The boys battled Westerville South on Dec. 21 and picked up a big road win, 80-73 over the host Wildcats. Senior guard Bryson Lane led the way with 22 points and sophomore Andre Irvin added 20. They then played state power Mentor the following day but lost 78-60 in the setback. The team then picked up a huge come from behind win in OT over Central Crossing. Junior forward Ryan Cutler drained a three-pointer to tie it at 57-57 as time ran out in regulation. They found a way to win in OT with the final score of 69-67. To close out the break they battled inner district rival Olentangy where they pulled off another huge road win 66-65. Seniors Nik Brannon and Luke Ballinger led the way with 14 points each. Cutler made the go ahead free throw with four seconds to give the Pioneers the win. Coming back from break they battled a tough opponent in Hilliard Davidson, they were unable to get momentum in the second half and lost 79-51.
Over winter break girls basketball had three games. On December 27, they played New Albany and lost 39-60. On January 4, the team played against Olentangy and lost by three points, 43-46. Their final game over break was against Licking County. In a tight game, Anna Grabau lead the team with 14 points, but unfortunately lost 46-47. On Tuesday, January 8, they played Hilliard Davidson and lost 34-65. Right now they are 2-9 and their next game is on Tuesday January 15 against Big Walnut.
The wrestling team participated in the annual Medina Invitational Tournament Dec. 26 and 27. The team finished 26th overall with 48.5 points. Freshman and 160 pounder Mitchell Broskie had 11.5 points for the team and finished 8th overall. Broskie was the only placer for the Pioneers. The next highest scorer was junior 132 pounder Rocco Torio who had nine points towards the team 48.5.
On Thursday, Jan. 10 the team travelled to Powell for their dual. They lost 50-23. Senior Cole Jackson, in the 120 pound weight class won his match by decision. Torio won his 132 pound match by fall, Broskie won his 160 pound match by a technical fall, 23-7. Junior Cardan Mutai won his match by forfeit in the 220 pound weight class.
The team started their break by battling one of the top team in the area in Upper Arlington on Friday, Dec. 21. In a close hard fought game they fell short with the final score being 4-2. They then followed up with their last game before Christmas on Sunday Dec. 23 with a 9-1 loss to Cincinnati Moeller. Their first game back was a big one with an 8-1 win over Columbus Academy on Jan. 3.The offense was led by senior Zach Miller who scored three goals. To finish up the break the team battled another top area team in St. Charles on Saturday Jan. 7, The boys lost 5-0 in the set back. It is Rivalry Weekend for the team as the face off against Powell on Friday at 8:20 p.m. and Olentangy on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Both of those games will be played at Chiller North.
Over winter break the girls gymnastics team had a meet on Dec. 22nd against Olentangy and Big Walnut. The team placed 2nd, with outstanding performances by senior Celia Ritchie, who placed 1st on the balance beam and received 5th place All Around. Freshman Molly Wheeler placed 2nd on the balance beam as well as 4th place All Around. On Saturday, Jan 5th, the Orange gymnastics team broke a school record for team score at the Delaware invitational where they took first place scoring 133.7 points. They had 19 gymnasts who competed at the invitational. Leading the team was Grace Ritterspach taking 1st place All around, 2nd place on vault, bars and floor and 5th on beam; Celia Ritchie taking 2nd place All around, 1st on vault and beam, 5th on bars and floor; Molly Wheeler took 4th place All around, 3rd on vault, 6th on beam and 1st on bars; Nicole Carifa was 6th All around, 3rd on vault, 4th on beam and floor; Olivia Dieckmann placed 4th on vault, 5th on beam and 6th on bars; Emma Woods placed 4th on bars. On Jan. 9th, the team competed against Berlin and Tri-Valley at Marysville. The team placed 2nd with a team score of 131.95 points. Sophomore Grace Ritterspach placed 1st place All Around as well as on bars. Senior Celia Ritchie received 3rd place for her floor routine.
Over winter break on Jan. 5, both the Boys and Girls Bowling teams participated in the Buckeye High School Classic. The boys placed 15th out of 26 teams with an overall score of 3709 points, while the girls placed 18th out of 24 teams with an overall score of 2840 points. Mckenzie Peterson scored the most individual points for Orange with a score of 472, allowing her to place 25th out of 133 competitors. On Monday, Jan. 7, both varsity teams competed against Westerville North at Palace Lanes. The Boys Varsity team was able to get a win over the Warriors with a score of 2036-1381. Unfortunately, the Lady Pioneers lost 1836-1617.
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, both Bowling teams played for a second night in a row against Marysville. Girls Varsity was able to come home with a 1778-1332 win. Mckenzie Peterson lead the team with a match and team high series of 363. Boys Varsity lost to Marysville 1987-2080 however Brendan Tansky had a team high series of 384.
Swim and dive
Over winter break the swim team had two meets, while the dive team only had one. The swimmers had a dual meet against Olentangy at the Mount Carmel Fitness center. The girls team tied in overall points with Olentangy with the boys team losing by a single point. In event one the girls 200 SC Meter Medley Relay, the Orange Girls won going a 2:12.44. In event 16 the Men’s 400 SC meter freestyle Sam Evers won the event going a 5:01.79.