Pioneers News · Athletic Update 12/16/19-1/13/20

                                                                                    Athletic Update – 12/16/2019 to 1/13/2020


Girls Basketball: 

The girls had a busy schedule for them over the holiday break. They first started off break on Dec. 20 over at Westerville South, but the game did not go their way. The Pioneers lost 47-77. Next up was the Stallions Holiday Classic over at Desales High School on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28. The girls first faced off against DeSales on Saturday, but it ended with a 29-47 lost for the Pioneers. Then on Sunday, the girls played Upper Arlington and lost after a close game with a score of 37-43. To wrap up winter break and to start off the new year, both the girls and the boys varsity teams travelled over to Olentangy High School on Jan. 3 to face off against the Braves. The Lady Pioneers did not get the result they were looking for and lost 38-53 against their rivals.

With the start of a new semester, the girls were still holding their heads high. On Jan. 7, the girls were fresh and ready to go as they made the trip to Hilliard Davidson. After a tough game, the Pioneers lost to the Cats 28-60. The girls then had a big game against Westerville North on Jan. 10. The girls kept the game close in the first half, ending the half with only 6 points behind the Warriors. The Pioneers couldn’t make up the lost points in the second half and lost to the Warriors 35-59.


Written by Zoe Sucharski


Boys Basketball: 

Just like the girls, the boys had a busy schedule ahead of them at the start of winter break. They started off the holiday break on Dec. 20 against Westerville South. This game was a coach rivalry, as Coach Ed Calo of Westerville South is the father of Orange’s Coach Calo. The Wildcats held the lead for the vast majority of the game, and the Pioneers comeback efforts weren’t quite enough. The Pioneers fall to the Wildcats 57-72. Junior Andre Irvin lead in points with 15 and  senior Ryan Cutler followed with 13 points.

Next up the Pioneers were at the Stephen Gussler Memorial Tournament on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28. On Saturday, the guys played Dublin Jerome. The game was very tight and the Pioneers were able to comeback and win it, 51-46. Junior Jason Foster had 14 points and Irvin had 11 points. Then on Sunday, they played Licking Heights and won 62-43. Cutler lead with 15 points and Irvin had 11 points. 

To start off the new year, the boys ended winter break with a game over at Olentangy. The game was very close the entire time. With less than 2 minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers tied it up at 57. With frantic efforts to put points on the board, the Pioneers were up by four in the closing seconds and ended up winning against the Braves 61-59. The win brings the Pioneers record to 2-2 in OCC-Buckeye. Irvin lead the game with 23 points, Foster had 14 points and Cutler had 12 points.

The boys start off second semester at home against Hilliard Davidson on Jan. 7. The guys won 57-34. Foster threw down a couple of dunks. Next up, the guys played against Westerville North on Jan. 10 in an intense OCC matchup. The game was very tight, as the Pioneers lead at the start of the fourth quarter 32-30. Unfortunately, the Warriors were able to put up more points in the last quarter making it a 41-42 lost for the Pioneers.


Written by Zoe Sucharski




Right before the holiday break, on December 12, girls wrestling competed in the first girls dual meet in Ohio against Miami East High School. Orange won 48-36 with eight different girls winning by pin. 

106 – Lexi Simmons (OO) pin Lilly Bruggerman

116 – Emily McManus (OO) pin Kirsten Overholser

121 – Christy Wingert (OO) pin Sara Root

126 – Alysa Wallace (OO) pin Emily Adkins 

137 – Taryn Martin (OO) pin Josie DesAuele

143 – Anna Grabau (OO) pin Ella Demmitt

150 – Noel Frye (OO) pin Korrah Patton

189 – Talia Mitchell (OO) pin Shelby Preston 


Boys wrestling competed in the Medina Invitational on December 27 and 28. After the first day Orange sat at 19th out of 44 teams with six athletes winning their second round matches. On the second day Sophomore Keegan Knapp (132) pinned state placer Gavin Ramos to make the semifinals. Knapp placed third and Tristian Bluntschley (195) placed eighth, with the team finishing with 71 points and 24th out of 44 teams.  


On January 4, the team hosted the Pioneer Classic. The boys took first with 226 points, over 100 points higher than the second place team, while the girls took second.
Boys Wrestling:

132 – Knapp (OO) won by decision over Cummins, 10-1

138 – Miller (OO) pin Newland

145 – Ian Krider (OO) pin over Summit 

195 – Bluntschly (OO) pin over Scarberry

220 – Kaminski (OO) won by decision over Sidibe, 6-2

285 – Kemmerling (OO) pin over Dillard


On Thursday January 9, the boys wrestled at home against Liberty, and the girls wrestled at home against Miami East, Greenview, and Delaware Hayes. The boys lost 27-38, while, the girls won 18 out of 22 matches.


Written by Grace Poorbaugh




On Jan. 8, the girls and boys teams competed against Big Walnut. The girls won 1,873 – 1,521. They were led by sophomore Lauren Berend with 191 and 194, which is her career high, followed by senior Raymie Shields with 196 and 158. The boys also defeated Big Walnut 2,188 – 2,140. They were led by senior Jake Norz with 267 and 158 followed by junior Mark Turner with 211 and 211. 


On Jan. 10, the boys and girls teams competed against Westerville South. The girls won 1,912 – 1,767. The team was led by senior Raymie Shields with 161 and her career high of 259 followed by sophomore Eve Wicks with 164 and 183. The boys also defeated South 2,310 – 1,863. They were led by junior Mark Turner with 235 and 204 followed by sophomore Nick Kicas with 223 and 185.


The teams will compete on Jan. 14, against Marysville at Marysville Lanes and on Jan. 15, against Olentangy Liberty at Palace Lanes both starting at 3:45pm.


Written by Raymie Shields  




On Dec. 19, the boys traveled to Easton to compete against the New Albany Eagles. Unfortunately over the course of three periods, the team lost 3-7. The next day, on Dec. 20, the Neers were ready to play their second back to back game against Cincinnati Saint Xavier. The team played a hard fought game, but lost 4-6 to the Bombers. On Dec. 21, your pioneers were ready to bounce back during their third straight night playing a game. The team had the home ice advantage against Penn. After three long periods, the boys came out on top with a score of 5-4. On the Pioneers fourth and final night of playing hockey back to back, they competed against Springboro at the South Metro ice rink. Ending 2019 on a good note, Olentangy Orange defeated the Panthers 5-4. After a long break, the boys came back looking to start the new year with a win. With a home ice advantage, the neers defeated Archbishop Alter 15-3 to start the year 1-0. On Jan. 10, the Pioneers played at the Chiller North against rival Olentangy. During the electrifying 3 periods, Orange was able to defeat the braves as goalie Kyle Neer and goal leader Clayton Headlee lead the team 10-4 past Olentangy.  


Written by Abby Struntz




On December 17, gymnastics traveled to Westerville Central HS to compete in the Worthington Youth Boosters meet. 


Written by Dom Parker


Swim & Dive:

Over Break the Pioneers competed in the Delaware County relay meet. The boys didn’t win any events, the girls won four. They then went onto a dual meet against Olentangy. The Pioneers won both boys and girls meets in overall points. There were a couple event wins sprinkled in for the Pioneers, but consistent second and third places not only showed the depth of the Pioneers but also pushed them overtop to win. 


On Saturday January 11, 9 Pioneers went to the Northeast Classic at the CT Barnum Natatorium in Canton, Ohio. They had good swims in the Preliminary session with time drops from Kayla FIsher in the 50 freestyle, Alex Knodel in the 100 freestyle, Tuckor Lambert in the 100 freestyle, Emma Logan in the 100 freestyle, Ava Row in the 100 freestyle, and Graham Weidenhamer in the 200 freestyle. Graham made it back to finals individually, while the boys 200 medley relay got disqualified. The meet was a great opportunity for swimmers to see how they feel and get a look at most of the competition heading into championship season. 


Written by Tannor Lambert