Ndidiamaka Anaraodo became a four-time league champion in the shot put for the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls track and field team in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet that concluded May 13 at Dublin Coffman.
"It is special and it means something to me, but I just wasn't real happy with (the distance)," Anaraodo said after winning the event with a throw of 40 feet, 2 inches. "I was looking to beat the league record, which was 42-8, and I thought I had a chance because I came in with a 42."Video •Worthington Kilbourne track athlete Ndidiamake Anaraodo competes in the shot put in the OCC-Cardinal meet May 13.
Pleased or not, Anaraodo wasn't challenged, as Hilliard Darby's Shannon See finished second with a 35-7.
"I'd take four-time league champion next to my name anytime, but I understand that she was pushing for more today," said boys coach Josh Stegman, who coaches the throwers for both teams. "That's the type of competitor she is. She has fire and wants to throw her best every time she competes. I admire and understand that. Maybe she'll put it together and do what she wants to do beginning with districts."
Kilbourne is competing in the Division I, district 3 meet this week at Darby. The meet began with field events May 17, continues with running preliminaries Thursday, May 18, and concludes with running finals Saturday, May 20.
The top four finishers in each district event advance to the regional meet Wednesday, May 24, and May 26 at Pickerington North. At regional, the top four finishers in each event advance to state June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
Led by Anaraodo, the girls team scored 44 points in the league meet to place sixth, behind Darby (189), Thomas (143), Dublin Scioto (91), Delaware (72) and Hilliard Bradley (51) and ahead of Dublin Jerome (41).
Kiera Smith finished second in the 3,200 meters (11 minutes, 52.26 seconds). Placing fourth were Camille Rider in the 800 (2:23.74) and the 3,200 relay of Sasha Bomser, Rider, Caroline Watson and Smith (9:56.77), and placing fifth were Bomser in the 1,600 (5:27.33) and Madyson Lauderman in the pole vault (9-0).
Elijah Young won the league title in the pole vault (12-6) to lead the boys team, which finished seventh (22) behind Thomas (192), Darby (155), Bradley (85), Jerome (75.5), Delaware (51) and Scioto (44.5).
Young also placed third in the long jump (21-5 1/2), and Jack Wieland tied for fifth in the high jump (5-6).
Boys lacrosse team
The boys lacrosse team opened the Division II, Region 7 tournament May 16 with a second-round game at home against 14th-seeded Johnstown.
The reigning state champion, Kilbourne is seeded third of 17 teams in the region and was 8-10 entering the postseason.
The second-round winner plays host to sixth-seeded Columbus Academy or 11th-seeded Dayton Carroll in a regional quarterfinal Friday, May 19. That winner plays at second-seeded DeSales, seventh-seeded Dayton Oakwood, 10th-seeded Big Walnut or 15th-seeded Wellington in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 23.
The regional final is May 27.
Last week, Kilbourne lost to defending Division I state champion Upper Arlington 14-5 on May 9 and fell to Wexford (Pennsylvania) North Allegheny 7-3 on May 12 before beating Mason 5-4 on May 13.
Carson Kott had three goals and Ryan Hester scored two against Mason.
Girls lacrosse team
to begin postseason
The girls lacrosse team was busy preparing for the Division II, Region 7 tournament last week, playing three games to close the regular season.
Kilbourne went 1-2 in those games and is 8-10 entering the postseason.
The Wolves are seeded third of 17 teams in the region and will open the tournament Thursday, May 18, with a second-round game at home against 14th-seeded Dayton Chaminade Julienne. The winner plays host to sixth-seeded Hartley or 10th-seeded Chillicothe in a regional quarterfinal Saturday, May 20.
The quarterfinal winner plays at second-seeded Columbus Academy, seventh-seeded Middletown Fenwick, 10th-seeded Wellington or 15th-seeded Dayton Miami Valley in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 24.
The regional final is May 27.
The Wolves defeated Olentangy Orange 18-12 on May 8 and lost to Academy 12-10 the next day before falling to Olentangy Liberty 22-12 on May 11.
Morgan Schutte had five goals and Abby Eymann scored four against Liberty, while Eymann had four goals, Schutte scored three and Lilli Hadden scored two against Academy.
Boys volleyball team
preps for postseason
The boys volleyball team was 10-12 overall before closing the regular season May 16 against DeSales.
The Wolves finished 4-8 in the OCC-Cardinal after beating Thomas 25-18, 25-8, 25-15 on May 9. They beat Reynoldsburg 25-7, 25-9, 25-9 on May 10 and lost to St. Charles 25-20, 25-19, 25-15 on May 11.
The Wolves are seeded fifth of 10 teams in the Division II East Region tournament and will play third-seeded Mount Vernon in the first round Saturday, May 20, at St. Charles. The winner will play second-seeded St. Charles, eighth-seeded Briggs or ninth-seeded Licking Heights in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 23, at Scioto.
The regional final is May 26 at Westerville Central.
Baseball team falls
to Mount Vernon
The baseball team lost to ninth-seeded Mount Vernon 11-6 in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 10 to finish 14-12 overall.
The Wolves, who were seeded 22nd of 46 teams, scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but the host Yellow Jackets scored eight in the bottom half and led 11-2 after two innings.
"We didn't hang our heads or quit," coach Mike Yinger said. "We battled back and tried hard to get back into the game. We only got outhit 12-10 for the game, but (Mount Vernon) just ripped the ball early on."
The Wolves opened the postseason by beating 35th-seeded Northland 11-1 in six innings on May 8.
Kilbourne went 5-7 in the OCC-Cardinal to tie Scioto for fourth, behind Darby (11-1), Thomas (9-3) and Bradley (7-5) and ahead of Jerome (3-9) and Delaware (2-10).
"I thought the kids did a great job of continuing to play the game and coming to the field ready to play," Yinger said. "That's a testament to the kids and the program that they are willing to work hard and do what it takes no matter what the situation was on any day. They always looked to win the day, and it was good to see the seniors and all of them buy in."
Kilbourne is losing four senior starters in Dominic Frengel (2B/P), Reid Katz (OF), Ryan McDaniel (OF/P) and Brock Wajda (3B), as well as seniors Evan DeCunha (OF/P), Jake Hane (2B/P) and Travis Taylor (3B/P).
McDaniel batted .412, Frengel batted .323 and had a 2.13 ERA, Katz batted .263 and Wajda led the team with three home runs.
Among those expected to return are juniors Brayden Carter (SS), Max Gregori (P), Noah Reed (C/1B), Cole Wajda (1B), Tyler Ward (OF) and Parker Wereb (P) and sophomores Kyler Archual (3B/P/1B) and Chase Brown (C).
Ward batted .406 with 16 stolen bases and 22 runs scored, Carter batted .382 with 20 RBI, Brown batted .291, Reed batted .279 and Cole Wajda batted .276. Archual, Wereb and Gregori are the top pitchers expected to return.
Softball team loses
in second round
The softball team finished 8-16 overall after falling to third-seeded and host Teays Valley 21-0 in five innings in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 10.
The Wolves, who were seeded 34th of 45 teams, beat 38th-seeded Westerville South 3-2 in nine innings in a first-round home game May 8. Alyssa Jozefowicz singled in Alex Friesen with the winning run.
Kilbourne went 2-10 in the OCC-Cardinal to place sixth, behind Bradley (12-0), Scioto (9-3), Darby and Delaware (both 7-5) and Jerome (5-7) and ahead of Thomas (0-12).
"We were a lot more competitive this season," second-year coach Mike North said. "We had far fewer mercy-rules against us and the girls showed a lot of improvement."
The Wolves are losing four senior starters in Alex Friesen (SS/CF), Karlee Scott (1B), Kailyn Turners (OF) and Molly Winget (2B), as well as seniors Maysun Denhart (OF) and Allie Garvin (OF).
Friesen batted .390 for the Wolves, who hit .310 as a team.
Expected to return are juniors Destiny Hilliard (LF), Alyssa Jozefowicz (3B) and Kasey Trout (P/SS/C), sophomores Paige Hardison (SS), Casey Knuth (P/OF) and Lora Snodgrass (P/designated player) and freshman Olivia Judy (C).
Trout batted .495, Snodgrass batted .400 and Jozefowicz hit .335. Hardison, who led the team in hitting last season with a .371 average, was injured in the second game of the season and did not return.
Also expected back are juniors McKenzie Gatchel (OF) and Lacey Woods (OF) and sophomore Melina Calhoun (C).
"All of the girls got experience this year and I know they will work hard to come back even better next year," North said. "It's a great group of girls that enabled us to win a state all-academic award with a team GPA of 4.045, which was fourth-highest in the state."
Season ends for
boys tennis team
The boys tennis team was unable to extend its season, as none of the Wolves finished in the top four in singles or doubles in a Division I sectional May 11 at Reynoldsburg to advance to the district tournament.
In doubles, sophomores Jacob Lindaman and William Wiet reached a quarterfinal before losing their district-qualifying match 6-0, 7-6 to fourth-seeded Hoang Do and Adithya Nair of Liberty. They beat Delaware's Ryan Williams and Eric Ullom 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in the first round and Chillicothe's Max Kreiger and Gabby Lapurga 6-3, 6-2 in the second round.
Also in doubles, freshman Nathan Palmer and sophomore Joe Scherer lost to Columbus West's Jamie Price and Demetrius Brown 6-1, 6-3 in the first round.
In singles, freshman Shivesh Sankar beat Whitehall's Kenneth White 6-0, 6-0 and Reynoldsburg's Boban Mihajlov 6-3, 6-2 before losing his district-qualifying match 6-0, 6-0 to top-seeded Robert Cash of New Albany.
Also in singles, sophomore Gordan Liu defeated Liberty's K.J. Lawal 6-0, 6-0 in the first round before losing to Westerville South's Anthony Vilardo 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in the second, and junior Jack Leftridge lost to Liberty's Marcello Aguilar 6-1, 6-0 in the first round.
The Wolves finished 3-10 overall and 2-4 in the OCC-Cardinal, tying Bradley and Thomas for fourth behind Jerome (6-0), Darby (5-1) and Scioto (3-3) and ahead of Delaware (1-5).
"It was a successful season in terms of the boys getting better and there not being any drama," coach Steve Metzmaier said. "It was a young team and we kind of expected some learning curves this year. But we have everyone on the roster eligible to return. We had no seniors on varsity this year, so that's a big plus."