The Worthington Kilbourne High School boys tennis team will have three representatives in the Division I district tournament Thursday, May 16, and Saturday, May 18, at Reynoldsburg.
Seniors Jack Lindaman and William Wiet will be competing in doubles and freshman Owen Alderman will be competing in singles. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state May 24 and 25 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
"We finally did it," Wiet said. "It's pretty amazing to work for this goal for three years and to finally make it to district is a great feeling. But that's not our final goal of the season. We need to stay on top of our game and come out swinging because we want to get to state. I say, 'Why not us?' It would be a Cinderella story, but I think we have a chance."
The past two years at sectional, Lindaman and Wiet lost in district-qualifying matches.
"They had a good weekend and they are 15-2 this season," coach Steve Metzmaier said. "I think they benefited from past experiences in the sectional, but they both have to serve and serve-receive better at district. They move well together and cover the court and they communicate well, so if they can do better at the serve and serve-receive parts, they'll give themselves a chance."
Lindaman and Wiet were seeded second in a sectional May 9 and 11 at Pickerington Central and placed second. They defeated Marion Harding's Daniel Stimson and Nate Longsteth 6-1, 6-1 in a quarterfinal to qualify for district and then beat Big Walnut's Gabe Mexicott and Matt Pushkin 6-4, 6-4 in a semifinal before losing to Gahanna's Kyle Fout and Aoi Higuchi 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 in the final.
Lindaman and Wiet will face Dublin Jerome's Dylan Cai and Chris Knight in the first round at district. They lost to Knight and Tanish Pairu 6-2, 6-2 in the teams' OCC-Cardinal Division match April 2.
Alderman was seeded third at sectional and finished third, beating Big Walnut's Grant Mudre 6-1, 6-0 in a quarterfinal to qualify for district before losing to Granville's Raleigh Conway 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in a semifinal and beating Delaware's Sam Bonofiglio 6-3, 6-2 in the third-place match.
Alderman will play Thomas' Kai Britz in the first round at district. He lost to Britz 6-1, 6-3 in the teams' OCC-Cardinal match April 23.
Also in singles at sectional, Gordan Liu went 2-1, reaching a district-qualifying match before losing to Conway 6-0, 7-5, and Shivesh Sankar went 0-1. In doubles, Joe Scherer and Zach Palmer went 1-1.
Young, Shaffer lead boys track squad
Buoyed by Elijah Young and Hayden Shaffer in field events and a strong effort in distance events, the boys track and field team finished fifth (75.5 points) in the OCC-Cardinal meet May 9 and 11 at Hilliard Davidson, behind Hilliard Darby (142), Jerome (105), Thomas (95.5) and Hilliard Bradley (88) and ahead of Dublin Scioto (71), Olentangy Berlin (42) and Delaware (38).
Young placed second in the long jump (21 feet, 7 3/4 inches), tied for fourth in the pole vault (12-6) and finished sixth in the 100 meters (11.49 seconds), while Shaffer was runner-up in the discus (147-1).
"Hayden had a great practice (May 10) and it really showed that he's peaking at the right time," coach Josh Stegman said. "His best throw was his first one and it was a big (personal record). Elijah scored a bunch of points for us and competed in the long jump for the first time this season coming off his injury. He was rewarded for his comeback when we let him run the 100, but he will be in the (800 and 400 relays) at district."
Jack Begley placed second in the 1,600 (4:32.99), Tanner Williams was runner-up in the 3,200 (9:37.39) and both were on the third-place 3,200 relay with Maxwell Shafran and John Cuozzo (8:25.3).
Also finishing third was Terrique Gray in the high jump (6-1).
"We had three of the top six finishers in the 3,200, with Tanner, John Cuozzo (fifth, 9:55.1) and Jack Begley (sixth, 10:00.72)," Stegman said. "All of the distance guys are finishing the season strong. The (3,200 relay) had a season-best time by 10 seconds."
The girls team finished sixth (39.33) in the league meet, behind Darby (183), Thomas (136), Jerome (90.83), Scioto (88) and Bradley (48) and ahead of Berlin (38) and Delaware (34.83).
Chidima Anaraodo placed second in the discus (109-1) and sixth in the shot put (33-11 3/4), Maggie Stewart was fourth in the 100 (12.89) and the 3,200 relay of Sasha Bomser, Victoria Stavish, Marisa Long and Natalie Guist was fourth (10:15.41).
Both teams are competing in the Division I, district 2 meet this week at Darby. The meet began May 15, continues Thursday, May 16, and concludes Saturday, May 18.
The top four finishers in each event advances to regional Wednesday, May 22, and May 24 at Pickerington North. At regional, the top four finishers in each event advance to state May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
Baseball team ousted by Tigers
The 23rd-seeded baseball team managed just three hits in a 5-1 loss to 30th-seeded Pickerington Central in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 13 to finish 11-14 overall.
Pitcher Kyle Archual allowed seven hits and the host Wolves made two errors.
Kilbourne finished 5-9 in the OCC-Cardinal after beating Thomas 15-5 on May 8 and 8-5 on May 10.
Alban sets assists mark for boys lacrosse team
The second-seeded boys lacrosse team was 14-4 before playing 16th-seeded Newark in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 14.
The winner plays eighth-seeded Pickerington Central or 12th-seeded Beavercreek in a regional quarterfinal Friday, May 17. That winner likely will play fourth-seeded Centerville or seventh-seeded Davidson in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at the home of the better seed.
The regional final is May 24 at a site to be determined.
The Wolves went 2-0 in Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association tournament last weekend at Fortress Obetz, beating Pittsburgh Shady Side Academy 9-4 on May 10 and Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon 10-6 on May 11.
Against Shady Side Academy, junior attacker Will Alban recorded his 64th assist of the season to set the program's single-season record.
Girls lacrosse team begins postseason
The fifth-seeded girls lacrosse team was 9-8 before playing 12th-seeded Dayton Carroll in the first round of the Division II, Region 7 tournament May 15.
The winner plays eighth-seeded Big Walnut or 10th-seeded Bexley in a regional quarterfinal Saturday, May 18, at the home of the better seed. That winner likely will play top-seeded DeSales or fourth-seeded Watterson in regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at the home of the better seed.
The regional final is May 24 at a site to be determined.
The Wolves closed the regular season May 7 by beating host Columbus Academy 15-5.
Boys volleyball team preps for regional
The boys volleyball team is seeded fourth of 10 teams in the Division II East Region tournament and will open against fifth-seeded DeSales on Saturday, May 18, at Licking Heights.
The winner plays second-seeded Watterson, eighth-seeded Northland or ninth-seeded Licking Heights in a regional semifinal Monday, May 21, at a site to be determined.
The regional final is May 24 at Westerville Central.
The Wolves were 13-9 overall before playing Pickerington North in the OCC Challenge on May 14 at Darby and will close the regular season by playing host to Olentangy on Thursday, May 16.
Kilbourne defeated Thomas 25-14, 25-14, 25-14 on May 7 to finish 9-5 in the OCC-Cardinal.
The Wolves then went 0-3 in a quad-match May 11 at Olentangy, losing to Mount Vernon 20-25, 25-20, 25-20, Massillon Jackson 25-18, 25-21 and Olentangy 25-21, 25-22.
Softball team losing four seniors
The softball team expects to return most of its roster after finishing 4-22 overall and 1-13 in the OCC-Cardinal.
The 41st-seeded Wolves concluded the season May 6 with a 2-0 loss at 15th-seeded Watterson in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
Kilbourne is losing seniors Melina Calhoun (3B), Casey Knuth (P/1B), Maddie Mullen (OF) and Lora Snodgrass (P/OF).
Among the expected returnees are juniors Hailey Hall (OF), Olivia Judy (C) and Jules Moore (OF) and sophomores Morgan Beals (3B/C), Ava Hayes (OF), Olivia Janosy (OF/3B), Grace Meisel (C/OF) and Claire Ogden (2B).