Strong start lifts Pioneers over Eagles

By Michael Rich -

Big Walnut’s Nathan Montgomery defends Orange’s Chris Gardiner, right, during the first half of Thursday’s showdown in Lewis Center.

Big Walnut’s Nathan Montgomery defends Orange’s Chris Gardiner, right, during the first half of Thursday’s showdown in Lewis Center.

Nick Brandt helped the Olentangy Orange boys lacrosse team get off to a fast start, scoring a hat trick and assisting on two others in the first quarter.

He finished with eight goals and two assists to lead the Pioneers to a 19-4 win over Big Walnut Thursday (April 27) night in Lewis Center.

Brandt came one goal shy of tying the school record – which he set Apr. 6 in Orange’s 17-2 win over Westerville Central.

“The good thing about Nick and the other seniors is that they’ve bought into the philosophy that I’ve had the last couple of years with Coach (William) Mathes … they’re thinking about their 35 teammates instead of just themselves being individuals,” Pioneers coach Pat Boyce said.

Cooper Durst had four goals and an assist and Luke Schmeling, Tag Gomer and Josh Rochon each added a pair of goals and an assist.

Seth Daniels’ goal with 10:47 left in the second quarter got the Golden Eagles on the board. Nathan Montgomery found Tyler Vojtush and Campbell Allen scored later in the quarter to cut the deficit to five.

But, Orange responded with three goals in the final 31 seconds of the half to take away any drama. The Pioneers led 11-3 at the break.

“I called a timeout there and they ran a play that we’ve run several times in practice and they executed it perfectly,” Boyce said. “We’ve got an outstanding face-off man – Lake Harris, who was second team all-regional last year as a sophomore. He’s one of the best face-off guys in the state in my opinion.”

Mason Handa had a goal, Hunter Knipp had an assist and Mitchell Clifford finished with three assists for the Pioneers (10-3).

Daniels led with two goals, Campbell Allen had a goal and an assist and Tyler Vojtush added a goal for BW.

“With a good team like (Orange), you can’t afford to break down on fundamentals,” Eagles coach Roger Allen said. “But, it also shows we’re a developing program … we’re getting our numbers up. We’re winning the games we’re supposed to and losing the games we’re supposed to.”

Josh Hageman had 18 saves in goal for the Eagles (5-5).

“(He) did a phenomenal job … to keep his head up and to be able to continue playing like that,” Allen said.

Orange is right back at it tonight, hosting Anthony Wayne at 7 p.m. BW hosts Licking Valley Saturday at noon.


Also: Olentangy 17, Big Walnut 5 (April 25)


Big Walnut 2, Canal Winchester 1, 9 inn.

Jake Foster doubled in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh and Connor Gerren stole home in the ninth to lead the Golden Eagles to a thrilling league win over the visiting Indians Wednesday in Sunbury.

Foster finished 2-for-4 and Gerren scored both runs, but the win was as much about pitching as hitting.

Austin Becker started, allowing just two hits and striking out five through four solid innings of action. Colton Lee was steady in relief, too, allowing a run on three hits while striking out four and walking three to pick up the win.

Big Walnut 7, Worthington Kilbourne 6

The Big Walnut baseball team scored two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to outlast host Worthington Kilbourne 7-6 in non-league action Thursday afternoon.

Austin Becker had a huge game for the Golden Eagles, finishing 3-for-4 with a homer, four RBI and two runs scored. Noah Sprowls, Henry von Hollen and Cale Sherbourne were also solid at the plate, finishing with two hits apiece.

Austin Krinn picked up the win in relief, allowing just two hits while striking out two in a scoreless 2.1 innings of work.

Big Walnut 6, New Albany 1

The Golden Eagles scored the game’s first run in the sixth and added five in the seventh to secure a league win Friday in New Albany.

Austin Becker had a team-best two RBI while Noah Sprowls led the way with two hits in the win.

Henry von Hollen earned the complete-game win on the mound, allowing a run on four hits while striking out six and walking one.


The Big Walnut softball team scored five times in each of the first two innings en route to a lopsided 12-2, five-inning win over visiting New Albany Wednesday in Sunbury.

The Golden Eagles finished with 15 hits in the win, none bigger than Alexyss Bullock’s three-run homer — a blast which ballooned the lead to 9-1 in the second inning.

Bullock finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Other BW standouts included Stacey Walters, who finished with three hits and three RBI; Jess Coletta and Taryn Hammond, who collected two hits apiece; and Meredith Thomas, who scored three runs.

Alex Thomas, meanwhile, pitched well to secure the win in the circle. She allowed two runs on four hits while striking out seven in five innings of action.


Big Walnut bumped its record to a solid 9-3 with Tuesday’s 5-0 win over host Watkins Memorial.

Golden Eagle winners included Carson Becker, who beat the Warriors’ Braden Clear 6-0, 6-1 at first singles; Jared Deel, who beat Bryce Clear 6-2, 6-3 at second singles; DJ Werner, who beat Simon Blum 6-1, 6-2 at third singles; the duo of Stephen Pushkin and Nick Schulz, who won 6-1, 6-2 at first doubles; and Matt Pushkin and Lane Davis, who teamed up for a 6-3, 6-2 win at second doubles.

Big Walnut 5, Reynoldsburg 0

The Golden Eagles got wins from Carson Becker (6-0, 6-0 at first singles), Jared Deel (6-0, 6-0 at second singles), Stephen Pushkin (6-0, 6-0 at third singles), Nick Schulz and Lane Davis (6-2, 6-1 at first doubles) and Matt Pushkin and Mitchell Cholley (6-1, 6-1 at second doubles) to sweep away host Reynoldsburg Thursday afternoon.

Big Walnut 5, Groveport 0

The Golden Eagles continued their stellar season Monday (May 1), improving to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in league play with a win over the visiting Cruisers.

Big Walnut winners included Carson Becker (6-0, 6-1 at first singles), Jared Deel (6-1, 6-0 at second singles), Stephen Pushkin (6-1, 6-0 at third singles), Matt Pushkin and Lane Davis (6-2, 6-2 at first doubles) and Mitchell Cholley and DJ Werner (6-1, 6-3 at second doubles).


Canal Winchester vs Big Walnut

Canal Winchester 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 1

Big Walnut (14-5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 8 1


Burris (L), Glauner, Trace and Hartman

Big Walnut

Becker, Lee (W) and Imertreijs

2B, Foster (Big Walnut)

Big Walnut Boys Lacrosse: Game 9 update

Big Walnut Boys lacrosse lost a home game to Olentangy 17-5.

Overall record 5-4 (1-4 OCC)


Nathan Montgomery 3/1

Joe Blubaugh 2/0

Campbell Allen 0/2

Josh Hageman: 11 saves

Big Walnut Boys Lacrosse: Game 10 update

Big Walnut Boys Lacrosse suffered a loss at Olentangy Orange 19-4 to fall to 5-5 (1-5 OCC).


Seth Daniels 2/0

Campbell Allen 1/1

Tyler Vojtush 1/0

Josh Hageman with 17 saves

New Albany vs Big Walnut Softball (4/26)


1 2 3 4 5 Runs Hits Errors

New Albany 1 0 1 0 0 2 4 5

Big Walnut (12 – 6) 5 5 0 0 2 12 15 0

New Albany = Rhea & Terters

BW = A. Thomas & Coletta; WP = A. Thomas (BW)

HR = New Albany – Rhea (3rd), solo

BW – Bullock – (2nd), 2 on

BW Highlights: Bullock – 3 for 4, 4 RBIs, HR; Walters – 3 for 4, 3 RBIs

Big Walnut vs Newark Softball

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Runs Hits Errors

Big Walnut (13-6) 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 5 14 1

Newark (8-8) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 1

Newark = Felix & Moyer

BW = A. Thomas & Coletta; WP = A. Thomas (BW)

HR = Newark: 2nd Closser – Solo; 4th Dannworth – Solo

BW Highlights: T. Hammond 3-4

HS Tennis Result: Big Walnut @ Watkins Memorial (4-25-17)

1s: Carson Becker (BW) def. Braden Clear: 6-0, 6-1

2s: Jared Deel (BW) def. Bryce Clear: 6-2, 6-3

3s: DJ Werner (BW) def. Simon Blum: 6-1, 6-2

1D: Stephen Pushkin / Nick Schulz (BW) def. Gavin Hollett / Michael Cisar: 6-1, 6-2

2D: Matt Pushkin / Lane Davis (BW) def. Aaron Burd / Asa Jessup: 6-3, 6-2

BW 5 Watkins 0

BW Season Record 9-3 (3-1 OCC)

HS Tennis Result: Big Walnut @ Reynoldsburg (4-27)

1s: Becker (BW) def. Mihajlov: 6-0, 6-0

2s: Deel (BW) def. Harmon: 6-0, 6-0

3s: S. Pushkin (BW) def. Burns: 6-0, 6-0

1D: Schulz / Davis (BW) def. Kirksey / Cotner: 6-2, 6-1

2D: M. Pushkin / Cholley (BW) def. Templin / Chambliss: 6-1, 6-1

BW 5 Reynoldsburg 0

BW Season Record: 10-3 (3-1 OCC)

HS Tennis: Groveport @ Big Walnut (5/1)

1s: Becker (BW) def. Sourinha: 6-0, 6-1

2s: Deel (BW) def. Royster: 6-1, 6-0

3s: S. Pushkin (BW) def. West: 6-1, 6-0

1D: M. Pushkin / Davis (BW) def. Salva / Thomas: 6-2, 6-2

2D: Cholley / Werner (BW) def. Harder / Leigh: 6-1, 6-3

BW 5 Groveport 0

BW 11-3 (4-1 OCC)

Here are the winners of dual against Olentangy. (4/26)

Big Walnut 83 – Olentangy 54

Shot Put – A. Vrancken (BW) 32’ 9”

Discus – A. Vrancken (BW) 109’ 3”

High Jump – K. Rammelsberg (BW) 4’ 8”

Long Jump – K. Rammelsberg (BW) 14’ 5.25”

Pole Vault – Szerencsits (OL) 11’ 0”

4×800 relay – BW 10:19.5 (Borland, Bogantz, McKenzie, Gartner)

100 hurdles – K. Rammelsberg (BW) 16.9

100 dash – Pinkston (BW) 13.5

4×200 relay – BW 2:04.3 (Lucas, Althauser, English, Houser)

1600 run – Brookshire (OL) 5:41.5

4×100 relay – BW 57.0 (Lucas, Althauser, English, Houser)

400 dash – Perry (OL) 1:06.9

300 hurdles – Susy (OL) 51.0

800 run – Borland (BW) 2:34.1

200 dash – Buxton (BW) 28.3

3200 run – James (OL) 12:49.8

4×400 relay – BW 4:43.1 (Padgett, Bogantz, Pinkston, Pecci)

Big Walnut’s Nathan Montgomery defends Orange’s Chris Gardiner, right, during the first half of Thursday’s showdown in Lewis Center. Walnut’s Nathan Montgomery defends Orange’s Chris Gardiner, right, during the first half of Thursday’s showdown in Lewis Center.

By Michael Rich

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