Tanner Williams will represent the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys cross country team in the Division I state meet Saturday, Nov. 3, at National Trail Raceway.

The junior edged teammate Jack Begley by .4 of a second for the final individual state berth in the regional meet Oct. 27 at Pickerington North, where the top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced to state.

Williams placed 20th (16 minutes, 38.2 seconds) of 127 runners and Begley, a senior, was 21st (16:38.6).

The Wolves finished 10th (235 points) of 16 teams, behind champion Hilliard Davidson (95).

"Our goal was to get to regional as a team and to hopefully get Jack and Tanner to state as individuals," coach Katie Scocozzo said. "So (competing at regional as a team was) a big accomplishment and they deserve it because they put in so much hard work."

It was the first time since 2007 that the Wolves had advanced to regional as a team.

Also competing at regional were John Cuozzo (65th, 17:24.5), Luke Miller (74th, 17:28.6), Gabe Knuth (100th, 17:56.1), Alexander Scites (118th, 18:53.1) and Max Shafran (127th, 21:18.8).

Junior Sasha Bomser represented the girls team at regional, finishing 34th (20:20) of 133 runners.

Girls volleyball team caps best season

The fifth-seeded girls volleyball team lost to second-seeded Dublin Coffman 25-17, 25-19, 25-20 in a Division I district final Oct. 27 at Franklin Heights to finish 22-4 overall.

It was the 12th consecutive district title for the Shamrocks.

The Wolves set the program record for victories and also repeated as OCC-Cardinal Division champions, going 13-1 in the league to finish ahead of runner-up Dublin Scioto (12-2).

"Our girls are hurt right now, but they've got nothing to be ashamed of," said coach Meladee Hopkins, whose team finished 21-4 overall and 12-0 in the league last season. "They gave us our two best seasons ever and they lost to a team that wins district championships every year, it seems. It's tough when you're a smaller Division I team that relies on well-rounded athletes who compete in all sorts of sports and don't play volleyball year-round or play with club teams.

"That's what you run into by the time you reach a district final. I would bet you that nearly all the Coffman girls play club year-round. But we encourage our athletes to play different sports and be well-rounded. I think that's why we're 0-4 in (district finals) now."

The Wolves, who beat 19th-seeded Pickerington North 25-17, 16-25, 26-24, 25-15 in a district semifinal Oct. 24 at Franklin Heights, are losing seven seniors in Lexi Bair (outside hitter), Sarah Baxter (middle hitter), Amber Beals (libero), Taylor Katz (outside hitter), Casey Knuth (right-side hitter), Abby Nichter (right-side hitter) and Maddie Reeve (setter/right-side hitter).

Junior Olivia Karhoff (outside hitter/defensive specialist) and sophomore Lauren Bair (middle hitter) are among the expected returnees.

Boys soccer team ousted by Irish

After having a goal negated by an offsides call, the seventh-seeded boys soccer team allowed a goal to 20th-seeded Scioto with 1:34 left and lost 2-1 to the Irish in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 24 at home to finish 12-5-2.

It was the Wolves' first loss since Sept. 4.

"We really wanted to get into a district championship, but the ball bounced one more time for (Scioto) than it did for us," said coach Jon Sprunger, whose team started the season 1-4. "It was an exciting game and we made (Scioto goalkeeper Ben Bolyard) make two strong saves in the final 30 seconds. I can't believe he got to the one he deflected off the (crossbar)."

Junior forward Logan Evans tied the game with 30:20 left in the first half, just 1:31 after Scioto opened the scoring.

Kilbourne went 6-1 in the OCC-Cardinal to win the league title, ahead of co-runners-up Dublin Jerome and Dublin Scioto (both 4-2-1).

The Wolves are losing nine seniors in Josh Blankenship (forward), J.D. Burnett (midfielder), Eric Freiheit (forward), Wyatt Hackathorne (defender), Carter McCalister (defender), Alex Mendez (goalie), Jack Smullen (forward), Kevin Stone (defender) and William Wiet (midfielder).

Among the expected returnees are Evans, juniors Carson Kott (midfielder), Max Kott (defender), Jimmy Sauder (defender) and Griffin Wilson (defender) and sophomores Chris Guerra (forward), Tyler Katz (goalie) and Brandon Kim (midfielder).

Field hockey team posted best season

The best season in the field hockey program's history ended Oct. 27 with a 7-1 loss to second-seeded Thomas in a district final at Olentangy Liberty.

It was the first district final appearance for the third-seeded Wolves, who finished 14-3-2 overall to set the program record for wins in a season.

The Wolves' three losses were to state semifinalists. Kilbourne lost to Thomas 4-1 in the regular season Oct. 8 and fell to Columbus Academy 6-0 on Aug. 29.

Kilbourne, which beat fifth-seeded Olentangy Liberty 3-1 in a district semifinal Oct. 23 at home, went 7-1 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-East Division to place second behind Academy (8-0).

The Wolves are losing 11 seniors in Alexa Burke (forward), Gracie Burford (midfielder), Bellen Cerrutti (defender), Arianna Garver (goalie), Meredith Johnson (defender), Leighanne Jordan (forward), Grace Karlock (midfielder), Amanda Keener (defender), Olivia Martin (goalie), Reilly St. Myer (midfielder) and Corinne Watson (forward).

Among the expected returnees are sophomore Abby Periatt (forward) and junior Meagan Rosenfeld (defender).

Boys water polo team caps season

The boys water polo team went 2-3 and finished 12th in the state tournament held Oct. 26 and 27 at Mason and Cincinnati Princeton.

The Wolves, who finished 6-20-2, are losing one senior in Nico Seculov. Among the expected returnees are juniors Mitchell Fisher, Matt Gerold and Thomas Rzymek and sophomores Drew Harvey, Jake Tefend and Andrew Winget.

The girls team went 1-3 and finished ninth of 10 teams at state held Oct. 19 and 20 at Mason and Princeton.

The Wolves, who finished 17-14-1, are losing three seniors in Sami Fink, Ashley Gilbert and Emma Yeager.

Among expected returnees are juniors Melanie Fisher and Katie Rzymek and sophomores Kayla Balemian, Lauren Richner and Phoebe Saunders.

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