The Worthington Kilbourne High School boys water polo team ended its season in the North Region tournament Oct. 18 and 19 at Napoleon, where it went 2-2 and placed fourth to miss qualifying for state by one spot.
The Wolves opened the region tournament with a 10-8 win over Napoleon before losing to St. Francis 12-5. After bouncing back to defeat Sylvania 14-6, they lost to St. Charles 20-10 in the third-place game.
Kilbourne finished 13-19, marked improvement over last season when it went 4-27-1.
Senior Riku Kaida was named all-region.
Among the expected returnees are juniors Nick Catanzarite (goalie), Grayton Giesman and Michael Mousou, sophomores Andrew Cook, Chase Fickell, Connor Jordan, Gerik Melvin (goalie) and Gilberto Soto and freshmen Henry O'Harra and Mike Weirick.
"I loved the season. The boys were fantastic, they worked hard, they were coachable and we had a good time," coach John Wolf said.
Kilbourne girls end season at regional
The Kilbourne girls team ended its season in the North Region tournament, where it went 2-2 and placed fourth to finish one spot shy of qualifying for state.
The Wolves, who finished 13-18, opened regional play with a 19-8 win over Sylvania before losing to Napoleon 14-9. They then defeated New Albany 11-3 before losing to St. Ursula 10-3 in the third-place game.
Junior Courtney Fisher was all-region.
Kilbourne loses just one senior in Lindsay Fisher. Among those expected to return are Fisher, juniors Emily Bowen (goalie), Adele Buchbinder and Marlee Pavlechko, sophomores Emma Catalogna, Amelia Johnson, Jamie Stegmayer and Katie Wood and freshmen Madeline Case, Martina Cuneo, Ellie Darby and Betsey Fisher.