With a roster that included 10 seniors, the Columbus School for Girls field hockey team more than doubled its win total last season from 2009.

With a roster that included 10 seniors, the Columbus School for Girls field hockey team more than doubled its win total last season from 2009.

Under new coach Kara Thomas and with a younger roster, the Unicorns will attempt to keep the momentum going after finishing 10-5-1 a year ago.

Seniors such as Teal Harrison (goalkeeper), Patricia Ryan (forward) and Laynie Thomas (center midfielder), who is the coach's daughter, are back to lead CSG.

"We're kind of young and we're kind of small, so we're definitely rebuilding after losing (10) seniors," coach Thomas said. "We have been doing well in the preseason and we absolutely want to do well this year."

Kara Thomas will be coaching a varsity team for the first time after being an assistant the last two years under former coach Kippie Crouch. Crouch, who is the school's athletics director, stepped down as field hockey in the offseason.

Other key players should include seniors Caroline Brake (defender), Jamie Seyko (midfielder) and Sally Sugar (defender) and juniors Morgan Amigo (forward) and Evlyn Hogan (defender). Sophomore Molly Thomas (midfielder/forward), who is another of coach Thomas' daughters, sophomore Sophie Sugar (midfielder) and freshmen Myrial Holbrook (midfielder), Rebecca O'Donovan (defender) and Chiru Wainaina (defender) also are looking to contribute.

Last season, the Unicorns tied Hartley for seventh at 6-4-1 in the 16-team Central Ohio Field Hockey League behind champion Columbus Academy (11-0).

The Unicorns lost to Toledo Ottawa Hills 2-1 in the second round of the state-qualifying tournament.

•Considering that his team has just one senior, coach Dave Mitchell believes the volleyball team likely will hit a new level next season.

His outlook for this season isn't bad, either.

The Unicorns followed a winless 2009 season by going 4-16 a year ago. CSG went 0-8 in the CCL to place behind co-champions Hartley and Watterson (6-2), Ready (5-3) and DeSales (3-5).

Back after starting since they were freshmen are juniors Carly Green (outside hitter), Maddie McGregor (setter), Ellie Thompson (middle hitter) and Emily Uselman (right-side hitter). Also returning is junior Sydney Donofrio (libero/defensive specialist).

Others include senior Jamilla Holland (defensive specialist), sophomores Regina Andreoni (defensive specialist), Autumn Pu (middle hitter/outside hitter) and Chloe Romaker (middle hitter /right-side hitter) and freshmen Taylor Turley (outside hitter) and Jill Wagenbrenner (middle hitter). Holland last played for the Unicorns as a freshman.

CSG opened the Division III district tournament last season by losing to Madison Plains 25-21, 25-15, 25-16.

"Last year was way better than the year before," Mitchell said. "We have a couple girls who are playing club, so that's a good step, but it takes a while. We're learning."

•The cross country team opened Aug. 24 by placing 10th (244) in the 14-team New Albany Classic. The host Eagles (56) won.

Senior Sophie Chatas, who finished sixth (21 minutes, 33 seconds), is the team's top returnee. Other key runners should include sophomores Emma Harris and Erin Balasky, senior Alexis Jones and freshman Julia Mackessay.

Last season, CSG tied Ready with 49 points at the CCL meet, but the Silver Knights won the title because their No. 6 runner placed one spot ahead of the Unicorns' sixth runner. Hartley (72), DeSales (82) and Watterson (87) rounded out the standings.

Chatas finished third (19:57.75) in the Division II, district 2 meet as the Unicorns finished fourth (104) behind champion Bexley (64).

CSG placed seventh (187) in the 16-team regional behind champion Granville (96) as Chatas was 15th (20:18). She then placed 107th (20:54.7) at state.