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Ben Stroup

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Patriots headed to state final four

By Ben Stroup bstroup@delgazette.com The Olentangy Liberty boys lacrosse team set the tone early, parlaying a 4-0 first-quarter edge into a convincing 16-6 win over Dublin Coffman in the OHSLA Central Region Championship Saturday at Westerville Central. With the win, the Patriots (17-4) earned the right to play Cincinnati St. Xavier (16-5) in We

Barons see solid seasons come to a close

By Ben Stroup bstroup@delgazette.com Buckeye Valley's Emily Hilt will be heading to this week's state track and field showcase alone, at least as a competitor, as several of her Baron teammates narrowly missed the cut during Saturday's second and final day of the Division II regional championship meet in Lexington. BV freshman Zach Kreft was jus

Liberty track teams solid at regionals

By Ben Stroup bstroup@c.comivitasmedia.com The Olentangy Liberty track and field teams had quite an afternoon Friday, advancing to next week's state championship in a combined six events during the Division I regional championship meet in Pickerington. The Patriot girls, led by Emma Bower, finished third with 41 points while the boys, boosted by

By Ben Stroup
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Odds are, at least a handful of people around Ohio high school baseball circles didn't know all that much about Big Walnut prior to Friday's Division II regional final against Steubenville.
After the game, though — a 10-4 thumping BW controlled from start to finish — odds are pretty good they kn

Eagles soar into state final four

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Odds are, at least a handful of people around Ohio high school baseball circles didn't know all that much about Big Walnut prior to Friday's Division II regional final against Steubenville. After the game, though — a 10-4 thumping BW controlled from start to finish — odds are pretty good they kn

BV's Emily Hilt jumps into state showcase

By Ben Stroup bstroup@delgazette.com Emily Hilt punched a ticket to next week's state showcase and Nina Hilt inched closer to doing the same during the first day of the Division II regional championship meet Thursday in Lexington. Emily Hilt advanced in her signature event, finishing fourth in the region in the high jump. She easily cleared the

By Ben Stroup
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Tommy Fleser and Austin Becker combined on a three-hit shutout and Chad Little connected on a game-winning single to score Nick Green in the bottom of the eighth inning as Big Walnut outlasted Pomeroy Meigs 1-0 in a Division II regional semifinal at Gant Municipal Stadium Thursday in Zanesville.
After both te

Golden Eagles headed to regional final

By Ben Stroup bstroup@delgazette.com Tommy Fleser and Austin Becker combined on a three-hit shutout and Chad Little connected on a game-winning single to score Nick Green in the bottom of the eighth inning as Big Walnut outlasted Pomeroy Meigs 1-0 in a Division II regional semifinal at Gant Municipal Stadium Thursday in Zanesville. After both te

By Ben Stroup
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The field for next week's state showcase started to take shape Wednesday as several area standouts punched tickets with solid showings at the Division I regional championship meet in Pickerington.
Big Walnut freshman Abe Myers captured an individual crown in the discus, winning the event and gaining a ton of

Myers wins regional discus championship

By Ben Stroup bstroup@delgazette.com The field for next week's state showcase started to take shape Wednesday as several area standouts punched tickets with solid showings at the Division I regional championship meet in Pickerington. Big Walnut freshman Abe Myers captured an individual crown in the discus, winning the event and gaining a ton of

By Ben Stroup
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Sam Chickerella scored to even things at six with 4:47 to play and Grant Uehlein scored off a feed from Eric NeCamp with five seconds left to lift Liberty to a thrilling 7-6 Division I regional semifinal win over visiting Dublin Jerome Wednesday in Powell.
The Patriots started fast, taking a 1-0 lead when C

Patriots rally past Celtics in DI regional semifinal

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Sam Chickerella scored to even things at six with 4:47 to play and Grant Uehlein scored off a feed from Eric NeCamp with five seconds left to lift Liberty to a thrilling 7-6 Division I regional semifinal win over visiting Dublin Jerome Wednesday in Powell. The Patriots started fast, taking a 1-0 lead when C

Area athletes shine at district championship meets

By Ben Stroup bstroup@delgazette.com With the field events out of the way, and plenty of area standouts already headed to next week's regional round of competition, the runners took center stage at Saturday's Division I and II district championship meets. Here are some of the highlights: Division I District 1 Championship Big Walnut's boys tra

By Ben Stroup
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Olentangy absolutely cruised in its postseason opener, handling visiting Gahanna Lincoln 18-3 in the first round of the Division I Central Region Boys Lacrosse Tournament Thursday in Lewis Center.
Already up 10-1 at halftime, the Braves opened the third quarter with a quick 3-0 spurt to balloon the edge to

Braves, Pioneers win tourney openers

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Olentangy absolutely cruised in its postseason opener, handling visiting Gahanna Lincoln 18-3 in the first round of the Division I Central Region Boys Lacrosse Tournament Thursday in Lewis Center. Already up 10-1 at halftime, the Braves opened the third quarter with a quick 3-0 spurt to balloon the edge to

Hilt, Cummings, Jones nab district titles

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Buckeye Valley's Emily Hilt is your new Division II district champion in the girls high jump, clearing 4-10 to win the event during the second day of the Division II District Track and Field championship meet Wednesday at Westerville South High School. Hilt was the only competitor to successfully jump 4-10.

Braves headed back to regional championship

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com The Olentangy girls lacrosse team will find itself in a familiar position later this week: playing for a Division I regional championship. The Braves won last year's regional title to secure a spot in the state final four. This year, they'll have to get past host Medina when things get underway Thursday at

Pacers, Pioneers win district semifinals

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Mackenzie Stonebraker connected on a two-run single as part of a three-run second inning, giving ace Maddie Huck all the support she would need as the eighth-seeded Hayes softball team handled 19th-seeded Pickerington North 7-2 in a Division I District Tournament semifinal Tuesday in Pickerington. Huck did

The Big Walnut baseball team didn't just defeat defending State champion Bloom-Carroll, it handled the top-seeded Bulldogs with ease, scoring four fourth-inning runs on the way to a 5-1 Division II District Tournament semifinal win Monday at Hamilton Township.
The offense was opportunistic and the pitching, well, the pitching was nearly unhitable

BW sidelines top-seeded Bloom Carroll 5-1 in DII semis

The Big Walnut baseball team didn't just defeat defending State champion Bloom-Carroll, it handled the top-seeded Bulldogs with ease, scoring four fourth-inning runs on the way to a 5-1 Division II District Tournament semifinal win Monday at Hamilton Township. The offense was opportunistic and the pitching, well, the pitching was nearly unhitable

The Big Walnut baseball team didn't just beat Bloom-Carroll, it handled the top-seeded Bulldogs with ease, scoring four fourth-inning runs on the way to a 5-1 Division II District Tournament semifinal win Monday at Hamilton Township.
The offense was opportunistic and the pitching, well, the pitching was nearly unhitable as Tommy Fleser and Austin

Eagles upset top-seeded Bulldogs

The Big Walnut baseball team didn't just beat Bloom-Carroll, it handled the top-seeded Bulldogs with ease, scoring four fourth-inning runs on the way to a 5-1 Division II District Tournament semifinal win Monday at Hamilton Township. The offense was opportunistic and the pitching, well, the pitching was nearly unhitable as Tommy Fleser and Austin

By Ben Stroup
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The Delaware Lady Knights Black team represented itself and the Delaware Youth Athletic Association (DYAA) quite well over the weekend, topping Marysville 5-1 to capture the MSSA Silver Division Tournament championship Sunday afternoon.
The squad, made up of girls in sixth through eighth grade, dominated th

Dominant Knights roll to MSSA Silver Division Tournament title

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com The Delaware Lady Knights Black team represented itself and the Delaware Youth Athletic Association (DYAA) quite well over the weekend, topping Marysville 5-1 to capture the MSSA Silver Division Tournament championship Sunday afternoon. The squad, made up of girls in sixth through eighth grade, dominated th

By Ben Stroup
bstroup@civitasmedia.com
The Big Walnut baseball team didn't just beat Bloom-Carroll, it handled the top-seeded Bulldogs with ease, scoring four fourth-inning runs on the way to a 5-1 Division II District Tournament semifinal win Monday at Hamilton Township.
The offense was opportunistic and the pitching, well, the pitching was nea

Eagles upset top-seeded Bulldogs

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com The Big Walnut baseball team didn't just beat Bloom-Carroll, it handled the top-seeded Bulldogs with ease, scoring four fourth-inning runs on the way to a 5-1 Division II District Tournament semifinal win Monday at Hamilton Township. The offense was opportunistic and the pitching, well, the pitching was nea

Olentangy, Orange duos win sectional championships

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Orange's Jordan Phelps and Jonathan Zhuravel cruised to a sectional title Saturday at Hilliard Davidson, handling fellow Pioneers Kaleb Kok and Stephen Spezzano 6-1, 6-0 in the doubles bracket championship match. The teams set up the all-Orange showdown with a pair of semifinal wins over Dublin Coffman duos

Big Walnut's boys and Olentangy Orange's girls highlighted Thursday and Saturday's OCC-Capital Division Championships in Sunbury, winning conference titles with respective point totals of 154.50 and 159.
The Golden Eagles were powered by Joe Muench, who won an individual conference crown in the 400 (49.94); Abe Myers, who won the discus (158-03);

BW boys take OCC Cap title

Big Walnut's boys and Olentangy Orange's girls highlighted Thursday and Saturday's OCC-Capital Division Championships in Sunbury, winning conference titles with respective point totals of 154.50 and 159. The Golden Eagles were powered by Joe Muench, who won an individual conference crown in the 400 (49.94); Abe Myers, who won the discus (158-03);

By Ben Stroup
bstroup@civitasmedia.com
Liberty picked up its second straight 20-6 win of the postseason, getting four goals apiece from Kelley Fitzgerald and Katie Wetterauer-Jackson on the way to a convincing win over visiting Green in the second round of the OSLA North/Central Division I Tournament.
The game was never in doubt as the Patriots

Patriots roll on with 20-6 win

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Liberty picked up its second straight 20-6 win of the postseason, getting four goals apiece from Kelley Fitzgerald and Katie Wetterauer-Jackson on the way to a convincing win over visiting Green in the second round of the OSLA North/Central Division I Tournament. The game was never in doubt as the Patriots





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