The All-Delaware County boys basketball teams:
Coach of the Year – Brett Bartlett (Big Walnut)
Third-year Big Walnut coach Brett Bartlett finally got his smile back this season. The Golden Eagles won 10 games – two more than they had in the last two years combined.
BW had three different three-game winning streaks throughout the season – helping it to a 10-13 overall record and 5-5 mark in the OCC-Capital to finish in a three-way tie for second with Canal Winchester and Groveport-Madison.
Player of the Year – Sean Marks (Olentangy)
Sean Marks’ stellar junior season was highlighted by school records in points (541) and free-throw percentage (90.9 percent) – knocking down 160 out of his 176 attempts from the charity stripe.
Marks was particularly brilliant down the stretch when Olentangy won six of its final seven games, averaging 25.4 games, including a career-high 40 in the Feb. 9 double-overtime victory over rival Olentangy Orange.
Dylan Herbert (So.) – Buckeye Valley
Terin Kinsway (Jr.) – Delaware Hayes
Sean Marks (Jr.) – Olentangy
Ben Roderick (Jr.) – Olentangy Liberty
Jalen Bethel (Sr.) – Olentangy Orange
Nate Griggs (So.) – Delaware Hayes
Jerred Kinnaird (Sr.) – Olentangy
Alex Sieve (Jr.) – Olentangy
Nick Nakasian (Jr.) – Olentangy Liberty
Matt McCollum (Sr.) – Olentangy Orange
Honorable Mention: BIG WALNUT – Kegan Hienton (So.), Jordan Koebel (Jr.), Brody Lawhun (Jr.) and Nathan Montgomery (Jr.); BUCKEYE VALLEY – Clark Newland (So.), Austin Richard (Sr.) and Max Stokey (So.); DELAWARE CHRISTIAN – Curtis Bean (Jr.), Pryce Johnson (So.), Isaac Rindfuss (Sr.) and Nathan Stewart (Fr.); DELAWARE HAYES – Addison Harvey (So.) and Paul Burris (So.); OLENTANGY – Kyle Milliron (Sr.); OLENTANGY LIBERTY – Mitchell Kershner (Jr.) and Mitchell Okuley (Jr.); OLENTANGY ORANGE – Luke Ballinger (Jr.) and Bryson Lane (Jr.)
LICKING VALLEY 11, BIG WALNUT 8
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 5-2 lead at the break, but couldn’t overcome the Panthers’ second-half rally in the season opener Saturday night (March 17) in Newark.
Nathan McVeigh tallied three goals, Johnny Grumney scored twice and assisted on two others and Nathan Montgomery chipped in two goals and led with nine ground balls. Josh Hageman had 19 saves in goal for BW (0-1).
The Panthers (1-0) scored eight of the final nine goals to close the game.
The Eagles return to action Mar. 27 at Pickerington North – slated to start at 7:30 p.m.
2018 Big Walnut Lady Eagle Soccer Camp – grades K to 6 Boys & Girls – June 27 to 29, 2018
Middle School state qualifiers: Lawrence O’Malley, Gavin Miller and Wyatt Lenz.
2018-2019 Hall of Fame – Nominations due by April 20, 2018
The Big Walnut Athletic Department is accepting applications for the Class of 2018-2019 Hall of Fame. Use the link below to access the nomination form. Big Walnut Athletics has over 100 former athletes, coaches, and community members as part of the Big Walnut Athletic Hall of Fame.
Nominations are due by Friday, April 20, 2018.
Members must be elected to the Big Walnut Athletic Hall of Fame through the criteria mentioned below:
- A coach or administrator who has made a positive lasting impact on Big Walnut Athletics.
- A community person who has played an important role in Big Walnut Athletics over the years.
- An alumnus who distinguished himself or herself in athletics after graduation.
- An athlete who distinguishes himself or herself in athletics at Big Walnut High School and beyond.
- A potential candidate must wait four years after completing high school graduation in order to qualify.
The All-County teams were selected by Delaware Gazette sports editor Ben Stroup and freelance writer Michael Rich. Information for this story was also provided by the Big Walnut Athletic Department.