All season long, whenever the Licking Heights High School girls volleyball team would win a big point, a big game or a big match, the team would celebrate.

All season long, whenever the Licking Heights High School girls volleyball team would win a big point, a big game or a big match, the team would celebrate.

Perhaps the biggest celebration was Oct. 13 when the Hornets beat host Fisher Catholic 25-18, 25-18, 25-17 to clinch a share of the MSL-Cardinal Division championship.

It was the first league title for the program and the first for any girls sport at the school since the softball team in 2000.

“I wanted to jump up and down and bounce around with them, but because I am pregnant, I just couldn’t,” coach Amanda Mosely said Oct. 18, five days before giving birth to her second child, Isak. “I had to restrain myself and that has been difficult.

“It was a weird feeling because, as the season went along, you could tell it was going to be a special season and I wanted to enjoy it so much more. It was a little frustrating for me because I couldn’t practice with them the way I normally do and I couldn’t celebrate with them either. I did let them know I enjoyed it for them, just not with them.”

The Hornets finished 16-5 overall after losing to Utica 25-15, 26-24, 25-17 in the first round of the Division II district tournament Oct. 18 at Pickerington North.

They went 13-1 in league play to tie Harvest Prep for the championship. Each team won its home match against the other, with the Hornets winning 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8 on Sept. 1 and the Warriors winning 25-15, 25-11, 25-19 on Sept. 27.

Fisher Catholic (10-4) was third in the MSL-Cardinal followed by Liberty Union (8-6), Grandview and West Jefferson (both 5-9), Berne Union (2-12) and Millersport (0-14).

“We had quite a few fans (at district) at Pickerington North and the excitement within the school for our program has gotten much better,” Mosely said. “Licking Heights never had that support before, to my knowledge. Students and the teaching staff and everyone was stopping me in the hallways and in the office and asking about the team and offering us encouragement. I got emails from people who went to Licking Heights 30 years ago. It was fantastic and fun. It’s something we want to create every year.”

The Hornets will lose senior starters Elizabeth Daugherty (middle hitter) and Michaela Green (outside hitter), as well as Jessica Alexander (right-side hitter) and Nichole Angell (defensive specialist).

Green was first-team all-league and Daugherty was on the second team.

Expected to return are juniors Kristin Abarra (libero), Katie Kenney (outside hitter), Mercedesz Mate (libero) and C.J. Wulf (setter), as well as sophomore Jemiah Powell (middle hitter).

Kenney was second-team all-league. Mate and Powell both were honorable mention.

•The boys cross country team finished sixth in the 11-team Division II, district 1 meet Oct. 22 at Watkins Memorial.

The top four teams and individuals who finished in the top 16 advanced to the regional meet Oct. 29 at Pickerington North. None of the Hornets advanced.

Licking Heights totaled 181 points to finish behind regional qualifiers Granville (21), Bexley (89), Jonathan Alder (113) and London (132), as well as Caledonia River Valley (148).

Junior Kory Kenney finished 22nd in 18 minutes, 50.91 seconds to lead the Hornets. He was followed by sophomore Tysson Olverson (25th, 19:01.47), freshman Vince Masoni (39th, 19:28.83), junior Andrew Sellitto (49th, 20:09.22), sophomore Bryan Justice (53rd, 20:33.73) and freshman Nick Campbell (61st, 20:59.02).

The girls team finished 14th (318) as Granville (61), Bexley (111), River Valley (120) and Ready (143) advanced to the regional.

Competing for the Hornets were junior Miranda Brofft (45th, 22:48.98), junior Briana Konich (49th, 22:58.75), freshman Audrey Duke (75th, 24:17.86), junior PyLynne Myers (85th, 24:49.49), junior Gabrielle Cooperider (88th, 24:58.83), sophomore Ashton Malicoate (89th, 25:00.17) and freshman MacKenzie Wallace (93rd, 25:32.47).

Everyone who competed in the postseason is expected to return.

The boys team finished third (72) in the MSL-Cardinal meet at home Oct. 15, behind Liberty Union (23) and Grandview (38) and ahead of Fisher Catholic (99) and Berne Union (133).

Olverson (ninth, 18:56.48) led the Hornets and was followed by Masoni (12th, 19:20.29), Kenney (14th, 19:39.09), Sellitto (17th, 20:20.46) and Justice (20th, 20:31.91).

The girls finished fifth (95) in the league meet behind Fisher Catholic (31), Grandview (43), Berne Union (73) and Liberty Union (88). Scoring for the Hornets were Brofft (10th, 23:04.04), Konich (16th, 23:59.58), Duke (17th, 24:00.99), Malicoate (26th, 25:23.07) and senior Sebrina Herndon (25:31.82).

•The football team entered its Oct. 28 season finale against Fisher Catholic with a 4-5 record.

The Hornets were 3-3 in the MSL-Cardinal after beating Berne Union 28-6 on Oct. 21.

The last time the Hornets did not have a winning record was 2006, when they finished 5-5. The last time they finished with a losing record was 2005, when they went 3-7.