Pioneers News · Athletic Update 9/21/2020-9/27/2020


The boys beat Hilliard Bradley on Friday in a shootout of a game. The boys won on a literal game ending hook and latter, after Bradley scored a touchdown with 28 seconds remaining off the arm of AJ Mirgon to Jack Pugh. The Final score was 37-34, Josh Laisure 12/25 for 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He added 2 rushing touchdowns as well. Caden Konczak added two touchdowns as well. One early in the first quarter, then he received the lateral and ran it in from the forty. There were 3.8 seconds remaining in the game. Dylan Dempsey led the Pioneers with 7.5 tackles and a sack. Luke Houston had 6.5 tackles. Jack Berhe was 5/5 on PATs. The Pioneers are home against Powell next Friday.    

By Tannor Lambert



On Monday Sept. 22, the girls volleyball team traveled to play against Hilliard Bradley for an Ohio Capital Conference game. The Neers were able to get a sweep winning three sets 25-16, 25-19, and 25-17. Senior London Davis led the team with a kill percentage of 58 moving the teams overall record to be 8-3.


On Thursday Sept. 24, the Pioneers kicked off All Olentangy Week at home against Olentangy Liberty. With a rowdy parent crowd, the girls kept a close back and forth game, ending the night in a clean victory. Orange won all three sets 25-22, 25-14, and 25-19. Junior Molly Shomock and Senior Addie Evans were on fire with an ace percentage of 20 and 23 saves consecutively. 


On Saturday Sept. 26, the girls were back at home for an early day game against rival Olentangy for the second game of All Olentangy Week. The Pioneers defeated the Braves 25-15, 26-24, and 25-12. Senior Tazmin Appiah leads the team with 17 total blocks at the net. The Olentangy girls volleyball team will wrap up All Olentangy Week on Tuesday Sept. 29 at home against Olentangy Berlin for senior night.


 By Abby Struntz


Boys Soccer

By Jake Barnhart


On Tuesday Sept. 22, the Pioneers were defeated by Dublin Coffman by a score of 1-0. The Pioneers take on Bishop Watterson on thursday September, 24 in what will be a bounce back game for the Pioneers. 


On Thursday Sept. 24, the Pioneers defeated Bishop Watterson by a score of 1-0 with a goal in the first half by Junior, Jack Behre. The Pioneers will take on Perrysburg on Saturday looking to keep their win streak alive.


On Saturday Sept. 26, the Pioneers defeated Perrysburg by a score of 4-3 with two goals from Junior, Jack Behre, and one goal each from seniors Jerry Ashmeade and Alex James. The boys team will take on Saint Charles at home on Tuesday Sept. 29.


Girls Soccer

On Tuesday Sept. 22, the Girls Soccer team was up against Dublin Coffman, who they lost to last year in the Regional Finals of the State Tournament. In the beginning of the first half, Coffman got a goal off a deflection. The pioneers put up a fight, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Coffman takes the win at 0-1.

On Thursday Sept. 24, the soccer programs were playing back to back, with the boys against Watterson and the girls playing Westerville North. The pioneers scored late in the first half with a goal by Yamasaki, and found the back of the net in the second half with a goal by Heald. Westerville North would get a goal late in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to beat the pioneers. Orange wins with a final of 2-1.

On Saturday Sept. 26, the girls were up against Canal Winchester. The game was physical all over the pitch and remained scoreless for the majority of the game. With just about 30 seconds left, Kaufman scores off a rebound to give the Pioneers a win. The final was 1-0.


By Zoe Sucharski


Boys Golf

The boys placed second in the Little Turtle Invite hosted by Gahanna Lincoln, they placed second with a team 313. Luke Johnson 73, Corbin Bentley 78, Jonathan Green 83, Mitch Perdue 80, and Nathan Brown 82. 

By Tannor Lambert


Girls Golf


On Sept. 24, the girls traveled to Bent Tree to host Olentangy Berlin. Unfortunately, the Bears came out on top with a score of 192. Junior Natalie Au tied with Berlin’s Mia Raines for match medalist with a final individual score of 39. On Sept. 30 the team will participate in the All Olentangy Cup to celebrate the seniors across the district golf programs.


By Abby Struntz


Field Hockey

On Monday Sept. 21, the Pioneers faced New Albany in a close fought game resulting in a 1-1 tie. The game remained scoreless for the first half of the game. Breaking the ice, New Albany scored off of a corner. With five minutes remaining in the game, Junior Reece Tomajack fired a hard shot, scoring on the Eagles. With only one minute left of game play, the girls fought extremely hard to keep New Albany off of their end of the field. The game went into overtime, however neither team could get the ball to the back of the net, resulting in a tie. 


On Wednesday Sept. 23, the girls defeated Dublin Scioto 1-0. The Irish offense put up a fight against the strong Pioneer defense. With the injured players still unable to play, Coach had to make lineup adjustments. Moving juniors Reece Tomajack, Aubrey Timmons, Sammy Myers and Emma-Cait Cogan to offensive mids. At the top of the third quarter, Tomajack assisted the ball to Haylie Sucharski who got a ball past the irish. The defense pushed even harder for the remainder of the game, keeping Scioto out to enter the circle the entire fourth quarter.


By Jenna Durst


Girls Tennis

On Tuesday Sept. 22, the girls had home court advantage against Welligton school. The Pioneers defeated the Dukes 3-2.  In the single matches, Junior Tyler Reed won her match in two sets 6-1, 6-1, as well as junior Karol Korotkin in two sets 6-4, 6-4. For doubles, senior Katie Dicken and freshman Ellie Logan won their match in two sets 6-4, 6-2 resulting in another great win for the pioneers.


By Gabby McAninch


Boys+Girls Xcountry

The Cross Country team headed over to Dublin Jerome on Sept. 26 to race in the Celtic Clash.

The boys team placed 4th overall, with senior Jake Ethridge placing 7th with a time of 15:47.42, giving him a PR and 4th overall in school history. Bryan King and Saketh Rudraraju were close behind, King with a time of 16:16.0 coming in 15th, and Rudraraju with a time of 16:28.6 coming in 19th place.

The girls team placed 5th overall, with senior Medha Patria placing 14th with a time of 19:38.19. Close behind were Mairin O’Brien and Kayla Sucharski, O’Brien with a time of 20:23.68 coming in 27th, and Sucharski with a time of 20:27.25 coming in 31st.

By: Zoe Sucharski