While serving most of the last decade as a college coach, one of the most important jobs Alexandra Street held was recruiting high school players and keeping an eye on the prep game.

While serving most of the last decade as a college coach, one of the most important jobs Alexandra Street held was recruiting high school players and keeping an eye on the prep game.

That should help the 2000 Watterson graduate who was an All-American at Michigan State adjust to being a head varsity coach for the first time this fall.

Street has taken over at Worthington Kilbourne, replacing Michele Hazzard, who stepped down after six seasons.

The Wolves opened Aug. 26 against Columbus Academy in a Central Ohio Field Hockey League-East Division game.

As a senior in 1999, Street, whose maiden name is Kyser, helped Watterson earn a state runner-up finish. The Eagles lost to Academy, which is in its 25th season under coach Anne Horton, 1-0 in the state final.

"I've coached at Michigan State, Virginia and Ohio State, and I love (coaching at the high school level)," said Street, who was an assistant at Watterson last fall. "It's great. (The players are) trying to do everything I've asked them to. The biggest thing is effort. I'm asking them to do more tactical things and to give a great effort."

Kilbourne finished 5-11-1 overall a year ago after going 8-8-1 in 2013, its best season under Hazzard. The Wolves finished seventh (2-6) in the COFHL-East last year behind champion Academy (8-0) and lost to Upper Arlington 3-1 in the first round of the district tournament.

The Wolves have returned several key players, led by senior midfielder Abby Piecenski, who had three goals and four assists last season, and junior midfielder/defender Carolyn Haase, who had four goals and seven assists.

The other seniors are Eleanor Donaldson (defender), Grace Good (forward), Abby Johnson (forward), Hannah Kome (defender), Leslie Mendoza (goalkeeper) and Erin Riebel (defender).

Junior Allie Garvin (midfielder), sophomores Kaya Giorgione (defender), Katie Harvey (goalie), Lindsey Periatt (forward) and Kate Pilcher (midfielder/forward) and freshmen Meredith Johnson (defender), Leighanne Jordan (forward) and Grace Karlock (midfielder) are others looking to contribute.

Cardinals expect another strong season

Under 17th-year coach Terri Simonetti Frost, Thomas has won two state championships and been a state runner-up twice.

Coming off a season in which the Cardinals came up short of the state tournament has not dampened the hopes they have of being one of Ohio's best again his fall.

A large group of returnees backs up those expectations.

"We're really coming together, and I'm excited for the season," Simonetti Frost said. "We started doing stuff in the preseason that we don't normally do until the second or third week. I feel optimistic. This is going to be a great team to coach. They want to be at practice and they want to be at games. We're jelling."

Thomas, which opened Aug. 24 by beating Olentangy 11-1 in a COFHL-West game, went 6-1 in the league last season to settle for a runner-up finish behind Olentangy Liberty (7-0) and reached a district final, where it lost to Academy 1-0 to finish 14-4-1 overall.

Back as seniors are Kelli Hill (attacker), Taylor Insley (midfielder), Hailey Perese (defender), Liv McKinney (attacker/defender), Ellie Potts (attacker) and Hana Sinno (midfielder/attacker). Sinno has committed to play for Boston University.

Potts missed the final four games last season with an injury.

Senior defender Mallory Weinsz also was expected to be a key player but is out with a knee injury, according to Simonetti Frost. Her status going forward is uncertain.

Other key players should include junior Lindsey Trank (attacker), sophomores Emily Huber (attacker), Paige Lampman (defender) and Maya McDaniel (midfielder) and freshman Sarah Charley (attacker).

Also looking to contribute are juniors Emma Anderson (midfielder/defender), Riley Frankhouser (midfielder) and Stephanie Mertz (attacker) and freshmen Reilly Ford (midfielder/defender) and Rachel Rinaldi (midfielder/attacker).