Members of the Big Walnut High School girls lacrosse team are doing their best to maintain an upbeat attitude this season.
The Golden Eagles fell to 0-12 overall and saw their losing streak reach 31 games and their winless streak reach 33 games with a 12-7 loss to Westerville Central in a non-league game May 2. They lost to the Warhawks 16-3 in an OCC-Central Division game April 9
"Mentally, we're still OK," coach Steve Palmer said. "We're trying to keep pushing."
Big Walnut's last win came against Pickerington Central, 10-9 on May 2, 2011. The Golden Eagles tied Delaware Hayes at 8 two games later and lost their final three games of the 2011 season to finish 3-9-1. They went 0-16 last season.
"We have a lot of fun," junior attacker and captain Cynthia Grether said.
"Normally, a team who hasn't got a win yet might be a little down and not really together with each other, but we've stuck together through the whole season and we, obviously, want to get that big win."
The Golden Eagles, who are in their fifth season, finished 0-7 in the OCC-Central. They lost to Gahanna 15-4 on April 27 and Delaware 11-8 on April 29 in league games and lost to Marysville 16-7 on April 30.
Through 11 games, Grether had a team-high 26 goals, including all four against Gahanna. Sophomore midfielder Lexie Adams had 14 goals, including two against both Delaware and Marysville.
"We've really worked on spacing and tried to have some patience," Palmer said of his team's offense. "We've done a good job of that. The kids are gaining some confidence and learning to be consistent and do their job for the team. We'll try to keep that sharp."
Freshman goalkeeper Madelyn Wecker had 127 saves through 11 games, an average of 11.5 per game.
"She's a very athletic kid, a very driven kid," Palmer said of Wecker.
"She's the oldest kid in her family and all the rest are brothers, so she's tough. She was thrown into the fire on day one. It's nothing but up for her."
Big Walnut will wrap up the regular season this week with games Tuesday, May 7, at home against Granville and Thursday, May 9, at Chillicothe. It then will prepare for the postseason, which starts the following week.
Last season, the Golden Eagles lost to Sylvania 20-6 in the first round of the Club Division North/Central Region tournament.
"At this time of year, focus can become an issue," Palmer said. "So we're finding new ways in practice to keep that spark inside them going."
Girls track team wins meet in West Virginia
The girls track and field team made another strong showing in the Wellsburg (W.Va.) Brooke Relays on April 27.
Big Walnut scored 142 points to win the eight-team meet, finishing ahead of New Cumberland (W.Va.) Oak Glen (114), Farmington (W.Va.) North Marion (94), Richmond Edison (61), Weirton (W.Va.) Weir (52), Brooke (51), Weirton (W.Va.) Madonna (33) and Bellaire St. John (24).
The win was the Golden Eagles' ninth in 11 appearances in the Brooke Relays since 1997. They also finished first in their previous appearance in 2009.
"I am so proud of the girls and the way they carried themselves (in the meet)," coach Joe Evener said.
"The facilities (at Brooke) are nearly breathtaking. We love going there so much and I am always glad when it works into our schedule."
The Golden Eagles finished first in six events, with Olivia Small winning the long jump in a program-, meet- and stadium-record 18 feet, 7 inches and the 200 meters (26.15 seconds), Jamie Annis winning the 100 hurdles (meet-record 15.34) and 300 hurdles (47.58) and teaming with Small, Kristen Carty and Leah Thomas to win the 400 relay (51.47) and Laylaa Crawford winning the discus (106-9).
"Overall, I think it was a great experience," Evener said. "We really got a lot accomplished, things that I hope will help carry us through the second and most important part of the season."
Big Walnut will play host to the six-team Delaware County Elite 8 on Thursday, May 9, before competing in Friday Night at Grandview on Friday, May 10.
Both the boys and girls teams placed fourth in the Elite 8 last year. The boys team scored 93 points to finish behind champion Olentangy Liberty (144) and the girls team scored 118.5 to finish behind champion Orange (130).
Boys lacrosse team ends losing skid
The boys lacrosse team was 4-5 overall and 0-4 in the OCC-Central before playing Pickerington Central on May 3.
Big Walnut ended a four-game losing streak by beating Columbus City Schools 11-2 on April 26 and then defeated Jonathan Alder 17-3 on April 30.
Junior attacker Jhordan Lang led the Golden Eagles in scoring over those two games, totaling nine goals and four assists.
Freshman attacker Joey Schooley totaled five goals and one assist, senior midfielder Trevor Severs had one goal and six assists, sophomore goalie
Ian Kirkendall had 10 saves and freshman goalie Alec Schnabel had six.