Knowing she had secured a berth in the Division I regional meet Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pickerington North, all Allena Klamorick of the Canal Winchester girls cross country team could do after she finished third in the district 2 meet Oct. 19 at Hilliard Darby was hope that the team could advance as well.
A tiebreaker put an end to those hopes, but Klamorick and teammate Bonnie Butler will represent the Indians at regional and try to become the program's first state qualifiers since Kayla Scott in 2011.
Klamorick placed third in 18 minutes, 51.3 seconds and Butler finished 12th (19:51.2) as the top six teams and top 24 individuals advanced to regional.
Canal Winchester scored 163 points to tie sixth-place Dover behind champion Thomas Worthington (71) as 14 teams scored, but the Tornadoes were awarded the last regional berth because their sixth runner, Leigh Arbogast, finished 57th (21:34.6), 31 spots ahead of the Indians' sixth placer, Esthela Marquez (88th, 23:16.5).
Also scoring for Canal Winchester were Alyssa Weller (33rd, 20:47.6), Brooklyne Redmon (47th, 21:22.4) and Marissa Klamorick (68th, 22:00.4).
"Getting out as a team would (have been) very special because I've never been part of a team that's made it out of districts," Allena Klamorick said. "Our team is young. We've shown a lot in being tough all year."
Klamorick otherwise was pleased about her race. She came up 3.1 seconds shy of her career-best time of 18:48.2, set Oct. 5 in the Legends Cross Country Meet at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds.
"I was expecting to go fast and today was definitely the day," Klamorick said. "I fell back from that top lead pack about halfway through the race, but I knew I had to do everything to pass the next girl and help out the team. I hit the two-mile mark and it was time to go. I knew I had to get back up there."
Butler had hoped to finish in the 19:30 range, which would have placed her in the top 10.
"I am very disappointed with my time," Butler said. "I let a girl pass me on the final stretch and that upset me. Last year, I think I wasn't aggressive enough in my start (at regional). It's very easy to get trapped at regionals. I thought I wouldn't be able to hang with the better girls, so I took it out a little conservatively. This year, I will go for a faster start and see where that gets me. Hopefully, I won't get boxed in as much."
Klamorick and Butler both raced at regional last year, finishing 64th and 104th, respectively.
At regional, the top five teams and top 20 individuals advance to state Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway.
The boys team's season ended with a ninth-place finish (232) in district 1 behind champion Gahanna (63) as 13 teams scored. The top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced to regional.
Will Butler finished 34th (17:31.8) to lead the Indians, followed by Reece Klamorick (39th, 17:36.4), Drew Kotwis (48th, 17:57.6), Michael McKeon (53rd, 18:06.6) and Brett Smithers (58th, 18:11.4).
Girls soccer team reaches district semi
The best-case scenario in terms of postseason home games came to fruition for the 14th-seeded girls soccer team as it played host to 16th-seeded Gahanna in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 23.
Canal Winchester played both of its tournament games last week at home, defeating 17th-seeded Upper Arlington 1-0 in the first round Oct. 16 on an Ashlyn Hurley goal and beating 34th-seeded Licking Heights 5-0 in a second-round game Oct. 19. Holly Counts, Lindsey Davis, Elle Howard and Hurley each scored and the Indians benefited from an own goal against the Hornets in improving to 9-4-5.
The semifinal winner will play ninth-seeded Marysville or 21st-seeded Pickerington Central in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at a neutral site. The district champion plays Big Walnut, Darby, Olentangy Orange or Watterson in a regional semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 29, at a neutral site. The regional final is Nov. 2.
The Indians tied Big Walnut at 1 on Sept. 10 in OCC-Capital play and went on to share the league championship with the Golden Eagles as both teams went 4-0-1.
Volleyball team falls in tourney opener
Girls volleyball coach Kellina Snyder was confident her 18th-seeded team was better than visiting and 24th-seeded Pickerington Central entering their Division I district tournament first-round match Oct. 15, and a 25-21 win in the first game appeared to support that.
But the Tigers dominated from there on the way to a 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-17 win, taking double-digit leads in the final two games and fending off Indians comebacks.
"Their good players were making really good plays and we just couldn't step up and match their intensity," Snyder said. "Our serve-receive fell apart on us and when that happens, it's hard to win. It's tough to dig back from eight, nine, 10 points down. It takes a lot out of a team."
Canal Winchester finished 15-8 overall and 7-3 in the OCC-Capital, second behind Big Walnut (10-0).
Senior outside hitters Amanda Rarick and Natalie Rarick, both Rio Grande commits, led the Indians with 301 and 135 kills, respectively, on the season. Senior middle hitter Shalea Byrd added 117 kills as well as a team-best 54 blocks and junior middle blocker/opposite-side hitter Ally Hawkins had 103 kills.
Junior setter Avery Huntzinger recorded 693 assists and a team-best 49 aces and junior libero Emi Waller had 359 digs. They are among the players eligible to return, along with junior middle blocker/outside hitter Ally Hawkins.
Boys soccer team ousted by Irish
The boys soccer team hung with host and fifth-seeded Dublin Scioto into the second half of their Division I district tournament first-round game Oct. 15, but the Irish pulled away for a 3-0 win and the 28th-seeded Indians lost one of their best players to a knee injury in junior forward Sam Dowden.
According to coach Erik Feinstein, initial tests on Dowden did not indicate a major injury.
"We had a game plan and we stuck to it for a while, but they got a goal early in the second half and then added another one a few minutes later, both off set pieces, which we knew was their strength," Feinstein said.
Senior midfielder Ian Monesmith finished the season with a team-leading 13 goals and Dowden and junior midfielder Jack Jenkins each added six goals for the Indians, who went 3-2 in the OCC-Capital to finish third behind champion Groveport (5-0).
Much of the team is eligible to return, including all three goalkeepers in juniors Johnny Bates and Jacob Stedman and sophomore Caden Groff. Other players eligible to return include sophomore defenders Jacob Cressy and Mark Hatley.
"We had a good season as far as effort," Feinstein said. "We played as tough a schedule as anybody, and we were young. We only had five seniors on the team and three of them played regularly."