Pioneers News · Athletic Update 2/3/2020-2/9/2020

Athletic Update -2/3/2010 to 2/9/2020


Girls Basketball: 

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the girls basketball team was home to play against Franklin Heights. The Pioneers were hosting OYAA night, where they had all middle school and youth teams come out to support the high school team. As expectations were high for the girls, they were ready for a win. The Pioneers found their rhythm early on in the game and made big plays in the offensive zone. The made three-pointers and great defense contributed most to their success, as they won against Franklin Height, 77-42. 

On Friday, Feb. 7, the girls had a big rivalry game against the Olentangy Braves. They previously lost to the Braves earlier in the season, so the girls wanted a win. The Pioneers showed much improvement, as they played as a team and made big defensive plays to stop the Braves’ offense. Although the Pioneers were playing well, they ended up losing to the Braves, 23-44. 


Written by Zoe Sucharski


Boys Basketball: 

On the fourth the boys team went to Franklin Heights. They captured a much needed win, beating the Golden Falcons 79-38. The week before the Pioneers hit a rut, and lost both games. The win against Heights was led by a strong first half of scoring, but the defense in the second half was what really helped the Pioneers. 

On the 7, it was Senior Night against Olentangy. The night was highlighted by Wilson Baker starting the game. Wilson was hurt earlier in the year in a season ending injury. Wilson caught the tip-off travelled and checked out of the game. The Pioneers were down as many as 12 points during the game. At halftime the score was 30-22 with Olentangy leading. The Pioneers went on a 22-14 point run to start the second half. Their only lead of the game was 42-40. Down 54-51 the Pioneers had another chance due to a clock mismanagement they had 3.8 seconds to run a play, Jason Foster did all he could but the Pioneers couldn’t hit a game tying three and fell to the rival braves. 

To close out the regular season the Pioneers are at Central Crossing and at Westerville North this week. 


Written by Tannor Lambert 




Both teams were off this week. The boys compete at the Indiana Lake Quad on February 11th and the girls take on Marysville, who placed second to Orange at the Bellefontaine Tournament, on February 12th.


Written by Grace Poorbaugh




On Wednesday, Feb. 5th, the Olentangy Orange Varsity boys and girls teams took on Teays Valley. The girls fell to Teays 1,779 – 1,857. The team was led by sophomore Eve Wicks with 158 and 157 followed by sophomore Lauren Berend with 129 and 149. The girls are now 7-5.


The boys also fell to Teays 2,219 – 2,359. The team was led by junior Mark Turner with 202 and 195 followed by senior Jake Norz with 195 and 194. The boys are now 10-3.


This week on Wednesday, Feb. 12th, the pioneers will have their last match of the season. They will be participating in a quad match against all of the Olentangy High Schools. This match will take place at Delaware Lanes at 3:45pm. Make sure to come out and support your pioneers!


Written by Raymie Shields  




On Sunday, Feb, 9 your Pioneers went up against Dublin Jerome during an early 4 PM game. For the duration of 45 minutes, it was a close game, as both teams were tied at four until the last minutes of the third period. Goals were scored by Juniors Austin Knupp and Clayton Headlee, along with Seniros Blake Messenger and Jake Morrone. The tie breaker was shot and made with 60 seconds left in the third period by Senior Cam Miller. The final score of 5-4 allowed the Pioneers to come out on top of the Celts and secure first place in their Division. On Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 the boys will play their first game in the 2019-2020 Blue Jackets Cup against Olentangy Liberty at Ice Works. 


Written by Abby Struntz




On Saturday Feb, 8, gymnastics competed in OCC’s 


Written by Dom Parker


Swim & Dive:

The Swim and Dive team had Sectionals at Kenyon on Saturday, multiple Pioneers qualified for districts, which will be held Thursday the 13 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus at The Ohio State University. At sectionals the girls 200 medley relay, and the 400 freestyle relay both took fourth. The 200 freestyle relay took 8 all 3 relays qualified for Districts. On the boys side the 200 medley took 6, the 200 free relay took 5 and the 400 free relay took 8. All three of those relays also qualified. Tuckor Lambert is seeded 12 in the 100 backstroke, and 20 in the 100 freestyle. Graham Weidenhamer is seeded 21 in the 200 free and 11 in the 100 breastroke. Kayla Fisher is seeded 10 in the girls 100 free and 18 in the 100 back. Alex Knodel is 21 in the 200 free and 22 in the 500 free. Emma Logan is 17 in the 100 breast and 22 in the 200 IM. Brooke farren is seeded 30 in the 100 fly. Jenna Durst is seeded 26, Josie Vance is seeded 32, and Paige Kadar is seeded 34 all in the 1m diving. 

By: Tannor Lambert