lot about the short game. He always does because a lot of people lose strokes around the green. He wants us to keep out of our own heads and stay calm during matches."
Junior Sienna Basso-Schricker was the No. 6 player last fall, and Madi Kim, the freshman sister of Emma Kim, joins the lineup.
Seniors Courtney Marie Pascol and Ally Werstler, sophomores Alia Knight, Finley Moffett and Ella Peddicord and freshman Muriel Wallace round out the roster.
"Going into this season, we're riding that high of making it to state," said Ditello, who is in his fifth season. "We can't expect (to make it back), so what can we do differently to make sure that we get back? We have to do something to stay at that level and get there again. They have to push themselves harder so they won't plateau."
The Unicorns won the MSL-Ohio Division championship last fall in their first season in the league, going 16-0. They opened league play with the preseason tournament Aug. 11 at Turnberry, and the postseason tournament is Sept. 22 at Westchester.
CSG begins league duals against Worthington Christian on Thursday, Aug. 13, at Blacklick Woods.
Minkin to help lead Lions
Bexley graduated its top five from last season, but third-year coach Brycen Baugh believes the legacy left by those players will help this group adjust to varsity play.
The Lions finished second (12-4) in the MSL-Ohio after winning the title in 2018.
Senior Isabella Minkin is the top returnee.
"We went with the five seniors in the postseason, but Isabella played anywhere from No. 3 to No. 6 for us last year," Baugh said. "She has some serious experience and led us in tryouts this year.
"The biggest change is the lack of leadership and experience, such as what we need to do at practice and at matches. Isabella has done a great job in that respect. She was around last year's seniors a lot and learned what it takes. She has been encouraging and helping the younger girls to learn that."
Junior Priya Roy, sophomores Maya Aframian, Jessica Host and Maya Zidel and freshman Ellie Schoedinger round out the lineup.
"We have three sophomores and a freshman in our top six, so we have a lot of potential if we continue to develop and work hard," Baugh said. "Maya Aframian filled in some when we had conflicts last year, and Priya Roy really worked to improve her game in the offseason. It's hard to replace those seniors, but this is a really good group. They make it fun to come to the golf course."
The Lions began league play with the MSL-Ohio preseason tournament Aug. 11 at Turnberry. They open league duals Monday, Aug. 17, against Columbus Academy at Blacklick Woods.
-- Scott Hennen
Hawks continue to build program
Of the seven players who came out for the girls golf program, six are returnees but only two are seniors.
Third-year coach Kerry Ford believes this bodes well for the process of adding numbers and experience that has taken place since he took over the program.
"A good friend of mine is Mike Rahe, the (athletics director) at Hartley, and I've been around the golf community and played high school golf at St. Charles," Ford said. "I wanted to help him out and said I'd help out for a couple years, and now we're building the program. We have seven girls this year and we're getting some good experience."
The top returnee is senior Nicole Deline, a two-time Division I district qualifier who last season finished 18th (84).
Senior Caroline Berger has returned as the No. 2 player.
Junior Nicola Eramo and sophomore Lauren Whitlatch are other returnees who were expected to be in the lineup Aug. 10 when the Hawks competed in the CCL preseason tournament at NorthStar. The other round of CCL competition will be held Oct. 10 at the same site.
Sophomores Olivia Brotherton and Abby Murphy are the other returnees. They might rotate with freshman Eva McKnight for the fifth spot in the lineup.
"I'm really excited about this team," Ford said. "They've got some good experience. Nicole has made it to district twice. I'm building a program so we didn't really do tryouts, but Nicole and Caroline are really solid players. I expect Caroline to improve into the 80s. Nicole has made great strides over the past year and in practice has done really well.
"I have pretty high expectations. I want to win the CCL; they want to win the CCL. We don't know if we have the firepower, but we're going to give it (our best effort)."
-- Jarrod Ulrey
At a glance
*Coach: Brycen Baugh, third season
*Top players: Maya Aframian, Isabella Minkin and Priya Roy
*Key losses: Viviane Banion, Abbey Elizondo, Audrey Lauerhass, Kate Maynard and Emma Segerman
*2019 MSL-Ohio standings: Columbus School for Girls (16-0), Bexley (12-4), Buckeye Valley (6-10), Columbus Academy and Worthington Christian (both 3-13)
*2019 postseason: Fourth at sectional
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*Coach: Chris Ditello, fifth season
*Top players: Emma Kim, Kate Kramer and Caroline Kromalic
*Key losses: Emily Bruce, Vara Mehra and Leslie Robins
*2019 MSL-Ohio standings: CSG (16-0), Bexley (12-4), Buckeye Valley (6-10), Academy and Worthington Christian (both 3-13)
*2019 postseason: Second at sectional, first at district, 10th at state
*Coach: Kerry Ford, third season
*Top players: Caroline Berger, Nicole Deline, Nicola Eramo and Lauren Whitlatch
*Key losses: None
*2019 CCL standings: DeSales (6-0), Watterson (4-2), Hartley (2-4), Ready (0-6)
*2019 postseason: 10th at sectional