Thomas girls show improvement
The state's top high school girls water polo teams prepared for the postseason by competing in the Ohio Cup Tournament on Sept. 15 and 16 at Worthington.
Upper Arlington went 5-0 to defend its title. The Golden Bears defeated Cincinnati Sycamore 9-3 in the championship game.
Thirteen varsity teams, eight junior varsity teams and nine men's college/masters open teams participated.
Thomas fell just short of reaching the Ohio Cup final by losing to Sycamore 4-3 during round-robin play Sept. 16 to finish the tournament 3-1.
Morgan Grzegorzewski's goal in the final minute lifted the Aviators past the Cardinals.
Thomas then bounced back to defeat Mason 8-3, as Abby Jank scored five goals, Abby Shell had two and Myah McClure scored one.
Thomas continues to play well despite losing several key players from a year ago to graduation, according to coach Kimi Segarra and members of the team.
"We lost a lot of our seniors and they were really strong players, but we got a lot of new players who are really fast and really hard workers," Jank said. "We still have a long way to go, but I think we'll be very strong by the end."
The Cardinals, who defeated UA 12-11 for the state title in 2009, are looking for another state berth.
The state tournament will be held Oct. 26 and 27 at Mason.
"We want to finish strong and make it to states, hopefully," goalie Carly Porteus said. "Each week we've improved tremendously. We're a very young team."
Jank and Porteus are the captains and the only seniors on the team.
Worthington Kilbourne continues to improve, according to Segarra, as the Wolves were 3-1 in the Ohio Cup.
Segarra is hoping to qualify Thomas and Kilbourne for state.
"Every team has two or three good players, so if we do a good job and practice hard, I think we can be in the state tournament," Segarra said.
"I'm looking forward to winning the North Regional and getting one and two. That's my goal. I want to bring both teams to state."
The top two teams from the North and South regionals, which will be held Oct. 19 and 20, qualify for state.
Pittsburgh dominated the Ohio Cup open division, finishing 3-0 and outscoring opponents 64-15.
Pittsburgh defeated Columbus 13-10 on Sept. 15. Segarra is a member of the Columbus team.
Boys teams compete in Toledo
The Thomas and Kilbourne boys teams participated in the Toledo St. Francis Invitational on Sept. 14 and 15.
The Cardinals improved to 18-5-1 after finishing 3-1. Goalie Michael Frankland had 37 saves and Trenton Harper had 16 goals, and Thomas turned away 13 of 16 man-down situations during the tournament.
Kilbourne went 1-3 in Toledo. Mitchell Guist had 15 goals and 17 steals.