The boys battled Westerville Central last Friday at home in an OCC-Buckeye matchup. The Pioneers won 67-62, behind 26 points from senior guard Bryson Lane. Senior forward Luke Ballinger added 13 points in the win. The team now goes on the road to face a tough Westerville South team. They also will play tomorrow at a neutral site against Mentor.
The team played at Westerville Central and lost 37-52 last Friday. Senior Lauren Perone led the team with 14 points. The next day, it played Grove City and won 54-31. Perone scored 17 points and junior Anna Grabau scored 14 with a combined score of more than half the team’s overall score.
Last weekend the team competed at the Liberty Invitational where juniors Cardan Mutai finished sixth and Rocco Torio finished third. On Thursday night, the team competed in a tri-meet at Dublin Coffman. It beat Reynoldsburg in its first match of the night but then lost to host Coffman. The team will compete Saturday in a quad meet at Olentangy Berlin.
The team turned the corner last weekend after struggling early in the year. On Friday night, it defeated New Albany 4-2 with goals coming from seniors Zach Miller (2) and Aaron Mosher. Nathan Hazel also added a goal. They backed up the strong performance with a win over Dublin Coffman Saturday evening. Cameron Miller scored a hat trick to lead the Pioneers, Mosher also added a goal. A rare weekday game took place on Wednesday when the boys battled Olentangy Berlin. They won the game 7-1 and dominated from puck drop to the final horn. The boys face Upper Arlington at 8 p.m. tonight at the Ice Haus, then Sunday play Cincinnati Moeller at Chiller North.
The girls gymnastics team had its first meet against Big Walnut, DeSales, Tri-Valley and Coshocton on last Friday, Dec. 14. The Orange girls came out on top with a score of 125.35 points, followed closely behind by Tri-Valley with a score of 124.35 points. Junior Olivia Dieckmann had an excellent floor routine, and senior Celia Ritchie performed an outstanding bar routine, that helped Orange get a victory. The team competed in another quad meet Thursday evening. Each girl had a strong showing placing in multiple events, led by seniors Celia Ritchie and Nicole Carifa and junior Olivia Dieckman. Ritchie placed fourth on vault, fifth on beam and won the floor competition. The girls now will compete Saturday in another quad meet at Olentangy Liberty.
The Pioneers hosted the fourth annual Pioneer Baker Bash at Palace Lanes last Saturday. The boys team placed sixth with an overall score of 2964 points, while boys JV placed 26th with a total score of 2012 points. The girls bowling teams also participated, with varsity placing 10th with a score of 2222, and JV placing 29th with 1360 points. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, both the girls and boys teams played Grandview Heights at Sawmill Lanes. Both teams won, The boys won with a score of 2013-1758 and the girls followed up by beating the lady Bobcats by a score of 1691-1688.
Swim and dive
The Pioneers faced Dublin Jerome at the Dublin Community Rec Center last Friday. The first event was a bit different than the usual girls 400 Medley relay. It was a mixed relay (two men and two women). For the Pioneers, there were many people missing, so the A relay included Merek Helmer at backstroke, Alice Crowe at breaststroke, Noah Crowe at butterfly and the speedy freshman Kayla Fischer at freestyle. They had a time of 2:04.52, a fun race. For diving Luke Cheatham took home yet another dub, scoring 274.05 points, and for the girls Allison Guagenti had 164.25 points and a second place. The ‘Neers didn’t win the meet, but they had good time drops and improvements all over the board.