Thomas Worthington High School boys water polo coach John Wolf has no complaints about his team's performance in the state tournament Oct. 25 and 26 at Mason.
For the second consecutive season, the Cardinals finished fourth at state.
"The boys played very well," Wolf said. "They gave me everything they had. The other teams were just better (last) weekend. It was up for grabs. We gave it a shot. Both games were close that we played."
Thomas had a first-round bye and lost to eventual champion St. Charles 13-11 in the second round Oct. 25. The Cardinals then lost to Toledo St. Francis 11-10 in the third-place match Oct. 26 to finish 24-11.
St. Charles defeated Cincinnati St. Xavier 17-13 in the state final.
"We played one of the best games we played all season against St. Charles," said senior Michael Wolf, the coach's son. "We played together so well. That was one of the best qualities our team had all season was we played together so well. There was never any arguing, fighting in the pool."
Thomas qualified for state by going 3-0 in the North Region tournament Oct. 18 and 19 at Napoleon and earning a top seed and first-round bye at state.
Wolf and juniors Luke Porteus and Brady Roesch were named all-region.
Other players expected to return are juniors Brendon Armitage, Tyler Girard, Tommy Kessler, Grant Smith and Thomas Stimpert, sophomores Ian Banks, Will Ford, Corey Hannigan, Cameron Harper and Stuart Mueller and freshmen Daniel Maxwell and Reid Wollett. Girard and Smith were goalkeepers.
Thomas girls place sixth in state tourney
The Thomas girls team went 0-2 in the state tournament to finish 12-19.
The Cardinals lost to Cincinnati Sycamore 6-2 in the first round and fell to Toledo St. Ursula 15-14 in overtime in the fifth-place game.
Mason defeated Sycamore 11-7 in the state final.
"There was some tough competition at states," said first-year coach Lauren Wallace, who oversees the Thomas and Kilbourne girls programs. "It was tough meeting Sycamore in the first round. They went on and they beat Upper Arlington, which was favored to win, and they ended up being the state runner-up, so meeting them in the first round was a tough draw. Our girls played really well. We played really good defense."
Thomas went 1-1 in the North Region tournament, as seniors Abby Shell and Cassandra Laios were all-region.
The Cardinals lose three seniors but expected to return juniors Aidan Hartsell, Erin Lavender, Melissa Matthews (goalie), Myah McClure, Abby Wiet and Devon Zurovchak, sophomores Emily Bolls, Rina Laios, Olivia Love, Dana Revis-Nixon and Malesha Sabir and freshmen Ashley Boylan, Abby Hartsell and Elena Kay Herren.
"Being a young coach, being a first-time coach, it was a quick learning curve for me, but I had a lot of fun and I hope the girls had as much fun as I did," Wallace said. "We had some good things and we had some ups and downs. But overall, it was a successful season."