Thomas focused on reaching district
The Thomas Worthington High School girls golf team has its eye on advancing to the Division I district tournament.
If the Cardinals accomplish that feat, it would mark the first time that they have done so in back-to-back seasons and it would be only their third district appearance since the program was founded in 1996.
Thomas is seeded seventh of 32 teams in the district and will compete in a 10-team sectional Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Oakhaven. The Cardinals are the third-highest seed competing at the site, behind top-seeded Dublin Jerome and fifth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at The Links at Groveport.
"Our girls are excited to play the Oakhaven course and they look forward to the challenge of becoming the first girls golf team in school history to repeat a trip to districts," coach Laurie Barr said. "They look forward to the challenges of the course as well as the other teams. The girls will continue to work on their personal games so that they can compete to the best of their ability for the benefit of the team."
The Cardinals finished second in the four-round OCC-Ohio Division tournament at 20-8 behind Pickerington North (28-0).
Senior Sydney Kelly averaged 82.66 over the first three rounds but was unable to finish the fourth round Sept. 10 at Mentel Memorial because of illness. Senior Ally Lucas (92.25) had the Cardinals' next-best league average, followed by senior Claudia Podolski (92.5) and junior Francie Zidonis (98.75).
Wolves also looking to advance to district
Kilbourne, which is in the midst of one of its best seasons in program history, also is looking to advance to district.
The Wolves have not advanced to district as a team since 2008.
"I am feeling great about our chances to advance to the district tournament, although reigning state champ Dublin Jerome is at our site," coach Brian Riegel said. "My players know Oakhaven well and should be confident that they can score well."
Kilbourne finished second in the OCC-Capital tournament at 27-5, behind Dublin Coffman (32-0).
Freshman Ashley Flynn and junior Diana Flynn averaged 80 and 83.25, respectively, in the league tournament and earned second-team all-OCC-Capital honors. Sophomore Micah Vincent (84.75) was honorable mention all-league.
Senior Leah Nourse (100.25) had the team's fourth-best average in league play and, according to Riegel, freshman Abby Chilcoat has been "improving dramatically."
"I was pleased to have the team take second in the OCC," Riegel said. "It was great to see three players earn all-OCC honors."