The Delaware Hayes High School girls volleyball team will need to replace six seniors next season, led by outside hitter Sydney Krewson.
The 15th-seeded Pacers lost to fourth-seeded Olentangy Orange 25-6, 25-9, 25-14 in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 25 at Whitehall to finish 16-9 overall.
"It was a good season," first-year coach Raynard Martin said. "I thought the girls competed hard all season. We played pretty well in our conference and we had two (district) tournament wins. I'm proud of the girls.
"Considering the coaching change and moving to a more balanced system, I feel good about what these girls were able to accomplish this year."
The Pacers, who finished 16-8 last season, went 8-6 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to place fourth behind Worthington Kilbourne (13-1), Dublin Scioto (12-2) and Dublin Jerome (9-5).
In addition to Krewson, Delaware is losing seniors MaKayla Gill (setter/defensive specialist), Emily Gray (libero), Maisy Johnson (defensive specialist), Kaiden Murphy (middle hitter) and Isis Price (right-side hitter).
"Sydney was our team MVP," Martin said. "She was first-team all-league and second-team all-district. She had an impact on the game no matter where she was in the rotation. She played great defense in the back."
Among the expected return-ees are juniors Hadlee Bruns (middle hitter), Becca Rocassin (setter) and Mia Thompson (libero) and sophomore Anna Johnson (setter/right-side hitter).
Bruns missed the final six games of the regular season with an injury. Rocassin was second-team all-league and Thompson was honorable mention all-league.
"We've got some strong talent coming back and we've potentially got some young girls who will step in to help keep this program healthy," Martin said. "Our j.v. and freshman teams had very solid, winning seasons and our middle school teams also had fine seasons. We have a lot of good things happening in this program right now."
Football team falls in season finale
The football team posted its first winning season since 2009, but was unable to qualify for the playoffs following a 49-0 loss at Hilliard Bradley in its season finale Oct. 26.
The Pacers, which finished 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the OCC-Cardinal, placed 10th in the Division I, Region 2 computer ratings, two spots shy of a playoff berth.
Bradley improved to 9-1 overall and finished 7-0 in the league.
"I wish we could've played better and ended the season on a stronger note," first-year coach Scott Wetzel said. "We fell behind early and were just never in the game. It was a miserable night, but it's OK. We've got work to do to get to where we want to be and that work will start up not long from now.
"I was hoping the seniors would have a bit better finish to the season, but we were in every game up to the fourth quarter all year long until this one. (The seniors) will still look back at this as a great season and hopefully they've built the foundation that has helped turn this program in the right direction."
The Pacers managed just two first downs and 34 total yards in their eight first-half possessions against Bradley and trailed 42-0 at halftime. They committed three turnovers in the game.
"Things kind of snowballed on us, but it was a good season and a lot of good things happened," Wetzel said. "Unfortunately, when it rains, it pours, and tonight it poured."
Warren Clasen rushed for 58 yards to lead the Pacers, who finished with 142 total yards, compared to 330 for Bradley.