Ben Stroup

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By Ben Stroup
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They only got in a half, but it was more than enough time for the Golden Eagles to establish themselves as the better group Tuesday night in Sunbury.
Bailey Bodker and Maddie Aleshire each found the back of the net in the first half, and Colleen White anchored the defense with a five-save effort in goal as

Eagles, Patriots win openers

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com They only got in a half, but it was more than enough time for the Golden Eagles to establish themselves as the better group Tuesday night in Sunbury. Bailey Bodker and Maddie Aleshire each found the back of the net in the first half, and Colleen White anchored the defense with a five-save effort in goal as

Well-rounded effort sends Braves over Warhawks

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Olentangy's girls volleyball team picked up its second straight win to start the season Tuesday, knocking off host Westerville Central in three sets. The Braves had their hands full in the first, slipping away with a slim 25-23 win, but cruised down the stretch thanks to back-to-back 25-15 wins in the secon

By Ben Stroup
bstroup@civitasmedia.com
Olentangy's girls tennis team started league play on a positive note, blanking host Big Walnut 5-0 Tuesday afternoon in Sunbury.
The Braves' most dominant performance came at second singles, where Kathleen Jones knocked off Erika Kessler 6-1, 6-0. Bri Brdicka and Namrata Arya accounted for Olentangy's other

Braves knock off Golden Eagles

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Olentangy's girls tennis team started league play on a positive note, blanking host Big Walnut 5-0 Tuesday afternoon in Sunbury. The Braves' most dominant performance came at second singles, where Kathleen Jones knocked off Erika Kessler 6-1, 6-0. Bri Brdicka and Namrata Arya accounted for Olentangy's other

Liberty drops Chillicothe in OTCA showdown

It had to go a long way to get it, but Olentangy Liberty's girls tennis team made Monday's trip to Chillicothe well worth it thanks to a convincing 5-0 OTCA win. The Patriots were productive up and down the lineup. Singles winners included Sidney Reineke, who handled the Cavaliers' Bekah Ray 6-3, 6-0 at first singles; Lizzie Radkiewicz, who knocke

DCS blanks Northside Christian 3-0 in opener

Delaware Christian's boys soccer team cruised to a season-opening win Saturday afternoon, blanking visiting Northside Christian 3-0. The Eagles' effort was a balanced one as three different players — Grant Bishop, Daniel Fisher and Isaac Houser — accounted for the goals. “I am very pleased with the overall team play,” DCS

Golden Eagles handle Vikings 3-2

Big Walnut's girls tennis team picked up its first win of the young season Thursday, knocking off host River Valley 3-2 in non-league action. Golden Eagle winners included Macie Kercsmar, who earned a convincing 6-2, 6-0 win at first singles; Erika Kessler, who notched an equally as impressive 6-1, 6-1 decision at second singles; and the duo of Ma

Amaia Daniel, an incoming freshman at Delaware Hayes High School, has been selected to compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase South (QDSS) August 30-31 at Winthrop University.
The event, now in its eighth season, is part of the Queen of Diamonds Showcase — the largest fastpitch softball showcase of its kind in the U.S.
Daniel, who spent

Ready to shine

Amaia Daniel, an incoming freshman at Delaware Hayes High School, has been selected to compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase South (QDSS) August 30-31 at Winthrop University. The event, now in its eighth season, is part of the Queen of Diamonds Showcase — the largest fastpitch softball showcase of its kind in the U.S. Daniel, who spent

Hayes drops opener in Hilliard

Hayes' girls tennis team battled in its opener, but inexperience hurt in the end as host Bradley rolled to a 5-0 non-league win Wednesday in Hilliard. That was the bad news for the Pacers. The good news: win or lose, every match offers the young team a chance to grow … and the opener was no different. “We knew going into today that th

Running a mile in less than four minutes never gets old … just ask Jake Edwards.
The former Delaware Hayes standout, and OHSAA state champ in the mile run, has broken the famous four-minute barrier twice. Both times, though, were away from home.
“I've broken four twice this year,” Edwards said. “The first time was Feb. 1 i

Hayes to host Mile Night Friday

Running a mile in less than four minutes never gets old … just ask Jake Edwards. The former Delaware Hayes standout, and OHSAA state champ in the mile run, has broken the famous four-minute barrier twice. Both times, though, were away from home. “I've broken four twice this year,” Edwards said. “The first time was Feb. 1 i

Hayes' Grant Godfrey carded his lowest round of the season Wednesday, securing medalist honors with a 67 during the Worthington Invitational at Glenross.
The first-place showing, his third of the year, helped Delaware's boys golf team to a combined 337 — a mark good enough for eighth overall.
Mount Vernon won the team title with a 307 while

Godfrey fires 67 at Worthington Invitational

Hayes' Grant Godfrey carded his lowest round of the season Wednesday, securing medalist honors with a 67 during the Worthington Invitational at Glenross. The first-place showing, his third of the year, helped Delaware's boys golf team to a combined 337 — a mark good enough for eighth overall. Mount Vernon won the team title with a 307 while

Big Walnut, led by Ryan Cunningham's 78, shot a combined 326 to win the Delaware Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan Invitational Friday at Oakhaven.
Central Crossing finished second with a 334 while host Hayes, which received a second-straight medal-winning round from Grant Godfrey, smoothed out the top three with a 339. Buckeye Valley (353), Westl

Eagles win at Oakhaven

Big Walnut, led by Ryan Cunningham's 78, shot a combined 326 to win the Delaware Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan Invitational Friday at Oakhaven. Central Crossing finished second with a 334 while host Hayes, which received a second-straight medal-winning round from Grant Godfrey, smoothed out the top three with a 339. Buckeye Valley (353), Westl

It wasn't the win he was in line for, but after a flat tire forced Cody Coughlin to pit while leading with 30 laps to go, the Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver finished strong to salvage a top-ten finish Saturday at the Auto City 100 in Clio, Michigan.
“We didn't qualify that well and started 14th, but we battled our way up to the top ten

Cody Coughlin finishes 6th

It wasn't the win he was in line for, but after a flat tire forced Cody Coughlin to pit while leading with 30 laps to go, the Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver finished strong to salvage a top-ten finish Saturday at the Auto City 100 in Clio, Michigan. “We didn't qualify that well and started 14th, but we battled our way up to the top ten

Raines fires school-record 74 at Westchester

Records were dropping as fast as short-range putts Tuesday, as sophomore Kara Raines fired a school-record 74 to lead Olentangy to a third-place showing in the second OCC match of the season at Westchester. Raines was solid on the front, but even better on the back half as she collected three birdies over the course of the last nine holes. The Br

Ohio Machine defenseman Dana Wilber was named the Warrior Defensive Player of the Week after his sparking showing in Saturday's 14-10 victory over the Florida Launch, it was announced by Major League Lacrosse.
Wilber, anchoring the Machine's defense in what proved to be a playoff-clinching contest, held the league's leading scorer, Casey Powell, t

Wilber nabs MLL honors

Ohio Machine defenseman Dana Wilber was named the Warrior Defensive Player of the Week after his sparking showing in Saturday's 14-10 victory over the Florida Launch, it was announced by Major League Lacrosse. Wilber, anchoring the Machine's defense in what proved to be a playoff-clinching contest, held the league's leading scorer, Casey Powell, t

Delaware Hayes recently added another sport to its ever-expanding portfolio of varsity ventures, as the Pacers' girls golf team kicked off its inaugural season with a pair of tournaments last week.
The players, primarily, are as new to golf as the program is to the school. The cupboard is by no means bare, though, as head coach Steve Lehman, who t

Into the swing of things

Delaware Hayes recently added another sport to its ever-expanding portfolio of varsity ventures, as the Pacers' girls golf team kicked off its inaugural season with a pair of tournaments last week. The players, primarily, are as new to golf as the program is to the school. The cupboard is by no means bare, though, as head coach Steve Lehman, who t

Turns out the third time was indeed the charm for the Machine.
After back-to-back 2-12 seasons, years in which Ohio finished last in the league, the squad punctuated what was a memorable 2014 regular season by handling visiting Florida 14-10 Saturday at Selby Stadium.
The win, which improved its record to 8-6, was the Machine's fifth straight and

Primed for the postseason

Turns out the third time was indeed the charm for the Machine. After back-to-back 2-12 seasons, years in which Ohio finished last in the league, the squad punctuated what was a memorable 2014 regular season by handling visiting Florida 14-10 Saturday at Selby Stadium. The win, which improved its record to 8-6, was the Machine's fifth straight and

Big Walnut, led by Ryan Cunningham's 78, shot a combined 326 to win the Delaware Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan Invitational Friday at Oakhaven.
Central Crossing finished second with a 334 while host Hayes, which received a second-straight medal-winning round from Grant Godfrey, smoothed out the top three with a 339. Buckeye Valley (353), Westl

Eagles win at Oakhaven

Big Walnut, led by Ryan Cunningham's 78, shot a combined 326 to win the Delaware Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan Invitational Friday at Oakhaven. Central Crossing finished second with a 334 while host Hayes, which received a second-straight medal-winning round from Grant Godfrey, smoothed out the top three with a 339. Buckeye Valley (353), Westl

Olentangy Liberty, led by balanced scoring up and down the lineup, carded a combined 351 to win the 2014 edition of the Olentangy Classic Friday at Oakhaven.
The Patriots didn't have a single golfer in the top five, but snuck two into the top 10. Priyasha Kota finished tops on the team, firing an 84 — a mark good enough to tie her for sevent

Patriots win Olentangy Classic

Olentangy Liberty, led by balanced scoring up and down the lineup, carded a combined 351 to win the 2014 edition of the Olentangy Classic Friday at Oakhaven. The Patriots didn't have a single golfer in the top five, but snuck two into the top 10. Priyasha Kota finished tops on the team, firing an 84 — a mark good enough to tie her for sevent

As if the game itself wasn't reason enough to show up to Selby Stadium for Saturday night's Machine home finale, the team announced plenty of Fan Appreciation Night festivities to sweeten the pot.
Ohio will offer a slew of different prizes and promotions to celebrate its supporters before the night culminates with a postgame fireworks show.
The g

Machine set for finale

As if the game itself wasn't reason enough to show up to Selby Stadium for Saturday night's Machine home finale, the team announced plenty of Fan Appreciation Night festivities to sweeten the pot. Ohio will offer a slew of different prizes and promotions to celebrate its supporters before the night culminates with a postgame fireworks show. The g

Reigning NHRA Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. and his team left Seattle scratching their heads Sunday … and a second-round loss at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals was to blame.
“We'll be sleepless until Brainerd, coming out of Seattle,” Coughlin said.
He nabbed the No. 4 seed after a steady qualifying round,

Early exit in Seattle

Reigning NHRA Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. and his team left Seattle scratching their heads Sunday … and a second-round loss at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals was to blame. “We'll be sleepless until Brainerd, coming out of Seattle,” Coughlin said. He nabbed the No. 4 seed after a steady qualifying round,




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