The Thomas Worthington High School boys water polo team is gearing up for what it hopes will be another postseason run.
The Cardinals, who were 16-8 before playing St. Charles on Sept. 25, went 2-1 in the Packer Classic on Sept. 20 and 21 at Cincinnati Princeton and had won six of their last eight games.
Thomas will compete in the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Skyline Invitational on Oct. 4 and 5 and play Worthington Kilbourne on Oct. 10 before preparing for the North Regional tournament, which will be held Oct. 18 and 19 at Napoleon.
Last season, the Cardinals advanced to state, where they finished fourth after losing to eventual state champion Upper Arlington 18-8 in a semifinal and Toledo St. Francis 10-9 in the consolation game.
The girls team is 8-12 after going 2-2 in the Cincinnati Sycamore Invitational on Sept. 20 and 21.
Eight of the Cardinals' losses have come against the state's top-three ranked teams, coach Lauren Wallace said.
The Cardinals will compete in the Milford Invitational on Oct. 4 and 5 before playing Kilbourne on Oct. 10.
Wolves boys surpass last year's win total
The Kilbourne boys team went 2-1 in the Packer Classic to improve to 8-15, guaranteeing that it will finish the season with at least two times the number of wins as it had last season.
The Wolves, who finished 4-27-1 a year ago, will compete in the Skyline Invitational on Oct. 4 and 5 before facing Thomas on Oct. 10.
They lost to UA 10-7 on Sept. 18, getting two goals apiece from Riku Kaida and Grayton Giesman.
The girls team is 8-10 after going 1-3 in the Sycamore Invitational.
The Wolves will play in the Milford Invitational on Oct. 4 and 5 before facing Thomas on Oct. 10.
— Frank DiRenna