A transition period began for the Worthington Christian High School girls basketball program when Tim Brown took over as coach in early October.

A transition period began for the Worthington Christian High School girls basketball program when Tim Brown took over as coach in early October.

Considering 11 of the 16 players who came out for the team this winter are freshmen, things aren't likely to settle down any time soon.

Brown has served as an assistant for Columbus School for Girls the last two seasons and also coached AAU basketball for about two decades.

The Warriors, who open Nov. 28 against Shekinah Christian, went 4-17 overall and finished 0-10 in the CCL, behind champion DeSales (9-1).

"It's an opportunity to come out and help the girls program," Brown said. "We have 11 freshmen, but we have enough for a (junior varsity) team this year and last year they didn't have that, so it's a step in the right direction."

The only returnees are senior Sarah Morford and sophomores Allie Custer and Liz Adkins. Custer averaged about 3 points, while Morford and Adkins were backups who saw little action.

Senior Kaley Heath and junior Taylor Landing are the other upperclassmen, but neither played last year.

Megan Beidelman (5-8), Stacy Hecker, Kelsey Morgan and Audrey Rettstatt are all key freshmen. Morgan is the sister of Austin Morgan, who is on the boys team. Hecker is the sibling of 2009 graduate Brian Hecker, who was the Division IV district Player of the Year the last two seasons.

Worthington Christian's top returning player was expected to be junior Caitlin Kusan, but she transferred to Westerville North after averaging 17.6 points, 14.7 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Emily Feusse, who played in all 21 games last year and averaged 9.6 rebounds, was the only senior last season. Junior Mackenzie Clapper (6.0 ppg, 19 3-pointers) and sophomore Alex Cardenas were other key contributors last year that are not back with the team.

Brown takes over for Tim Kusan, who coached the program the last three seasons.

•The boys soccer team will lose seven seniors -- including most of its defense -- after winning its second Division III state championship with a 2-1 overtime victory over Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy on Nov. 13 in Crew Stadium.

Senior stopper Caleb Palumbo, who led a defense that posted 13 shutouts, will be the biggest loss. He scored two goals, was first-team all-state and made the ThisWeek Super 12.

The other senior starters were defenders Michael Williams (three goals) and Carson Wellman, goalkeeper Alex Scott (60 saves) and wing Collin King (nine goals). Rounding out the class were Blake Miller, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in early September and missed the rest of the season, and wing Dan Lee.

Leading the returnees will be sophomore Brett Elder, who finished with 34 goals and made second-team all-state.

Junior midfielder Trent Smith finished with six goals, including the winning goal with 7 minutes, 20 seconds left in overtime of the state championship game.

Other starters eligible to return are junior defender Josh Petrel (one goal) and freshmen wings Albert Miller (two goals), George Miller (three goals) and Quinn Miller (six goals). Albert and George Miller are twins, while Quinn Miller is the younger brother of Blake Miller.

Other contributors included sophomore midfielder Alex Lombardo, junior wing Alex Richards and junior midfielder Matt Rickley. Junior Sam Willer was the backup goalkeeper.

Worthington Christian finished 18-1-4 overall and second in the CCL at 4-1 behind Division II state champion DeSales. In the postseason, the Warriors beat Heath (11-0 on Oct. 24), Fisher Catholic (9-0 on Oct. 28) and Fairbanks (2-0 on Oct. 31) to win a district title. They defeated Columbus Academy (1-0 on Nov. 3) and South Webster (2-1 on Nov. 7) to capture a regional title and then Cincinnati Seven Hills (1-0 on Nov. 10) in a state semifinal.

Their only loss was to DeSales (4-1 on Oct. 13).

"We're really excited (about next year)," coach Dan Roads said. "We had a blast this year, obviously. I think it'll take a few months to get a perspective on the season. A lot of guys are already talking about stepping up for next year."