Athletic Update 10/5/20-10/11/20
On Friday, the boys were home against Upper Arlington for Week 1 of the 2020 playoffs. After previously beating the Golden Bears earlier in the season, the Pioneers fell at home in an upset loss. The final score was 17-10, the Pioneer defense turned it on in the second half. After being down 17-0 after the first half, the ‘Neers didn’t put any points on the board until Josh Laisure connected with Julian Disabto for a 20 yard touchdown pass with just over 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter. They then kicked a field goal with 12 seconds left due to the fact they had no touchdowns. A failed onside kick and that was the game. 17-10 the final score. The Pioneers will play three more games this season, they are yet to be scheduled. Josh Laisure finished the game with 244 total yards and 1 interception and 1 touchdown pass. On the defensive side of the football, Luke Houston led the Pioneers with 7 tackles. Upper Arlington moves on to Westerville Central next week.
By Tannor Lambert
On Tuesday Oct. 6, the girls had the home court advantage against rival Dublin Coffman. For the second time this season, the Pioneers swept the Rocks in three sets 25-23, 25-8, and 25-11. Junior Hanna Borer led the team with a perfect serve percentage of 100 and an ace percentage of 28.6. On Thursday Oct. 8, the Lady Pioneers traveled to Upper Arlington. With the help of 10 kills by Junior Molly Shomock, the team won three sets to none 25-8, 25-20, and 25-14. Orange now has an overall record of 13-3 and are first in their league with a record of 8-0. The girls play a big game at home against Bishop Watterson on Monday Oct. 12.
By Abby Struntz
On Tuesday Oct. 6, the Pioneers traveled to Hilliard Bradley in an OCC division matchup. The Pioneers fell short against Bradley losing 1-0 with Bradley’s only goal coming from a penalty kick late in the second half. The Pioneers will look to bounce back on Thursday with Dublin Jerome coming to Pioneer Stadium.
On Thursday Oct. 8, the Pioneers hosted Dublin Jerome. The Pioneers fell to Jerome by a score of 3-0. The Pioneers had some golden chances, they got a penalty kick late in the second half but failed to score. The Pioneers will look to get a statement win against rival Liberty next tuesday in the last game of the regular season.
By Jake Barnhart
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the girls soccer played against Hilliard Bradley in a tough OCC game. After a competitive 1st half, the score remained 0-0. Bradley gets a goal in the late minutes of the second half. Orange is able to get one back with a strike at the top of the box by freshman Lauryn Barringer. Senior Hannah Heald gets the game winning goal with 6 seconds left to seal an OCC win for the Pioneers, 2-1.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, the girls travelled to Marysville to play the Monarchs. After many great chances for the Pioneers, they couldn’t find the back of the net. The game ended with a 0-0 tie.
By Zoe Sucharski
On Wednesday the boys placed second and moved onto Districts at Apple Valley next week, Corbin Bentley 81, Luke Johnson 74, Jonathan Green 74, Nathan Brown 84, and Mitch Perdue 77. A team total 306 and a second place finish. They will be at Apple Valley next week for Districts.
By Tannor Lambert
This weekend the girls celebrated the end of their season with multiple awards. Junior Natalie Au received MVP, First Team All-OCC, and District Qualifier while Senior Lauren Muffley received Honorable Mention All-OCC. Senior Emma Wood was honored with the Pioneer Award for the girls golf team. A nice end to a great season for the girls.
By Abby Struntz
On Thursday Oct. 8, the girls traveled to Worthington Kilbourne to face the wolves. In a hard fought game, the girls lost 2-0. The pioneers had several attempts to get one behind the wolves but they could not finish the shot. The girls will play their final regular season game against Dublin Coffman on Oct. 19.
By Jenna Durst
On Wednesday Oct. 7 the girls played Dublin Jerome. The girls unfortunately lost 3-2. Senior Caroline Sproule and Junior Tyler Reed did win in their doubles match with a score of 6-2 in both matches. Three of the girls, Caroline Sproule, Tyler Reed and Karol Korotkin, will advance to districts in Reynoldsburg on Oct. 15th.
By Gabby McAninch
On Saturday Oct. 11, the boys varsity cross country team raced in the Les Eisenhart Invitational at Thomas Worthington High School. The boys finished 3rd out of 4 teams by scoring 68 points. Saketh Rudraraju led the team by placing 5th with a time of 16:26. Coming in next for the boys were Zamir Fuller (14th, 17:02), Jack Helmer (15th 17:16), and Luke Woolard (16th, 17:24). Rounding out the scoring for the Pioneers was Justin Nichols (18th, 17:28), Lincoln Weber (19th, 17:36), and Carter Giacomelli (23rd, 17:42). The boys will be racing in the OCC Districts next Saturday on Oct. 17 at Westerville North High School.
On Saturday Oct. 11, the girls varsity cross country team raced in the Les Eisenhart Invitational at Thomas Worthington High School. The girls finished 3rd out of 4 teams with a score of 67 points. Medha Patri led the team by placing 6th with a time of 19:52. Close behind her were Mairin O’Brien (11th, 20:43), Kayla Sucharski (12th, 20:44), and Corinne Hazel (16th, 21:05). Finishing out the scoring for the Pioneers were Lainey Garling (22nd, 21:19), Abby Wells (24th, 21:33), and Bella Homorody (26th, 21:38). Overall, the girls had a great race and they will be racing in the OCC Districts on Oct. 17 at Westerville North High School.
By Kayla Delmore