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2019 Ohio Machine High School Showcase: Day 1 Preview

March 15, 2019

Game 1: Worthington Kilbourne vs. Indian Hill (Girls)
Saturday, March 16 @ 10:30 AM
Worthington Kilbourne and Indian Hill girl’s lacrosse have a storied history. Dating back to 1997, Worthington Kilbourne currently leads the series 5-3. The two teams have played twice in the postseason, in the regionals in 2011 and for the state championship in 2014. Indian Hill would defeat Worthington Kilbourn in the 2011 regionals 10-9. Worthington Kilbourn would return the favor in 2014 by defeating Indian Hill 17-7 for the state championship. 

The Worthington Kilbourne Wolves finished last season 17 th in the final polls. Their season would come to a close after a defeat in the regional semi-finals. The team will look to replace Morgan Schutte who was the OCC Cardinal Division Player of the Year. 

The Wolves will have returning players Jackie Wolford (1st team All-Region), Reilly St. Myer (HM All-Region), Lilli Hadden (1st Team All-League), and Ella Bally (2nd Team All-League).

The Indian Hill Braves finished last season as the division II region 8 runner up, losing to Cincinnati Mariemont in OT. This year’s team will be without key players Georgia Kennedy, Beatrice Fries, Emily Anderson, and Vi Robertson. 

The Braves will however return with a very talented team under the direction of new Head Coach Jeanne Parlin. The team has extremely high expectations and look to contend for a state title under players like Ellie Rabenold, Regan Wentz, Nina Price, and Jorie Alf. 

Game 2: Dublin Coffman vs. Olentangy Liberty
Saturday, March 16 @ 12:45 PM
Since 2015 the Olentangy Liberty Patriots hold a 3-2 record against the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks. The teams split the last two seasons with Liberty winning in 2017 and Coffman coming out on top in 2018. Last year, the teams matched up in the Regional Finals, with Dublin Coffman winning by a score of 9-5. Dublin Coffman would eventually come up short in the next round of the playoffs to Cleveland St. Ignatius in a 15-16 OT thriller. Liberty finished the season with a record of 14-7 while Coffman would finish with 21 wins and only 2 defeats. 

This season, Liberty will look to regroup after losing many of their star players to graduation. All Americans Skylar Wahlund, goalie, and Johnny Wiseman, midfielder, will be playing for Ohio State this season. In addition, Spencer Towne, who was top 4 in offensive points for the team, will be playing for Capital University this season. The team’s number 2 goal scorer last season, Aidan Kenley, will miss this season due to a shoulder injury. 

The team does however return a plethora of talent on both ends. At defense, seniors Andrew Guagenti and James Howenstine will be returning. At midfield, the team will have seniors Ethan Donelson, Peter Spallino, Nick Paolo, and Jacob Weer. Underclassman Alex Theuerkauf will also be returning at the attack position this season. 

Dublin Coffman will go into this season without graduated seniors Cam Bowdy, Luke Holland, and Dom Elmo. The midfield first-team all-state and high school All-American Cam Bowdy signed to play lacrosse with Denison University this season. Goalie Dom Elmo will be playing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMASS). 

The team will have key returning players Evan James, Nick Harris, Ethan Tyack, Zack Kasun, and Wyatt Bartlett. 

Game 3: St. Xavier vs. Toledo St. Francis DeSales
Saturday, March 16 @ 3:00 PM
Toledo Saint Francis DeSales will look to rebound this year after finishing last season in the regional semi-finals. Before this, the team had won their region the four previous years and played in the state finals in 2017. The Knights will be playing this season without key defensive players Liam Moyer, defenseman, Jack Vanslooten, defenseman, and Josh Snider, goalie. 

Midfielder Evan Ansted, defenseman Henry Walker, defenseman Teddy Walker, defenseman Joe Petro, and LSM Nick Johnson are some of the young talent that can help lead the team this season on both ends. Next year Evan Ansted will be playing for Cleveland State and Henry Walker will be playing for John Carroll.

On the other side, St Xavier will look to repeat in the state championship game again this season. Last season, the Bombers finished 20-3 as well as state champions. With key players Trevor Gilmore, Charlie Hutchins, Eddie Krumdieck, Noah Reidy, and Charlie Williams returning, the Bombers will look to do more of the same this season. 

The Bombers have a history of players moving on and playing in college. Some of those players include William Holcomb at Furman, Griffin Buczek at Cornell, Caleb Anderson at Furman, Brady Stoll at Furman, John Holcomb at Furman, Donny Stock at Utah, Johnny Marrocco at Denver, Duke Alf at Tufts, Charlie Robson at DePauw, Buck Dorger at DePauw, and Ross Wiseman at SCAD. 

This will be the first ever matchup between the two teams.

Game 4: Olentangy vs. Archbishop Moeller
Saturday, March 16 @ 5:15 PM
This season, the Olentangy Braves will be led by first year head coach Dan Warren. Coach Warren will look to build around returning players Hunter Bohm, Zack Kirshner, Sam McInturf, Nick Orndorf, and Khairi Sears. The Braves finished last season with an impressive 16-4 record. Their season would come to a close in the regional semi-finals with a loss to Olentangy Liberty. 

The Archbishop Moeller Fighting Crusaders had an outstanding season last year. The Fighting Crusaders finished the season 19-7 before losing to eventual state champions Cincinatti St. Xavier in the regional finals. With key returning players on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field, Moeller will look to make another deep run in the playoffs this season. On the attack, returners include Brendan Sigurdson, Theo Becker, and Zak Kroeger. At midfield, key players include Dylan Warner, Lane Miller, TJ Rotello, Blake Gilles, and Cole Grilliot. On the defensive end, the team will be led by Braedon Titus, Conlan O'Brien, and Ben Daumeyer. 

This season, Moeller will have several players playing at the collegiate level. Midfielders Logan Dieball will be playing at Syracuse while Justin Miller will be at Cleveland State. Defensemen Jack Stahanczyk is currently at Rutgers while Donnie Ginnetti will be suiting up at Wheeling Jesuit University.