Barons battle back to salvage draw

By Ben Stroup - [email protected]

Raymond Cobbold scored three first-half goals to give visiting Horizon Science an early edge, but the Buckeye Valley boys soccer team got going in the second half as the two battled to a 3-3 non-league draw Thursday in Delaware.

“I’m glad we came back from two goals down, but we need to play much smarter so we don’t have to do that,” Baron coach Eric Staley said.

Cobbold scored in the game’s first minute and, after Jared Gedde got BV on the board off a turnover less than five minutes later, Cobbold scored again in the 24th and 25th minutes to make it a 3-1 game.

Eli Aquino found the back of the net to pull Buckeye Valley within one just before halftime and Felipe Scharff scored off a feed from Aquino to even things up late in the second half.

Horizon Science outshot BV 9-6, with the Barons’ Cole Davis finishing with six saves.

“We played much better defensively in the second half,” Staley said. “All of their shots were from distance and Cole had good looks at all of them.”

Buckeye Valley, now 4-3-1 overall, returns to action Monday against host Pleasant — a team that’s 6-0-0 and hasn’t allowed a goal all season.

Delaware Hayes 1, Grove City 0

Briggy and Brody Kannally hooked up for a first-half goal, with Briggy finding the back of the net, and the Pacer defense made it hold up for a non-league win Thursday in Delaware.


Central Crossing 2, Buckeye Valley 1; Olentangy 2, Hilliard Darby 1.


Delaware Hayes played even with Hilliard Darby as the teams split the first two sets, but the Panthers won the final two to nab a 3-1 league win Thursday night.

Hayes won the second set 25-18 after Darby took the first by a 26-24 margin. The Panthers then won the third and fourth by respective scores of 25-20 and 25-19 to seal the deal.

Julia Kaylor led the Pacers with 15 kills, seven digs, 29 receptions and three blocks. Julia Justice was also solid, closing with 10 kills and four blocks, while Lauryn Rocassin had 21 assists, three aces, seven digs, two blocks and five kills.

Also: Liberty 3, Westerville Central 0.


OCC-Capital Division Player of the Year Michael Ford stayed hot, leading Big Walnut to a 153-169 win over DeSales Thursday at Royal American.

Ford finished with a 35 while Michael Ruark had a 38, Zack Herbert and Austen Bennett had 40s, Nate Dimitroff closed with a 42 and Tyler Garner had a 46.


Olentangy Orange played well in its final home outing of the fall, firing a combined 152 to beat Lancaster and Thomas Worthington Thursday afternoon at Blackhawk.

Ashley Au nabbed medalist honors with a 35 while Riley Dean finished with a 37, Natalia Sompolvorachai had a 39, Emily Fisher carded a 41 and Sydney Krupp closed with a 49.


Big Walnut’s Macie Kercsmar and Lindsay Hill earned wins at first and second singles, respectively, but visiting Reynoldsburg won on the other three courts to a capture a 3-2 non-league win Thursday in Sunbury.

Kercsmar won 6-1, 6-0 at first singles and Hill won 6-3, 6-2 at second singles.

By Ben Stroup

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