Katie Cochran, a senior on the basketball team at Big Walnut High School is our student-athlete of the week. Katie is passionate about paying it forward in her community and is always the first one to volunteer when it comes to reading the Hog Mollies books to kids! She plans to continue her basketball career at the collegiate level and major in nursing.
Katie shares, “I’m excited to be a part of The 2nd & 7 Foundation reading program because it allows me and other athletes to give back to the community and impact our youth.”
Across the country, The 2nd & 7 Foundation has donated over 175,000 books to kids in need since it started in 1999. During the 2016-17 school year, The 2nd & 7 Foundation provided 7,635 books to 86 schools in central Ohio alone.
The 2nd & 7 Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Three former Ohio State University football players, Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel, started the foundation in 1999. Inspired by their involvement in various community outreach programs as student athletes, they decided to continue making a difference by promoting literacy and providing positive role models for children in central Ohio. Since that time, their outreach has grown into a national effort to pay it forward.
The purpose of the 2nd & 7 Foundation is to help promote literacy. The foundation focuses on serving schools where the need is great and on communities where we can make the biggest impact. With that in mind, we created the “Tackle Illiteracy” program.
Student-athletes from universities and high schools across the nation are a huge part of our program. They are out in the schools each week, reading to kids, handing out books, and reminding the 2nd graders why reading is so important. They also use the themes in the Hog Mollies books to reiterate valuable life lessons.
Bishop Hartley 53, Big Walnut 44
Katie Cochran’s 17 points led all scorers, but the Golden Eagles (4-3) dropped their third straight game in Saturday’s (Dec. 16) loss at Hartley.
Amaiah Jones and Kennedy Taylor had 15 points apiece to lead the Hawks (6-1) and Jordan Kaylor added 10.
Abby Facemyer had eight points for BW.
Delaware Christian 62, Gahanna Christian 33
Delaware Christian picked up its first league win of the season, rolling past host Gahanna Christian 62-33 Monday night, Dec. 11.
DCS (2-3, 1-2) led 22-8 after the first quarter and never looked back. The Eagles outscored Gahanna Christian 11-9 in the second, 17-9 in the third and 12-7 in the fourth to smooth out the scoring summary.
Abbi Maurer led the way with 20 points. She also had six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Lyssi Snouffer was also solid, finishing with a double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds) while Anna Fuller chipped in 13 points, four assists, four steals and two rebounds.
Genoa Christian 44, Delaware Christian 29
There were a couple of excuses that Delaware Christian coach Jackie Boggs could have used to explain the Eagles’ 44-29 loss at home to Genoa Christian in non-league action Saturday night (Dec. 16).
Leading rebounder and scorer Lyssi Snouffer was in Kansas City participating in the American Volleyball Coach Association College Prep Program after being named to its Phenom Watch List this year.
Semester exams are coming up next week for the DCS students.
But, Boggs wasn’t having any of that.
“I don’t want them to think that we can’t play unless we have Lyssi Snouffer. That’s sad,” she said. “They want to blame it on finals – no. You’re not blaming it on anything other than your lack of effort tonight. I just want them to own up to it.”
Genoa Christian used a 12-5 start and opened up a 16-7 lead in the second quarter and never relinquished control.
From there, the Eagles never got as close as four before the Lions closed the game with a 14-5 fourth quarter to blow it open.
Taylor Lee led the Lions (3-4) with 16 points and Anna Hoover added 13.
Abbi Maurer led with 13 points and Nikki Sneddon added nine for the Eagles (2-4), who dropped their fourth game out of their last five.
DCS is off until Jan. 2 when it travels to Johnstown Northridge in non-league action.
Westerville Central 51, Buckeye Valley 33
The Barons were outscored 19-4 in the second quarter of Saturday afternoon’s (Dec. 16) loss in Westerville.
Alaina Radcliffe had 12 points to lead BV (4-4) and Morgan Scowden added eight.
Najayah Shepherd had 10 points to lead the Warhawks (6-0), who had five other players with seven points or more in a balanced scoring effort.
Buckeye Valley 60, Marion Harding 51
The Barons had four players score in double figures on the way to a solid MOAC win over the visiting Presidents Tuesday (Dec. 12) in Delaware.
Dani Grether finished with a team-best 14 points while Morgan Scowden added 11 and Alaina Radcliffe and Lisa Leienberger added 10 apiece for Buckeye Valley (4-2, 2-1), which used a 20-12 second-quarter surge to build a lead it never relinquished.
Olentangy 39, Bradley 27
Olentangy ended both halves well en route to a 39-27 non-league win over host Hilliard Bradley Tuesday night (Dec. 12).
The Braves (4-3) led by just one after the first quarter, but ballooned the lead to eight by the end of the half thanks to a 15-8 second. The Jaguars (0-5), meanwhile, cut into their deficit by a point in the third, but Olentangy won the fourth 9-4 to smooth out the scoring summary.
Lauren Biehl led the Braves with 10 points.
Delaware Hayes 40, Whetstone 31
Jessica Walker and Jordan Lantz scored eight points apiece and Katie Smith added seven for the Pacers (3-2), who rode a 13-3 first quarter to victory Saturday night (Dec. 16) in Columbus.
Whitney Staggs had a game-high 21 points for Whetstone (5-2).
Also: Hilliard Darby 42, Olentangy Orange 40.