Big Walnut Roundup
Swim teams compete at district meet
Members of the Big Walnut High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams competed in the district meet Feb. 15 and 16 at Ohio State.
The Golden Eagles opened the postseason in a sectional meet Feb. 9 at Thomas Worthington.
Qualifying for district in Division II for the boys team were senior Carson Chatterton in the 100-yard butterfly (58.38 seconds) and 100 freestyle (56.91), junior Carter Marsch in the 50 free (24.91), the 200 free relay of Chatterton, Marsch, Jens Paglialunga and senior Brant Weiss (1:42.39), the 400 free relay of Paglialunga, Weiss, senior Ben Stefaniak and junior Joel Windle (3:59.37) and the 200 medley relay of Chatterton, Windle, Weiss and senior Sean Conley (1:56.87).
Qualifying for district in Division I for the girls team were junior Michelle Stefaniak in the 50 free (26.31), junior Jessica Osburn in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.14), the 200 free relay of Osburn, Stefaniak, freshman Josey Sweeney-Rogers and sophomore Claire Chatteron (1:52), the 400 free relay of Chatteron, senior Alexis Newman, junior Haley Lescinksy and senior Katie von Hollen (4:26.11) and the 200 medley relay of Chatterton, Osburn, Stefaniak and Sweeney-Rogers (2:06.49).
In Division II, there were no automatic berths for district. Twenty-seven at-large district berths were awarded for each swimming event based on times from the three Central, East and Southeast sectional sites.
In Division I, the winner of each sectional swimming event advanced to district. In addition, 27 at-large district berths were awarded in each swimming event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites.
There was no diving at sectional.
Big Walnut was the only Division II boys team at the Thomas sectional. The girls team scored 76 points to finish eighth (76) of 12 teams, behind Thomas (311), New Albany (239), Delaware Hayes (187), Gahanna (163), Worthington Kilbourne (120), Westerville South (107) and Watkins Memorial (103) and ahead of Mount Vernon (37), Teays Valley (26), Northland (14) and Newark (8).
"We did really well," coach Andy Chatterton said. "It's the best we've ever done so far. We've got a lot of kids going to district. They're all excited."
At district in Division I, the top two finishers in each swimming event automatically advanced to the state meet Thursday, Feb. 21, through Saturday, Feb. 23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide. The top four girls divers advanced to state.
In Division II, the top two placers in each swimming event automatically advanced to the state meet Wednesday, Feb. 20, through Friday, Feb. 22. In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide. The top boys diver advanced to state.
Boys basketball team preparing for tourney
The boys basketball team is seeded 20th of 27 teams in the Division II district tournament and will play at ninth-seeded Licking Heights in the first round Saturday, Feb. 23.
The winner plays seventh-seeded Eastmoor Academy or 26th-seeded Licking Valley in the second round Feb. 28 at the home of the higher seed. The second-round winner will face second-seeded Watterson, 10th-seeded Bexley or 16th-seeded Mifflin in a district semifinal March 6 at Olentangy.
The Golden Eagles, who were 6-15 overall and 2-11 in the OCC-Capital Division before playing Franklin Heights in their regular-season finale Feb. 15, will face Licking Heights for the second time in 11 days.
Big Walnut lost to the Hornets 67-49 on Feb. 12 at Licking Heights. Senior forward Adam Shaheen had 16 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead Big Walnut and sophomore post player Zachary Asher scored 10.
John Righter, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, led Licking Heights with 19 points, with 6-4 junior guard Babe Murphy and 6-1 senior guard DeAnthony Hosley adding 14 and 10 points, respectively.
The Hornets led 12-3 after the first quarter and 25-15 at halftime.
Big Walnut, which entered its game against Franklin Heights on a four-game losing streak, defeated Licking Valley 67-54 on Dec. 11 behind 19 points from senior guard Zach Laughman and 18 from Shaheen.
The Golden Eagles, who lost to Olentangy Orange 48-33 in a league game Feb. 8, have not played Eastmoor this season.
Girls basketball team set for tourney opener
The girls basketball team had a first-round bye in the Division II district tournament and will play host to 10th-seeded Buckeye Valley or 16th-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek in the second round Wednesday, Feb. 20.
The winner will play 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.
Big Walnut, which is seeded eighth of 26 teams, improved to 14-9 overall with a 56-47 win over Kilbourne on Feb. 12.
Junior post player Skylar Fleak led the Golden Eagles with 13 points. Junior post player Sara Petty had 11 points and senior Emily Chucta scored 10.
Big Walnut lost to Orange 58-39 on Feb. 8 to finish 6-8 in the OCC-Capital.
The Golden Eagles placed fifth in the league, behind Orange (14-0), Olentangy (12-2), New Albany (10-4) and Delaware (7-7) and ahead of Mount Vernon (4-10), Watkins Memorial (3-11) and Franklin Heights (0-14).
Gymnastics team preparing for district
The gymnastics team will compete in the district meet Saturday, Feb. 23, at Kilbourne. The top three teams advance to the state team meet March 1 at Hilliard Bradley, and the top nine finishers in each event and the all-around advance to the state individual meet March 2 at Bradley.
Last season at district, Big Walnut finished 13th (126.425) of 24 teams, as Grove City (140.075), Dublin Coffman (139.3) and Thomas Worthington (137.45) advanced to state. The Golden Eagles' only individual state qualifier a year ago was 2012 graduate Natalie Mathews, who placed eighth on the balance beam (9.0).
Big Walnut placed fifth in the OCC-Capital meet Feb. 9 at Thomas Worthington, behind Bradley (128.925), Dublin Jerome (122.85), Orange (120.05) and Franklin Heights (107.525) and ahead of Central Crossing (104.35).
The Golden Eagles went 0-5 in league duals and finished sixth in the overall OCC-Capital standings with six points, behind Bradley (24, 5-0), Orange (18, 4-1), Jerome (18, 3-2), Franklin Heights (10, 1-4) and Central Crossing (8, 2-3).
Wrestling team places sixth in OCC-Capital
The wrestling team finished sixth in the OCC-Capital at 2-5, behind Mount Vernon (7-0), Delaware (6-1), Orange (5-2), Watkins Memorial (4-3) and Olentangy (3-4) and ahead of New Albany (1-6) and Franklin Heights (0-7).
Big Walnut competed in a Division II sectional tournament Feb. 16 at Licking Heights. The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to the district tournament Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, at Heath.
The top four finishers in each weight class at district advance to the state tournament Feb. 28-March 2 at Ohio State.
Big Walnut concluded the regular season with a 46-24 win over Fredericktown on Feb. 9.
Winning matches by pin were Donny Didion (113 pounds), C.J. Harness (160), Alec Eisnnicher (182) and Tyler Hogg (195).
Bowling teams begin postseason
The bowling teams competed in sectional tournaments Feb. 15 and 16 at Columbus Western Bowl.
The top nine teams and top nine individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the district tournament at HP Lanes. The boys district competition is Friday, Feb. 22, and the girls is Saturday, Feb. 23.
At district, the top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team for boys and girls advance to the state tournament March 1 and 2 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
Senior Jon McClelland led the boys team through the regular season with a 208.7 game average, and senior Cierra Hite led the girls team with a 147.6 average.