Delaware Hayes picked up a pair of solid wins in the pool over the weekend, with both the boys and girls teams taking top honors Saturday in Delaware.
The girls cruised, scoring 166 points to trump runner-up Westerville North and third-place Watkins Memorial, which finished with respective totals of 80 and 30 points. Central Crossing finished fourth with 19 points while Westland smoothed out the scoring summary with five.
Pacer winners included senior Brooke Glesenkamp in the 200 freestyle (2:02.71) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.81), Elizabeth Abahazi in the 200 IM (2:26.80) and 100 backstroke (1:04.27), Lauren Ertz in the 50 free (:26.16), Danielle Ward in the 100 butterfly (1:02.13) and Valerie Keller in the 100 free (:59.35).
Hayes also won the 200 medley relay (Abahazi, Kristen Puthoff, Danielle Ward and Glesenkamp) in 1:54.56 and the 200 freestyle relay (Ertz, Marisa Sulek, Molly Schul and Glesenkamp) in 1:46.05.
Hayes’ boys, who won with 125 points, were boosted by Remington Curtin, who won the 50 free (:22.57); Kael Gannon, who took top honors in the 100 butterfly (:57.96); Craig Klumpp, who won the 100 breaststroke (1:05.43); the 200 freestyle relay team of Lucas Pape, Noah Planisek, Andrew Parker and Curtin, which picked up first-place points in its event (1:33.17); and the 400 freestyle relay team of Gannon, Parker, Adryan Rojas and Curtin, which picked up a win of its own (3:27.39).
Big Walnut had a handful of highlights in its host tourney, finishing fourth in the annual Big Walnut Classic Saturday in Sunbury.
The Golden Eagles finished just outside of the top three, closing fourth with 166 points. Sheridan won the event with 220 points, Wadsworth’s B team finished second with 209.5 and Gahanna Lincoln rounded out the top three with 189.
BW standouts included Bailey Munday, who finished second in the 126-pound division; Maxwell Lenz, who was second at 220; Cole Foster, who finished third at 138; Nathan McKelvey, who closed third at 145; Philip Roberto, who was third at 170; and Josh Halbakken and Kyle Humphries, who finished fourth at 152 and 285, respectively.
Delaware Christian used a spirited 14-4 fourth-quarter run to jump on top, then held off a late rally from visiting Shekinah Christian to notch a solid 67-66 win Saturday in Delaware.
Isaac Rindfuss led a balanced Eagle attack with 20 points, four assists and five steals. Other double-digit scorers included Curtis Bean (17), Adam Standley (14) and Andrew Dunnavant (13). Dunnavant also added five rebounds, five assists and three steals to his stat line.
Shekinah was hot from outside, drilling 10 of its 23 three-point attempts, but DCS dominated down low. The Eagles finished with a 44-26 edge in points in the paint.
River Valley 43, Buckeye Valley 40
The Barons hauled in a season-high 21 offensive rebounds, but couldn’t convert them into points as host River Valley escaped with Saturday’s MOAC win.
With the game all tied at 40, the Vikings’ Hayden Wallace drilled a three at the buzzer to account for the final margin.
The Barons were cold from the field, but were right in the thick of things throughout. They made just 12 of their 50 shots from the floor (24-percent shooting).
Nathan Edington led BV with a double-double — 11 points and 10 boards. Aaron Watson was also solid, closing with eight points, six rebounds and a team-high three assists.
Wallace led all scorers with 19 points in the win.
Delaware Christian was solid defensively, but struggled to score in Saturday’s 26-25 non-league loss to visiting New Hope Christian.
The Eagles got off to a decent start, leading 9-6 after the first quarter, but scored just four points in the second.
A 10-point third gave them a slim 23-22 lead heading into the fourth, but they scored just two points in the final eight minutes of action.
Abbey Evans led DCS with eight points, seven rebounds and five steals. Brianna Blackburn also did a little of everything, closing with six points, six rebounds and two assists.
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