Worthington Kilbourne Roundup: Boys golfers show early potential

STEPHEN BORGNA
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Senior Mark Towns shot a team-best 74 as the Kilbourne boys golf team finished first in the second round of the OCC-Capital tournament Aug. 12 at Darby Creek.

Anchored by two seniors and one sophomore, the Worthington Kilbourne boys golf team has high expectations.

According to 15th-year coach Gavin Meeks, seniors Isaac Henry and Mark Towns and sophomore Owen Cotterman can expect to be used interchangeably at the top of the lineup.

In the second round of the four-round OCC-Capital Division tournament Aug. 12 at Darby Creek, those three players led the way as Kilbourne showed its potential. Towns shot a 74, Cotterman had a 78 and Henry shot a 79 to lead the Wolves to first place, edging Delaware 321-322.

"In my eyes and in coach Meeks' eyes, we have three of (the best) if not the best three players in our conference," Towns said. "We have a lot of talent on our team. We just need to put it together."

Senior Sam Marano will occupy the No. 4 spot in the lineup. Junior Logan Bush and sophomores Simon Abbott and Jack Dougherty will rotate at No. 5.

After going 8-20 in the OCC-Cardinal last season, finishing well behind champion Dublin Jerome (27-1), Kilbourne finds itself in a realigned OCC-Capital with Big Walnut, Canal Winchester, Delaware, Dublin Scioto, Franklin Heights, Westerville North and Westerville South.

The Wolves missed the first round of the league tournament Aug. 6 at Turnberry because of the suspension of Worthington athletics from July 30 to Aug. 6. Delaware finished first that day with a 314.

Meeks said the team isn't dwelling on missing the opening round.

"Our motto for this season is we're always looking forward," he said. "There's nothing we can do about what's behind us, it's gone. Our goal at this point is if we can do it, we want to go out and try to win three rounds of the OCC, or we at least want to be competitive in them.

"The guys are disappointed, but we understand it is what it is and there's nothing we can do about it. Our goal is to try to go 21-0 (in the league) the rest of the way out, or at least as close to that as we can get, and that'll be a success as far as we're concerned. And then we want to go play the sectional tournament and see if we can get to districts, and try to put up a number to give us a chance to get out and go to states."

The third round of the OCC-Capital tournament is Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Denison Golf Club.

Girls golf squad has young roster

The girls golf team is hoping to improve as the season progresses.

"We're going to be extremely young," third-year coach Jon Baird said. "We have four new freshman, one returning senior and a returning junior."

Junior Presley Zwayer and senior Hannah Kramer will play in the top two spots, respectively, followed by a rotation of freshmen Maya Hutchinson, Addie Krohn, Sophia Mosser and Savannah Zwayer.

"Obviously, (we want to) gain some experience and hopefully pick up some players along the way," Baird said. "You could come out even if it's a couple weeks in."

Kilbourne finished eighth (491) behind first-place Jerome (325) in the first round of the four-round OCC-Cardinal tournament Aug. 12 at Mentel Memorial. Presley Zwayer led the Wolves with a 106.

The second round was Aug. 19 at Blacklick Woods.

Girls tennis team eyes improvement

Despite having a young roster, seventh-year coach Steve Metzmaier expects the girls tennis team to be improved from last season.

The Wolves went 4-17 overall and 0-7 in the OCC-Cardinal last year.

"Just looking back and looking forward, this might be the best team I've had," Metzmaier said. "The last few years we've only had two, three, four wins for the whole season. My expectations are we'll do much better than that (this year)."

Freshman Libby Alderman is expected to play first singles.

"From what I see, she is the leader of the pack. She'll be No. 1," Metzmaier said. "She plays lots of tennis. She plays year-round tennis, does a lot of tournaments. She's a real player."

Metzmaier said sophomore Lily Hershey will mainly play second singles while senior Rhea Taneja and freshman Rachel Baughman will rotate between singles and doubles.

Juniors Eva Bomsta and Ellie Needleman will comprise one of the doubles teams.

"They've been together as a doubles team for really the past two years," Metzmaier said. "And depending on how things go, they'll probably be in that same kind of a position this year."

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At a glance

BOYS GOLF

*Coach: Gavin Meeks, 15th season

*Top players: Owen Cotterman, Isaac Henry, Sam Marano and Mark Towns

*Key losses: Jack Hale and Garrett Meeks

*2019 OCC-Cardinal standings: Dublin Jerome (27-1), Olentangy Berlin (22-6), Hilliard Bradley (20-8), Delaware (19-9), Hilliard Darby (11-17), Kilbourne (8-20), Thomas (4-24), Dublin Scioto (1-27)

*2019 postseason: 10th at sectional

GIRLS GOLF

*Coach: Jon Baird, third season

*Top players: Hannah Kramer and Presley Zwayer

*Key losses: Maeli O'Briant and Cassidy Oyer

*2019 OCC-Cardinal standings: Jerome (26-0), Delaware (20-6), Darby (20-6), Bradley (14-12), Scioto (8-18), Kilbourne (5-21), Berlin (5-21), Thomas (0-14)

*2019 postseason: 11th at sectional

GIRLS TENNIS

*Coach: Steve Metzmaier, seventh season

*Top players: Libby Alderman, Rachel Baughman, Eva Bomsta, Lily Hershey, Ellie Needleman and Rhea Taneja

*Key loss: Hannah Lindaman

*Last season: 4-17 overall

*2019 OCC-Cardinal standings: Jerome (7-0), Berlin (6-1), Scioto (5-2), Bradley (4-3), Delaware (3-4), Darby (2-5), Thomas (1-6), Kilbourne (0-7)

Junior Presley Zwayer is one of only two returnees for the youthful Wolves girls golf team, which has four freshmen on the roster.