The Thomas Worthington High School boys and girls water polo teams each had to settle for a fourth-place finish in the state tournament last weekend at Mason.
The girls team lost to Cincinnati Sycamore 6-4 in a semifinal Oct. 26 before losing to Napoleon 11-8 in the consolation game Oct. 27 to finish 19-12. Upper Arlington won its third consecutive state title, beating Sycamore 6-3 in the final.
The Cardinals were seeking their first state championship since 2009.
"We got fourth place in the state, so that was pretty decent," coach Kimi Segarra said.
The boys team lost to eventual state champion UA 18-8 in a semifinal Oct. 26 before being edged by Toledo St. Francis 10-9 in the consolation game Oct. 27 to finish 29-9-1. UA defeated Sycamore 17-2 in the final.
The girls team qualified for state by winning its fifth consecutive North Region title. The top two teams at region advanced to state.
The Cardinals went 3-0 at regional, defeating Cincinnati St. Ursula 13-4 in the final Oct. 20 at St. Charles after beating Worthington Kilbourne 10-3 and Napoleon 7-5 in their first two regional games Oct. 19 at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Seniors Abby Jank and Carly Porteus and junior Abby Shell were named to the all-region tournament team.
Porteus finished with 267 saves, and Shell (71 goals) and Jank (67) led the team in scoring.Thomas loses two seniors in Jank and Porteus.
"Both are big losses," Segarra said. "Carly is a goalie and to find a good goalie is a tough job. Abby Jank pretty much carried her whole team the entire season. She was like the soul and the heart of the team and she was everywhere. She was covering all the bases for all her teammates. She did a really great job."
In addition to Shell, expected to return are juniors Cassandra Laios and Elizabeth Schonhiutt, sophomores Aidan Hartsell, Erin Lavender, Melissa Matthews, Myah McClure and Abby Wiet and freshmen Olivia Love, Courtney Russell and Malesha Sabir.
The boys team qualified for state by going 3-1 at regional and placing second. The Cardinals defeated Napoleon 14-5 and St. Charles 13-10 on Oct. 19 before losing to Toledo St. Francis 11-8 on Oct. 20. Later that day, they beat two-time defending state champion St. Charles 14-10 in the final.
Seniors Michael Frankland and Trenton Harper and junior Matt Reed were named to the all-region tournament team.
"I don't think we were suppose to make it this far, but our boys never knew that," coach John Wolf said. "I'm very happy. They played very well, very hard. Upper Arlington is obviously the best team in the state right now and they're playing very well and they played very well (at state)."
Thomas loses three seniors in Frankland, Harper and Mason Zurovchak.
"Michael Frankland is probably the best goalie in the state," Wolf said. "That's going to be hard to fill. Trenton did very well at sprints and our swim-offs and was a huge part of our counter. Mason was fantastic on defense. They're going to be tough to fill, but we have guys that are waiting there ready to fill those shoes."
Along with Reed, expected to return are juniors Corey Lawell, Matt Jones, James Miller and Michael Wolf, sophomores Tyler Girard, Tommy Kessler, Luke Porteus, Brady Roesch and Thomas Stimpert and freshmen Brendon Armitage, Ian Banks, William Ford, Corey Hannigan, Cameron Harper and Stuart Mueller.
Kilbourne boys, girls end at regional
The Kilbourne boys team went 0-2 in the North regional, losing to Sylvania 16-15 on Oct. 19 and St. Charles 18-6 on Oct. 20, to finish 4-27-1.
The Wolves lose four seniors in Nathan Deagle, Jason Defourny, Mitchell Guist and Neil Hedges. Guist was a four-year player.
Expected to return are juniors Ben Green, Jonathon Haddad, Riku Kaida, Mason Schaaf and Ben Wallin, sophomore Grayton Giesman and freshmen Nick Catanzarite, Andrew Cook, Chase Fickell, Connor Jordan, Gerik Melvin and Gilbert Soto.
Catanzarite finished the season as the goalie.
"We struggled this year, but they're a very young team," coach Wolf said.
The Kilbourne girls team went 1-2 in the North regional and finished third. The Wolves opened with the loss to Thomas on Oct. 19 and defeated Sylvania 16-11 before losing to Napoleon 21-11 on Oct. 20 to finish 8-20.
Sophomore Courtney Fisher was named to the all-region tournament team.
Kilbourne loses three seniors in Claire Freeman, Hannah Goldenberg and goalie Emily Wallin. Goldenberg and Wallin (219 saves) were four-year players.
In addition to Fisher, expected to return are junior Lindsey Fisher, sophomores Emily Bowen and Adele Buchbinder and freshmen Emma Catalogna, Amelia Johnson, Jamie Stegmayer and Katherine Wood.