Pioneers News · Athletic Update 9/7/2020-9/20/2020



The Pioneers played host to the Upper Arlington Golden Bears last Friday on Senior Night. The boys played fast and scored faster. They beat the Golden Bears 31-14, the Pioneers were up 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. Then it was 17-7 at halftime. The Pioneers would add a third quarter touchdown putting the game out of reach and walk away with a 2-2 record. Josh Laisure was 15/18 for 228 yards and 2 passing Touchdowns, he also added 37 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Issac Campbell had 77 rushing yards as the feature back for the Pioneers. Caden Konczak had 5 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown, Rico Franklin caught the other touchdown. But it was the Pioneer defense that really pushed around the Golden Bears. Causing 3 fourth quarter turnovers was huge and the Sophomore Golden Bear Quarterback James Hayek couldn’t get a comeback rolling. Joey Guagenti had 6 tackles to lead the Pioneers. Jadon Ampadu had 4.5 and Luke Brandt had 3.5. The Pioneer defense will look to keep playing well as they travel to Hilliard Bradley next week for a big game. 

By Tannor Lambert



On Tuesday Sept. 8, the girls traveled to Gahanna to compete against the Lions, ultimately sweeping the competition three sets to none. Senior London Davis led the team 25-15, 25-13, and 25-19. On Thursday Sept. 10, the lady Pioneers had the home court advantage against Hilliard Davidson and once again shut out the other team in three sets 25-13, 25-11, and 25-8. 


On Tuesday Sept. 15, volleyball traveled to play against the Lady Rocks at Dublin Coffman and secured a program sweep against the tough rival program. This is the first time in program history that the ‘Neers would defeat Coffman without the home court advantage. Varsity secured a close win in each set 25-17, 25-21, and 25-16. On Thursday Sept. 17, the team played at home against Upper Arlington winning in a quick three sets 25-15, 25-16, and 25-14. Senior Arianna Jackson stole the show with multiple blocks to help out the Pioneer defense.


On Saturday Sept. 19, the girls were back at home against the second seeded program in the state as well as five time state champions, Padua Franciscan. The Bruins secured the first two tight sets 20-25, and 15-25 against the Lady Pioneers. After a big push with the help of Senior Libero Addie Evans and Junior Liv McAtee, Orange took the next two winning 25-23 and 25-18. Unfortunately, the Bruins regained the momentum in the fifth set securing the win over the Pioneers 7-15. Senior Addie Evans recorded her 1,000 career dig in the fifth set.


 By Abby Struntz


Boys Soccer

On Saturday Sept. 12, the Pioneers boys soccer team defeated Worthington Kilbourne by a score of 5-4. The Pioneers had two goals from Senior Alex James, Junior Tyler Davy, Senior Ryan Borger and Junior Jack Behre. The boys take on Hilliard Davidson at home this Tuesday for Senior Night.


On Tuesday Sept. 15, the boys varsity soccer team hosted Hilliard Davidson for senior night. The Pioneers won by a score of 5-1 with two goals coming in the first half from junior Jack Behre and Senior Alex James who has now scored three goals in the Pioneer’s last two games. Second half goals were scored by senior Zach Blendick who netted one for the Pioneers and senior Jahred Ashmeade who managed to score twice for the Pioneers in the second half. Their record is now 6-0-2 still going strong on a six game win streak. The Pioneers travel to Dublin Coffman next Tuesday for another OCC matchup.


By Jake Barnhart


Girls Soccer

On Sept. 15, the girls soccer team travelled to Hilliard Davidson to start off their first OCC game of the new conference. Senior Morgan Scott opened up scoring early in the first half off a corner kick and starting in the back, Secora Johnson was able to find Sophomore Kaelyn Valleau for a goal. Regan Yamasaki opened up the second half scoring with a corner kick that deflected off a defender and in. Scott gets her second goal shortly after. Senior keeper Amanda Poorbaugh keeps the game scoreless against the Pioneers. Orange will take the win with a final score of 4-0. 

On Sept. 19, the girls soccer team faced a tough Bishop Watterson team at home. The girls have previously beat Watterson in the District Final game last year. Play was back and forth in the opening half, but sophomore Quinn Shannon gave the Pioneers a lead late in the half. In the start of the second half, Watterson tied it up. Not too long after, Shannon gets her second goal of the game to put the Pioneers ahead and seal a win for Orange, the final score being 2-1.


By Zoe Sucharski


Boys Golf

On the 14, the boys played in a UA invite. They placed 4 out of 16. Luke Johnson 73, Corbin Bentley 78, Jonathan Green 80, Nathan Brown 79, and Mitch Perdue 86. 310 for the team. The Rodney Butt Classic was played on the 20, the boys won the morning flight with a 301. Jonathan Green 72 and a medalist, Corbin and Luke 79, Nathan Brown 74, and Mitch 76. On the 21 they played at the Little Turtle Invite, Team 313. That placed them second. Luke Johnson 73 putting him on the all tourney team. Corbin 78, Jonathan 83, Mitch Perdue 80, and Nathan Brown 82. Not a bad two weeks for the boys, they will look to continue this momentum into the postseason. Senior Night is the 29 at the Lakes. 

By Tannor Lambert


Girls Golf

On Sept. 10, the girls golf team added a win to the books with a close three stroke victory (218) over Westerville South (221). Junior Natalie Au was crowned match medalist with a 40. 

On Sept. 14, the Lady Pionners participated in a tri-match at Worthington Hills against Thomas Worthington and Dublin Scioto. The girls were victorious as they secured a first place victory and named Senior Lauren Muffley and Junior Natalie Au with match medalist honors. 

A big congratulations goes out to Senior Lauren Muffley and Junior Natalie Au as Muffley earned honorable mention while Au earned first team honors in the Buckeye Division of the Ohio Capital Conference. 


By Abby Struntz


Field Hockey

On Tuesday Sept. 9, the field hockey team hosted a game against Thomas Worthington. The game was well fought on both sides, unfortunately the girls could not pull off the win and were defeated 3-0. The defense had a busy night totalling 13 defensive corners. They held down the fort on all 13 as Thomas Worthington was unable to finish the play. Our offensive line fought hard and had several advancements on goal but was unable to break the Cardinal barrier. 


On Saturday Sept. 12, the girls had home field advantage against Granville. The girls fell to the Aces 1-0 in a close fought game. Cam Greenwood had one save. On Wednesday Sept. 16, the girls fell to Upper Arlington 3-0. The girls had many alterations to their lineups due to multiple player injuries. This resulted in pulling up a number of JV players getting minutes on the defensive end.  


By Jenna Durst


Girls Tennis

On Tuesday Sept. 9, the girls had the home court against Olentangy Liberty. Unfortunately the Patriots defeated the Pioneers 3-2. Senior Caroline Sproule won her single match in three sets 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Junior Tyler Reed won her match of two sets 6-0, 6-1. On Wednesday Sept. 9, the girl had the home court against Olentangy Berlin. The Pioneers did win against the Bears 4-1. 


By Gabby McAninch


Boys+Girls Xcountry

On Saturday Sept. 12, the girls varsity team competed in the Woods and Mud Invitational. Despite a very hilly and uneven course, the Pioneers raced very well. Overall, the varsity team finished 3rd out of 8 teams with a score of 98 points. Kayla Sucharski led the Pioneers by placing 14th with a time of 20:35. Just behind her was Medha Patria placing 16th with a time of 20:36. Next up was Mairin O’brien (22th, 21:06) and Bella Homorody (26th, 21:23). Finishing out the scoring was Abby Wells (33rd, 21:39), Lainey Garling (34th, 21:47), and Corinne Hazel (44th, 22:31). The JV team finished 1st with a score of 23 points. Shreya Arunkumar led the JV team by placing 1st with a time of 23:20. This Saturday, the girls will compete at Dublin Jerome in the Celtic Clash. 


On Saturday Sept. 12, the boys varsity team competed in the Woods and Mud Invitational. They raced on a tough course, but ran very well. The team placed 2nd out of 8 teams with a score of 68 points and they came behind Lancaster by only 2 points. Jake Ethridge led the boys by placing 2nd with a time of 16:21 and Bryan King was behind him by placing 6th with a time of 16:58. Next up was Saketh Rudraraju (12th, 17:18), Cole Benishek (20th, 17:38), and Luke Woolard (28th, 17:51). To wrap up the scoring, Jack Helmer came 37th with a time of 18:13 and Eric Keikeben came in 40th with a time of 18:29. The JV team finished 1st by sweeping the top 7 spots with a score of 15. Keegan Knapp led the team by placing 1st with a time of 18:25. The boys will be racing at Dublin Jerome this weekend in the Celtic Clash.

By: Kayla Delmore