by STEVE BATKO | CORRESPONDENT
Aurora -- Both the boys golf and girls tennis squads were represented in district tournament action this season. The Greenmen athletes -- one on each team -- who qualified for further competition were of the individual fashion.
Girls tennis qualifier Taylor Miotke saw her season come to a close, as did Conor O'Callaghan for the golf squad. Both athletes are seniors.
Miotke had the difficult task of trying to reach the state tourney as an individual qualifier out of the difficult Division I Oberlin district Oct. 10 and 12 at the Donald Hunsinger Courts on Oberlin College's campus.
O'Callaghan competed at the Division I district on Oct. 9 at the rugged Pine Hills Golf Club.
In tennis action, Miotke lost 6-1, 6-2 to Rocky River Magnificat's Emily Witt, the Oberlin sectional runnerup. That happened in the first round.
Witt lost in the next round to Tessa Hill of Massillon Jackson. Witt was an All-Ohio player in 2012, who beat one four-star recruit and lost in the state quarterfinals to the eventual state champion.
AHS tennis head coach Dania Banc liked Miotke's outstanding season that saw her place third overall at the Solon sectional tournament.
On the golf links, the 6,698-yard course at Pine Hills was too much for many of the gifted golfers who reach the district. After an outstanding regular season, O'Callaghan placed 25th overall with an 18-hole round of 80.
O'Callaghan was only 3 over par on the front nine at Pine Hills as he tried to stay in the mix with a round of 39. However, he shot a 41 on the back nine.
Snagging the final two individual state berths were the North Canton Hoover duo of Jacob Appleby and Todd Lensman, who both fired 76s.
Head coach Gus Mehallis was happy that O'Callaghan qualified for the district, but it was a tough sectional tourney for Aurora, which had high hopes after placing eighth in Ohio in 2012.
"It was shocking that our team didn't qualify for districts; we were confident and sure that we had a great shot at reaching the state tournament again," said Mehallis.
"After seeing the scores at the Pine Hills district, I know this team would have made it to Columbus with some good steady play, as they did all season. It was a tough way to finish the season."