The Thomas Worthington High School boys and girls water polo teams are gearing up for the postseason.

The Thomas Worthington High School boys and girls water polo teams are gearing up for the postseason.

The boys team went 4-0 in the Packer Classic on Sept. 25 and 26 at Cincinnati Princeton and is 11-7 overall.

"Anytime you win all of your games (in a tournament), that's a great sign," said Rick Yurich, who coaches the Thomas and Kilbourne boys teams. "I thought they played really well in three of those games, and there was one game where we didn't play as well but we still managed to win, so that was really good."

The host Cardinals went 2-3 in the Ohio Cup on Sept. 12 and 13.

"Thomas played pretty well, but they played some really tough competition," Yurich said.

Thomas has two tournaments remaining, along with a match against Kilbourne on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in preparation for the state tournament, which will be held Oct. 30 and 31 at Princeton.

Among the standouts for the Cardinals has been goalkeeper Owen Roesch.

"He's playing extremely well," Yurich said. "We're very pleased with his progress as a sophomore. He's playing about as well as any goalie in the state."

Other standouts include co-captains Will Ford and Cameron Harper, Yurich said.

The girls team is 11-10 overall. The Cardinals went 3-3 to finish fourth in the Ohio Cup on Sept. 19 and 20 and went 3-1 in the Dave McLennan Invitational on Sept. 25 and 26 at Cincinnati Sycamore.

Goalie Emily Boll was named to the all-tournament team in the Ohio Cup.

"Emily has really surprised me this year," said coach Olivia Miranda, who oversees the Thomas and Kilbourne teams. "I knew she was a good goalie coming into the season, but she has really stepped up and proved herself to be one of the top goalies in the state, and a lot of teams are taking notice of her."

Miranda also lauded the contributions of Abby Hartsell, Rina Laios and Olivia Love.

"I'm happy with the way things are going," Miranda said. "The end of the season really sneaks up on you and (Thomas and Kilbourne) still have a little work to do before the (state) tournament, but I am happy with how much they've grown since the beginning of the season."

The girls state tournament is Oct. 23 and 24 at Ohio Wesleyan University and Upper Arlington.

Kilbourne boys showing improvement

The Kilbourne boys team went 2-2 in both the Packer Classic and the Ohio Cup and was 5-10 overall before playing St. Charles on Sept. 30.

"Kilbourne has had some games where they've gotten it all together and really played as a team," Yurich said. "They started sharing the ball and supporting each other a lot. They had a couple games where we were real proud with how they did."

Standouts for the Wolves include senior captain Andy Cook, seniors Chase Fickell and Connor Jordan and junior Michael Weirick.

The girls team went 2-2 in the Dave McLennan Invitational and 2-4 in the Ohio Cup and is 6-13-2 overall.

Betsey Fisher was named to the all-tournament team in the Ohio Cup.

"(Thomas and Kilbourne) will be ready for the postseason," Miranda said. "We have a couple more weeks until the postseason and we're going to make the most of it. I'm really excited for the postseason."