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Ben Stroup

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By Ben Stroup
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Delaware Hayes was loaded with talent and experience a year ago — ingredients which led to a 24-2 overall mark, 14-0 league record and an OCC-Capital Division championship.
This year's edition of Pacer softball won't be quite as seasoned, but coach Mark Thomas expects the team's recent stretch of succ

Hayes looking to defend crown

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Delaware Hayes was loaded with talent and experience a year ago — ingredients which led to a 24-2 overall mark, 14-0 league record and an OCC-Capital Division championship. This year's edition of Pacer softball won't be quite as seasoned, but coach Mark Thomas expects the team's recent stretch of succ

Pacers win season opener

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Six different Pacers scored at least one goal, four finishing with two apiece, and sophomore goalie Tyler Groth collected 17 saves as Hayes' boys lacrosse team held on for a 10-8 season-opening win over visiting St. Charles Wednesday in Delaware. “It was great to start the season with a win,” Ha

By Ben Stroup
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As far as defenses go, Liberty's has been about as dominant as they come the last couple seasons, allowing an average of five goals a game over what has been a pretty successful stretch.
Based on the way the unit played in Wednesday's 5-3 season-opening win over host Olentangy, though, the best could be yet

Liberty gets it done with D

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com As far as defenses go, Liberty's has been about as dominant as they come the last couple seasons, allowing an average of five goals a game over what has been a pretty successful stretch. Based on the way the unit played in Wednesday's 5-3 season-opening win over host Olentangy, though, the best could be yet

By Ben Stroup
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Ohio Wesleyan's baseball team started fast and never looked back, parlaying four first-inning runs into a solid 8-4 non-conference win over visiting Baldwin Wallace Wednesday at Littick Field.
The Yellow Jackets had a pair reach base in the top of the first, but couldn't crack the scoring column. It was the

Bishops handle Jackets 8-4

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Ohio Wesleyan's baseball team started fast and never looked back, parlaying four first-inning runs into a solid 8-4 non-conference win over visiting Baldwin Wallace Wednesday at Littick Field. The Yellow Jackets had a pair reach base in the top of the first, but couldn't crack the scoring column. It was the

By Ben Stroup
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The Ohio Wesleyan men's lacrosse team has been unbeatable through the season's first handful of games, and host Roanoke was unable to do anything to change that Tuesday in Salem, Va.
The Bishops, ranked sixth in both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III poll and the Lacrosse M

Bishops bury Maroons 23-6

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com The Ohio Wesleyan men's lacrosse team has been unbeatable through the season's first handful of games, and host Roanoke was unable to do anything to change that Tuesday in Salem, Va. The Bishops, ranked sixth in both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III poll and the Lacrosse M

By Ben Stroup
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In just its third year, the Riptide — a swim team which calls the Delaware Community Center YMCA home — is poised to make quite a splash at this weekend's 2015 Great Lakes Zone Championship Meet.
The squad will have 26 swimmers between the ages of 9-18 competing in a combined 49 different races,

Riptide swimmers set for big weekend

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com In just its third year, the Riptide — a swim team which calls the Delaware Community Center YMCA home — is poised to make quite a splash at this weekend's 2015 Great Lakes Zone Championship Meet. The squad will have 26 swimmers between the ages of 9-18 competing in a combined 49 different races,

By Ben Stroup
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The Ohio Wesleyan University baseball team won its first game back from a 4-4 season-opening trip to Florida, hammering host Capital 12-2 in non-league action Wednesday in Columbus.
After the teams traded zeros in the opening inning, the Bishops (5-4) broke things open with a two-run second and four-run thi

Ohio Wesleyan hammers Capital 12-2

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com The Ohio Wesleyan University baseball team won its first game back from a 4-4 season-opening trip to Florida, hammering host Capital 12-2 in non-league action Wednesday in Columbus. After the teams traded zeros in the opening inning, the Bishops (5-4) broke things open with a two-run second and four-run thi

BOYS
First Team
Khalil Iverson, Sr., Delaware Hayes; Jimmy Gundling, Sr., Olentangy; Brad Smith, Sr., Liberty; Noble Moore, Sr., Delaware Hayes; Zac Asher, Sr., Big Walnut; Jesse Tomlinson, Jr., Buckeye Valley; Ben Evans, Sr., Delaware Christian; Colin Shepherd, Jr., Orange.
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Player of the Year
Khalil Iverson — 16.6 ppg., 11.8 rpg

Delaware All-County basketball teams

BOYS First Team Khalil Iverson, Sr., Delaware Hayes; Jimmy Gundling, Sr., Olentangy; Brad Smith, Sr., Liberty; Noble Moore, Sr., Delaware Hayes; Zac Asher, Sr., Big Walnut; Jesse Tomlinson, Jr., Buckeye Valley; Ben Evans, Sr., Delaware Christian; Colin Shepherd, Jr., Orange. — Player of the Year Khalil Iverson — 16.6 ppg., 11.8 rpg

Pioneers compete in program's 1st state bowling tournament

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Olentangy Orange's boys bowling team got better with each game, firing a combined 3,050 to finish 12th during the qualifying round of Saturday's Division I State Bowling Tournament at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. After rolling an 805 in the first game of the showcase, the Pioneers finished regulation with ga

By Ben Stroup
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Liberty senior Jonathan Furnas had to hold on after jumping out to a huge first-period lead in Saturday's Division I 132-pound state championship match at the Schottenstein Center.
He found a way, though, and now — thanks to a 9-8 win over Lakewood St. Edward junior Hunter Ladnier — the only thi

Liberty's Furnas wins state title

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Liberty senior Jonathan Furnas had to hold on after jumping out to a huge first-period lead in Saturday's Division I 132-pound state championship match at the Schottenstein Center. He found a way, though, and now — thanks to a 9-8 win over Lakewood St. Edward junior Hunter Ladnier — the only thi

By Ben Stroup
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Delaware County has had a state wrestling champion in the past, but four … in the same day?
It could happen, and that day could very well be today as Liberty's Brakan Mead and Jonathan Furnas, along with Olentangy's Nate Hall and Chris Crumb, secured spots in Division I finals with thrilling wins duri

Four punch tickets to finals

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Delaware County has had a state wrestling champion in the past, but four … in the same day? It could happen, and that day could very well be today as Liberty's Brakan Mead and Jonathan Furnas, along with Olentangy's Nate Hall and Chris Crumb, secured spots in Division I finals with thrilling wins duri

By Ben Stroup
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The area district champions took one more step toward the ultimate prize Thursday as all three — Liberty's Jonathan Furnas, Hayes' Greg Brusco and Olentangy's Nate Hall — won their respective championship preliminaries in convincing fashion during the first day of the Division I State Wrestling I

District champs roll on

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com The area district champions took one more step toward the ultimate prize Thursday as all three — Liberty's Jonathan Furnas, Hayes' Greg Brusco and Olentangy's Nate Hall — won their respective championship preliminaries in convincing fashion during the first day of the Division I State Wrestling I

District champs lead area standouts into state showcase

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Delaware County hasn't been home to a state-champion wrestler since Liberty's Roy Daniels won a D-I crown as a 160-pounder — a title garnered via a 6-5 decision over Stow-Munroe Falls' Connor McMahon back in 2012. That could very well change this year, though, as the next Daniels may just be one of th

Buckeye Valley closes 12th at state bowling tournament

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Buckeye Valley's boys bowling team played pretty well at times, but a tough first game of regulation put it in an early hole on the way to a 12th-place finish during Saturday's Division II State Bowling Tournament at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. The Barons, competing in their first state tourney as a team, r

Locals shine at districts

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Liberty senior Jonathan Furnas, Hayes junior Greg Brusco and Olentangy senior Nate Hall won district championships to lead their schools to respective top-10 finishes on the second day of the Division I Central District wrestling tournament Saturday at Hilliard Darby High School. Furnas (132 pounds) cruised

Kelley, Stuart lead Baron bowlers at state showcase

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Carly Kelley finished 25th and Morgan Stuart closed 41st among individuals to highlight Buckeye Valley's second straight and fourth overall trip to the OHSAA Division II State Girls Bowling Tournament Friday afternoon at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. Stuart and Kelley, both juniors, were the most consistent c

By Ben Stroup
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It wasn't Senior Night, but Hayes' trio of experienced leaders sure made it feel that way as they dominated in what was officially the final game on their home floor — a convincing 46-28 Division I Central District tournament quarterfinal win over visiting Teays Valley Friday in Delaware.
Senior Khali

Seniors send Pacers past Vikings

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com It wasn't Senior Night, but Hayes' trio of experienced leaders sure made it feel that way as they dominated in what was officially the final game on their home floor — a convincing 46-28 Division I Central District tournament quarterfinal win over visiting Teays Valley Friday in Delaware. Senior Khali

By Ben Stroup
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Bloom-Carroll got it done from the free throw line Thursday, hitting a pair in the game's final seconds to slip past visiting Big Walnut 47-45 in a Division II Central District boys basketball tournament quarterfinal.
With the game tied at 45 after the 19th-seeded Golden Eagles (10-14, 5-9 OCC-Capital Divis

Eagles fall just short

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Bloom-Carroll got it done from the free throw line Thursday, hitting a pair in the game's final seconds to slip past visiting Big Walnut 47-45 in a Division II Central District boys basketball tournament quarterfinal. With the game tied at 45 after the 19th-seeded Golden Eagles (10-14, 5-9 OCC-Capital Divis

Orange's boys bowling team wins 1st district title

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Orange's boys bowling team won its first district title Wednesday, rolling a regulation total of 3,003 before a steady round of Bakers boosted its final to 4,075 during the Division I District Tournament at Palace Lanes. With the effort, the Pioneers will join runner-up Hillsboro (4,058), Groveport-Madison

By Ben Stroup
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The Barons followed up one of their most memorable halves of the season with one they'll likely want to bury in the back of their minds for good as top-seeded Eastmoor Academy used a 20-0 third-quarter run to erase a halftime deficit and roll to a 61-33 Division II Central District girls basketball tournamen

Rough 2nd half sinks Barons

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com The Barons followed up one of their most memorable halves of the season with one they'll likely want to bury in the back of their minds for good as top-seeded Eastmoor Academy used a 20-0 third-quarter run to erase a halftime deficit and roll to a 61-33 Division II Central District girls basketball tournamen





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