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Ben Stroup

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Stevie Jefferis scored the game winner with 12.6 seconds left and Maddie Barnes saved a free-position shot just before the final horn to lift the Olentangy girls lacrosse team to a thrilling 14-13 win over host New Albany Thursday night.
The win helped the Braves (10-2) wrap up a conference championship. It

Braves clinch OCC crown

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Stevie Jefferis scored the game winner with 12.6 seconds left and Maddie Barnes saved a free-position shot just before the final horn to lift the Olentangy girls lacrosse team to a thrilling 14-13 win over host New Albany Thursday night. The win helped the Braves (10-2) wrap up a conference championship. It

Huck no-hits Mansfield Madison; Pacers win 4-0

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Madison Huck has been solid all season, but was even better Friday … just ask Mansfield Madison. Huck was virtually perfect in the circle during Hayes' 4-0 win, striking out 13 without allowing a hit or a walk in her seven innings of action. The only thing between her and a perfect game: a runner who

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Olentangy's Alyssa Boyd was sharp through seven, but visiting Hilliard Davidson erupted for four runs in the eighth to notch a 4-0 non-league win Thursday in Lewis Center.
The teams traded zeros up until the extra frame, when the Wildcats used four singles to finally break through. Boyd, who allowed 10 hits

Wildcats trump Braves in extras

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Olentangy's Alyssa Boyd was sharp through seven, but visiting Hilliard Davidson erupted for four runs in the eighth to notch a 4-0 non-league win Thursday in Lewis Center. The teams traded zeros up until the extra frame, when the Wildcats used four singles to finally break through. Boyd, who allowed 10 hits

Delaware Hayes to host Baseball/Softball Recognition Day

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Amateur athletes, particularly those in high school, epitomize what make sports great. They play hard, play for the right reasons and play, well, just to play. That love of the game has to start somewhere, though — a fact that is certainly not lost on the Hayes baseball program or the Delaware Recreat

Osborne sends Pacers past Pioneers

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Jordan Osborne played the role of the hero Wednesday in Delaware, helping Hayes sink visiting and red-hot Orange 3-2 with a walk-off, inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the ninth. The shot, which looked to be a routine single to center off the bat, turned into a round-tripper after the ball hit the lip

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Orange's track and field teams were sharp Wednesday in Lewis Center, picking up a pair of tri-meet wins over visiting Hayes and Mount Vernon.
The Pioneer girls won with 80 points while the Yellow Jackets and Pacers rounded out the scoring summary with respective totals of 53 and 38.
Pioneer standouts inclu

Pioneers win host tri-meet

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Orange's track and field teams were sharp Wednesday in Lewis Center, picking up a pair of tri-meet wins over visiting Hayes and Mount Vernon. The Pioneer girls won with 80 points while the Yellow Jackets and Pacers rounded out the scoring summary with respective totals of 53 and 38. Pioneer standouts inclu

Hayes stays hot with win over Granville

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Hayes' boys lacrosse team added another win to its still perfect record, improving to 8-0 after doubling up visiting Granville 10-5 Monday in Delaware. Judson Huston finished with a hat trick while Joseph Sanfillipo poured in a pair of goals to spark the Pacer offense. Connor Shroyer, Gareth Ulmer, Thomas W

By Ben Stroup
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Olentangy broke the scoring seal, but Hayes sealed the deal by scoring each of the game's final four runs en route to a 4-1 OCC-Capital Division win Tuesday in Lewis Center.
Emily Hoffmann got the Braves (10-8) on the board with an RBI double in the bottom of the first. Pacer (8-3) ace Madison Huck escaped

Pacers handle Braves 4-1

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Olentangy broke the scoring seal, but Hayes sealed the deal by scoring each of the game's final four runs en route to a 4-1 OCC-Capital Division win Tuesday in Lewis Center. Emily Hoffmann got the Braves (10-8) on the board with an RBI double in the bottom of the first. Pacer (8-3) ace Madison Huck escaped

By Ben Stroup
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The Olentangy softball team used a pair of big innings, a four-run second and eight-run third, to cruise past visiting Franklin Heights 14-4 in five innings Monday in Lewis Center.
The Braves (10-7), who found themselves trailing after the Falcons plated two in the first, answered with a run in the bottom h

Braves pound Falcons 14-4

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com The Olentangy softball team used a pair of big innings, a four-run second and eight-run third, to cruise past visiting Franklin Heights 14-4 in five innings Monday in Lewis Center. The Braves (10-7), who found themselves trailing after the Falcons plated two in the first, answered with a run in the bottom h

Moore helps Pacers top Jackets in extra innings

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com The Hayes baseball team didn't start scoring until extra innings, but ace Noble Moore made sure it was more than enough as the Pacers parlayed a three-run eighth into a 3-1 OCC-Capital Division win over host Mount Vernon Monday afternoon. Moore was an absolute workhorse on the mound — resilient, too &

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Katie Stegmann poured in a game-high seven goals and Madison Barnes anchored the defense with 11 saves as Olentangy's girls lacrosse team rolled to a 17-5 win over host Orange Saturday in Lewis Center.
The Braves outscored the Pioneers in both halves, but really made their mark in the first, racing out to a

Braves trump Pioneers 17-5

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Katie Stegmann poured in a game-high seven goals and Madison Barnes anchored the defense with 11 saves as Olentangy's girls lacrosse team rolled to a 17-5 win over host Orange Saturday in Lewis Center. The Braves outscored the Pioneers in both halves, but really made their mark in the first, racing out to a

Liberty holds off Davidson to win Freedom Relays

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Liberty more than held its own at its host invitational, winning both divisions of the Freedom Relays Friday in Powell. The Patriot boys edged runner-up Hilliard Davidson 87-84 to take the crown. Westerville Central smoothed out the top three with 83 points while Orange and Olentangy finished fifth and sixt

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Lauren Nobile and Kailey Collett led a group of nine different Pioneer goal scorers, pouring in four each to lead Orange's girls lacrosse team to a lopsided 21-4 win over host Big Walnut Thursday in Sunbury.
Other Orange standouts included Katie Sarson and Sarah Ramsey, who finished with three goals apiece;

Balanced Pioneers handle Golden Eagles 21-4

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Lauren Nobile and Kailey Collett led a group of nine different Pioneer goal scorers, pouring in four each to lead Orange's girls lacrosse team to a lopsided 21-4 win over host Big Walnut Thursday in Sunbury. Other Orange standouts included Katie Sarson and Sarah Ramsey, who finished with three goals apiece;

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The Liberty baseball team plated a pair of runs in the second and another in the third, but Nick Parr's pitching performance was the story as the senior fired a the first perfect game in school history to lead his team to a 3-0 OCC-Central Division win over visiting Hilliard Davidson Friday in Powell.
Parr

Parr tosses perfect game

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com The Liberty baseball team plated a pair of runs in the second and another in the third, but Nick Parr's pitching performance was the story as the senior fired a the first perfect game in school history to lead his team to a 3-0 OCC-Central Division win over visiting Hilliard Davidson Friday in Powell. Parr

By Ben Stroup
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On a night when hitting was at a premium, Madison Huck outdueled Kate Petty to lead Hayes to a 1-0 OCC-Capital Division win over visiting Big Walnut Friday at Mingo Park in Delaware.
The teams combined for just eight hits, four each, while the lone run of the game came on a groundout by Pacer leadoff hitter

Pacers slip past Eagles 1-0

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com On a night when hitting was at a premium, Madison Huck outdueled Kate Petty to lead Hayes to a 1-0 OCC-Capital Division win over visiting Big Walnut Friday at Mingo Park in Delaware. The teams combined for just eight hits, four each, while the lone run of the game came on a groundout by Pacer leadoff hitter

By Ben Stroup
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Orange started fast, plating three runs in the top of the first, but host Liberty scored eight of the next nine runs en route to an 8-4 non-league win Thursday in Powell.
Colin Shepherd sparked the Pioneer offense with a two-run double to open the scoring summary. Tyler Brown then scored on a groundout from

Patriots rally past Pioneers 8-4

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Orange started fast, plating three runs in the top of the first, but host Liberty scored eight of the next nine runs en route to an 8-4 non-league win Thursday in Powell. Colin Shepherd sparked the Pioneer offense with a two-run double to open the scoring summary. Tyler Brown then scored on a groundout from

BV's Morris fires 3rd no-hitter of season

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Kasey Morris was unhittable Thursday, striking out 11 in five no-hit innings to lead Buckeye Valley to an 11-0 non-league win over Centerburg. “She just did a fantastic job,” BV coach Christine Crooks said. “She was on fire … she just couldn't miss. (Amy) Stought did a real nice job

Stegmann scores 7 goals as Braves cruise past Panthers

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Katie Stegmann was virtually unstoppable, pouring in a game-high seven goals as the Olentangy girls lacrosse team doubled up visiting Pickerington North 20-10 Tuesday in Lewis Center. Stegmann and the Braves started strong, building a 9-3 halftime edge before outscoring the Panthers 11-7 in the second half

Westerville Central hands Big Walnut 1st loss

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Big Walnut's boys track team suffered its first setback of the season Tuesday in Westerville, but still came away with a handful of positive performances. Alec Evans (110 hurdles), Jacob Hutchinson (1,600), Isaac Lucas (high jump), Abe Myers (discus), Zac MacDonald (400) and Colin White (300 hurdles) each w

Orange slips past Hayes 5-4

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Hunter Kightlinger hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to give the Orange baseball team a late lead it was able to parlay into a 5-4 OCC-Capital Division win over Hayes Wednesday in Delaware. The Pioneers opened the scoring with a pair of first-inning runs, but the Pacers came right back in the second with t





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