On Friday the boys were home to close out the regular season against Powell. The final score was 42-21 with the Pioneers falling to the Patriots. Aidan Kenley of Powell had 5 rushing touchdowns and proved to be too much for the ‘Neer defense. Josh Laisure finished the game 12/20 for 2 touchdowns, 1 interception and 185 yards. Caden Konczak had 11 receptions for 173 yards and 2 touchdown receptions. The Pioneers scored their third touchdown on a Jordan Rudolph pick six late in the fourth quarter. Luke Brandt had 9 tackles, Luke Houston had 7, and Jordan Rudolph had 6. The Pioneers are home on Friday to kickoff the playoffs against Upper Arlington at 7. They beat the Golden Bears earlier this season at home in a 31-14 Victory where the defense shutdown James Hayek the sophomore quarterback in the fourth quarter. Carson Gresock is stronger and better than the last time the ‘Neers saw him. It’ll be a good test on Friday for the boys. If they win they play the winner of number 3 seeded Westerville Central and the 14 seeded Grove City Central Crossing. The Pioneers are the 6 seed at home vs the 11 seed Upper Arlington.
By Tannor Lambert
On Tuesday Sept. 29, the girls hosted Olentangy Berlin for senior night celebrating London Davis, Tazmin Appiah, Arianna Jackson, and Addie Evans. The girls won in a clean sweep 25-14, 25-12, and 25-12. Junior Hanna Borer led the team serving multiple aces, bringing her serving ace percentage to 30.8 percent. This game concluded All Olentangy Week as the girls defeated each rival team. On Thursday Oct. 1, the Lady Pioneers traveled to Hilliard Davidson to play the Wildcats. Again, the girls swept their opponent winning 25-23, 25-12, 25-17. Senior London Davis controlled offense with a total of 14 kills. On Saturday Oct. 3, volleyball was back at home against Dublin Scioto. After a lot of back and forth, Orange won a close game going to four sets. Orange ultimately lost the first set 13-25, and won the last three 26-24, 25-18, and 25-18.
By Abby Struntz
By Jake Barnhart
On Tuesday Sept. 29, the Pioneers hosted the Saint Charles Cardinals and defeated them by a score of 1-0 with a penalty kick goal from Senior, Alex James to give the Pioneers a lead over the Cardinals. In the following minutes of the Pioneers goal Saint Charles was awarded a penalty kick, Senior goalkeeper Aaron Kim made an amazing save and stopped the Cardinals penalty kick and sealed the Pioneers a win. The boys team hosts Upper Arlington on Thursday in an OCC battle.
On Thursday Oct. 1, the Pioneers hosted Upper Arlington for an OCC matchup. The final score was 0-0, the Pioneers had a penalty kick in the last 5 seconds of the game with Senior, Alex James taking the kick who would go on to hit the goal post and see time run out after his kick resulting in a tie for the Pioneers. The Pioneers will travel to Hilliard Bradley next Tuesday in another OCC league matchup.
By Zoe Sucharski
On Monday the boys played host of a tournament at the Lakes. Olentangy Liberty won the tournament, the boys shot a 317. Corbin Bentley 80, Jon Green 82, Luke Johnson 77, Nathan Brown 79, Mitch Perdue 81. On Tuesday it was Senior Night at the Lakes, the Seniors Corbin Bentley, Jonathan Green, Nathan Brown, Tannor Lambert, Ethan Muth, and Ethan Hunter showed up in style to play. The match was against Berlin, and was a two man scramble. The Jon Green Corbin Bentley tandem led the way shooting 30, with a 22 footer missed by a half inch for both of them on the 9 green for a 29. Nathan Brown and Ethan Hunter 38, Hunter paid his dues on the greens while Brown carried off the tee. Then it was Muth and Tannor Lambert, who took an 8 on the first hole then went bogey, bogey on the following two holes. But the tides shifted after a chip in for par on the fourth hole from Tannor and the pair finished 4 over with a score of 40. A heck of a comeback for the tandem and a great senior night all around. Thursday was another tournament for the boys,
By Tannor Lambert
On Wednesday Sept. 30, the Lady Pioneers Golf Team celebrated senior night during the all Olentangy Cup Scramble. Unfortunately, the girls fell to Olentangy Liberty as they received the Olentangy Cup for a second year. Liberty came out on top with a score of 109, Olentangy fell in a close second with a score of 113, Berlin followed in third with a score of 125, and Orange came in fourth with a close score of 139.
By Abby Struntz
On Sept. 28 the Pioneers defeated the Bears in a close fought game 1-0. The game was played in the pouring rain. However, the weather did not stop the girls from fighting for the win. The Pioneers spent a great deal of time on the Bears side of the field with many offensive corners. It was not until 13 minutes left of game play that Sammy Myers passed the ball to Sydney Lowry who got on past the Berlin goalie. In addition, Junior Varsity also defeated Berlin 4-0.
By Jenna Durst
On Thursday Oct. 1st the girls took on Westerville Central at home. The Pioneers fought hard despite the weather and won against the Warhawks 4-1. Junior Karol Korotkin did an outstanding job with winning her singles match in two sets 6-1, 6-0. Senior Katie Dicken also won her singles match with it being a close game. She won in two sets 7-6 and 7-5. Also new Pioneer, freshman Ellie Logan did an amazing job keeping up with her fellow teammates and won her singles match 6-2 in both sets. The dynamic duo of senior Caroline Sproule and junior Tyler Reed won yet another match in doubles. They won in two sets against the Warhawks not letting any through with the score being 6-0 on both matches.
By Gabby McAninch
On Saturday Oct. 3, the girls cross country team raced in the Berlin Bear Den Dash at Olentangy Berlin High School. The girls placed 5th out of 13 teams with a score of 141 points. Freshman Mairin O’Brien led the Pioneers by placing 9th with a time of 19:55, and she broke 20 min for the first time. Next up for the Pioneers were Kayla Sucharski (13th, 20:05), Corinne Hazel (36th, 20:59), and Lainey Garling (40th, 21:07). Rounding out the scoring for the Pioneers were Bella Homorody (43rd, 21:14), Abby Wells (47th, 21:33), and Kylie Hanson (53rd, 21:48). The girls JV team placed 4th out of 11 teams with a score of 101 points. Monica Paredes led the team by placing 14th with a time of 22:21. The girls will race again on Saturday Oct. 10 at Thomas Worthington High School.
On Saturday Oct. 3, the boys varsity cross country team competed at Olentangy Berlin High School in the Berlin Bear Den Dash. It was perfect weather for a race and the boys placed 3rd out of 15 teams with a score of 109 points. Jake Ethridge led the team by placing 11th with a time of 16:06. Coming in close behind were, Bryan King (13th, 16:17.4) and Saketh Rudraraju (14th, 16:17.4). Next up for the Pioneers were Zamir Fuller (27, 16:42), Luke Woolard (44th, 17:10), and Lincoln Weber (51st, 17:23). Keegan Knapp finished out the scoring by placing 71st with a time of 17:56). The boys JV team placed 2nd out of 13 teams with a score of 41. Carter Giacomelli and Jack Helmer led the team by placing 1st and 2nd with times of 17:06 and 17:08. The next race for the boys will be on Saturday Oct. 10 at Thomas Worthington High School.
By Kayla Delmore