Barons sharp in tourney opener


By Ben Stroup - bstroup@aimmediamidwest.com



The 11th-seeded Buckeye Valley boys soccer team didn’t have any trouble in its Division II district tournament opener, scoring four first-half goals on the way to a convincing 6-2 win over 14th-seeded River Valley Tuesday in Delaware.

BV’s Felipe Scharff broke the scoring seal 14 minutes in and, after River Valley’s Michael Haas evened things up in the 25th minute, the Barons scored three unanswered in a three-minute span to head into the break up 4-1.

Eli Aquino found the back of the net in the 33rd minute, A.J. Nicolosi scored a minute later and Aquino added another goal, this time off a feed from Ben Daily, two minutes after that.

Hass scored his second of the game early in the second half before Daily scored a pair of his own to smooth out the scoring summary.

“We responded well when they drew even and we had a great three-minute stretch late in the half,” Buckeye Valley coach Eric Staley said. “We warned the boys at halftime that River Valley wasn’t finished playing … their early strike proved that. But, we responded … again.

“Ben had his best game this year. Eli was strong. I think we had seven guys produce points for us tonight. We’ll need this kind of play when we head to Academy this weekend.”

Cole Davis and Jack Scheeler split time in the Baron goal, combining for five saves.

Next up, BV has a second-round date with host and second-seeded Columbus Academy Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

Delaware Hayes lost a tight first set, but won each of the next three to secure a win over visiting Thomas Worthington in the first round of the Division I district tournament Tuesday in Delaware.

The Cardinals got off to a good start with a 29-27 win, but the 15th-seeded Pacers got going after that. They won the second set 25-18 before sealing the deal with respective wins of 25-13 and 25-18 in the third and fourth.

Sydney Krewson led the attack with 14 kills while Becca Rocassin also finished in double figures with 11. Other Hayes standouts included Anna Johnson, who had a team-best 18 assists; and Mia Thompson, who finished with 28 digs and five aces, both team highs.

With the win, Hayes advances to Thursday’s second-round showdown against visiting Mount Vernon. The game is set to start at 6 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY

New Albany 3, Olentangy 0; Olentangy Orange 1, Dublin Jerome 0

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By Ben Stroup

bstroup@aimmediamidwest.com