The Thomas Worthington High School girls water polo team's dream of a second consecutive state title fell short last weekend as the Cardinals lost to Upper Arlington 17-12 in a state semifinal at Mason.

The Thomas Worthington High School girls water polo team's dream of a second consecutive state title fell short last weekend as the Cardinals lost to Upper Arlington 17-12 in a state semifinal at Mason.

Thomas bounced back to beat Milford in the third-place game 14-9 and UA beat Napoleon 15-8 last Saturday for the program's 11th state title.

The Cardinals closed the season at 33-4.

Against UA, junior Annie Blackman led Thomas with six goals and junior Katie Allison had three.

Ashley Parks had five goals in the win over Milford and Allison and Amanda Hitzemann had three apiece.

Allison and Blackman were named to the all-tournament team. And coach Kimi Segarra pointed to the strong contributions of goalie Carly Porteus as another key to his team's success.

Despite the disappointing weekend, Segarra is already looking forward to next season.

"I'm looking forward to keep developing water polo in Ohio, and return that state title to Thomas Worthington," he said.

The Cardinals will look to replace seniors Hitzemann, Stacy Carson, Carly Davis and Sadie Zufall.

"All the seniors had a great season and made a significant contribution to our team," Segarra said.

"There was great leadership and courage from all of them - specifically from the two captains (Carson and Hitzemann)."

Thomas won the North regional with a 14-2 victory against Napoleon on Oct. 16 at Worthington Pool. Allison, Blackman and Porteus were named to the all-regional team.

Allison led the team in scoring with 80 goals, followed by Blackman with 65 and Parks with 39. Porteus had 220 blocks.

•The Thomas boys team finished 23-11.

Senior Sam Reeder led the team in scoring with 91 goals. Senior goalkeeper Salim Choueiki had 355 blocks this season and finished his career with more than 900.

The Cardinals were 2-2 at the North regional, defeating Napoleon 14-3 and Worthington Kilbourne 10-3 before losing to Toledo St. Francis 11-6 and St. Charles 5-4.

Choueiki and senior Brennan Cline were named to the all-regional team. Other seniors are Joey Banks, Phil Mueller and Caleb Williams.

"Overall, I'm happy with the season," coach John Wolf said. "They learned a lot. Hopefully they learned some life lessons along the way, too. I'm happy with the turnout."

•The Kilbourne boys team ended the season with a 15-19-1 record.

The Wolves were 2-2 at the North regional, defeating Sylvania 14-4 and 15-7, and losing to St. Charles 13-4 and Thomas 10-3.

"It was a very good season for Kilbourne," Wolf said. "It's just unfortunate that they had to come up against Thomas before playing St. Charles (at regional)."

Senior Jake Wood was named to the all-regional team.

Junior Keeler Callahan led the team in scoring with 82 goals and 24 assists. Wood added 48 goals and 12 assists, followed by senior Alex Wylly with 26 goals and 21 assists.

Junior goalkeeper Nick Bortolani had 193 blocks and Wood added 51.

•The Kilbourne girls team finished 4-23-2.

The Wolves were 2-2 at the North regional, defeating Sylvania 11-5 and St. Ursula by forfeit, and losing to Thomas 10-8 and Napoleon 19-2.

Senior Erin Cipicchio was named to the all-tournament team.

The Wolves' other wins came against St. Ursula 15-4 on Oct. 9 and Glen Oak 9-5 on Aug. 28.

At a glance

KILBOURNE BOYS

•Record: 15-19-1

•Seniors lost: Matt Malone, Jake Wood and Alex Wylly

•Key returnees: Keeler Callahan, Jared Grubaugh, Mitchell Guist and Lou Pfeifer

KILBOURNE GIRLS

•Record: 4-23-2

•Seniors lost: Erin Cipicchio, Makenna McLean and Samantha Washburn

•Key returnees: Cassie Bennett, McKenna Grody and Emily Wallin

THOMAS BOYS

•Record: 23-11

•Seniors lost: Joey Banks, Salim Choueiki, Brennan Cline, Phil Mueller, Sam Reeder and Caleb Williams

•Key returnees: George Doyle, Trenton Harper and Adam Wolf

THOMAS GIRLS

•Record: 33-4

•Seniors lost: Stacy Carson, Carly Davis, Amanda Hitzemann and Sadie Zufall

•Key returnees: Katie Allison, Annie Blackman, Ashley Parks and Carly Porteus