Before the season began, many expected the Thomas Worthington High School girls water polo team to meet Upper Arlington in the state final.

Before the season began, many expected the Thomas Worthington High School girls water polo team to meet Upper Arlington in the state final.

Both teams lived up to those expectations, with the Cardinals losing to UA 15-10 in the championship game on Oct. 22 at Mason. The state title is the Golden Bears' 12th.

Thomas, which defeated UA 12-11 in the 2009 state final, finished 25-6. The Bears finished 27-1, with their loss coming against Thomas, 10-9 in the season-opening UA Invitational on Aug. 20.

"At the beginning of the year, I think everybody had predicted that it would be those two teams in the state championship," UA coach Dan Peterkoski said. "We lost to them the first weekend of the season and then our girls really went to work and never looked back."

It was the Bears' second consecutive state title and third in four years. UA defeated Napoleon 15-8 last season.

Senior Katie Allison led the Cardinals with eight goals in the state final. Junior goalkeeper Carly Porteus had 10 blocks.

"It was a tough loss, but we played great and we had a great season," Allison said.

"Katie played the game of her life," Thomas coach Kimi Segarra said. "Carly played an incredible game."

Kelly Stiebler led the Bears with nine goals and goalkeeper Shea Stiebler, Kelly's sister, had nine blocks.

Thomas defeated Milford 10-4 in a semifinal on Oct. 21. Senior Annie Blackman had three goals and Allison and senior Claudia Smith each scored two. Porteus had seven blocks. For the season, Allison had 81 goals and Porteus had 238 blocks.

Other seniors for Thomas are Ashley Parks and Lauryn Rabold.

"We had an incredible season. We accomplished a lot," Segarra said.

•The Kilbourne girls team finished 11-19-1.

Seniors were Cassie Barrett, Rosalyn Chen, McKenna Grody and Sierra Shepherd.

Junior Emily Wallin was the goalkeeper.

Other key players were junior Hannah Goldenberg and sophomore Lindsey Fisher.

•The Thomas boys team finished 22-17.

Senior Adam Wolf led the Cardinals with 121 goals.

George Doyle was the only other senior on the team.

Coach John Wolf, Adam's father, expects approximately 20 players to return next season.

"This is the largest team I have ever had returning," coach Wolf said. "I can hardly wait to get started with them. With the experience they have received this season, I feel they are going to have a really good chance to have a great season in 2012. They will need to work hard to maintain what they have already learned so they can expand on that experience."

•The Kilbourne boys team finished 19-16.

The Wolves were led by senior Keeler Callahan, who had 90 goals.

Other seniors were Nick Bortolani, Riley Brehm, Nick Darby, Kevin Doerr, Cole Doran, Jared Grubaugh, Conor Lemmon and Lou Pfeifer.

Coach Wolf expects eight players to return and anticipates a rebuilding season in 2012.

"With Kilbourne, we will be rebuilding, so we need to find more players to join them," coach Wolf said. "The core is there and they work hard, but with so few players they are going to have a tough season in 2012. The younger players are going to get a lot of playing time, though, and that will only help strengthen the program for the future. It will be fun to see what happens.

"Maybe with the success of the 2011 season, more boys will come out to play for the team next season and they can really surprise some folks."