Braves punch ticket to state showcase


By Ben Stroup - [email protected]



Olentangy finished third as a team and Olentangy Orange’s Skylar Dean was third among individuals not on a state-qualifying team to highlight area standouts at Monday’s Division I girls district golf tournament at Echo Springs.

The Braves shot a combined 315 to punch their ticket to the state showcase slated for later this month at OSU. New Albany, which won its fifth straight district title, and Dublin Jerome finished first and second with respective team totals of 297 and 308.

Freshman Meadow Tian led Olentangy, carding a 75 — a mark good enough for seventh overall among individuals. Other scorers included Kimmy Archer (76), Olivia Drankwalter (78) and Navisha Soni (86).

Olentangy Liberty and Orange were also in action, but Dean was the only golfer from either team to keep her season alive.

The Patriots, led by Dakota Riley’s 82, finished sixth with a 346. Olivia Aronhalt (86), Mia Chanthasene (89) and Kennedy Elfers (89) also chipped in.

Dean’s 74 was tied for the fourth-best score among individuals. The Pioneers, who also got contributions from Lauren Powell (89), Adeline Ricker (93) and Keira Kwak (94), carded a combined 350 to finish eighth.

Olentangy Berlin’s Mia Raines and Big Walnut’s Gracyn Alexander competed as individuals. Raines tied with Tian for seventh overall, missing the cut by a single stroke. Alexander, meanwhile, finished tied for 22nd with an 80.

BOYS SOCCER

Buckeye Valley sent its seniors out with a win, using a pair of second-half goals to pull away for a 3-1 non-league decision over visiting Mansfield Senior Monday night in Delaware.

It was Senior Night for J.P. Seliskar, Brayden Fox, Nathan Reynolds, Sam Otto, Treyden Williams and Jack Kaiser, whose two second-half goals proved to be the difference.

“I’m very happy for these seniors,” BV coach Eric Staley said. “They all contributed to this win. Obviously, Jack had a big game and J.P. (two assists) served the ball well. Sam and Treyden both had to make some big saves, Nathan shut down the right side of the field defensively and Brayden controlled the midfield all night.”

Michael Riley got the Barons on the board in the ninth minute before Mansfield’s Quinton DeBolt evened things up by converting a penalty kick in the first minute of the second half.

Kaiser took over from there, scoring off a feed from Seliskar in the 45th minute before adding an unassisted tally in the 68th minute to smooth out the scoring summary.

Otto and Williams split time in the Baron goal, finishing with four saves apiece.

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By Ben Stroup

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