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Eagles tame Lions 3-0

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By Michael Richmrichdelgazette@gmail.comSydney Manns and the Big Walnut Golden Eagles continued their postseason push with a 3-0 Division II sectional final victory over the visiting Bexley Lions on a cold, rainy night Saturday in Sunbury.The win continues an undefeated streak of six games (4-0-2) for the Eagles.“I don’t want to say that this is a team of destiny,” Eagles coach Drew Pitzer said. “But there’s something special about this group. We were supposed to be in a rebuilding year and this group is sticking together and saying, ‘It can be our turn now and we don’t have to wait.’ So the attitude is perfect – they care about each other, they care about winning.”

 

Patriots solid at states

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comJunior Cameron McCloskey fired an even 80, his second straight 80-stroke round, to lead Liberty to a sixth-place finish at Saturday’s Division I Boys State Golf Tournament at OSU’s Scarlet Course.McCloskey was the model of consistency over the course of the two-day event, firing a 39 on the front nine before finishing the back with a 41 to wrap up the showcase Saturday afternoon. Combined with the 80 he shot dur...

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Braves crush Wolves to clinch share of OCC crown

By Michael Richmrichdelgazette@gmail.comIt’s now a regular occurrence for the Olentangy Braves to dominate an opponent early and finish a game with a running clock.Deeb Haber ran for three first half touchdowns and threw two more to spark another hot start by the Braves (8-0, 5-0 OCC Capital), who cruised to another ho-hum 54-21 victory over the visiting Worthington Kilbourne Wolves in OCC-Capital action Friday in Lewis Center.The only thing o...

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Barons can’t get going in 34-14 loss to Vikings

By Eric ClineSports WriterConsistency on the offensive side has been a problem throughout the season for the Buckeye Valley Barons, and after Friday night’s Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division game against the River Valley Vikings, the offensive consistency remained a concern.The Barons moved the ball well in spurts, but the River Valley defense forced five turnovers in the second half and the Viking offense moved the ball seemingly at will, finish...

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Fourth-quarter rally sends Pioneers past Falcons

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comRoarke Vaile-James powered in from two yards out with 58 seconds to go and Blake Skuratowicz ran in for the game-winning two-point conversion, capping a 21-point comeback as Orange rallied for a thrilling 42-41 league win over Franklin Heights Friday in Columbus.After evening things up at 20 late in the first half, the Pioneers (4-4, 2-3 OCC) found themselves in pretty bad shape early in the fourth, when Falcon (1-7, 0-5) q...

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Big Walnut stays hot with win over New Albany

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comBig Walnut continued its late-season surge, coupling solid defense with a bruising running attack to knock off host New Albany 30-14 in OCC-Capital Division action Friday night.The Golden Eagles (5-3, 3-2 OCC) blanked the Eagles (4-4, 3-2) in the second half, ballooning a 17-14 halftime lead into the eventual final margin of victory thanks to a dominant final 24 minutes of play.Christian Johnson, who finished wit...

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Pacers take sting out of Yellow Jackets

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comHayes showed just how explosive it can be Friday, using a pair of big plays to finally break free from visiting Mount Vernon and hang on for a 36-28 OCC-Capital Division win — it’s first since the opening week of the season.The Pacers, up 19-7 at halftime thanks to a one-yard touchdown run from Ethan Tucky 1:18 before the break, saw the Yellow Jackets slice into their deficit with a TD of their own early in the ...

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Durtschi’s 3 TDs lift Liberty over Hilliard Davidson

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comLiberty continued its dominance within the OCC-Central Division, blanking visiting Hilliard Davidson 21-0 Friday in Powell.After a scoreless first quarter, the Patriots (7-1, 5-0 OCC) took control with a pair of second-quarter scores. Nick Durtschi found the end zone from one yard out with 9:07 left in the quarter and sprinted in from 19 yards out less than three minutes later to give his team all the separation it would ne...

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Liberty sits 5th at states

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comJunior Cameron McCloskey fired a team-best 80 and Kyle Mitchell closed right behind him with an 81 to lead Liberty to a top-tier finish during the first round of the Division I Boys State Golf Championship Friday at The Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course.Of the 12 teams in action, the Patriots finished the day tied for fifth with a 332. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller carded a combined 312 to lead the field into tom...

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Patriots take aim at state’s best

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comWhen the Patriots hit the OSU Scarlet Course this morning, they’ll be doing something no other group in program history has ever done: compete for a team title at the Division I Boys State Golf Tournament.As nice as that is, though, Liberty wants more. Considering they’ve played against most of the qualifying teams at one point or another, and beaten several, seniors Marshall Ruffing and Trevor Haas, junior Cam ...

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Top-seeded Liberty dominates in tourney opener

By Eric ClineSports WriterEarly in the tournament, top seeds are expected to play to their ranking. For the Liberty girls soccer team, that wasn’t a problem.The top-seeded Patriots dominated their first post-season match on offense and defense and sophomore forward Sarina Dirrig scored three goals, helping her team easily dispatch the No. 29-seeded Newark Wildcats with a 6-0 victory in a Division I sectional championship Thursday night at Patriot Stadium...

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Barons survive in overtime

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comBuckeye Valley needed virtually every second of regulation and overtime to get the job done, but got it done all the same, punching its first ticket to the Division II district semifinals with a thrilling 3-2 OT win over visiting Centennial Thursday in Delaware.Down 2-1 with time running out, the Barons (11-4-2) were awarded a free kick to the right of the goal. Zach Fathbruckner gently passed the ball off to Caleb Herriott...

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