Bowlers strike for wins


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Big Walnut finished in 3rd place at the Bexley Duals.

Big Walnut finished in 3rd place at the Bexley Duals.


Big Walnut High School beats Harding High School 44-36

Thursday, December 27, 2018 6 PM @ Harding

Box Scores 1 2 3 4

BWHS 12 12 11 9

HHS 10 6 3 17

Big Walnut beats New Albany High School 51-39

Friday, December 14, 2018 6 PM HOME

Box Scores 1 2 3 4

BWHS 12 22 7 10

NAHS 22 5 4 8

Big Walnut falls to Newark Senior High School 58-28

Friday, December 21, 2018 7:30 PM @ Newark Senior

Box Scores 1 2 3 4

BWHS 8 6 5 9

NSHS 26 21 4 7

Posted by Tabatha Piper


Big Walnut beats Grandview Heights High School 2345-1905

Friday, December 21, 2018 4 PM HOME

Game Recap: The Big Walnut Boys move to 4-1 led by both Jacob Bowens and Bryan Mengal. Jacob led all Bowlers with a 416 series while shooting a 221, 195. Bryan shot the second highest series of 414, but led all bowlers with a high game of 242. This was their last match until the Holiday break is over. Grandview Heights was led by both Noah Gangloff and Luke Berlin who both shot a 356.

Big Walnut beats Westerville North High School 2168-1941

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 4 PM HOME

Game Recap: The Big Walnut Boys were led by Johnny LeMaster’s both game high of 257 and series high of 480. Johnny led both teams in high game and series to lead the Eagles to a 3-1 start.

Posted by Scott Morrison


Big Walnut finishes 7th place at Pioneer Baker Bash Tournament

Saturday, December 15, 2018 12 PM

Meet Recap: The Big Walnut Girls placed in the top 8 roll off in todays Pioneers Baker Bash Tournament after placing 7th place of 30 teams. They drew 7th place after shooting a 2336 during the qualifying rounds. This is the first time the Girls have finished in a top 8 roll of a Bakers Bash Tournament. They drew Ashland where they fell in a best 2 of 3 roll off to finish in 7th place overall. This is another big step in this years start of the Big Walnuts Girls Bowling Team.

Big Walnut falls to Westerville North High School 2039-1988

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 4 PM HOME

Game Recap: The lady Eagles were led by Kaitlyn Morrison’s both team high game of 202 and series of 398. Autumn Leidtke added a 200 in her second game to end with a 352 series. This was a very exciting Match coming down to the last frame of the 2nd game. Kaitlyn Morrison struck out to force Westerville North to throw a strike in the first frame of the 10th frame to pull out the victory. The Girls are off to a strong 2-2 start.

Big Walnut beats Grandview Heights High School 1897-1528

Friday, December 21, 2018 4 PM HOME

Game Recap: The Big Walnut Girls were led by Anna Tanners both game high of 198 and series high of 337. Kaitlyn Morrison had the second highest series of a 327. This is the highest team average the Lady Eagles have started with averaging just under 1900 per match. GrandviewHeights was led by Emily Bullock’s 310 series.

Posted by Scott Morrison


Big Walnut finishes 4th place at DeSales, Olentangy Orange

Friday, December 14, 2018 6:45 PM

Meet Recap: Big Walnut finishes 4th all around, behind Olentangy Orange (1st), Tri Valley (2nd), and DeSales (3rd). Kayla Hildebrand, Big Walnut senior, places 7th on bars, 8th on beam, and 11th all around

Opponents: School Place Points

Olentangy Orange High School 1 125.35

Tri-Valley High School 2 124.35

St Francis Desales High School 3 107.45

Big Walnut High School 4 102.9

Posted by Kaiden Wilson


Big Walnut finishes 1st place at Neb Reeb Invite

Saturday, December 8, 2018 noon

Meet Recap: The Big Walnut Swim Team competed against more than 30 teams in the Ned Reeb Memorial Invitational on December 8th held at the Ohio State University McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion.

The team had many personal best times from the start of the season.

200 Free: Kate VandeKieft, Charlie Jaeger, Braden Buckler, Tyler Paul

200 IM: Megan Baldy, Gabe Charles

50 Free: John Grumney, CJ Rockwell, Ryan Long, Mark Ruffing, Luke Hawbaker

100 Fly: Samantha Blackburn

100 Free: Nathan Wion, Ryan Cummings, Grady Hemingway

500 Free: Jordan May

100 Back: Jamie May, Charlie Jaeger, Jatan Pokar

Earning points for the team include:

Jordan May – 500 Free (15th place finish)

Gabe Charles – 200 IM (1st place finish) and 100 Back (5th place finish)

John Grumney – 50 Free (14th place finish)

Men’s 200 Free Relay comprised of Gabe Charles, Nathan Wion, John Grumney, CJ Rockwell

Men’s 200 Medley Relay comprised of Charlie Jaeger, John Grumney, Gabe Charles, CJ Rockwell

The team is looking forward to it’s next meet on December 28th against Westerville Central High School.

Posted by Kristy May


Big Walnut High School falls to Olentangy Liberty High School 1-0

Saturday, December 8, 2018 6 PM AWAY

Game Recap: Big Walnut Girls and Boys Dive team were at the 2018 Fletcher Gilder Invite on Saturday, placing in the top ten per event.

Boys 11 Dive Event: 6th place Nate Dimitroff scoring 280.65; 7th place Shane White scoring 201.95; 10th place Trevor Ambrose scoring 164.70

Boys 8 Dive Event: 2nd – Micah Tillar scoring 156.15; 4th – Jameson Wesber scoring 134.70

Boys 6 Dive Event: 4th – Bryan Vance scoring 56.40

Girls 11 Dive Event: 2nd – Mackenna Ames scoring 292.35

Girls 8 Dive Event: 4th – Eva Lane scoring 187.05; 5th – Eliana Smith scoring 181.20

Posted by Becky Brigham


Big Walnut High School Coed finishes 9th place at Big Walnut Wrestling Classic

Saturday, December 8, 2018 9:00 AM Points 94

Meet Recap: The 11th Annual Big Walnut Classic sponsored by PJ’s Original Family Restaurant is in the books. The young, but talented, Eagles Wrestling team landed in 9th place out of 17 teams. Led by three returning upperclassmen, the freshmen performed very well in this tough tournament.

Ryan Colletta (160), Josh Halbakken (182) and Max Lenz (220) all finished on the podium in 3rd place with just one loss each. Andrew Parker (106) and Drew Armstrong (145) finished in 6th. Lawrence O’Malley (145) finished 7th and Austin O’Malley (170) and Michael Hurst (195) finished 8th.

Big Walnut Coed beats The Columbus Academy 55-24

Thursday, December 13, 2018 AWAY

Game Recap: Big Walnut continued their success with dual wins over Columbus Academy and host Cristo Rey Thursday night. The young BW Team faced off with both teams in a Tri-meet format.

Big Walnut Coed finishes 3rd place at Bexley Duals

Saturday, December 15, 2018 9:30 AM AWAY

Meet Recap: Wrestling Wrestlers competed in the 6 team Bexley Duals on Saturday. With 10 of the 14 weight classes filled by either first year wrestlers or freshmen, the team ended the day with a 3-2 record. They started off against last years Conference champions, Groveport Madison and came up just short, losing 34-48. Next was host Bexley where Big Walnut won the dual 54-29. North Union squeaked by Big Walnut, winning 42-39. Marysville’s Varsity “B” squad put up a good fight, but Big Walnut won 42-36. The final dual against Westerville Central was a nail biter Big Walnut led by 3 going into the last match. Freshman Carson Leasure (126 lbs) came through with a pin to put BW ahead 42-33.

Senior Josh Halbakken (170) and Juniors Max Lenz (220) and Ryan Coletta (152) went 5-0 on the day.

Opponents School Place

Groveport Madison Sr High School 1

North Union High School 2

Big Walnut High School 3

Westerville Central High School 4

Marysville High School 5

Bexley High School 6

Big Walnut Coed finishes 18th place at GMVWA Tournament

Friday, December 28, 2018 11 AM

Points: 37

Meet Recap: Wrestling Big Walnut Wrestlers competed in the Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association’s Holiday Tournament on Thursday and Friday at Vandalia Butler High School. The 49-team tournament is a premier competition and includes state qualifiers from all divisions in Ohio and Kentucky. Coach Renner decided to only take six wrestlers from his young team, Senior Josh Halbakken (170), Juniors Christian Jodrey (120), Ryan Colletta (152), and Max Lenz (220) and Freshman Andrew Parker (106) and Lawrence O’Malley (145). Unfortunately, O’Malley was disqualified at weigh-ins due to a red mark on his skin.

Halbakken began the tournament as the 5th seed, he dispatched Charles Smith of Urbana, Hunter Elam of Tecumseh and 4th seed Duncan Cooper of Covington by falls to put himself in the Semifinals. He faced 1st seed and eventual champion Drew Weichers of Centerville and lost 11-3. He beat to Dylan Hines of Tri-Valley 13-1 to earn a spot in the 3rd place bout facing 3rd seed Jared Kelsay of Covington (KY) Scott where he lost a tough match in sudden victory 9-7 to place 4th.

Unseeded Colletta also started off strong. A 9-3 decision over Troy’s Carlos Quintero put him in a match against Troy Christian’s Austin Awan, the 6th seed. He fought a tough battle and won 7-6 with an escape in the last 10 seconds. His next bout was won by fall over Jonathon Freeman of Walton-Verona (KY). In the Semifinal match, he faced 3rd seed Andrew Knick of Northmont who won by fall. Unfortunately, Colletta was eliminated by a 9-4 loss to Chris Weadick of Eaton.

Lenz, the 8th seed, also placed himself in the quarterfinals with 2 opening wins. He won by fall over Camron Griffith of Pickerington Central and Anthony Barhorst of Bellbrook. He then faced eventual champion Anthony Pattison of Bellefontaine. He fought a tough match and took the champion to the wire where he lost a close 6-4 decision. This put him in a tough consolation match against the 5th seeded Joe Wahl of West Clermont. He again fought a tough match and closed the gap late to lose a 7-5 decision to the eventual 3rd place finisher

Both Andrew Parker and Christian Jodrey were eliminated from competition with a loss in the opening round and in their wrestle-backs.

Big Walnut placed 18th of 49 teams with only 5 wrestlers competing.

Posted by Jack Reall

Big Walnut finished in 3rd place at the Bexley Duals. Walnut finished in 3rd place at the Bexley Duals.

Compiled by Gary Budzak

Information for this story was provided by the coaches.

Information for this story was provided by the coaches.