The Olentangy Liberty boys golf team did it with depth … again.
It’s been a strength all season and the Patriots needed every bit of it Thursday, winning their seventh straight First Commonwealth Bank Cup via a fifth-man tiebreaker at Millcreek.
Liberty and runner-up Olentangy Berlin both finished with team scores of 293. The Patriots’ fifth-man score — Andrew Blosser’s 78 — was a stroke better than the Bears’ fifth man shot, though, giving them the title.
Grant Smeltzer led Liberty, and every other golfer in action, with a 70 to earn medalist honors. Ben Armbruster and Hunter Corbin both shot 74s and Jack O’Donnell had a 75.
The Bears were boosted by Bryce Reed’s 71. Other Berlin scorers included Leila Raines and Brady Casto, who fired 73s; and Ethan Hegg, who carded a 76.
Olentangy Orange, which got a solid 73 from Corbin Bentley, a 74 from Luke Johnson, a 76 from Jon Green and a 77 from Nathan Brown, smoothed out the top three with a combined 300.
Delaware Hayes finished fourth with a 308, Big Walnut was fifth with a 322, Olentangy closed seventh with a 327 and Buckeye Valley rounded out the scoring summary with a 337.
The Pacers’ low score belonged to Luke Gazarek, who carded a 75. Other Hayes scorers included Brady Gazarek (76), Colin Bibler (77) and Ben Madden (80).
Kenny Schneider was the only Golden Eagle to shoot in the 70s, firing a 77. Other BW contributors included Blake Shade (80), Austen Bennett (82) and Kyle Williams (83).
The Braves, meanwhile, got scores Bennett Zeitner (75), Ben Wilch (82), Tyler Phillips (84) and Taylor Lansdale (86) while the Barons were led by Carter Stried (82), Jevin Beard (82), Conner Wright (84) and Reese Cramer (89).
Evy Wirth scored a pair of first-half goals and completed her hat trick in the second half to lead the Buckeye Valley girls soccer team to a 5-0 win over Central Crossing Thursday night.
Carla Smith and Faith Durbin also scored in the win while Wirth, Durbin, Avery Meier and Emma Stanley had assists.
Ella Kiener anchored the BV defense with three saves in goal.
The Delaware Hayes girls tennis team picked up a pair of singles wins and won both doubles matches on the way to a solid 4-1 non-league win over River Valley Thursday afternoon.
Pacer winners included Alana Kay (6-3, 6-2 at second singles), Lily Tope (6-1, 6-1 at third singles), Grace Martin and Meredith Keller (7-5, 6-7, 1-0 at first doubles) and the duo of Abbey Eyerman and Sydney Wolf (6-1, 7-5 at second doubles).
Also: Bexley 3, Olentangy Berlin 2
The Delaware Christian volleyball team cruised on Senior Night, rolling past visiting Northside Christian 25-12, 25-8, 25-10 Thursday night.
Lyssi Snouffer led the Eagles with 11 kills and 10 digs while Sloane Dellipoala had seven kills and Allison Grover chipped in four kills and three aces.
Also: Olentangy def. Westerville Central 15-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-20; Hilliard Darby def. Olentangy Berlin 15-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18; Worthington Kilbourne def. Delaware Hayes 25-19, 24-26, 25-22, 25-20
Olentangy Berlin 0, Pickerington North 0
Olentangy Orange 1, Granville 1