The Worthington Kilbourne High School track and field teams will have their final tune-up for the league meet as well as the postseason when they compete in the Hilliard Bradley Invitational on Friday, May 3.

The OCC-Cardinal Division meet will be held May 9 and 11 at Hilliard Davidson.

The boys team scored 69 points to finish third in the 15-team Gary Smith Invitational on April 27 at Thomas, behind the host Cardinals (107) and Thornville Sheridan (78).

"We finally have our numbers up," fourth-year coach Josh Stegman said. "We've got 23 juniors and all of our younger guys are coming into their own. Plus, we're just starting to get a little healthier with (senior) Elijah Young back from his football injury. He's competing now, but won't get his brace off his leg until maybe next week."

The Wolves have been led by the depth of its distance corps and also have been scoring well in the throws. In the Gary Smith Invitational, the 6,400-meter relay of Jack Begley, John Cuozzo, Gabe Knuth and Tanner Williams finished first in 18 minutes, 43.9 seconds to give the Wolves their lone event win.

Williams was runner-up in the 3,200 (9:36.95), Cuozzo placed fourth in the 1,600 (4:40.55) and the 3,200 relay of Begley, Knuth, Williams and Asa Compton also placed fourth (8:48.31).

"This team has really grown up and we have a lot of young guys contributing," said Begley, one of eight seniors on the team. "We're placing higher and higher at every invitational. For me, I'm competing a lot and focusing on running on Tuesdays and Saturdays and that's been my training. I haven't broken my (personal records) in the 1,600 or 3,200 this year, but I think that's coming. My (best) 3,200 (time) is 9:41 and my (best) 1,600 (time) is 4:31, and both were last year."

"Jack went to (the Division I) regional (meet) in the 3,200 last year (placing eighth in 9:41), but we're not sure whether he will concentrate on the 1,600 or 3,200 at district this year," Stegman said. "We'll take a look at the field and determine where he has his best chance to get to regional."

Williams' time in the 3,200 was just off his school record of 9:36.72, which he set April 13 in the Joe Lenge Dublin Classic at Dublin Coffman.

"I set the school record, but I'm still trying to build my endurance and think I have a lot more I can do to lower that time this year," said Williams, a junior. "I want to qualify for state and see how I can do against the top-tier guys."

Placing third in the Gary Smith Invitational were Young in the pole vault (12 feet), Hayden Shaffer in the discus (139-7) and Terrique Gray in the high jump (6-0). Shaffer placed fifth in the shot put (45-2 1/2) and Carter Haase finished sixth in the discus (134-7).

"I'm excited about my throws today," Shaffer said. "My best (throw in the discus) this year is a 143, but I've been slumping lately. So this is hopefully the bounce-back and I can go from here and try to reach my goals of a 150 and reaching the regional and see what happens from there."

Hasse surpassed his personal record in the discus while coming off a bit of a lull.

"My (best throw) coming in was a 122 and to go 134-7, I'm thrilled," Haase said. "In the past few weeks, I was consistently five feet below my previous PR. But I got back to basics and just working on my form. My goals are to reach 140 this year and to beat Hayden in one of the meets."

The girls team finished ninth (30) of 14 teams in the Gary Smith Invitational, behind champion Thomas (104).

The 3,200 relay of Sasha Bomser, Natalie Guist, Victoria Stavish and Riley Tate placed second (10:25.07), Bomser placed fourth in the 1,600 (5:33.85) and Maggie Stewart was fourth in the 100 (13.38).

Softball team getting ready for Eagles

The softball team is seeded 41st of 45 teams in the Division I district tournament and will play at 15th-seeded Watterson in the first round Monday, May 6.

The winner plays at 14th-seeded Dublin Jerome in the second round Wednesday, May 8. That winner advances to a district semifinal May 13.

The Wolves lost to Jerome 5-0 on April 5 and 10-0 on April 17.

Kilbourne lost to Olentangy Berlin 4-3 on April 29 and was 3-20 overall and 0-12 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Delaware on April 30 and Thomas on May 1.

The Wolves split a pair of games April 27 at Grove City, defeating Mayfield 4-2 and losing to the host Greyhounds 14-0. Against Mayfield, Lora Snodgrass threw a three-hitter and Ava Hayes broke a 2-all tie with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Girls lacrosse team to face Cardinals

The girls lacrosse team will visit Thomas on Thursday, May 2, in its league finale before concluding the regular season Tuesday, May 7, at Columbus Academy.

The Wolves were 8-7 overall and 4-2 in the OCC-Cardinal after losing to Jerome 19-9 in a game that began April 25 and concluded April 29 because of a weather suspension. They played Columbus School for Girls on April 30.

Kilbourne beat Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 9-4 and Buffalo (New York) Nichols School 12-2 in the Memories Matter Invitational on April 27 at Shaker Heights Laurel.

Boys team set for regular-season finale

The boys lacrosse team was 10-4 overall and 5-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Thomas on April 30 in its league finale.

The Wolves will conclude the regular season Thursday, May 2, at St. Charles.

After defeating Dublin Scioto 17-2 on April 23, Kilbourne lost to Jerome 12-6 on April 26 and Cincinnati Moeller 13-12 on April 27.

Against Scioto, Will Alban scored four goals and Max Kott and Carson Kott both scored three.

Jones to coach girls basketball team

Stephanie Jones has been named girls basketball coach, pending school board approval.

Jones coached McCord Middle School for three seasons (2015-18) after coaching Columbus School for Girls for two seasons (2009-11) and Whitehall for four seasons (2011-15).

She replaces Jim Strode, who resigned earlier this month after accepting a sports administration position in the college of business at Ohio University. In six seasons with the Wolves, Strode compiled a 69-70 record, including a 10-13 mark last season.

"I'm excited because the team is in good position to put some strong seasons together and I coached this year's freshmen and sophomores at McCord," said Jones, who teaches at Weaver Middle School in Hilliard. "Coach Strode has them in a great spot right now and although I have big shoes to fill, I'm going to hit the ground running and pick up where he left off."

Jones guided CSG to its first Division III district final appearance in 2011.

"We're excited to have Stephanie take over the program," athletics director Jeff Todd said. "Some of the families already know her from her time coaching at McCord. We think she's going to be a great fit for us moving forward and following up on what coach Strode did with the program."

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Schedules

Below are the coming schedules for the Kilbourne baseball, boys tennis and boys volleyball teams:

BASEBALL

*May 3 -- Home vs. Olentangy Berlin

May 4 -- At Celina

*May 6 -- At Olentangy Berlin

*May 8 -- At Thomas

BOYS TENNIS

May 3 -- Home vs. Cincinnati Seven Hills

May 4 -- Hilliard Davidson Doubles Classic

May 6 -- Home vs. Worthington Christian

May 7 -- At St. Charles

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

*May 2 -- At Olentangy Berlin. The Wolves beat the Bears 25-9, 25-23, 25-16 on April 11.

*May 7 -- Home vs. Thomas. The Wolves beat the Cardinals 25-15, 25-11, 25-21 on April 16.

*League contest