The Worthington Kilbourne High School boys lacrosse team is hoping to make another postseason run.
It doesn't matter that the Wolves have moved up from Division II to Division I this season, according to first-year coach Mike Lippert.
Second-seeded Kilbourne was 13-5 before opening the Region 3 tournament May 15 at home against 17th-seeded Kettering Fairmont. The winner plays host to eighth-seeded Thomas Worthington or ninth-seeded Westerville North in a regional quarterfinal Friday, May 18.
"We made Division I by three or four boys, but to be truthful, I think we'd rather be in Division I," Lippert said. "We love the challenge and we play a strong Division I schedule in the regular season to prepare us for the tournament anyway. This program has had very high expectations for the past 12 or 15 years and I think our guys, especially our seniors, are motivated by last year's finish."
The Wolves lost to Watterson 7-6 in four overtimes in a Division II, Region 7 final last season to finish 11-10.
"I think we have something to prove and we're hungrier this year," senior midfielder Ryan Hester said. "We won the outright (OCC-Cardinal Division) championship for the first time in four years and it's a good accomplishment. But we have more in mind."
The quarterfinal winner will play host to third-seeded New Albany, fourth-seeded St. Charles, 11th-seeded Pickerington Central or 12th-seeded Centerville in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 22.
The regional final is May 25 at a neutral site.
Kilbourne, which won six of its final eight games in the regular season, beat Thomas 16-7 on May 1 and defeated St. Charles 13-4 on May 8. The win over Thomas clinched the outright OCC-Cardinal title.
"I think we're ready," Hester said. "We've shown we can compete against anyone on our schedule and we're confident we can compete with anyone in the tournament. The key for us is to stay focused and play 48 minutes. We've got to realize that we need to play the game the way we know how no matter who the opponent is. We've lost some games this year where we've beaten ourselves, so we have to be sharp all the time now or all of this could end."
Track teams both place sixth in OCC
Elijah Young was runner-up in the long jump, anchored the fourth-place 400-meter relay and tied for sixth in the pole vault to lead the boys track and field team in the OCC-Cardinal meet May 10 and 12 at Dublin Coffman.
The Wolves finished sixth (42 points) behind Hilliard Bradley (143.5), Hilliard Darby (128.5), Thomas (104.5), Dublin Jerome (98) and Dublin Scioto (77.5) and ahead of Delaware (35).
The girls team also finished sixth (39.5), behind Darby (146), Thomas (141), Scioto (116), Delaware (93) and Jerome (63.5) and ahead of Bradley (31.5).
Young went 29 feet, 8 1/2 inches in the long jump and cleared 12-0 in the pole vault. He followed Jack Wieland, Joey McQuade and Tyler Turner in the 400 relay that finished in 44.88 seconds.
Also placing fourth were Jack Begley in the 1,600 (4:32.07), Tanner Williams in the 3,200 (10:08.66) and the 1,600 relay of Jason Bowen, Lucas LeFleur, Begley and McQuade (3:34.71).
Begley and Williams also were on the fifth-place 3,200 relay (8:23.07) with Keegan Smith and Caleb Martin.
For the girls team, Keira Smith placed third in the 3,200 (12:00.57) and ran leadoff on the fourth-place 3,200 relay (10.11.74) ahead of Natalie Guist, Chloe Embeton and Sasha Bomser.
Also placing fourth were Bomser in the 1,600 (5:25.72), Audrey Hunt in the long jump (16-2), Abby Deitrick in the pole vault (8-0) and Chidima Anaraodo in the shot put (30-2). Brooklyn Richardson placed fifth in the shot put (32-1/4) and sixth in the discus (100-9).
The boys and girls teams are competing in the Division I, district 1 meet this week at Darby, where the running preliminaries were held May 15, followed by the field events Thursday, May 17, and the running finals Saturday, May 19.
The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional meet Wednesday, May 23, and May 25 at Pickerington North. At regional, the top four finishers in each event advance to the state meet June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.
Baseball team losing most of lineup
The seventh-seeded baseball team lost to 15th-seeded Bradley 12-3 in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 9 to finish 14-10 overall.
Kilbourne led 3-0 until surrendering 11 runs in the sixth inning and the Jaguars added a run in the seventh. The Wolves allowed just eight hits but made 10 errors.
Kilbourne, which had a first-round bye, had lost to Bradley twice in OCC-Cardinal play, falling 8-2 on April 11 and 4-3 on April 14.
The Wolves went 6-6 in the league to tie Thomas for fourth place, behind Darby (9-3) and Scioto and Bradley (both 7-5) and ahead of Jerome (4-8) and Delaware (3-9).
Kilbourne is losing 10 seniors, most of whom were starters. Among the seniors are Chase Brown (C), Brayden Carter (2B/P), Noah Reed (SS/P), Cole Wajda (DH/1B), Tyler Ward (CF) and Parker Wereb (LF/P)
Expected returnees include juniors Kyler Archual (3B/P) and Grayson Timms (OF).
Softball team to lose three key players
The softball team will have some holes to fill next season as its top pitcher and the left side of the infield will be lost to graduation.
The 33rd-seeded Wolves lost to 27th-seeded Westerville North 2-1 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 7 to finish 11-13 overall.
Against North, senior pitcher Kasey Trout allowed just five hits and produced the Wolves' only run on a home run in the fourth inning. She finished with a .387 batting average and three home runs and had a 3.89 ERA.
Third baseman Alyssa Jozefowicz (.288, 17 RBI) and shortstop Kylie McDaniel were other senior starters.
"Alyssa missed our tournament game with a broken finger, but we finished well," coach Mike North said. "We made a late charge in the regular season and lost a tough one in the tournament.
"I was happy with the progress we made."
Kilbourne won its final three regular-season games and finished 4-8 in the OCC-Cardinal following wins over Thomas (18-5 on May 2 and 10-2 on May 3) and Scioto (13-3 on May 4).
The Wolves finished fifth in the league, behind Delaware and Bradley (both 10-2), Darby (9-3) and Jerome (6-6) and ahead of Scioto (3-9) and Thomas (0-12).
Among the expected returnees are junior Lora Snodgrass (OF/P), sophomore Olivia Judy (C) and freshmen Morgan Beals (utility) and Ava Hayes (CF). Snodgrass and Hayes both batted .333 with 20 RBI, Judy batted .290 and Beals hit .274 with 12 RBI.
Boys tennis season ends at sectional
No members of the boys tennis team advanced from a Division I sectional May 10 and 12 at Pickerington Central.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles qualified for district Thursday, May 17, at Bradley and Saturday, May 19, at Upper Arlington.
In singles, junior Gordan Liu defeated Canal Winchester's Caden Sweeney 6-2, 6-0 in the first round before losing to Pickerington North's Grant Schroeder 6-2, 6-1, while sophomore Shivesh Sankar fell to Central's Brady Phelps 6-1, 6-0 and senior Jack Leftridge lost to Pickerington North's Sam Marrison 6-3, 6-3 in first-round matches.
In doubles, juniors Jack Lindaman and William Wiet defeated Canal Winchester's Corey Berner and Jake Chapman 6-0, 6-0 and Marietta's Jackson Macaol and Gavin Estes 6-1, 6-2 before losing to Central's Leyton Mathias and Jeremy O'Coner 6-2, 6-0 in a district-qualifying match.
Also in doubles, sophomore Zach Palmer and junior Joseph Scherer beat Central's Evan Gibson and Carson Stanley 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 before losing to top-seeded Jack Dabek and Reese Yakubov of St. Charles 6-1, 6-0.
The Wolves finished 5-9 overall and went 2-4 in the OCC-Cardinal to tie Darby and Scioto for fourth, behind Jerome (6-0), Thomas (5-1) and Delaware (3-3) and ahead of Bradley (1-5).
Below are the coming schedules for the Kilbourne girls lacrosse and boys volleyball teams:
May 17 -- Home vs. 15th-seeded Dayton Miami Valley in first round of Division II, Region 7 tournament. Winner plays host to sixth-seeded Hartley or 11th-seeded Dayton Carroll in regional quarterfinal May 19. That winner plays at second-seeded Columbus Academy, seventh-seeded Watterson, 10th-seeded Big Walnut or 13th-seeded Bexley in regional semifinal May 22. Regional final is May 25. The Wolves are seeded third.
May 17 -- Home vs. Watterson
May 19 -- Home vs. sixth-seeded Licking Heights or ninth-seeded Whetstone in quarterfinal of Division II East Region tournament. Winner plays third-seeded Watterson or fifth-seeded DeSales in regional semifinal May 22 at Kilbourne. The regional final is May 25 at Westerville Central. The Wolves are seeded second of 10 teams.