On Saturday March 22 the boys had their second game of the season home against Lokota East High school. The boys had a tough game and pulled out the win of 8-7 against the Hawks. Senior Ryan Borger passed the ball to Senior John Stearns and was able to pull off the last minute goal to avoid overtime.
On Wednesday March 31 the pioneers hosted Bishop Watterson Eagles. After coming from behind, the boys were able to pull off the win 5-4.
On Friday April 2 the boys had home field advantage against Westerville Central High School. After dominating their way throughout the whole game, the pioneers won 15-10 against the Warhawks.
Their next game will be April 6 against Upper Arlington.
By: Gabby McAninch
On Saturday, March 20 the girls started the 2020-2021 season against Bishop Hartley. Eager to play again after a COVID canceled season the past year, the girls started off strong with Junior Ellie Beck scoring the first goal of the game seconds after the first draw. During the first half, your Pioneers held the momentum with offense seeing a lot of scoring chances. Unfortunately after halftime, the Bishop Hartley stole the show with big breaks on their offensive side and key saves at the net. In the end, Olentangy Orange lost 9-19. Goals were scored by Jordan Sullivan (2), Raneem Ali (2), Jenna Durst (1), Ellie Beck (3) and Emma-Cait Cogan (1).
On Tuesday, March 23 the Pioneers competed in their home opener against a tough Bishop Watterson. Fighting throughout the entire 50 minutes and being led by defensive player Junior Ava Thompson, the girls lost 19-9. Jordan Sullivan (3), Raneem Ali (1), Ellie Beck (3) and Emma-Cait Cogan (1) all scored goals. Sophomore Haylie Sucharski would also score her first varsity career goal.
On Thursday, March 25 the girls traveled to Berlin to play against the Bears for the first time in school history. Excited and ready to go, your Pioneers came out with a bang, dominating in the first half. After 25 minutes, the girls led 10-4. Going into the second, Berlin found many scoring chances as Orange struggled with shooting space penalties in their defensive zone. Unfortunately, this led to the Pioneers losing to the Bears in a close one point game 13-14. Goalie Abigail Struntz saved 14 out of 29 shots and Pioneer goals were scored by Jordan Sullivan (2), Raneem Ali (2), Jenna Durst (1), Ellie Beck (4), Emma-Cait Cogan (1), Kate Beckley (1) and Dori Moses (3).
The girls next game will be on Tuesday, April 6 at home against Upper Arlington.
By: Abby Struntz
The boys will compete at Liberty tomorrow on Tuesday, April 5.
By: Tannor Lambert
On Saturday, March 27th, the boys baseball season finally kicked off with a double header against Central Crossing and Grove city! In the Pioneers first game of the season they thoroughly defeated Central Crossing by a score of 11-2, later in the day the boys took on Grove City and also won comfortably by a score of 7-2.
On Wednesday, March 31st the Pioneers took on Gahanna at home. The Pioneers came ready to play and dominated the Lions by a score of 10-3. Junior pitcher, Tommy Robbins got his first win of the season on the mound. Seniors Logan Shearer and Josh Laisure were lethal at the plate, Shearer had an RBI double and single while Laisure had a triple and four RBIs. Sophomore left handed pitcher, Jacob Tabor also had a good game from the mound and threw 2 clean innings in relief for Robbins. After this win the Pioneers moved on to 3-0 on the season.
On Friday, April 2nd the Pioneers traveled over to Worthington Kilbourne looking to increase their win streak to four in a row. The boys ended up demolishing the wolves with a final score of 15-2. Senior right handed pitcher Josh Laisure got his first win on the mound for the Pioneers this season. The Pioneers will host inner district rival Olentangy on Tuesday, April 6th. Be sure to come out and support the Pioneers!
By: Jake Barnhart
On Monday, March 29th the girls started off the season with an away game against Worthington Christian and won 15-8. Junior Morgan Powell led the team by going 4 for 5 at the plate while also hitting 2 home runs. The girls started off the season strong with a powerful hitting day.
On Wednesday, March 31st the girls had their first home game of the season against Hiland and lost a very competitive game 7-6. Junior Riley Jestdat went 3 for 4 and the team had 9 hits overall. It was a hard fought game and the Pioneers were just short of their second win in a row.
On Saturday, April 3rd the Pioneers faced off against Lancaster and lost 8-2. The Pioneers struggled to get hits this game as they only came away with 5. The Pioneers will look to bounce back on Monday, April 5th where they will host Pickerington Central at 5:15.
By: Kayla Delmore
Track and Field:
Boys and Girls Varsity Track started the season on April 3rd at the Ice Breaker Invitational hosted by Watkins Memorial High School.
The Boys team placed 2nd with 138 points, just three points shy of 1st place. Senior Joe Gargasz took 1st place in the 400m Dash with a time of 52.21 seconds. Junior Joel Addo took 1st place in both the high jump and long jump, with jumps of 6-02.00 and 21-04.00, respectively. Sophomore Bobby Ogles took 1st place in the discus with a throw of 124-08. The 4x100m Relay took 1st place with a time of 44.30 seconds, run by Kobe Sharp, Jordan Rudolph, Tyler Wallace, and Gabe Torres. Torres took 2nd place in the 100m Dash with a time of 11.00 seconds and also took 2nd place in the 200m Dash with a time and PR of 22.66 seconds. The 4x200m Relay got 2nd place with a time of 1:37.13, run by Nick Robinson, Alex Jung, T. Wallace, and Aidan Tombs.
The girls team placed 2nd with 141 points, just one point shy of 1st place. Junior Abby Faulkner took 1st place in the 200m Dash with a time and PR of 26.76 seconds, and Sophomore Josephine Davis took 2nd place behind her with a time and PR of 27.26 seconds. Davis would also get a PR of 13.07 seconds in the 100m Dash to secure 2nd place. Senior Sara Borton, a University of Tennessee Pole Vault Commit, took 1st in the Pole Vault with a height of 11-06. Senior Noel Frye took 1st place in Shot Put with a throw of 33-10.25. Fyre also gets a PR of 91-06 in the discus throw to secure 2nd place. The 4x100m Relay took 1st place with a time of 52.30 seconds, run by Cassidy Shimp, Ava Otey, J. Davis, and S. Borton. The girls 4x400m Relay also took 1st place with a time of 4:16.74, run by Kylie Hanson, Celeste Conley, Makenna Younger, and A. Faulkner. The 4x200m Relay would take 2nd place with a time of 1:55.36, run by Otey, Younger, Teresa Christian, and Nia Smith.
By: Zoe Sucharski
After over 3 weeks of official practice, the JV team will open up the season this week with a home meet against Upper Arlington on Tuesday, Apr. 6 at 4 p.m. The varsity team won’t have their first competition until the following Tuesday, Apr. 13 against Hilliard Davidson at home at 4 p.m.
By: Eric Kiekeben