Big Walnut Roundup
Girls squad focusing on postseason
The Big Walnut High School girls basketball team is gearing up for the postseason.
The Golden Eagles, who were 13-7 overall and 6-7 in the OCC-Capital Division before playing Olentangy Orange on Feb. 8, close the regular season Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Worthington Kilbourne.
They then will prepare for the Division II district tournament. They are seeded eighth and will play host to 10th-seeded Buckeye Valley or 16th-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek in the second round Feb. 20 after having a first-round bye.
Big Walnut defeated Buckeye Valley 48-36 on Dec. 11 but has not played Amanda-Clearcreek this season.
"That's right about where I figured we would be," coach Bob Scott said, referring to his team's seed.
Big Walnut would face top-seeded Eastmoor Academy, 11th-seeded Independence, 20th-seeded Hamilton Township or 26th-seeded Columbus South in a district semifinal Feb. 27 at New Albany and likely would meet second-seeded Brookhaven in a district final March 1 at New Albany.
The Golden Eagles have advanced to at least a district semifinal each of the last seven seasons. They won a district championship in 2008-09 and were a district runner-up in 2007-08 and 2005-06.
Last season, Big Walnut lost to Licking Valley 48-41 in double overtime in a district semifinal.
"We're pretty sure we can go in and compete," Scott said when asked about his team's draw in the district tournament. "Our whole season is dependent on how we play. We're working on what we do.
"Defensively, we've been doing pretty well. We're competitive. We lost some close games. We're struggling to put the ball in the basket. But we're right there."
Big Walnut defeated Mount Vernon 49-36 on Feb. 1, as junior post player Skylar Fleak had a team-high 12 points and junior post player Sara Petty scored 11. In a 40-30 loss to New Albany on Feb. 5, Fleak had 16 points and senior guard Samantha Klinedinst scored five.
Through 20 games, Fleak was averaging a team-high 10.7 points and senior forward Emily Chucta was averaging 7.9.
Wrestlers getting set for sectional tourney
The wrestling team will compete in the 13-team Division II sectional tournament Saturday, Feb. 16, at Licking Heights.
Big Walnut is seeded ninth of 26 teams in the district and will be joined in the sectional by top-seeded Whitehall, second-seeded Caledonia River Valley, eighth-seeded Jonathan Alder, 10th-seeded Mifflin, Bexley, Centennial, Columbus East, Columbus South, Licking Heights, London, Utica and Watterson.
The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the district tournament Feb. 22 and 23 at Heath.
Big Walnut had four district qualifiers last season in 2012 graduates Aaron Gase (152 pounds), Gene Hogg (220) and Tyler Schenz (145) and then-freshman Donny Didion (106), as it scored 93.5 points to finish eighth in its 13-team home sectional behind champion Sparta Highland (172.5).
Didion went 0-2 at district.
Big Walnut finished eighth (91.5) in the 10-team Watkins Memorial Invitational on Feb. 2, behind champion Hilliard Bradley (225).
Didion and junior Alec Eisnnicher (170) each won his weight class, with junior R.J. Martin (138) placing second and senior C.J. Harness (160) finishing third.
Didion defeated Bradley's Justin Lemmerman 9-4 in the final, and Eisnnicher beat Bradley's Jake Stratton 17-9. Martin was pinned in 1 minute, 40 seconds by Watkins Memorial's Noah Holter in the final.
Big Walnut lost to Mount Vernon 60-17 on Feb. 7.
It completed the regular season playing host to Fredricktown on Feb. 9.
Boys basketball team closing regular season
The boys basketball team will close the regular season this week, traveling to Licking Heights on Tuesday, Feb. 12, before playing host to Franklin Heights in an OCC-Capital game Friday, Feb. 15.
Big Walnut, which was 6-13 overall and 2-10 in the OCC-Capital before playing Orange on Feb. 8, lost to the Falcons 46-45 on Jan. 11.
The Golden Eagles, who had lost seven of their previous eight games before playing Orange, lost to visiting New Albany 60-44 on Feb. 5 and lost to host Mount Vernon 38-37 on Feb. 1.
Senior forward Adam Shaheen had a game-high 27 points against New Albany and scored 13 against Mount Vernon. Junior guard Logan Boyd had eight points against the Yellow Jackets.
The Division II district tournament draw is Sunday, Feb. 10. The tournament begins Feb. 23.
Swimmers begin postseason
Members of the boys and girls swimming and diving teams competed in the sectional meets Feb. 9 at Thomas Worthington. The girls team competed in Division I and the boys team competed in Division II.
In Division I, the winner of each sectional swimming event advances to the district meet Saturday, Feb. 16, at Ohio State. In addition, 27 at-large district berths will be awarded in each swimming event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers do not compete until the district meet.
At district, the top two placers in each swimming event automatically advance to the state meet Feb. 21-23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide. The top four girls divers advance to state.
In Division II, there are no automatic berths for the district meet Feb. 15 at Ohio State. Twenty-seven at-large district berths will be awarded for each swimming event based on times from the three Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers do not compete until the district meet.
At district, the top two placers in each swimming event automatically advance to the state meet Feb. 20-22 at Branin Natatorium. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide. The top boys diver advances to state.
Facemyer to play at Ohio Dominican
Big Walnut senior Shane Facemyer signed Feb. 6 to play men's soccer at Ohio Dominican University.
"I'm really excited," he said. "It's always been a goal of mine to play college soccer."
The Panthers are a Division II program and compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Facemyer, a four-year varsity player, had 12 goals and three assists and was first-team all-OCC-Capital Division last season while helping lead the Golden Eagles to a 12-7-1 overall record. They lost to Watterson in a Division II district final.
"I think he has all the tools necessary to have a good college career," former boys soccer coach Brett Weiss said. "Shane can see the game -- the runs off the ball, making space -- these concepts that are abstract. He gets that part and can relax into that quite well."
Football players sign letters of intent
Big Walnut High School seniors Carson Chatterton and Julian Simon signed letters of intent Feb. 6 to play football in college.
Chatterton will play quarterback for the University of Dayton, a member of the Football Championship Subdivision.
"It feels great," he said. "It feels like I've accomplished my goals. It's relieving to know I have a place and good atmosphere for the next four years of my life."
Last season for the Golden Eagles, Chatterton was 78-for-146 passing for 971 yards and eight touchdowns and ran 93 times for 314 yards and four scores.
"He's a very driven kid, a goal-oriented kid," Big Walnut coach Joe Weaver said. "He's not afraid to work his tail off and he's going to work until he gets it. He's got a very bright future."
Simon, an offensive and defensive lineman, signed with Division II Urbana University, joining 2012 Big Walnut graduate Trent Fielding.
"(Urbana) is a great fit for him," Weaver said of Simon. "He's a hardworking kid."