Nothing was going to keep Worthington Kilbourne High School senior Bethany Lange from enjoying her fourth trip to the state gymnastics meet.

Despite suffering an ankle injury March 2 in practice, Lange gutted out her last appearance in the individual state meet March 4 at Hilliard Bradley.

Video •Worthington Kilbourne gymnast Bethany Lange competes on floor exercise during the individual state meet March 4 at Hilliard Bradley.

"I wouldn't miss this for the world," Lange said. "I was going to compete for the last time here unless I couldn't walk or something drastic like that. I knew I could put up with (a little pain)."

Lange qualified for state in the all-around, but skipped vault and thus did not earn a final score.

"She fought through the injury to her left ankle that she sustained (March 2) and she started with a beautiful (effort on balance) beam," coach Cindy Fushimi said. "She got through her floor routine but she was in some pain so we scratched her from the vault. She finished really strong on (uneven) bars. I'm so proud of her and pleased with her performance. She did the best she could under the circumstances. She's a tough girl."

Lange scored an 8.925 on beam to place 15th of 36 competitors and scored an 8.875 on bars to tie for 15th of 35 competitors. She competed on floor as part of the all-around, scoring an 8.8.

"I had a great beam routine, but the pain grew during my floor routine, so I decided to play it safe and not do the vault," said Lange, who finished 25th in the all-around (34.125), tied for 19th on bars (8.75) and was 36th on vault (8.2) at state last year. "But I had fun and gave it my all, and that's what I came to do."

Freshman Abby Deitrick, who was a state alternate on bars after finishing 10th (8.45) at district Feb. 26 at Thomas Worthington, competed in the event at state in place of Thornville Sheridan's Bre Campbell, who was the district champion. Deitrick fell, but finished her routine and scored a 7.55 to place 34th.

"As an alternate, Abby was there and had her stuff," Fushimi said. "It's unfortunate that there was an injury, but Abby got to experience the state meet as a freshman. Competing at state is tough, but it's even tougher when you're doing it on short notice, especially for a freshman. She's got a great future."

Lange advanced to state in the all-around by sharing the district title with Dublin Coffman's Bethany Hurt (35.925). She also finished first on beam (9.225), second on bars (9.025) and tied for third on vault (9.0).

Deitrick was 13th of 90 participants in the all-around (33.95), followed by sophomore Jenaiya Burrell (72nd, 28.05), freshman Trinity Leo (76th, 27.9) and senior Abby Souder (tied for 77th, 27.8).

The Wolves finished fifth (128.95) of 23 teams at district, as Thornville Sheridan (138.65), Olentangy (137.425) and Dresden Tri-Valley (135.825) advanced to the state team meet March 3 at Bradley.

Kilbourne went 5-1 in OCC-Cardinal Division duals and, combined with results from the league meet, finished with 22 points to tie Hilliard Darby (4-2) for second in the overall standings behind Bradley (28, 6-0) and ahead of Dublin Jerome (14, 2-4), Thomas (12, 3-3), Delaware (10, 1-5) and Dublin Scioto (4, 0-6).

In the league meet Feb. 11, Kilbourne finished third (126.5) behind host Bradley (133.95) and Darby (128.3) and ahead of Jerome (121.625), Delaware (118.6), Thomas (117.9) and Scioto (55.4).

The Wolves are losing three seniors in Lange, Souder and Catie Duzzny. Expected to return are Burrell, Deitrick, Leo and juniors Tania Craig and Marissa Giordano.

Place reaches state
bowling tourney

Evan Place of the boys bowling team qualified for the Division I state tournament Saturday, March 11, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

The junior rolled a 674 series (187-277-210) to place fifth of 127 competitors, including 104 who competed in three games, in the district tournament March 3 at Sawmill Lanes to earn an individual state berth.

The Wolves placed 11th (3,832) of 20 teams as Westerville Central (4,176), Pickerington North (4,157), Whetstone (4,114) and Whitehall (4,058) qualified for state.

"The first game was really rough, but I bounced back with a 277 and finished with a 210 and that was good enough," Place said. "I'm happy about it, but I was hoping we could make it as a team."

Also competing were sophomore Colby Sutherland (583, 46th) and juniors Michael Barnewall (526, 78th), Jarrett Shuey (488, 92nd) and Zach Legue (478, 94th).

"We were without John (Catanzarite) today, so it was a little tougher," Place said.

Competing as individuals for the girls team at district were sophomore Casey Knuth, who rolled a 483 to finish 50th of 133 competitors, including 94 who bowled three games, and junior Meghan Gaines, who rolled a 479 to finish 51st.

Big Walnut's Kaitlyn Morrison (571) earned the fourth and final individual state berth.

Duzzny places fifth
at district wrestling

Senior Michael Duzzny of the wrestling team finished fifth in the Division I district tournament March 3 and 4 at Darby at 145 pounds and is a state alternate.

The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to the state tournament Thursday, March 9, through Saturday, March 11, at Ohio State.

Duzzny went 3-2 at district and is 37-18 on the season. He lost his state-qualifying match 10-1 to Olentangy Liberty's Trey Grenier before winning the fifth-place match by forfeit against Olentangy Orange's Connor Evans. Grenier went on to place third.

Also competing at district were senior Sam Beerman (220), sophomore Kyle Watson (113) and freshman Jay Thompson (195). All three went 0-2. Beerman finished the season 23-14, Watson finished 19-15 and Thompson finished 12-10.

Kilbourne scored 13 points to finish 30th behind champion Liberty (236.5) as 42 teams scored.

Season ends for
boys basketball team

The boys basketball team struggled after losing its top scorer and primary ball-handler near midseason, but gained some valuable experience for next season.

Seeded 24th, Kilbourne lost to 11th-seeded Jerome 65-39 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 25 to finish 9-14 overall. The Wolves went 4-8 in the OCC-Cardinal to tie Delaware for fifth, behind Bradley (12-0), Jerome (9-3), Scioto (7-5) and Thomas (5-7) and ahead of Darby (1-11).

Kilbourne is losing five seniors, including 6-foot-7 post player Carson Van Lynn and point guard Gabe Watson.

Van Lynn was named second-team all-league, while Watson, who missed the final 14 games because of academics, was special mention all-league.

The Wolves went 5-9 without Watson in the lineup.

Watson was replaced at point guard by sophomore Zach Wilson, who joins juniors Jake Hirschy (wing player), Thomas Wilson (post player) and Brayden Carter (guard) and sophomore Gavin Baker (guard) as expected key returnees.

Hirschy was honorable mention all-league.

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