Pioneers News · Athletic Recap 11/30/2019-12/08/2019

Girls Basketball: 

The Girls Basketball team is rebuilding their program under the new head coach, Danielle Roe. The season opener against Thomas Worthington on Nov. 22 ended in a lost, 49-20. The girls were looking for improvement against Watkins Memorial, but the Pioneers lost 69-22. 

Last Week on Dec. 3, the girls travelled to Westerville North looking for a win. The girls played tough but lost to the Warriors, 72-32. On Friday, Dec. 6, the girls played against Olentangy Liberty in a double-header with the boys playing after. The girls fought hard, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Patriots. The final score was 67-21 for a Liberty win.

Written by Zoe Sucharski


Boys Basketball: 

Last Tuesday the basketball Team, had their season opener at home. Coach Anthony Calo had his boys ready to go, they came out firing. A big win in their opener against Delaware Hayes. The final was 57-42. Then on Friday they were home again against Liberty. The boys fell to the Patriots 57-51 in a tight game where the Pioneers had a late rally but it wasn’t enough. 

Written by Tannor Lambert 



Over the weekend wrestling kicked off their season at the Upper Arlington Invitational with the team placing third and nine individuals placing in the top four. 

Weight Class: 113 – Luke Behre (4th place)

Weight Class: 132 – Keegan Knapp (3rd place)

Weight Class: 138 – Zack Miller (3rd place)

Weight Class: 145 – Ian Krider – (2nd place)

Weight Class: 152 – Connor Svantner (3rd place)

Weight Class: 195 – Tristan Bluntschly (1st  place)

Weight Class: 220 – Cardan Mutai (2nd place) 

Weight Class: 220 – Geoff Kaminski (4th place)

Weight Class: Heavyweight – Josh Young (4th place)

The girls won 20 matches throughout the day with 15 individuals having at least one win.

Seniors Christy Wingert and Anna Grabau and junior Taryn Martin all went 3-0, and junior Ashley Graham went 2-0. 

Written by Grace Poorbaugh



The bowling season kicked off on Monday, Dec. 2, Girls and boys varsity faced off against Westerville Central and unfortunately fell short. For the boys, junior Mark Turner led the team with a 205 and 155 followed by sophomore Nick Kicas with a 172 and 177. The final total scores were 1,920 – 2,247. For the girls, senior Raymie Shields led the team with a 177 and 181 followed by sophomore Eve Wicks with a 127 and 129.  The girls also fell short and lost 1,514 – 2,098.

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, the boys Varsity team competed against Westerville North and won 2,212 – 1,503. The boys were led by sophomore Jake Burre with a 200 and 213 followed by junior Mark Turner with a 223 and 158. The boys are now 1-1 for the season. 

All JV and varsity teams will be competing at a tournament this Saturday, Dec. 7. The tournament will be held at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace and will begin at 12:30. Make sure to come out and show your support!

Written by Raymie Shields  



On Friday, Oct. 22, the boys played their first regular season game for the 19/20 year against St. Charles. Starting off strong, Junior Payton Muth scored a goal in the first period to lead the game. Unfortunately, that was the only goal for the pioneers as they fell to the cardinals 1-4. On Sunday, Oct. 24, your Orange Pioneers bounced back against Dublin Scioto winning by a huge 18-1. Friday, Oct. 29 marked the first day of the Chiller Tournament at The Chiller North for the boys and they were looking to win. The hockey team went up against Hilliard Davidson and battled back and forth to tie Davidson with seven goals at the end of regulation. In overtime, Junior Clayton Headlee was able to put one in the net after a huge save from goalie Carter GoodKnight to win 8-7. The tournament continued the next day on Saturday, Oct. 30 with back to back games. Your Pioneers were able to secure a win against Strongsville 7-4, but were not able to defeat the St. Charles Cardinals earlier that day losing a close game 4-3. The final game occured on Sunday, Dec. 1, against Xaiver. The “Neers” were able to win big 7-4. The boys record for the tournament concluded with three wins and one loss, making their overall record 4-2. On Thursday, Dec. 5, the boys traveled to Dublin to play against Powell and unfortunately they could not pull out the win, losing 4-10.

Written by Abby Struntz



On Wednesday December 4, the gymnastics team had their first meet of the year.

Written by Dom Parker


Swim & Dive:

The Swim Team had their first meet on Saturday, November 30. They traveled to the Westerville Community Center to swim against Westerville South. To kick off the season the Pioneers 200 medley relay consisting of Tuckor Lambert, Graham Weidenhamer, Tannor Lambert, and Noah Crowe won the event. Other wins throughout the day included,  Lauren Muffley in the 200 free, Alex Knodel in the 200 IM, Tannor Lambert in the 200 IM, Emma Logan in the 50 Freestyle, Tuckor Lambert in the 50 Freestyle, Brooke Farren in the 100 Butterfly, Graham Weidenhamer in the 100 Butterfly, Emma Logan in the 100 Freestyle, Ben Reusser in the 100 Freestyle, Kayla Fisher in the 100 Backstroke, Tuckor Lambert in the 100 Backstroke, Noah Crowe in the 100 Breastroke, The 400 freestyle relay with Brooke Farren, Kayla Fisher, Alex Knodel, and Emma Logan, as well as the Men’s 400 Freestyle relay, with Tannor Lambert, Tuckor Lambert, Noah Crowe, and Graham Weidenhamer. 

On Friday December 6, the swim team traveled to Upper Arlington. They won two races throughout the night. The girls 400 medley at the beginning of the meet which consisted of Kayla Fisher, Emma Logan, Brooke Farren, and Ava Row. The only other win was Graham Weidenhamer individually in the 100 breastroke. 
The Pioneers will compete at Ned Reeb this upcoming weekend. 

Written by Tannor Lambert