Moments after her team's 14-10 loss to Worthington Kilbourne in a Division II South/Central Region final May 23 at Thomas Worthington, Columbus Academy girls lacrosse coach Anne Horton embraced senior attacker Courtney Deena.

Moments after her team's 14-10 loss to Worthington Kilbourne in a Division II South/Central Region final May 23 at Thomas Worthington, Columbus Academy girls lacrosse coach Anne Horton embraced senior attacker Courtney Deena.

Horton thanked Deena for her contributions and dedication to the program and the school.

"It's very special," Horton said. "This kid has matured and has come to a level, which it's where you're sad to say it's time for her to go, hit that college level and do her thing there. It's time for her to move on, but it's been an outstanding experience for me and I've learned from her as much as I think she's learned from us."

Deena also was a standout on Horton's field hockey team. She will play field hockey at the University of Maryland.

"I've had eight seasons with (Horton) between field hockey and lacrosse and to end it now seems a little crazy," Deena said.

The lacrosse team finished 17-2 overall, with the other loss also coming against the Wolves 14-10 on April 19 at Kilbourne.

Kilbourne led the rematch 7-1 before the Vikings closed to 8-5 late in the first half and trailed 9-5 at halftime.

The Wolves regained control in the second half, taking a 14-6 lead with 9 minutes, 33 seconds remaining.

Junior attacker Kat Restrepo and freshman midfielder Julia Chester led the Vikings with three goals apiece. Deena, who was one of four seniors on the team, scored Academy's final goal and finished with two for the game.

Junior attacker Courtney Gittins and freshman attacker Grace Geiger scored the other goals and senior goalkeeper Deepa Manda made six saves.

"It was a little frustrating," Horton said of the loss. "We had a special game plan defensively trying to set it up. Traditionally, everything I've seen this season, (Kilbourne) had been a first-half team. They build a strong lead and work to hang onto it, and I knew in the second half that we could start to put pressure on them and we started to force turnovers. Unfortunately, there were a couple good chances that we had at the net that we weren't able to capitalize on."

After a first-round bye, Academy defeated Bexley 10-5 in the second round May 16 and Cincinnati Indian Hill 16-10 in a semifinal May 21.

The Vikings won their fourth consecutive Central Independent League title, going 7-0 to finish ahead of Bexley (5-2), DeSales (4-2-1), Columbus School for Girls (4-3), Hartley (3-4), Watterson (2-4-1), Granville (2-5) and Wellington (0-7).

"From the beginning to the end, it was like a whole different team from our first game," Deena said. "At the beginning of the season, we were all kind of nervous because we were so young, but looking at it now and seeing how well we progressed through the year is just really spectacular. For me, a senior, it's really good to end on that note."

Deena was first-team all-region and all-state, Gittins was first-team all-region and second-team all-state, Chester was second-team all-region and sophomore midfielder Kelly Brown was honorable mention all-region.

Other players who could return next season are juniors Paige Berliner (defender), Lindsay Bowman (defender), Hayley Mitchell (attacker), Brianna Stahl (defender) and Rachel Theis (defender), sophomore Alivia Brown (midfielder) and freshmen Katie Boeckman (midfielder), Alyssa Edwards (midfielder), Makela Hughes (attacker), Charlotte Smith (attacker) and Lawson Stump (goalie).

Track teams windistrict titles

The boys and girls track and field teams looked to carry momentum from winning Division III district titles into the regional meet May 29 and Friday, May 31, at Fairfield Union.

The top four in each event at district advanced to regional, where the top four in each event advance to state June 7 and 8 at Ohio State.

In the district meet May 21, 22 and 25 at Hamilton Township, the girls finished with 96.5 points to outdistance runner-up Grandview (66.5) as 24 teams scored

"The girls knew what they had to do to advance to (Fairfield Union) and we showed up to compete," coach Kelly Parker said. "I am very pleased with the performances in our rather tough district. We compete against a lot of very strong Division III teams, so to leave with the district title on both sides made for an awesome day, advancing nine girls to the next level."

Winning titles were Andrea Ballinger, Elizabeth Falkenberg, Margaret Sutton and Julia Rizk in the 3,200-meter relay (9:56.52) and Rizk in the 1,600 (5:11.04).

Also qualifying were Sarah Timko in the high jump (second, 5 feet, 1 inch), Rizk in the 400 (second, 59.04), Jillian Woodard in the long jump (second, 16-1/4), Margaret Sutton in the 800 (second, 2:22.91), Ballinger, Rizk, Aziza Corbett and Anjali Kanwar in the 1,600 relay (second, 4:07.98), Kanwar in the high jump (third, 5-0) and Ballinger, Timko, Corbett and Louise Rosler in the 800 relay (third, 1:51.54).

The boys finished first in the district 1 meet with 168 points, ahead of second-place Liberty Union (125.5) as 14 teams scored.

Winning titles were Jack Lint in the high jump (6-4), long jump (20-11), 110 hurdles (14.58) and 300 hurdles (37.8), Mitchell Tuckerman in the 800 (2:00.12), Alex Ho in the 3,200 (10:26.57), Jacob Tucker in the discus (131-2), Tuckerman, Aron Aziz, Logan Baker and Dominic Facciolla in the 3,200 relay (8:33.1) and Tuckerman, Baker, Facciolla and Tyler Gittins in the 1,600 relay (3:28.07).

Others moving on were Facciolla in the 1,600 (second, 4:40.26) and 800 (fourth, 2:07.15), Gittins in the 200 (second, 23.11), 300 hurdles (second, 39.41), 110 hurdles (third, 15.86) and 1,600 (third, 4:44.52), Aakaash Paladugu in the high jump (second, 6-4), Isaac Sheumaker in the shot put (third, 43-2) and discus (fourth, 125-6) and Baker in the 400 (fourth, 52.01).

Doubles teamsadvance to state

The doubles teams of Abram Schottenstein and Jacob Wareti and Evan Alexander and Ryan Jung advanced to the Division II state boys tennis tournament.

Schottenstein and Wareti defeated Alexander and Jung 6-0, 6-2 in the district final May 25 at home.

The top two finishers in singles and doubles advanced to the state tournament Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, at Ohio State.

"The kids worked hard to advance," coach Jeff Warstler said. "We are hoping they can make some noise this weekend."

Shrikar Kundur fell one win short of qualifying in singles, losing to Watterson's Ryan Bibo 6-4, 6-3 in a semifinal.

Baseball team losesin district semifinal

The baseball team advanced to a Division III district semifinal before losing to top-seeded Bloom-Carroll 8-2 on May 20 at DeSales.

Charlie Watters' two-run double tied the game at 2 in the third inning. However, the Bulldogs scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-2 lead.

The 14th-seeded Vikings finished 9-14.

"(Bloom-Carroll) was a better team," coach Jim Collis said. "They had a good pitcher (Cory Stanley) and hit the ball well. We made a run at it in the third, but they came out in the bottom of the inning and scored four more to put it away."

Boys lacrosse team loses to Bexley

The boys lacrosse team lost to visiting Bexley 8-7 in a Division II Central Region tournament play-in game May 22 to finish 7-7.

Senior attacker Hart Wise scored five goals, and junior attacker Grayson Wise and freshman attacker Otis Klingbeil each had a goal. Freshman goalkeeper Matt Schmidt had seven saves.

Academy defeated Bexley 14-13 in overtime in the regular-season finale May 17.