The Delaware Hayes High School boys basketball team was unable to overcome a double-digit run by eighth-seeded Westerville Central during a 79-69 loss in a Division I district semifinal March 5 at Olentangy Orange.
The 10th-seeded Pacers, who finished 21-4, trailed 38-36 before the Warhawks converted four consecutive turnovers and an offensive rebound into points during an 11-0 run late in the third quarter.
Eric James started the run for Central, converting a steal into his second dunk of the game with 2:09 left in the third quarter and scoring again 22 seconds later on a driving layup set up by a turnover. After Delaware's third turnover during that stretch resulted in a 3-pointer by the Warhawks' T.J. Pannell, James converted another turnover into a driving layup with 1:00 left, drawing a foul on the play. He missed the ensuing free throw, but his teammate, Jalon Tally, grabbed the rebound and scored on a putback.
The Pacers ended the run when Khalil Iverson scored on a driving layup right before the buzzer sounded to end the quarter. Central entered the fourth quarter with a 49-38 lead.
"We could never make much of a run at them in the fourth quarter because we couldn't get stops and they were making their free throws," coach Jordan Blackburn said. "We never gave up and fought to the end. They were 24-for-31 from the line and we were 9-for-14, and that was a big difference. Plus, we had trouble handling the ball against their pressure."
Delaware outrebounded the Warhawks 27-23 and was 25-for-46 from the field, including 10-for-21 from 3-point range. However, the Pacers had 18 turnovers, doubling Central's total, and were outscored in the paint 46-28.
Iverson had 27 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Tyler Treese had 15 points and Noble Moore had 12 points and four assists.
James had 30 points, including 22 in the second half to lead the Warhawks, who improved to 19-5 and played Northland in a district final March 8.
Bowmar reaches state tourney in bowling
Kayla Bowmar represented the girls bowling team in the Division I state tournament March 8 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
The senior competed as an individual qualifier after rolling a 548 (173-175-200) series in the district tournament March 1 at Eastland Lanes. She finished third overall of 134 competitors and secured the second individual state-qualifying spot, as the top four teams and top four finishers not on a qualifying team advanced to state.
Senior Katie Fleming tied for 12th with a 502 (165-143-195), finishing 32 pins behind the final state qualifier.
The Pacers missed qualifying for state by one spot, as they placed fifth with a 3,219 in the 20-team event behind Briggs (3,424), Westerville South (3,273), Zanesville (3,270) and Westerville Central (3,222).
Also competing in three games for Delaware were Alicia Halstead (37th, 437), Anna Williams (39th, 435) and Taylor Schurr (50th, 414).
The boys team ended its season at district, finishing 11th (3,315) in the 20-team district tournament behind champion Westerville South (3,815).
Jordan Lanham led the Pacers with a 529, finishing 27th of 139 competitors. Noah Bowmar (40th, 510) was next, followed by Ben Awenowicz (60th, 473), Patrick Woller (65th, 467) and Dakota Brugler (71st, 450).
Sierawski places 7th at state in wrestling
Andrew Sierawski finished seventh in the Division I state tournament that concluded March 1 at Ohio State.
The senior was one of three state qualifiers for the Pacers, who tied the program record for most state qualifiers.
Delaware scored six points at state to tie for 52nd behind champion Massillon Perry (185) as 78 teams scored.
The others were senior Colton Richard and sophomore Greg Brusco.
Sierawski (220 pounds) lost his opening match 6-2 to North Royalton's Garrett Snyder before pinning Cincinnati St. Xavier's Matt Kuhlmann in 3:34 and beating Loveland's Seth Brennock 8-4 to secure a spot in the top eight.
He then lost to Perry's Stefano Millin 7-2 before beating Snyder 5-4 in the seventh-place match to finish 44-4 on the season.
"We were very happy for Andrew's placement," coach Josh Heffernan said. "He's a tough kid with a tremendous heart. His medal is well deserved. He had an outstanding senior year."
Brusco (126), who placed fourth at state last season at 113, went 0-2 to finish 24-6. Richard (195) also went 0-2 to finish 32-11.
"I'm still impressed by Richard's success," Heffernan said. "This was only his second year of wrestling and he was a state qualifier. He's very talented. I was happy to hear that he wants to continue the sport in college. Some school will be getting a diamond. His upside is huge.
"Considering all the adversity Greg faced, namely overcoming a knee injury that required surgery, getting back to state was an amazing accomplishment, but Greg expected more from himself. The good news is that he has two more years to reach those lofty goals."
Delaware finished fourth (88) in the district meet Feb. 21 and 22 at Hilliard Darby behind champion Marysville (147.5) as 37 teams scored. The Pacers had a program-record 11 district qualifiers.
Also competing at district were seniors Nick Beyer (152), Shawn Johnson (182) and Raymond Simpson (160), junior Derek Louck (heavyweight), sophomores Brandyn Dydek (138), Chris Martinez (170) and Tommy Detunno (106) and freshman Max Wright (113). The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to state.
Martinez finished 38-14, followed by Simpson (36-17), Johnson (32-13), Beyer (30-15), Wright (28-18), Louck (26-19), Dydek (19-16) and Detunno (9-19).
The Pacers won their first sectional title, scoring 248.5 points in the 11-team event Feb. 15 at Watkins Memorial as Pickerington North (213.5) was second. Sierawski, Johnson, Brusco and Wright won sectional titles.
Freshmen Garrett Young (132, 26-21) and Ryan Craun (120, 16-23) placed fifth at sectional and were district alternates.
Delaware went 7-0 in OCC-Capital Division to win its first league championship. Orange (6-1) placed second, followed by Mount Vernon (5-2), Olentangy (4-3), Worthington Kilbourne (3-4), Big Walnut (2-5), New Albany (1-6) and Franklin Heights (0-7).
Delaware won Region 5 in the Division I state team tournament and advanced to a state quarterfinal before losing to eventual champion Perry 54-9 on Feb. 8 at Ohio State's St. John Arena.
"We had a very special group of seniors," Heffernan said. "They have done so much to contribute to a winning culture here at Hayes. They have left a championship mark that will echo for years to come and grow our program for the better."
Heffernan expects the program to continue building.
"Now our challenge is not only to continue our championship ways, but to improve upon them," he said. "The plan is to keep our foot on the gas and have an even better season next year."
Girls swimming team losing two key scorers
The girls swimming and diving team is losing two of its top four scorers in Brittany Puthoff and Regan DeWitt.
The two seniors helped Delaware score 51 points and tie for 14th in the Division I state meet that concluded Feb 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton behind Cincinnati Ursuline (281) as 52 teams scored.
The Pacers broke their program records for most points at state and highest finish at state. Their previous marks were set in 2012, when they tied for 22nd with 27 points.
Puthoff finished 14th at state in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.38) in her fourth state appearance in the event. She and DeWitt were joined by freshman Brooke Glesenkamp and junior Sam Curtin in both the eighth-place 400 freestyle relay (3:43.83) and 12th-place 200 free relay (1:39.56).
"They will be sorely missed," coach Bill Rietz said of Puthoff and DeWitt. "They have done so much for this program."
Puthoff owns program records in the 200 individual medley (2:11.01) and the 100 breast (1:05.25) and DeWitt holds program records in the 200 free (1:55.71) and 500 free (5:08.16). They both also helped set program records in the 200 free relay (1:38.64), 400 free relay (3:33.27) and 200 medley relay (1:47.86).
Glesenkamp reached the podium twice at state, tying a program record set by Julie Schupp in 1981, and became the first in program history to score in four events at state. She placed eighth in the 100 free in a program-record 51.87, breaking the mark she set (52.39) in the district meet Feb. 15 at Ohio State. The previous record was set by Schupp in 1981.
Also at state, Glesenkamp finished 12th in the 50 free (24.21), becoming the first in program history to compete at state in the event. She had qualified for state by setting the program record (24.0) at district.
Delaware finished third (174) at district behind Upper Arlington (522) and Thomas Worthington (204) and was runner-up (209) in the sectional Feb. 8 behind host Thomas (214), as DeWitt won the 200 free and 500 free.
In the OCC-Capital meet Jan. 24 and 25, the Pacers finished third (254) behind Olentangy (298) and New Albany (282) and ahead of Orange (181), Kilbourne (142), Big Walnut (82) and Mount Vernon (49).
Winning league titles were Glesenkamp (100 free), Puthoff (200 IM), DeWitt (500 free) and the 400 free relay.
Among the expected key returnees are Curtin, Glesenkamp, junior Bethany Ward and freshmen Kristen Puthoff, Marisa Sulek and Hannah Weller.
"The girls went 11-3 in duals, which is the most wins we've ever had," Rietz said. "We had our best postseason showings ever at state, district and sectional. It was a record season and I couldn't be more proud. We've got a lot of young talent returning and I think we're going to add to it."
The boys team is losing eight seniors, including its only state qualifier in Anthony Hinton, who finished 17th in the 50 free (21.63).
A two-time state qualifier, Hinton advanced by placing sixth (21.44) at district, where the Pacers finished 15th (51) behind champion St. Charles (304) as 25 teams scored. Hinton also competed at district in the 100 free, finishing was 11th (47.7).
The Pacers' other district qualifiers were senior Skyler Pollock (500 free, 4:58.21, 13th), junior Erik Richards (diving, 298.95, 10th), senior Scott Chapman (diving, 241.60, 16th), the 200 free relay of senior Dustin Buschman, senior Kai Herrera, Hinton and Pollock (1:29.44, 10th) and the 400 free relay of junior Mason Nicol, Pollock, Herrera and Hinton (3:22.83, 14th).
The Pacers finished fifth (143) in the 11-team Thomas sectional behind champion New Albany (211), with Hinton (100 free) and Pollock (500 free) winning sectional titles.
Delaware placed fourth (200) in the OCC-Capital meet behind Olentangy (263), New Albany (246) and Kilbourne (229) and ahead of Mount Vernon (144), Orange (116) and Big Walnut (69). Hinton won league titles in the 50 free and the 100 free.
Among those expected to return are Nicol and Richards and freshmen Thomas Blackwood, Remy Curtin, Craig Klumpp and Noah Planisek.