Bowling teams remain on a roll

Compiled by Gary Budzak -

Anna Tanner is a senior on the bowling team.

Anna Tanner is a senior on the bowling team.


• The inaugural Big Walnut Youth Sports Forum, hosted by Big Walnut Youth Sports, will be Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 5–6:30 p.m., at Big Walnut High School, 555 S Old 3C Rd, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.

• Big Walnut Strength tweeted, “2019 National Strength and Conditioning Association coaches convention. Three days of learning from the best minds in the profession. I am excited to apply some of what I learned into the training of our athletes at Big Walnut!”


Big Walnut beats Westerville Central High School 39-38

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 7:30 PM AWAY

Box Scores 1 2 3 4

BWHS 4 10 18 7

WCHS 10 12 8 8

Big Walnut beats Groveport Madison Sr. High School 46-23

Friday, January 11, 2019 7:30 PM HOME

Box Scores 1 2 3 4

BWHS 13 9 15 9

GMSHS 10 1 2 10

Congrats to the Lady Eagles on their win over Groveport Madison bringing their record to 9-3.

Posted by Tabatha Piper

Big Walnut home Girls Basketball vs Unioto has been cancelled for Saturday 1/12/19 rescheduled TBD (Brian Shelton).


Big Walnut beats Olentangy Berlin 1934-1713

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 4 PM AWAY

Game Recap: Big Walnut Boys were Led by Sophomore Brayden Buch’s 366 series. He was followed by Johnny Laster’s 348 to improve to 5-1 on the season. Berlin was led by Logan Wright’s 316 series.

Posted by Scott Morrison


Freshman Ashleigh Westervelt leads Big Walnut over Whetstone while rolling a team high series of 418

Away Home

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Big Walnut Girls had 3 personal highs with their victory tonight (Jan. 8). Congratulations to Senior Caitlyn Lambert who threw her all time high game of 221 and a 365 series. Ashleigh Westervelt also threw her all time high game of 211 and the Girls season high series of 418. Kaitlyn Morrison also added a series of 379 with games of 204 and 175. This continues Big Walnut’s hot start with a 4-2 record heading into tomorrows match with Berlin.

Big Walnut beats Olentangy Berlin 1916-1567

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 4 PM AWAY

Game Recap: The Lady Eagles were led by Kaitlyn Morrison’s 359 series. Autumn Leidtke was right behind Kaitlyn with a 354 series. This is the Big Walnut Girls’ best start to a season at 5-2. Olentangy was led by Michele Statners 345 series.

Posted by Scott Morrison


Big Walnut finishes 3rd place at Thomas Worthington HS

Saturday, January 12, 2019 3:15 PM

Points 243

Meet Recap: The Big Walnut Swim and Dive Team competed against 12 other schools at the Central Ohio Splash held on Saturday, January 12 at the Thomas Worthington Aquatic Center.

The Boys Dive team had a fantastic meet with Nate Dimitroff taking first place followed by Jameson Welker in third out of 12 divers. Micah Tillar and Trevor Ambrose also showed personal best scores at the event. For the ladies Eliana Smith came in fourth place out of 15 divers.

The Boys Swim team took third place overall with a score of 243 just edging out Westerville South by five points. The Girls Swim team came in ninth place with a score of 100 but still had many strong finishes. Several swimmers had personal best times from the start of the season.

200 Free: Eva Lane, Nathan Wion, Christopher Lee, Carter Bendure, Brayden Wagner, Luke Hawbaker

200 IM: Samantha Blackburn, Elinor Russell, Braden Buckler

50 Free: Kate VandeKieft, Joleigh Lawrence, Jamie May, Mark Ruffing, Joshua Gutierrez, Jacob Glidden, Ryan Cummins

Meter Dives: Nate Dimitroff, Jameson Welker, Micah Tillar, Trevor Ambrose

100 Fly: Ryan Cummins

100 Free: Megan Baldy, Mairin Ryan, Gabriel Charles, Camden Andrian, Cole Wecker, Roy Roberto, Caleb Meade, Angelo Cotugno, Tyler Paul,

500 Free: Samantha Blackburn, Jordan May, Nathan Wion, Jatan Pokar

100 Back: Megan Baldy, Loleigh Lawrence, Christopher Lee, Ryan Long, Jacob Glidden

100 Breast: Lucinda VandeKieft, Elinor Russell, Mairin Ryan, Carter Bendure, Braden Buckler, Caleb Meade, Roy Roberto

Earning points for the team include:

Woman’s 200 Medley Relay comprised of Kate VandeKieft, Jordan May, Samantha Blackburn, Eva Lane (11th place finish)

Men’s 200 Medley Relay comprised of Braden Buckler, Camden Andrian, Gabriel Charles, John Grumney (4th place finish)

Eva Lane – 200 Free (16th place finish)

Nathan Wion – 200 Free (15th place finish), 500 Free (10th place finish)

Samantha Blackburn – 200 IM (9th place finish), 500 Free (8th place finish)

Braden Buckler -200 IM (7th place finish), 100 Breast (15th place finish)

John Grumney – 50 Free (10th place finish), 100 Free (12th place finish)

Gabe Charles – 100 Fly (1st place finish), 100 Free (1st place finish)

Camden Andrian – 100 Free (13th place finish), 100 Breast (11th place finish)

Cole Wecker – 100 Free (16th place finish)

Jordan May – 500 Free (11th place finish), 100 Breast (8th place finish)

Woman’s 200 Free Relay comprised of Jamie May, Lucinda VandeKieft, Mairin Ryan, Joleigh Lawrence (11th place finish)

Men’s 200 Free Relay comprised of Cole Wecker, Roy Roberto, Brayden Wagner, Micah Tillar (7th place finish)

Megan Baldy – 100 Back (16th place finish)

Christopher Lee – 100 Back (9th place finish)

Ryan Long – 100 Back (10th place finish)

Gabriel Young – 100 Back (11th place finish)

Joshua Gutierrez – 100 Back (15th place finish)

Jacob Glidden – 100 Back (16th place finish)

Carter Bendure – 100 Breast (12th place finish)

Micah Tillar – 100 Breast (13th place finish)

Woman’s 400 Free Relay comprised of Megan Baldy, Kate VandeKieft, Jordan May, Samantha Blackburn (8th place finish)

Posted by Kristy May


Big Walnut Coed finishes 2nd place at Golden Eagle Duals

Saturday, January 12, 2019 9 AM

Points 4

Meet Recap: Wrestling BW Wrestlers beat the Saturday snowstorm and arrived at Madison Plains just after the snow started falling. The first round pitted BW’s Golden Eagles against the host MP Golden Eagles. Big Walnut easily defeated Madison Plains with falls by Lang, Parker, Jodrey, Coletta, Halbakken and both Max and Wyatt Lenz. The second round saw the Eagles matched up with Liberty Union. Again, Big Walnut easily handled the opponent led by falls from Parker, Piceno, Coletta and Max Lenz. London sent a shortened squad and became the Eagle’s 3rd round foe. Parker, Takatch, Coletta, Halbakken and Max Lenz all beat their opponents by pinfall to lead the Eagles to a 3-0 start. The fourth round put the Eagles against Central District opponent Whitehall-Yearling. Big Walnut needed bonus points from Parker, Halbakken, Austin O’Malley and Max Lenz to beat the Rams. In the final bout, Westerville South brought a strong team to face the Eagles. The match was a barn-burner with each team trading the lead several times. Ultimately, the Wildcats won the dual by one point on the final match.

BW Wrestlers Andrew Parker, Josh Halbakken and Max Lenz all went 5-0 on the day. Josh Halbakken was voted by coaches as the tournament’s Most Valuable Wrestler. Senior Josh Halbakken (170) wins the Most Valuable Wrestler at Madison Plains. He went 5-0 with 4 falls and he wrestled up at 182 lbs twice. Great work Josh.

Final Team Scores:

BW 66, Madison Plains 18

BW 50, Liberty Union 26

BW 66, London 15

BW 48, Whitehall-Yearling 32

BW 34, Westerville South 35

Opponents: School Place Points

Westerville South High School 1 5

Big Walnut High School 2 4

Liberty Union High School 3 3

Whitehall-Yearling High School 4 2

Madison Plains High School 5 1

London High School 6 0

Big Walnut Coed falls to Newark Senior High School 44-34

Thursday, January 10, 2019 6 PM HOME

Game Recap: Thursday’s Home OCC opener against Newark did not go as planned for BW Wrestlers. Coach Renner told the team each would have to wrestle to their potential in order to win. Unfortunately, the Wildcats were too much for the young BW Wrestlers.

Individual results:

106: Andrew Parker (BW) by Forfeit, 6-0

113: Cali Lang (BW) by Forfeit, 12-0

120: Christian Jodrey (BW) lost by fall 2:57 to Rhys Fairall (NW), 12-6

126: Levi Pecino (BW) lost by fall 3:03 to Moore Lakeland (NW), 12-12

132: Zack Roberts (BW) lost by fall 1:57 to Kadyn Beckman (NW), 12-18

138: Christian Takatch (BW) lost by fall 2:16 to Trevor Carl (NW), 12-24

145: Drew Armstrong (BW) lost by fall 4:54 to Kyle Rardon (NW), 12-30

152: Lawrence O’Malley (BW) lost by major decision 13-3 to Draven Hopkins (NW), 12-34

160: Ryan Coletta (BW) lost by major decision 9-1 to Jade Batross (NW), 12-38

170: Josh Halbakken (BW) won by fall 0:57 over William Fortune (NW), 18-38

182: Austin O’Malley (BW) won by major decision 10-0 over Ian Wilson (NW), 22-38

195: Wyatt Lenz (BW) won by fall 2:45 over Jared Hawk (NW), 28-38

220: Max Lenz (BW) won by fall 1:16 over Nick Street (NW), 34-38

285: Noah Hines (BW) lost by fall 0:35 to Scott Cannon (NW) 34-44

Next up for the BW Wrestlers is the Madison Plains Golden Eagle Duals on Saturday

Posted by Jack Reall

Anna Tanner is a senior on the bowling team. Tanner is a senior on the bowling team.

Compiled by Gary Budzak

Information for this story was obtained from the coaches and athletics department at BWHS.

Information for this story was obtained from the coaches and athletics department at BWHS.