The Worthington Kilbourne High School bowling teams will be looking to extend memorable seasons when they participate in the Division I sectional this week at HP Lanes.

The boys compete Friday, Feb. 23, and the girls compete Saturday, Feb. 24.

The top 16 teams and top 16 individuals not on a qualifying team in each sectional advance to the district tournament March 3 at HP Lanes.

"This girls team has had their best season in program history, with an 8-3 record and a fourth-place finish in the (Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-B Division)," coach Susan Bond said. "The team has also broken most of the school records and they have been very consistent in match and tournament play.

"I feel this is the strongest girls team we have had yet and see no reason why they cannot advance as a team to the district tournament and even the state championships if they stay focused."

Casey Knuth leads the girls team with a 159.8 game average, followed by Meghan Gaines (151.9) and Taysia Curry (146).

"Both Casey and Meghan have stepped up their game and improved over 10 pins each," Bond said. "But the biggest jump this season has been Taysia. She has improved over 30 pins."

The boys team finished the regular season 11-4 overall and placed second in the COHSBC-B at 9-2.

"The boys made the COHSBC conference roll-offs for the first time in program history," Bond said. "For the most part, they have been pretty steady all season. There were only a couple of matches where the scores weren't where they usually are.

"They most definitely can pick up pins by making more spares. Each season, we focus on spare shooting and it seems to bite us from time to time."

Senior Evan Place ranked fifth in the COHSBC with a 209.4 average. He is followed on the team by John Catanzarite (188.4), Michael Barnewall (187.2), Zach Legue (185) and Colby Sutherland (179.5).

"Evan is a very hard worker at his game and would bowl every day if he could," Bond said. "He has taken private lessons to improve his knowledge and skills of the game. Evan is like any other competitive player and does not like to lose, which can sometimes make his teammates feel a little more pressure than they are used to.

"But I strongly feel this is the best boys team we have had at Kilbourne and I see no reason why the entire team cannot advance to the state championships."

Banner returning to state swim meet

Junior Haley Banner will represent the swimming and diving program in the Division I state meet Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24, at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Banner advanced to state in the 100-yard freestyle by placing seventh in a personal-record 52.47 seconds at the district meet that concluded Feb. 17 at Ohio University. She is seeded 18th at state.

At district, the top two finishers in each swimming event automatically qualified for state. In addition, 16 at-large berths were awarded in each swimming event based on times statewide.

"I'm really excited about this because I was nervous about getting through district because the girls are a whole lot faster than last year," said Banner, who also swam a personal-best 24.29 in the 50 free to place ninth at district but did not advance. "My goal for state is to improve on my seed, but it would be sweet to score or even get on the podium."

The top eight finishers at state make the podium and the top 16 earn team points. Banner placed 23rd (53.89) at state in the same event last season.

"I'm hoping her experience last year will pay dividends this week and that she will be able to crank up the intensity for a third consecutive weekend," coach Jim Callahan said. "I want to have her at least get into the finals, but it is a learning process."

The girls team scored 40 points at district to tie for 17th behind champion Upper Arlington (274) as 30 teams scored.

In addition to Banner's two individual swims, also scoring for the Wolves were Arianna Garver in diving (326 points, 16th), the 200 free relay (1:42.1, 13th) and 200 medley relay (1:53.25, 12th).

Both relays were comprised of Banner, Ellie Ishida, Angela Lu and Lauren Richner.

"I thought Lauren swam extremely well for a freshman," Callahan said. "We also had some good dives from Arianna and (Nolan Wilson)."

Wilson placed 15th (284.9) in boys diving Feb. 13 at Dublin Community Recreation Center, a day after the girls diving competition at the same site.

The boys team scored six points at district to finish 27th behind champion Dublin Jerome (303) as 29 teams scored. Wilson was the lone scorer for Kilbourne.

"The boys had PRs across the board and they are a very young squad that is building for the future," Callahan said. "I was impressed by Quinten Bartram in the 500 free (5:01.79, 22nd) and Jack Begley in the 200 free (1:51.14, 24th)."

Boys basketball team falls to Cardinals

The boys basketball team had its five-game winning streak snapped with a 52-49 loss to visiting Thomas on Feb. 16 in its regular-season finale.

The Cardinals' Charlie Mamlin made a 3-pointer with .7 of a second left to break a 49-all tie.

Mamlin caught an inbounds pass on the left wing and connected on a 23-foot shot to stun the Wolves, who dropped 9-13 overall and finished 6-6 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.

Jake Hirschy had 11 points and Zach Wilson scored 10 for Kilbourne, which is seeded 28th of 48 teams in the Division I district tournament and has a first-round bye. The Wolves will play eighth-seeded Westerville South or 36th-seeded Marysville in the second round March 2 at the home of the higher seed.

Season ends for girls basketball team

The 37th-seeded girls basketball team lost at 20th-seeded Lancaster 43-33 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 24 to finish 7-16.

Maggie Crozier had a game-high 15 points and Morgan Schutte scored six for the Wolves, who were outscored 21-11 in the middle quarters.

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At a glance

Below are the members of the Kilbourne boys and girls swimming & diving teams who competed at district but did not qualify for state:

BOYS -- Quinten Bartram: 200 free (1:51.28, 25th), 500 free (5:01.79, 22nd); Jack Begley: 200 free (1:51.14, 24th), 100 free (50.13, 25th); John Cuozzo: 100 fly (56.52, 23rd); Michael Richardson: diving (206, 22nd); Nolan Wilson: diving (284.9, 15th); Daniel Zhou: diving (73.95, 25th); 200 free relay (1:33.41, 15th); 400 free relay (3:26.85, 17th); 200 medley relay (1:48.76, 22nd)

GIRLS -- Arianna Garver: diving (326, 16th); Joselin List: diving (97.35, 33rd); Lauren Richner: 50 free (24.76, 19th), 100 breast (1:12.52, 29th); Madeline Zawada: diving (122, 30th); 200 free relay (1:42.1, 13th); 400 free relay (4:00.98, 26th); 200 medley relay (1:53.25, 12th)

Schedules

Below are the coming schedules for the Kilbourne gymnastics and wrestling teams:

GYMNASTICS

Feb. 24 -- District meet at Kilbourne. Top three teams advance to state team meet March 2 at Hilliard Bradley. Top eight individuals in each event and the all-around advance to state individual meet March 3 at Bradley.

WRESTLING

Feb. 24 -- Division I sectional at Upper Arlington. Top four finishers in each weight class advance to district tournament March 2 and 3 at Hilliard Darby.