The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls volleyball team couldn't get on track against top-seeded Dublin Coffman in a Division I district final Oct. 29 at Whitehall.

The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls volleyball team couldn't get on track against top-seeded Dublin Coffman in a Division I district final Oct. 29 at Whitehall.

The Shamrocks dominated at the net en route to defeating the 13th-seeded Wolves 25-14, 25-6, 25-14 and capturing their 10th consecutive district title. Coffman improved to 23-2 and will play DeSales in a regional semifinal Thursday, Nov. 3, at Kilbourne.

The Wolves, who had beaten 11th-seeded Hamilton Township 25-8, 25-17, 25-16 in a district semifinal Oct. 26, finished 18-8 overall.

"(Coffman) took us out of our game and we didn't play at a high level like we did (against Hamilton Township)," coach Meladee Hopkins said. "Our passing was off. If we don't get the pass to our setters to run a good offense, we're in trouble because of our height disadvantage. We rely on being scrappy and we weren't as scrappy as we normally are."

Casey Archual had five kills, Maddie Reeve had three kills and two blocks and Tanya Yeauger added three kills for Kilbourne, which beat 29th-seeded Newark 25-20, 25-11, 25-23 in the first round of the district tournament Oct. 17 and defeated 17th-seeded New Albany 27-25, 25-21, 25-17 in the second round Oct. 19.

Kilbourne went 8-4 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to place second, behind Hilliard Darby (12-0) and ahead of Hilliard Bradley and Dublin Scioto (both 6-6), Delaware and Dublin Jerome (both 4-8) and Thomas Worthington (2-10).

The Wolves are losing eight seniors, including outside hitters Archual and Allie O'Brien, middle hitter Katie Semmelroth, setter Kayla Beals and defensive specialist Erin Cheung.

Among the expected return-ees are junior Yeauger (middle hitter) and sophomores Reeve (setter/right-side hitter) and Amber Beals (libero).

Earning all-league honors were O'Brien (first team), Amber Beals (second team), Archual and Semmelroth (special mention) and Reeve (honorable mention).

"We had a great year after a slow start," Hopkins said. "We were 6-4, but got on a roll when we won our home tournament (Sept. 17). We just ran out of that sparkle (Oct. 29), although Coffman had a lot to do with that.

"We're losing a lot of talented seniors, but we'll miss their leadership more. We've got some rebuilding to do and we're going to need some younger girls to step up."

Field hockey team falls to Thomas

The field hockey team's season ended Oct. 25 with a 3-0 loss to fourth-seeded and defending state champion Thomas in a district semifinal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Arianna Garver made nine saves for the fifth-seeded Wolves, who finished 14-4 overall. They beat 13th-seeded Jerome 6-0 in their tournament opener Oct. 18.

Kilbourne finished 5-2 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-East Division to place third, behind Columbus Academy (7-0) and Watterson (6-1) and ahead of New Albany (4-3), Granville (3-4), Bexley (2-5), Columbus School for Girls (1-6) and Hartley (0-7).

The Wolves are losing seven seniors, including midfielders Holly Dargenio, Allie Garvin and Carolyn Haase, who has committed to play for Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Among the expected return-ees are Garver, juniors Katie Harvey (goalie), Chelsea Kao (midfielder), Lindsey Periatt (forward) and Kate Pilcher (midfielder/forward) and sophomores Gracie Burford (midfielder), Meredith Johnson (defender), Leighanne Jordan (forward), Grace Karlock (midfielder) and Reilly St. Myer (midfielder).

Girls runners end season at regional

The girls cross country team concluded the season at the Division I regional meet Oct. 29 at Pickerington North, where the top five teams and top 20 individuals qualified for the state meet Saturday, Nov. 5, at National Trail Raceway.

The Wolves finished 15th of 16 teams with 364 points, behind champion Gahanna (97). The final state qualifier was Olentangy Orange (153).

Freshman Sasha Bomser led Kilbourne, finishing 46th in 20 minutes, 52.87 seconds. She was followed by junior Keira Smith (71st, 21:38.19), senior Camille Rider (84th, 22:06.05), freshman Maddie Allen (103rd, 22:52.26), sophomore Caroline Watson (104, 22:56.26), junior Sydney Shannon (109th, 23:11.81) and sophomore Audra Gandert (117th, 24:51.48).

The Wolves placed fifth (122) in the district 1 race Oct. 22 at Watkins Memorial to earn the final regional berth, behind champion Hilliard Davidson (32).

Smith (sixth, 19:17.31) and Bomser (eighth, 19:18.08) led the way at district for Kilbourne, which finished third (92) in the OCC-Cardinal meet Oct. 15 at Bradley to finish behind Thomas (34) and Darby (68) and ahead of Jerome (103), Scioto (118), Bradley (127) and Delaware (156). Bomser placed fourth and Smith was fifth to earn first-team all-league honors.

The boys team did not qualify for regional after finishing seventh (223) in the 18-team district 3 race Oct. 22 at Watkins Memorial, as Scioto (120) earned the fifth and final regional berth and Gahanna (67) finished first.

Sophomore Jack Begley (30th, 17:13.91) led the way for the Wolves. Also competing were juniors Chris Valade (31st, 17:15.41) and Caleb Martin (34th, 17:22.37), sophomore Trevor Boughton (57th, 17:43.26), freshmen Tanner Williams (71st, 18:00.7) and Gabe Knuth (77th, 18:08.86) and junior Ian Watters (85th, 18:19.28).

The boys finished sixth (137) in the league meet, behind Thomas (27), Bradley (67), Jerome (81), Darby (99) and Scioto (111) and ahead of Delaware (159).

Boys water polo team competes at state

The boys water polo team went 2-3 in the state tournament held Oct. 28 and 29 at Cincinnati Princeton and Mason to finish 11-22.

The ninth-seeded Cardinals lost to eighth-seeded Milford 9-8 in overtime and fell to 13th-seeded Sylvania 12-11 on Oct. 28. The next day, they lost to 10th-seeded Mason 14-7, defeated 12th-seeded Princeton 17-7 and beat 11th-seeded Napoleon 9-7.

"Kilbourne had its best tournament of the year," said Rick Yurich, who also coaches Thomas. "We had three seniors and they will be greatly missed. All three played well at state. Logan Indest was outstanding handling the ball and Michael Weirick and Jordan Kahng were among our offensive leaders."

Junior Quentin Bartram had five goals against Napoleon.

Also among the expected returnees are juniors Liam Neering (goalie), Jack Leftridge and Matthew Yap and sophomore Nicko Seculov.

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