First-ever Division I tournament win


Compiled by Gary Budzak -

The Big Walnut Girls Varsity Basketball team had an Overall Record of 18-6 and a Conference Record of 8-2.

The Big Walnut Girls Varsity Basketball team had an Overall Record of 18-6 and a Conference Record of 8-2.

The Big Walnut Girls Bowling team qualified for the state tournament.


Big Walnut beats Gahanna Lincoln High School 59-52

Friday, March 1, 2019 7 PM AWAY

Congratulations to the boys varsity basketball team for their HUGE upset over Gahanna Friday night, March 1.

The Big Walnut boys basketball team notched its first Division I district tournament win in program history, and first postseason victory since the 2014-15 season, with Friday’s 59-52 quarterfinal win over host Gahanna.

The game was tight most of the way through. The 26th-seeded Golden Eagles led 18-13 after one, but the 15th-seeded Lions bounced back with a 15-12 second to close the gap to two points, 30-28, by halftime. The two-point spread held up through three, with both teams scoring 13 points in the third, but BW outscored Gahanna 16-11 in the fourth to keep its season alive.

“We just fought like heck defensively and we shared the ball and made shots on offense,” Big Walnut coach Brett Bartlett said. “Really unselfish and gritty (win).”

Kegan Hienton poured in a game-high 20 points to lead the Eagles. Nathan Montgomery and Brody Lawhun were solid as well, scoring 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The win set up a showdown with third-seeded Pickerington Central in Wednesday’s (March 6) district semifinal at Gahanna Lincoln High School (this paper went to press March 5).

Box Scores 1 2 3 4

BWHS 18 12 13 16

GLHS 13 15 13 11

Posted by Brett Bartlett


Big Walnut falls to Bloom Carroll High School 44-42

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 7 PM AWAY

Game Recap: The Lady Eagles lost in a hard fought game to Bloom Carroll by a score of 44-42. Leading the way for the Eagles were Erin Boehm with 18 points and Avery Schone with 13. The leading scorers for Bloom Carroll were Wyant 17 points and Davis with 14.

Box Scores 1 2 3 4

BWHS 6 8 12 16

BCHS 15 10 12 7

Posted by Jason Crawford


Delaware Hayes’ Dillon Murfield, competing as an individual, rolled a three-game total of 685 to finish second overall at Saturday’s (March 2) Division I district tournament at HP Lanes.

He had a 249 in the first game before following it up with efforts of 200 and 236 in the second and third, respectively.

Harding’s Colton Wagner, who was tops among individuals, finished with a 692, just seven pins better than Murfield, who was the only area state qualifier.

Olentangy Orange finished sixth as a team, Big Walnut was ninth and Olentangy closed 14th.

Brayden Buchs led the Golden Eagles with a combined 567, Michael Lamar had a 613 to lead the Braves and Marcus Turner had a 620 for the Pioneers.


Congratulations to the girls varsity bowling team for being the 1st BW team to be state qualifiers. And special congratulations to Kaitlyn Morrison for placing 2nd and making the All Tournament team. They bowled Friday, March 8 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, 3224 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43207 at the 2019 Ohio High School State Bowling Championships Division I Girls (snow date for either Division I tournament is Monday, March 11, 2019)

The Big Walnut girls bowling team had a monster second game of regulation and added two solid rounds to close out the Bakers and wrap up a runner-up finish at Saturday’s (March 2) Division I district tournament at HP Lanes.

The Golden Eagles had a combined 950 in the second game of regulation — the best single-game score of the entire tournament — and finished the Bakers with back-to-back efforts of 189 and 216. They finished with a team total of 3,629 when all was said and done, earning a trip to the upcoming state showcase in the process.

District champ Westerville Central (3,785) and Westerville South (3,465) smoothed out the top three. Delaware Hayes was fourth, missing the state-qualifying cut by 24 pins, while Olentangy finished sixth and Olentangy Orange closed ninth.

Big Walnut was boosted by Kaitlyn Morrison, who led the way with a three-game score of 636 — the second-best effort among the 100-plus bowlers in action. Anna Tanner (553) and Ashleigh Westervelt (511) were also solid.

The Pacers were powered by Kelsey Rohrer’s 580 series. The mark was good enough for sixth overall, making her the third and final individual state qualifier.

Addison Starr led the Braves with a three-game total of 502 and Eve Wicks paced the Pioneers with a 504.

Girls Bowling Division I State Qualifiers District Score Name, Grade 3-game 10-pin Total

Sunbury Big Walnut 3629 Coach: Scott Morrison

Kaitlyn Morrison, 12 174 247 215 636

Anna Tanner, 12 189 198 166 553

Autumn Leidtke, 12 154 159 158 471

Caitlyn Lambert, 12 124 175 132 431

Ashleigh Westervelt, 9 166 171 174 511

Ale Hernandez, 12

Aubrey Koons, 11

Totals 807 950 845 2602

Westerville Central 3785 Coach: Tony Gonzalez

Jocelyn Grimsley, 12 162 162

Sammy McLaughlin, 12 211 143 186 540

Reace Gonzalez, 11 201 248 179 628

Mackenzie Halloy, 11 176 166 210 552

Jenna Owsiak, 10 192 169 179 540

Stephanie Carson, 11

Amber Hockstok, 12

Stephanie Showalter, 10

Substitution 1 133 130 263

Totals 942 859 884 2685

Westerville South 3465 Coach: Jamie West

Maggie Van Scyoc, 12 199 192 235 626

Emily Grise, 12 149 164 132 445

Taylor Hughes, 10 188 193 175 556

Kenzie Gearheart, 11 148 182 330

Katie Ball, 12 141 131 272

Brenda Diaz, 11 151 151

Alexia Steele, 10

Piper Lane, 12

Substitution 1 148 148

Totals 825 828 875 2528

Also competing: Carrollton 3409; Stow-Munroe Falls 3584; Norton 3578; Masillon Perry 3505; Akron Ellet 3441; North Canton Hoover 3425; Avon Lake 3406; Lexington 3992; Centerville 4083; Huber Heights Wayne 3980; Cincinnati Seton 3881; Beavercreek 3823; Troy 3819.

Local Individual Qualifers Name, Grade 3-game 10-pin Total

Dakota Fink, 11 209 253 246 708 Columbus Briggs Coach: Patrick Collins

Skyla Blumenscheid, 10 218 170 193 581 Columbus St. Francis De Sales Coach: Miranda Singer

Kelsey Rohrer, 12 177 201 202 580 Delaware Hayes Coach: Darin Halstead


Big Walnut finishes 11th place at Central District Indoor Championship

Sunday, February 24, 2019 12:38 PM Points 21, Capital University

Meet Recap: It was a strong finish to the indoor season. We placed 11th overall out of 35 teams, had five season bests, five personal records (PRs), and five placers. I’m excited to see how the work we put into the indoor season translates to our outdoor season. I think it should be a fun year! The girls work hard, they are very coachable, and they get along really well. Those are the ingredients to a successful season!

High Jump Avery Chumley 4’ 4” personal best

Triple Jump Sidney Foxworthy 28’ 9.75” 7th place; Alle English 27’ 11”

Long Jump Avery Chumley 12’ 7.25” personal best

55 hurdles Mackenna Ames 10.22 personal best

55 dash Anna Leichtnam 8.30 personal best

200 dash Hanna Pinkston 28.28 6th place season best; Lindsey Luchsinger 30.68 personal best

400 dash Hannah Unger 1:08.80; Sierra Sanders 1:11.33

800 run Colbi Borland 2:28.85 2nd place season best; Adelee Gartner 2:40.12 season best

1600 run Grace Grunewald 6:10.31; Madi Yano 6:10.53

4×800 relay Grace Unger, Chloe McKenzie, Madi Yano, Grace Grunewald 11:12.11 4th place

4×200 relay Hanna Pinkston, Hannah Unger, Lindsey Luchsinger, Alle English 1:56.47 season best

4×400 relay Hanna Pinkston, Hannah Unger, Colbi Borland, Adelee Gartner 4:36.01 6th place season best

Congratulations to Colbi Borland and Kaley Rammelsberg! Colbi qualified to the Indoor State Championships for the second straight year in the 3200m run. Kaley qualified to the Indoor State Championships in the high jump and triple jump!

Posted by Joe Evener


Lucas Uliano, Connor Brady and Carson Kharchla each won district titles to lead the Olentangy Liberty wrestling team to runner-up honors at Friday and Saturday’s (March 1-2) Division I district tournament at Hilliard Darby High School.

The Patriots finished with a combined 133 points — a mark second only to Dublin Coffman’s 170. Delaware Hayes, thanks to a school-record five state qualifiers, finished seventh with 91 points, Olentangy was ninth with 73, Olentangy Orange finished 13th with 47 and Big Walnut closed 29th with 10.

Uliano (126) blanked Lancaster’s Jacob Reed 4-0 to earn his title and a top seed at this week’s state showcase at OSU’s Schottenstein Center. Brady (160) cruised past Westerville South’s Aaron Morton 14-2 to pick up first-place points and Kharchla (170) won via forfeit in his final match of the day.

Olentangy’s Jacob Sherman (120) also picked up a district title, knocking off Lancaster’s Aiden Agin 8-1.

Other area standouts included Olentangy’s Nick Varanelli (132), Liberty’s Jayce Fitzpatrick (145) and Hayes’ Corbin May (182), who won each of their first three matches on the way to second-place finishes.

The Braves and Pacers also had a handful of wrestlers in third-place matches. Olentangy’s Brady Pethtel (145) and Hayes’ Emmett Cain (160) won theirs to nab top-three finishes. Pethtel edged Upper Arlington’s Mason McHugh 7-6 while Cain handled Orange’s Mitchell Broskie 14-8. Hayes’ Zach Williams (138), Mason Sutandar (170) and Jacob McCloskey (195), meanwhile, each finished fourth to keep their seasons alive.

Max Lenz (220) was Big Walnut’s top finisher, closing sixth after falling to Liberty’s Kaden Tong 11-3 in a fifth-place match.

The OHSAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament is set to get underway Thursday afternoon, March 7. Division I championship preliminaries are scheduled start at 5:35 p.m.

Also: Olentangy Berlin 33rd, Buckeye Valley 40th at Division II district tournament at Heath; Delaware Christian 47th at Division III district tournament at Buckeye Local.

OHSAA Tournament Information

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the state tournament qualifiers for wrestling, hockey and Division I bowling, along the regional tournament pairings in girls basketball.

The wrestling state tournament begins Thursday afternoon at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, while the ice hockey state tournament begins Friday morning at Nationwide Arena. The Division I bowling state tournament is Friday (girls) and Saturday (boys) at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

State Wrestling Tournament

State tournament qualifiers, pairings, brackets and more are posted at:

82nd Annual OHSAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

March 7: Session 1 — 3:00-Division III Preliminaries; 4:20-Division II Preliminaries; 5:50-Division I Preliminaries; 7:20-Division III Consolation Round 1; 8:00-Division II Consolation Rounds 1; 8:45-Division I Consolation Round 1;

March 8: Session 2 — 10:00-Division III Quarterfinals; 10:40-Division II Quarterfinals; 11:25-Division I Quarterfinals; 12:15-Division III Consolation Round 2; 1:00-Division II Consolation Round 2; 1:45-Division I Consolation Round 2; Session 3 — 6:30-All Divisions Championship Semifinals; 8:50-All Divisions Consolation Quarterfinals;

March 9: Session 4 — 10:00-All Divisions Consolation Semifinals; 11:00-All Divisions Third-, Fifth- and Seventh-Place Matches; Session 5 — 5:15-Hall of Fame Ceremonies and Parade of Champions; 5:45-All Divisions First-Place Matches.

Ice Hockey State Tournament Pairings

Home Team Listed First. All Games at Nationwide Arena. Pairings shown with state rank.

No. 3 Dublin Jerome vs. No. 8 Hunting Valley University School, Friday, 10 a.m.

No. 1-tie Cleveland St. Ignatius vs. No. 10 Sylvania Northview, Friday, 1 p.m.

Championship Game: Saturday, 11 a.m.

Statewide Basketball Brackets


Local 2019 Girls Basketball Regional Tournament Pairings, Home Team Listed First.

Division I, Region 3 – Westerville

Pickerington Central (25-1) vs. Westerville South (20-5) at Otterbein University, Tuesday (March 5), 6:15 p.m.

Reynoldsburg (22-7) vs. No. 8 Newark (23-3) at Otterbein University, Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Regional Final: at Otterbein University, Friday (March 8), 7:30 p.m.

Division I State Semifinals and Championship

Region 1 vs. Region 4, Fri., March 15 at Jerome Schottenstein Center, 6 p.m.

Region 3 vs. Region 2, Fri., March 15 at Jerome Schottenstein Center, 8 p.m.

Division I State Championship: Sat., March 16 at Jerome Schottenstein Center, 8:30 p.m.

Division II, Region 8 – Springfield

Germantown Valley View (20-8) vs. Franklin (23-4) at Springfield High School, Tuesday, 6:15 p.m.

Carroll Bloom-Carroll (17-9) vs. No. 1-tie Dayton Carroll (23-2) at Springfield High School, Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Regional Final: at Springfield High School, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Division II State Semifinals and Championship

Region 5 vs. Region 8, Thurs., March 14 at Jerome Schottenstein Center, 6 p.m.

Region 6 vs. Region 7, Thurs., March 14 at Jerome Schottenstein Center, 8 p.m.

Division II State Championship: Sat., March 16 at Jerome Schottenstein Center, 2 p.m.


There will be a BWHS boys tennis parent meeting on Wednesday, 3.13.19 at 6:00 PM in the BWHS Innovation Center. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Balaz at

Information regarding Big Walnut Youth Camps and Clinics for 2019 please go to this link

Please join us on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 PM at PJ’s Family Restaurant. They are teaming up with the Big Walnut High School Girls Track team to help them raise money for their program. Please stop in during these hours and grab a delicious meal for free only with a donation to the program. PJ’s will be offering two meals for FREE!!! Beef Stroganoff & Johnny Marzetti. In lieu of a bill, you can pay for your meal by making a donation to the BWHS Girls Track program (meals other than those listed above & beverages are not included in the fund raiser). Thank you Big Walnut community for your support!!

There will be a parent meeting for the BWHS Boys Track team on Tuesday, 3.12.19 @ 5:00 PM in the HS Cafeteria. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Myers @

The Big Walnut Girls Varsity Basketball team had an Overall Record of 18-6 and a Conference Record of 8-2. Big Walnut Girls Varsity Basketball team had an Overall Record of 18-6 and a Conference Record of 8-2.

The Big Walnut Girls Bowling team qualified for the state tournament. Big Walnut Girls Bowling team qualified for the state tournament.

Compiled by Gary Budzak

Information for this story was provided by the coaches, the OHSAA and Ben Stroup of The Delaware Gazette.

Information for this story was provided by the coaches, the OHSAA and Ben Stroup of The Delaware Gazette.