Pioneers wrestlers finish second at Big Walnut tournament
Chris Miles Sports Editor
The weather front that came through Central Ohio starting the evening of Thursday, Dec. 5, caused all high school sporting events the following day to be postponed. However area teams did manage to play games and participate in events the night before and the day after the winter storm passed through.
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On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Jonathan Alder wrestling team placed second at the eight-team Big Walnut Invitational.
Alder had three individual champions in Eli Ayoub at 126 pounds, Bret Yutzy at 138 and Troy Caldwell at 220.
Dylan Wildman was a runner-up at 160, as was Derek Ridder at 285. Sam Chapman (113), Austin Fooce (182) and Zach Wright (195) each placed third in their respective weight class. Zane Johnson placed fourth at 106.
The team scores had Galion claiming the championship with 248 points. The Pioneers were second with 220, and were followed by Northmor (209), Tiffin Columbian (197), Paint Valley (175), Cambridge (167), North Union (137) and host Big Walnut (132).
Alder’s next home meet is Wednesday, Dec. 18 against London, Circleville and Mifflin.
The Raiders (2-2, 0-1) dropped their first Mid-State League Ohio Division game of the season Saturday, Dec. 7 at Worthington Christian.
Zac Carey led the way with 22 points for London. Brok Bennett added 13 in the loss, while Zach Anderson finished with eight.
London will play a non-league games at Jonathan Alder at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The team will also play at home Friday, Dec. 13 against Grandview.
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The Pioneers (1-0) opened the season with a strong performance in downing neighboring rival Fairbanks Saturday, Dec. 7.
Trey Pugh scored a team-high 14 points, while Hayden Hess added 12 and Tanner Killian finished with nine.
The team will play host to London at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 and will then travel to Buckeye Valley at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.
The Lady Red Raiders (1-4, 0-2) took a one-point lead into their Mid-State League Ohio tilt at Grandview Saturday, Dec. 7. The Lady Bobcats rallied to close the game on a 18-11 run and walked away with the win.
Mackenzie Minner led the team with 10 points, Korren Cunningham added eight and Ally Robertson chipped in six.
The Red Raiders will next be in action when they play host to Whitehall at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 and then head to Bexley at at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.
The Golden Eagles (0-1) opened the season with an 18-point loss Saturday at Westfall.
Plains will play host to Bexley at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 and will welcome in Worthington Christian at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.
The Flames (3-2) dropped their second straight game, falling to the host Jaguars Saturday, Dec. 7.
Janelle Roby scored eight points for Shekinah, Ashley Gingerich added five and Summer Ginerich made a three-pointer for a total of three points.
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The Pioneers (1-1) picked up their first win of the season with a 2,473-2,431 triumph at Mechanicsburg Thursday, Dec. 5 at Goshen Lanes.
The boys dropped game one (852-930) rebounded in game two (886-801) for 1,738-1,731 lead going into Baker games. The Pioneers outlasted Mechanicsburg in Baker games (134-149), (192-181), (208-225) and (201-145) for the win.
The team was led by medalist Nathan Yoder (220-244), David Adkins (181-203) and Nathan Whiting (196-199).
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Freshman Mackenzie Heimlich set an Alder girls school record with her State Honor Roll Score of 279. In just her second high school match, she tossed games of 190-279 for a 469 series.
“In the second game Mac crushed the first seven strikes, leaving a solid 10 pin (in the eighth),” coach Rusty Walter said. “Mac converted the 10 pin and struck the next four frames for the career high and school record 279 game.”
In the match the young Lady Pioneers had a tough matching the veteran Mechancisburg squad. The Burg raced out to a (901-616) first game victory and cruised through the second game with (850-659).
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