Delaware Christian’s Gabe Scherer carded a 73 to nab medalist honors at Wednesday’s Division III district tournament at Turnberry, becoming the first state qualifier in school history in the process.
Not bad for a kid, just a sophomore, who almost lost his vision in an accident on the golf course earlier this year.
Scherer fired a 38 on the front nine before separating himself from the field with a stellar 35 on the back half. Newark Catholic’s Max Vanoy and Nathan Riggleman tied for second with 75s.
Delaware Christian, which also got contributions from Aaron Brandon (97), Matthew Tranel (100) and Caden Beck (110), finished fifth as a team with a combined 380.
Scherer, the first golfer from the Mid-Ohio Christian Athletic League to advance to the OHSAA Boys Golf State Tournament since 2014, was the MOCAL Player of the Year.
The state showcase is slated for Oct. 14-15 at Northstar.
Delaware Hayes closed out the season Wednesday afternoon at Eaglesticks, finishing ninth in its Division I sectional tournament with a combined 344.
Nate Richardson led the Pacers with an 84. Owen Jester wasn’t far behind, closing with an 86, while Parker Steffanni and Zack Sanson had 87s.
Marietta won with a team total of 306 while John Glenn and DeSales smoothed out the top three with respective rounds of 310 and 312.
The Big Walnut boys cross country team raised the bar in a major way Wednesday, getting a record-setting performance from Eli Lengl on the way to a fourth-place showing at Sheridan’s Backwoods 2-Mile.
Lengl crossed the finish line second among the nearly 300 runners in action, closing in 9:44.4 — a new school record for a two-mile race. Only Fairfield Union’s Marcus Runkle finished faster, taking top honors in 9:23.6.
Emil Stanford also nabbed a top-10 finish for the Golden Eagles, closing eighth overall. His mark of 9:54.6 moved him into second place on the school’s all-time list.
Delaware Christian used a balanced attack to knock off host Northside Christian in straight sets Tuesday night.
The Eagles (11-7, 8-2), who had three players with eight kills, won the first set 25-13 before taking the second and third by respective scores of 25-15 and 25-17.
Bekah Williams added 11 digs and three aces to go with her kill total. Other standouts included Ellie Tiede, who collected eight kills and eight digs; and Addy Beard, who finished with eight kills and a season-high six blocks.
Payton Eversole led all defenders with 25 digs while Katie Hobbs had a match-high four aces in the win.
DCS is slated to return to action tonight against visiting Granville Christian Academy.
Olentangy Berlin got back to its winning ways Tuesday, cruising past host Canal Winchester 9-0 to improve to 13-1 overall.
Fina Davy led all scorers with a hat trick while Cameryn Susey added two goals of her own. Other Berlin scorers included Josie Budic, Claire Walker, Addison Lambert and Roisin Kennedy. Lambert also had a game-best three assists.
Brooke Elliot anchored the defense with three saves en route to the shutout.
Delaware Hayes 6, Newark 2
Aubrey Griner and Sara Dudley scored two goals apiece to lead the Pacers to a dominant non-league win over visiting Newark Tuesday night.
Kendal Philibin and Claire Stein also found the back of the net while Cali Kent finished with five saves in the Hayes (5-6-1) goal.
Big Walnut 2, Thomas Worthington 1
The Golden Eagles started fast and never looked back en route to a non-league win over the visiting Cardinals Tuesday night in Sunbury.
Ella Froehlich broke the scoring seal with a goal off a feed from Emma Barnett just 13 minutes into the action. Two minutes later, Quinn Kuhlman scored what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Ainsley Curran added an assist while Josie Graziosi had five saves in the Big Walnut goal.
Olentangy Berlin 2, Worthington Christian 0.