Sarah Charley and Maya McDaniel scored two minutes apart in the first half as the Thomas Worthington High School field hockey team overcame a 1-0 deficit and went on to beat host Olentangy Liberty 2-1 on Oct. 15 to win the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division championship for the second year in a row.

Sarah Charley and Maya McDaniel scored two minutes apart in the first half as the Thomas Worthington High School field hockey team overcame a 1-0 deficit and went on to beat host Olentangy Liberty 2-1 on Oct. 15 to win the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division championship for the second year in a row.

The Cardinals finished the regular season 13-3 overall and 8-0 in the league, one game ahead of the runner-up Patriots (7-1).

"We've finally put things together. We're finding the back of the cage and our team chemistry is much, much better," coach Terri Simonetti Frost said. "It sets us up well for the postseason."

The Cardinals are seeded fourth of 17 teams in the district tournament and defeated 15th-seeded Dublin Scioto 6-0 in the second round Oct. 17 for their 11th shutout of the season. They will play host to fifth-seeded Kilbourne or 13th-seeded Dublin Jerome in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 25. Thomas defeated Jerome 4-0 on Sept. 21, but has not played Kilbourne this season.

The district final is Oct. 29 at Liberty.

"When we communicate, find space and play together, we click," Simonetti Frost said. "But for the better part of the season, we were up and down. I'm real happy with the way we played the last two weeks. The girls are thrilled to win the (league) championship.

"Our glue has been Isabelle Perese in cage. She had 11 saves against Liberty and has kept us in games all season. She has been stellar. I think Sarah Charley has been strong bringing the ball down (the field) and creating chances with her fantastic speed. Paige Lampman is a great leader and communicator in the back, and Rachel Rinaldi has been solid in the middle, shutting down our opponents' stronger players."

Cross country teams sweep OCC titles

The boys and girls cross country teams both won OCC-Cardinal Division titles Oct. 15 at Hilliard Bradley.

The boys had four of the top seven finishers and totaled 27 points to cruise past Bradley (67), Dublin Jerome (81), Hilliard Darby (99), Dublin Scioto (111), Kilbourne (137) and Delaware (159).

Arjun Jha finished first in 15 minutes, 20.28 seconds and Andy Payne was second (15:26.56), followed by Ty Banks (fourth, 15:50.52), Andrew Morgan (seventh, 15:56.31) and Joshua Allen (13th, 16:29.02).

Led by Sasha Bomser (fourth, 19:01.12) and Kiera Smith (fifth, 19:02.58), the girls totaled 34 points to beat Darby (68), Kilbourne (92), Jerome (103), Scioto (118), Bradley (127) and Delaware (156).

Also competing were Camille Rider (17th, 19:54.17), Caroline Watson (30th, 20:43.98) and Madeline Allen (37th, 20:57.81).

Both teams will compete in the Division I district meet Saturday, Oct. 22, at Watkins Memorial. The boys will be in district 1 and the girls will be in district 2. In both races, the top five teams and top 20 runners advance to the regional meet Oct. 29 at Pickerington North.

Xie led way for girls tennis team

Sarina Xie represented the girls tennis team in the Division I district tournament for the second consecutive season.

On Oct. 13 at Hilliard Davidson, the sophomore lost her first-round singles match 6-0, 6-1 to Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala, who went on to finish second. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to the state tournament Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, at Linder Family Tennis Center in Mason.

Xie finished third in the sectional Oct. 6 and 8 at Upper Arlington, where the top four qualified for district.

Also at sectional, sophomore Ellie Brown and freshman Riley Dodson lost first-round singles matches.

In doubles, senior Grace Najmulski and junior Montana Siddle lost a district-qualifying match, while seniors Caroline Gnezda and Jasmine Tan lost in the first round.

Also on the roster were seniors Claudia Piper and Sam Solis and juniors Olivia Burrier and XiaoYa Zhang.

The Cardinals finished 11-5 overall and went 4-2 in the OCC-Cardinal to finish third, behind Jerome (6-0) and Scioto (5-1) and ahead of Bradley (3-3), Darby (2-4), Delaware (1-5) and Kilbourne (0-6).

Season ends for boys golf team

The boys golf team shot a 326 in the 12-team Division I district tournament Oct. 11 at Apple Valley to finish 10th, behind state-qualifiers St. Charles (297) and Jerome (300).

Junior Curran Gimeson led Thomas with a 75 to tie for eighth overall. He missed competing in a playoff for the second individual state-qualifying spot by one stroke. The state tournament is Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

Sophomore Aaron Zeller was next for the Cardinals with a 79, followed by senior Gabe Finch (85), junior David LaLonde (87) and junior Bailey Utterback (91).

The Cardinals qualified for district by placing fourth (321) in the 14-team sectional Oct. 4 at Turnberry, where the top four teams advanced.

Thomas finished third (15-9) in the four-round OCC-Cardinal tournament, behind Jerome (24-0) and Scioto (20-4) and ahead of Bradley (12-12), Kilbourne (7-17), Darby (6-18) and Delaware (1-23).

Finch was the lone senior on the five-player roster.

Girls soccer team set to face Briggs

The girls soccer team is seeded fifth of 42 teams in the Division I district tournament and had a first-round bye.

The Cardinals open the postseason with a second-round game Thursday, Oct. 20, at home against 38th-seeded Briggs, with the winner advancing to play 14th-seeded Marysville, 20th-seeded Scioto and 23rd-seeded Bradley in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the home of the higher seed.

The district final is Oct. 29.

Thomas is 11-4-1 overall after closing the regular season Oct. 11 with a 3-0 win over Kilbourne to finish 3-2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal. Annie Howell scored two goals and Grace DeLuca scored one against the Wolves.

The Cardinals finished third in the league, behind Jerome (6-0) and Darby (4-1-1) and ahead of Delaware and Hilliard Bradley (both 2-4) and Scioto and Kilbourne (both 1-4-1).

Girls volleyball team ready for postseason

The girls volleyball team will take a four-match losing streak into the postseason.

The Cardinals lost to Kilbourne 25-18, 25-17, 25-11 on Oct. 13 to fall to 8-14 overall and finish 2-10 in the OCC-Cardinal.

Thomas is seeded 28th of 47 teams in the Division I district tournament and had a first-round bye. The Cardinals open at ninth-seeded DeSales or at home against 43rd-seeded Westland in the second round Thursday, Oct. 20. The winner plays fourth-seeded Darby, 32nd-seeded Westerville Central or 39th-seeded Briggs in a district semifinal Oct. 27 at Whitehall. The district final is Oct. 29 at Whitehall.

The Cardinals finished seventh in the league, behind Darby (12-0), Kilbourne (8-4), Bradley and Scioto (both 6-6) and Delaware and Jerome (both 4-8).

Boys soccer team ties Wolves at 2

The boys soccer team closed the regular season Oct. 13 with a 2-all tie against Kilbourne.

The 22nd-seeded Cardinals were 5-9-2 overall when they played at 20th-seeded Dela-ware on Oct. 19 in a Division I district tournament first-round game. The winner advanced to a second-round game Saturday, Oct. 22, at 10th-seeded Olentangy.

The second-round winner plays 13th-seeded Olentangy Orange or 46th-seeded Northland in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the home of the higher seed. The district final is Oct. 29.

Thomas went 2-3-1 in the OCC-Cardinal to finish sixth behind Jerome (5-1), Bradley, Darby and Delaware (all 3-2-1) and Kilbourne (2-2-2) and ahead of Scioto (0-6).

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