The Worthington Kilbourne High School boys lacrosse team expects to face its biggest remaining obstacle in its bid to repeat as OCC-Cardinal Division champion when it visits Dublin Jerome on Thursday, April 25.
The Wolves were 9-2 overall and 4-0 in the league before playing Dublin Scioto on April 23. Jerome, which was the league runner-up last season, was 4-0 in the league before playing Hilliard Darby on April 23.
"This will be a huge game and it's (Jerome's) senior night, so there will be a lot of excitement and there's a lot on the line," coach Mike Riffee said. "I think we're starting to jell and to trust one another, especially on defense. But this (game) will be a big test for us."
Kilbourne had a four-game winning streak end with a 6-5 loss to Indianapolis Cathedral on April 14, but bounced back to beat Delaware 10-6 on April 15 and Hilliard Davidson 12-4 on April 18. Delaware finished third in the league last season.
"Our offense started the season slow, but we've really picked it up lately and we're bonding and having fun," senior attacker Jake LeVette said. "Carson Kott and Max Kott have been stepping up and Will Alban is coming off a great week.
"Jack Ellis has been strong and we've done a good job of showing the ball and dodging and getting the defense to rotate. When we're playing our game, I think we have the potential to win the state championship because our defense is basically lights-out."
The Wolves finished 17-6 last season, losing to eventual state champion Cincinnati St. Xavier 18-8 in a Division I state semifinal.
Alban, a junior attacker, had two goals and a program-record 11 assists in a 20-5 win over Hilliard Bradley on April 11. His 13 points also set a program record.
"Those guys are really starting to click," Riffee said. "Will was sensational against Bradley, and Jake and Carson have games that really complement one another. Defensively, Dane Jackson is an anchor in goal and (defenders) Adam Clay, Hayden Sydnor and Nate Mitchell have been very solid and our long-stick midfielder Paul Jarvis has done a great job.
"We've held our opponent to four goals or fewer five times and had a rare shutout (15-0 over Olentangy Berlin on April 9). I think everyone has begun to gain a second sense of where their teammates are and where they will be and they are trusting each other."
Riffee said to be an elite team the Wolves must be on top of their game in all phases, and he thinks this team has that potential.
"We're getting better every game and it's exciting to see where we'll be by the time we get to the postseason," he said.
Troutner named to Hall of Fame
Girls lacrosse coach Doug Troutner will be inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame as part of its class of 2019 during a halftime ceremony Thursday, April 25, when the Wolves play host to Jerome.
Hall of Fame chairman Paul Eldridge made the announcement April 18.
"It is truly an honor to be selected for induction into the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame," Troutner said. "When you look at the previous inductees, you realize how special this is.
"I attribute my successes to great mentors like John Galipault, wonderful assistant coaches such as Bill Wolford and all of the wonderful players who have made my journey so enjoyable."
Troutner will be joined in the class by former Ohio High School Lacrosse Association commissioner Dennis Swanson, Cincinnati Mariemont boys coach Steve Peterson and former Denison goalkeeper David Wright.
"Our class of 2019 reflects the history and growth of the game in the state," Eldridge said. "Doug Troutner has not only been an outstanding coach, but one of the people who continues to carry on the great traditions of the game."
In his 28th season, Troutner is the only coach in the history of the Kilbourne program. He guided the Wolves to the Division II state title in 2014 and was named Midwest Coach of the Year in 1991 after leading Thomas Worthington to the girls Midwest championship that season.
"I am most proud of the number of my former players who have gone on to become coaches at all levels of the game," Troutner said.
Kilbourne fell to 5-6 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Cardinal with a 14-13 loss to Scioto on April 22.
"Our approach to the season is taken from race car driving," Troutner said. "There are no rearview mirrors in race cars, because what is behind you is not important. We look forward. From that standpoint, we are really playing against how we were yesterday, not the other team."
The Wolves are playing a challenging schedule. Through 10 games, all of their losses came against teams ranked in the top 10 in the state. They lost to Cincinnati Summit Country Day 15-13 on March 15, DeSales 17-12 on March 19, Granville 15-10 on April 6, Hudson 9-8 on April 13 and Olentangy 17-16 on April 18.
Last week in the Division II state poll, DeSales was first, Summit Country Day was fourth and Granville was sixth. In Division I, Hudson was ranked fifth and Olentangy was 10th.
Kilbourne beat Louisville (Kentucky) Eastern 12-11 on April 12. Eastern was ranked second in Kentucky.
Through eight games, Jackie Wolford led the Wolves in points (66) and assists (25) and Lili Hadden led the team in goals (47) and was second in points (60). Other top scorers were Meagan Rosenfeld (22 goals, 34 points) and Hannah Hale (11 goals, 22 points).
Baseball team snaps long losing streak
The baseball team ended a nine-game losing streak with a 7-0 win over Marion Elgin on April 18 and then beat Bradley 5-4 on April 22.
The Wolves were 5-9 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Scioto on April 24.
"There is not much I can say about our season so far," coach Dustin Woods said. "We do not play any aspect of the game very well. It is really just that simple. If you throw strikes, make routine plays and put the ball in play, you will win games. We are struggling to do any of the three with consistency right now."
Through 11 games, Max Cole was batting .429 with seven runs scored and seven RBI, Jack Mesaros was batting .333 with seven runs and Grayson Timms was hitting .329 with six runs and six RBI. Other top hitters included McKay Whitaker (.321) and Kyler Archual (.300).
On the mound, Archual was 1-2 with a 2.55 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. Brian Wilson was 0-1 with a 2.80 ERA, Mitch Fisher was 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA and Cole was 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA. All three had pitched 10 innings.
Athletes announce college decisions
Eight student-athletes recently announced their college decisions.
John Catanzarite will compete in men's golf at Belmont Abbey, Kaleb Dave will play football at Capital, Meredith Johnson will play field hockey at Wittenberg, Jake LeVette will play men's lacrosse at Alabama-Huntsville, R.J. Mehan will play football at Bucknell, Brendon Miles will play football at Ashland, Nate Mitchell will play men's lacrosse at Ohio Northern and Grayson Timms will play football at Wittenberg.
Below are the coming schedules for the Kilbourne baseball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, track & field and boys volleyball teams:
*April 26 -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto
*April 29 -- At Delaware
*May 1 -- Home vs. Delaware
*April 25 -- At Dublin Jerome
April 27 -- At Cincinnati Moeller
*April 30 -- At Thomas
April 25 -- Home vs. Dublin Jerome
April 30 -- At Columbus School for Girls
*April 25 -- Home vs. Delaware. The Wolves lost to the Pacers 10-0 on April 10.
April 27 -- At Grove City with Mayfield
*April 29 -- At Olentangy Berlin. The Wolves lost to the Bears 7-5 on April 11.
April 30 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington
*May 1 -- Home vs. Thomas. The Wolves lost to the Cardinals 8-5 on April 15.
April 25 -- At Dublin Coffman
April 27 -- Worthington Cup at home
April 30 -- At Pickerington Central
May 1 -- At Watkins Memorial
TRACK & FIELD
April 27 -- Gary Smith Invitational at Thomas
April 30 -- At Thomas
*April 25 -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto. The Wolves beat the Irish 25-14, 25-14, 25-23 on April 8.
*April 29 -- At Dublin Jerome. The Wolves beat the Celtics 17-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 15-13 on April 18.
*April 30 -- Home vs. Delaware. The Wolves beat the Pacers 25-14, 25-14, 25-17 on April 9.
May 1 -- Home vs. Olentangy Orange