Big Walnut High School boys basketball coach Mike DeLaney had high expectations for first-year varsity player Seth Myers before the start of the season.

Big Walnut High School boys basketball coach Mike DeLaney had high expectations for first-year varsity player Seth Myers before the start of the season.

So did the 6-foot-3 sophomore forward.

"Last year I played freshman basketball and this year my goal was to start on varsity," Myers said. "The first three games I didn't start, but I averaged eight points (coming off the bench) and then I moved into a starting spot."

Myers likely will be a fixture in the starting lineup the rest of the season -- and the rest of his prep career, for that matter. He was averaging 7.9 points through 10 games, ranking second on the team in scoring behind junior guard Tyler Beam (11.6).

Junior forward Seth Wandling was third on the team in scoring, averaging 7.4 points, followed by senior forward Joel Craig (7.1) and junior guard Grant Beam (6.0).

"He played AAU basketball and the amount of work he put in (last) summer, I knew he would contribute this year," DeLaney said of Myers. "He's still learning that you have to do things a certain way to be successful against the caliber of teams we play, but for a sophomore, I'm really pleased with the way he's playing.

"He's athletic, he can play inside and out, and he can handle the ball, which allows us to play him on the perimeter some."

Myers led the team with a season-high 16 points in a 58-49 win over visiting Franklin Heights on Jan. 14. The win ended a six-game losing streak for the Golden Eagles, whose previous victory was Dec. 14 when they defeated Licking Heights 62-49.

"It was a long stretch between victories," said DeLaney, whose team improved to 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the OCC-Capital

Division with the win over the Falcons. "We definitely needed it. It was good for our confidence."

Heading into a game against Watkins Memorial on Jan. 21, Big Walnut was sixth in the OCC-Capital behind New Albany at 7-0, Mount Vernon at 6-1, Olentangy Orange at 5-2, Delaware at 4-3 and Hilliard Bradley at 3-4, and ahead of Franklin Heights at 1-6 and Watkins Memorial at 0-7.

With the league championship likely out of reach, the Golden Eagles are focusing on improving their play in the second half of the season.

"Our goal is to get above .500 and we're going to do everything we can do to get that goal," Myers said.

•The boys and girls swimming teams will spend this week preparing for the OCC-Capital meet on Saturday, Jan. 29, at New Albany.

In the league meet last season, the boys team scored 61 points to finish fifth behind New Albany (368), Delaware (255), Mount Vernon (201) and Olentangy Orange (87) and ahead of Watkins Memorial (38) and Hilliard Bradley (29). The girls team finished sixth (85) behind New Albany (399), Delaware (192), Mount Vernon (192), Orange (180) and Watkins Memorial (96) and ahead of Bradley (70).

"Our goal is to get as many points as we can," coach Andy Chatterton said. "We want to at least compete. I think we'll have a good showing."

Big Walnut competed in the Worthington Sprint Invitational on Jan. 15. The girls team scored 243.5 points to finish fourth of nine teams, behind Orange (347), Columbus School for Girls (342) and Pickerington North (247.5), and the boys team finished sixth (128) of eight teams, behind Marysville (342), North (336), Central Crossing (290), Watterson (284) and Orange (283).

Carson Chatterton was the only member of the boys team to place in the top five, winning the 50-yard butterfly (27.8 seconds) and 100 fly (1:01.74). Placing in the top five for the girls were the 200 medley relay of Michelle Stefaniak, Jessica Osburn, Natalie Chatterton and Aria Dockham (second, 2:11.17), the 400 free relay of Kelsey Peterson, Stefaniak, Osburn and Chatterton (second, 4:14.29), Osburn in the 100 breaststroke (second, 1:19.34) and 50 breast (fourth, 36.99), Chatterton in the 100 fly (third, 1:11.71) and 100 breast (fifth, 1:24.18) and Peterson in the 100 free (third, 1:01.13) and 50 free (fifth, 28.67).

"(The teams' places) don't show how well the kids did personally," coach Chatterton said. "Everybody felt like winners. They were very excited. I think it was one of the most enjoyable meets we've been a part of and I really liked our team atmosphere and team camaraderie right now. We're building chemistry and building commitment and the kids are cutting time every meet. They're doing real well."

The Golden Eagles competed against Marion Harding and Lima Bath on Jan. 22.

•Two members of the wrestling team -- juniors Jason Griffith and Tyler Schenz -- were ranked in the Division II area coaches poll released Jan. 19.

Griffith was third at heavyweight behind Hamilton Township's Chris Settles and Canal Winchester's Nathan Pressley, and Schenz was tied for third at 140 pounds with Whitehall's Matt Straight behind Olentangy's Anthony Fosco and London's Galo Santos.

Griffith improved to 24-4 after placing sixth at the Marion Elgin Invitational on Jan. 14-15. Schenz also placed sixth in the meet, improving to 16-8. He also has competed at 152 and 145 this season.