The Worthington Kilbourne High School boys lacrosse team continues to be a work in progress.
The Wolves were 4-6 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before playing Dublin Scioto on April 25.
However, Kilbourne proved last year that hitting a stride at the right time of the season is most important, as it finished the regular season 8-10 before winning six consecutive games to earn the Division II state championship.
"Every year and every team is different. There is no magic formula," coach Drew May said. "We've played some very good teams and some very senior-heavy teams and our young group is being forced to grow up.
"The only way we're going to have a shot at the end of the season is to have incremental improvement each day."
The Wolves lost to visiting Delaware 10-8 in a league game April 19 before falling to visiting Cincinnati St. Xavier 16-7 on April 22.
Nick Clay and Sam Biglin both scored three goals against Delaware and goalkeeper Dane Jackson made five saves. Against St. Xavier, Carson Kott had three goals, Will Alban scored two and Jackson made eight saves.
"Carson and Will are freshmen who have been nice surprises for us on the attack this year," May said. "Nick Clay and Ryan Wesolowski have been our most consistent scorers. Defensively, Jack Trombetti and Curt Grawe have been our anchors, but we're still trying to put the rest of those pieces together.
"What we've talked about all season is that our guys have to make new mistakes. We're encouraging that because it's the only way they're going to grow. We're starting to see that now and it makes me feel better. As long as the mistakes are aggressive mistakes and the boys are doing what is asked of them, that is what will increase our level of play in the long run."
Girls lacrosse team
beginning to heat up
The girls lacrosse team has won four of its past five games and is 6-5 overall and 4-0 in the OCC-Cardinal heading into a home contest against Dublin Jerome on Thursday, April 27.Videos •Worthington Kilbourne girls lacrosse player Morgan Schutte score in a 17-3 win over Delaware on April 18. •Lilli Hadden also scores in the win over Delaware. •Coach Doug Troutner talks about the team.
"We're learning and getting better each game," coach Doug Troutner said. "We've got a lot of younger kids and we're making young mistakes, but they're making improvements and that's exactly what we expected.
"We've also played a tough schedule with four of our first six games against DeSales, New Albany, (Cincinnati) Indian Hill and (Cincinnati) Mariemont. It's a schedule that will make us better down the road."
The Wolves played five games in a five-day span last week. They beat Delaware 17-3 on April 18 and Scioto 17-5 on April 20 in league games and defeated Oak Park (Illinois) River Forest 16-5 on April 21 before splitting a pair of games April 22 in the Hannigan-Galipault tournament at Thomas, losing to Cincinnati Sycamore 10-4 and beating Hartley 8-7.
Against Hartley, Morgan Schuttte had four goals and Jackie Wolford scored two. Against Oak Park River Forest, Schutte and Abby Eymann both had four goals, Wolford and Lilli Hadden both scored three and goalie Isabela Hyre had eight saves. Schutte had five goals against Scioto.
"Morgan and Abby have stepped up their play and their leadership," Troutner said. "They've got new roles this year. They've been the supporting cast in the past and they've done a good job of playing larger roles, being scorers and being smart with the ball.
"I've been impressed with the play on defense of sophomore Bridget Maloney. She has worked hard in practice and it's paying off for her."
snaps losing streak
The softball team ended a three-game losing streak by beating Eastmoor Academy 13-3 and Whetstone 13-0 in a three-team doubleheader April 22 at home.
The Wolves dropped to 6-13 overall and 1-8 in the OCC-Cardinal with an 8-3 loss to Hilliard Bradley on April 24.Boys volleyball slideshow •View photos from the Worthington Kilbourne boys volleyball match against Thomas Worthington on April 18.
Kilbourne had lost to Scioto 13-3 on April 18, Jerome 13-3 on April 19 and Hilliard Darby 12-2 on April 20. The losing streak followed an 11-0 win over Thomas on April 17 in the Wolves' first game back after their spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where they went 3-2.
"We haven't had all of our girls together on the field from the start," coach Mike North said. "We battled illness early and lost our shortstop, Paige Hardison, for the season in the first week with a knee injury. We also lost first baseman Karlee Scott for a while, but she's just getting back."
Hardison had a team-high .371 batting average last season.
Kasey Trout (P/3B), Alex Friesen (CF) and Alyssa Jozefowicz (3B) are among the Wolves' top hitters.
"Kasey batted .727 in Myrtle Beach and has over 60 at-bats without striking out this year," North said. "Plus, she only has two walks. She puts the ball in play. It's just amazing. She has done so much to improve her game.
"Alex is hitting .368 in the leadoff spot and Lora Snodgrass is getting timely hits."
Against Eastmoor, Trout went 3-for-3, Jozefowicz was 3-for-4 and Friesen was 2-for-3. Pitcher Casey Knuth allowed six hits and the defense made two errors.
Against Whetstone, Friesen went 2-for-3, Trout allowed four hits and the Wolves made one error.
"Our pitchers are coming around, although it looks like that because the defense is starting to play better behind them," North said. "Our defense was allowing a lot of extra at-bats and we were paying the consequences. But the defense and the pitching are improving."