The Worthington Kilbourne High School boys basketball team is looking for more consistency this season, but will do so without a proven post player.
The Wolves returned three starters, but must replace 6-foot-7 post player Carson Van Lynn, a 2017 graduate who was one of the team's key components last season when Kilbourne struggled with consistency and finished 9-14 overall and 4-8 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to tie Delaware for fifth behind champion Hilliard Bradley (12-0).
The Wolves opened Dec. 5 at home against Westerville South.
"We have no size and no proven scorer or consistent perimeter shooting," said 18th-year coach Tom Souder, who is in his 40th season as a coach. "I do think we have good overall team toughness and an improved skill set."
Van Lynn was named second-team all-league last season and 2017 graduate Gabe Watson was special mention all-league despite missing the final 14 games because of academic paperwork. The Wolves went 5-9 without Watson in the lineup.
Kilbourne returns three starters in senior Jake Hirschy (6-2, wing player) and juniors Gavin Baker (6-2, wing player) and Zach Wilson (6-1, guard). Hirschy was honorable mention all-league last season.
Wilson replaced Watson at point guard.
"Gavin is an athlete who can score and get (the ball) off the glass and Jake is a solid shooter who has expanded his game," Souder said. "Zach is coming off a solid year and he gives us experience and he can score."
Seniors Chase Brown (6-1, wing player), Brayden Carter (5-10, guard) and Thomas Wilson (5-10, guard) and junior Kyler Archual (6-0, forward) all earned playing time last season.
"Chase and Thomas were solid performers off the bench last year and they bring toughness and fire," Souder said. "Brayden also gave us good minutes off the bench. He's a shooter and a tough kid. Kyler also is a tough kid who loves to compete."
Completing the roster are senior Jake Hackathorne (6-1, forward), junior Alex Halm (5-11, guard), sophomores Joe Dargenio (6-2, forward) and Blake Gardner (6-2, forward) and freshmen Cayden Dougherty (5-7, guard), Brandon Kim (5-8, guard) and Ian Schupp (6-4, post player).
"Jake and Alex competed well on the (junior varsity) team last year," Souder said. "Alex is a shooter and Jake gives us some toughness. Ian is a good rebounder and competitor and has a decent skill set for a freshman, and Cayden is a solid passer who can knock down some shots."
The Wolves open OCC-Cardinal play Friday, Dec. 8, at home against Jerome.
Dec. 5 -- vs. Westerville South
*Dec. 8 -- vs. Dublin Jerome
Dec. 11 -- vs. Westerville Central
*Dec. 15 -- at Hilliard Darby
*Dec. 19 -- at Hilliard Bradley
*Dec. 22 -- vs. Delaware
Dec. 28-30 -- Gateway Holiday Classic in Mount Sterling, Ky.
*Jan. 5 -- vs. Dublin Scioto
Jan. 9 -- vs. Canal Winchester
*Jan. 12 -- at Thomas
Jan. 13 -- at Fort Recovery
Jan. 16 -- at Gahanna
*Jan. 19 -- at Dublin Jerome
*Jan. 23 -- vs. Hilliard Bradley
*Jan. 26 -- vs. Hilliard Darby
Jan. 27 -- at Granville
*Feb. 2 -- at Dublin Scioto
*Feb. 6 -- at Delaware
Feb. 9 -- at Watterson
*Feb. 16 -- vs. Thomas
Below are the coming schedules for the Kilbourne boys basketball, bowling, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Dec. 8 -- At Dublin Jerome
*Dec. 7 -- Groveport at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
*Dec. 8 -- Columbus Academy at OhioHealth Ice Haus
*Dec. 10 -- Cincinnati St. Xavier at Cincinnati Northland
SWIMMING & DIVING
Dec. 8-9 -- Viking Invitational at Cleveland State University
Dec. 9 -- Wolfpack Classic at home