The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls bowling team heads into the offseason knowing that it must replace its top performer in the Division I district tournament.
Lynn Tong, the only senior on the team, led the Wolves at district March 1 at Eastland Lanes, rolling a 426 (130-133-163) series to tie for 41st of 94 competitors who played three games. The Wolves finished 18th (2,530) in the 20-team field behind champion Briggs (3,424), as the top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to state, which was held March 7 and 8 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
Also rolling three games at district were juniors Minori Mae, who tied for 69th with a 369 (127-126-116), and Joy Sun, who finished 75th with a 359 (106-127-126).
The Wolves finished 1-13 overall, 0-10 in the 12-team Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-North Division to finish last behind champion Westerville South (11-0) and 1-3 in the five-team OCC-Ohio to tie Reynoldsburg for fourth behind Lancaster (4-0), Groveport (2-2) and Newark (2-2).
Kilbourne finished 20th (2,491) in the 37-team sectional Feb. 21 at Eastland Lanes behind champion Briggs (3,345) to secure the final district-qualifying spot. Mae led the Wolves with a 444.
In addition to Mae and Sun, expected to return are juniors Kyrie Barone and Haley Jaynes and sophomore Olivia Brady.
Wolves boys team losing two seniors
The Kilbourne boys team is losing two of its three district qualifiers in seniors Alex Mramor and Josh Toulmin.
Mramor rolled a 521 (175-175-171) series at district to tie two others for 32nd and Toulmin finished 67th with a 466 (167-149-150). Also competing was junior A.J. Lent, who tied for 72nd with a 499 (141-140-169).
There were 87 competitors at district who played three games.
Kilbourne finished 7-9 overall, 6-6 in the 14-team COHSBC-North to tie Hilliard Darby for sixth behind champion Westerville South (11-2) and 2-3 in the OCC-Ohio to place fourth behind Groveport, Lancaster and Newark, all of which went 4-1 to share the league title.
Rounding out the OCC-Ohio were Reynoldsburg (1-4) and Thomas (0-5).
The Wolves finished 25th (3,180) in the 40-team sectional Feb. 21 at Eastland Lanes.
In addition to Lent, expected back are junior Diachi Mae and sophomores Matt Wilber and Michael Wilber.
Cardinals losing district qualifier
The Thomas boys team is losing four seniors, including a district qualifier in Kody Prosser.
The Cardinals also were represented at district by freshman Trew Chaffin, who rolled a 574 (191-182-201) to tie for 14th. Prosser finished 36th with a 518 (156-148-214).
Thomas finished 1-15 overall, went 1-11 in the COHSBC-North to tie Worthington Christian for 13th and placed sixth in the OCC-Ohio.
The Cardinals finished 27th (3,130) at sectional, as Chaffin tied for 62nd with a 498 and Prosser tied for 74th with a 484.
Thomas loses three other seniors in Forrest Eisenschmidt, Daniel Monnin and Tyler Tedrick.
In addition to Chaffin, expected back are juniors Nate Boggs, Christopher Chichinski, Johnny Knox, Isabel Neuerer and Colin Stewart and sophomores Grant Canty, Kirsten Ensminger and Brock Icenhower and freshman Elana Bolen.
The Cardinals do not have a girls program.