The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse team was seeking a berth in the Division II, Region 7 final when it played at second-seeded Columbus Academy in a semifinal May 24.

The winner plays top-seeded DeSales or fourth-seeded Bexley in the final Saturday, May 27, at a neutral site to be determined. The regional champion advances to a state semifinal Tuesday, May 30, at a neutral site to be determined.

The state final is June 3 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

The third-seeded Wolves won their first two regional games at home, beating 11th-seeded Dayton Chaminade Julienne 18-2 in a second-round game May 18 and sixth-seeded Hartley 19-10 in a quarterfinal May 20.

"We beat Hartley 8-7 in late April, so looking at the score of that game, we've improved a lot since then," coach Doug Troutner said. "However, we did not play to our ability. We didn't play a complete game with consistency, which is going to be what it takes to continue to extend the season."

The Wolves were 10-10 before playing Academy. They lost to the Vikings 12-10 on May 9 and lost to DeSales 10-7 in the season opener March 23, but did not play Bexley in the regular season.

Against Hartley, Jackie Wolford had six goals, Abby Eymann scored five and Morgan Schutte added four. Against Chaminade Julienne, Lilli Hadden had five goals, Wolford and Schutte both scored four and Eymann added three.

"Morgan is really turning it up now and Abby has been more of a complete player because she's looking for assists and Jackie isn't playing like a freshman any longer," Troutner said. "But I think the biggest difference in our growth has been the level of play by our role players.

"Christina DiMauro and Morgan Miller and some of the others are getting the groundballs and just being steady without making mistakes. They don't have to make outstanding plays. They just have to be consistently steady and make the plays they can make."

Boys lacrosse team
makes regional semifinal

The boys lacrosse team was looking to return to the Division II, Region 7 final when it played at second-seeded DeSales in a semifinal May 23.

The winner plays top-seeded Watterson or fifth-seeded Granville in the final Saturday, May 27, at a neutral site to be determined. The regional champion plays Cincinnati Marie-mont, Cincinnati Seven Hills, Cincinnati Summit Country Day or Cincinnati Indian Hill in a state semifinal Wednesday, May 31, at a neutral site to be determined.

The state final is June 3 at Ohio Wesleyan.

Third-seeded Kilbourne was 10-10 before playing DeSales and was seeking to avenge a 20-10 loss to the Stallions on April 11.

The reigning state champion Wolves lost to Watterson 9-8 in double overtime in the season opener March 18, but did not play Granville or any of the aforementioned Cincinnati teams in the regular season.

Kilbourne opened the postseason by defeating 14th-seeded Johnstown 18-4 in the second round May 16 and beat sixth-seeded Columbus Academy 15-6 in a quarterfinal May 19.

"It was good to get those first two wins and we're confident in our abilities, but know we'll have to play our best to get through DeSales and get through this region," coach Drew May said. "I think we're executing fairly well on offense and defense right now.

"Jake LeVette had three goals against Academy and is playing well, and our close defense has been very strong all season with Jack Trombetti, Curt Grawe and Adam Clay. I think the faceoff crew is always best with seniors during the tournament. Liam Graney and Jack have been solid at the wings, with Grant Snodgrass, Nick Parmi and Aidan Cameron all doing well in the faceoffs."

Clay and Ryan Wesolowski both added two goals against Academy. Against Johnstown, Carson Kott had five goals and William Alban scored three.

Three Wolves reach
regional track meet

Ndidiamaka Anaraodo and Sasha Bomser are representing the girls track and field team and Elijah Young is representing the boys team in the Division I regional meet, which began May 24 and concludes Friday, May 26, at Pickerington North.

The top four finishers in each event qualify for the state meet June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.

Anaraodo won the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 1 inch in the district 3 meet that concluded May 20 at Hilliard Darby. She also was fourth in the discus (106-0), as the top four in each event advanced to regional.

At regional, Anaraodo competed in the shot put May 24 and will compete in the discus May 26. That same day, Bomser will compete in the 1,600 meters after placing fourth at district in 5 minutes, 17.43 seconds.

Young finished first in the district 3 meet in the long jump (21-9 1/4) and fourth in the pole vault (11-8). He competed in both events at regional May 24.

The girls team scored 35 points at district to finish eighth of 16 teams, behind champion Pickerington Central (161).

Also scoring were Madyson Lauderman in the pole vault (fifth, 9-6), the 3,200 relay of Bomser, Camille Rider, Kristina Jovanovic and Keira Smith (fifth, 10:09.74), Rider in the 800 (sixth, 2:23.05), Smith in the 3,200 (sixth, 11:49.35) and the 1,600 relay of Bomser, Rider, Jovanovic and Grace Tefend (eighth, 4:21.76).

The boys team placed ninth (26) of 14 teams, behind champion Central (154.5).

Jack Bagley placed fifth in the 3,200 (10:14.21) and joined Caleb Martin, Chris Velade and Carson Skillman on the sixth-place 3,200 relay (8:28.83). Finishing seventh were Martin in the 1,600 (4:37.4) and the 1,600 relay of Skillman, Justin Myers, Martin and Peyton Spann (3:42.24).

Season ends for
boys volleyball team

The boys volleyball team finished 11-14 overall after losing to third-seeded Mount Vernon 25-14, 25-18, 25-15 in the first round of the Division II East Region tournament May 20.

The Wolves were seeded fifth of 10 teams.

Kilbourne finished 4-8 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to place fifth, behind Darby (12-0), Dublin Scioto (10-2), Dublin Jerome (8-4) and Hilliard Bradley (6-6) and ahead of Delaware (2-10) and Thomas (0-12).

Meladee Hopkins, who completed her first season as coach, is losing just two seniors in George Pearon and Joe Worster. Among the expected returnees are juniors Austin Dicaire, Lucas Hershberger and Levi Smith and sophomore Tanner Smith.

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