The Big Walnut High School girls track and field team already had four championship trophies heading into this weekend.
The most important hardware, however, will be on the line this week when the Golden Eagles try to defend their OCC-Capital Division championship.
Big Walnut competes in the league meet Thursday, May 10, and Saturday, May 12, at Olentangy Orange. The Golden Eagles will be familiar with those surroundings, having competed there May 4 in the Delaware County Elite 8.
"Winning the OCC is our No. 1 team goal this year," said coach Joe Evener, whose teams have won four OCC championships since 1998. "In order to do that, we have to do what we have been doing all season: get consistent scoring from all areas on the track and (in the) field (events). One of our mottos is, 'Every event, every girl and every point counts.' "
Big Walnut tuned up for the Delaware County meet by scoring 131 points to defeat Centerburg (64), Fredericktown (44) and Franklin Heights (16) on May 2 at home.
Kaley Rammelsberg, a consistent scorer, won the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches), long jump (16-5 1/2), 100-meter hurdles (15.97 seconds) and 300 hurdles (53.59).
Other first-place finishers were Annika Anderson in the pole vault (8-0), Maddie Swank in the discus (98-7), Grace Unger, Alina Pecci, Tori Buxton and Colbi Borland in the 3,200 relay (10:59.67), Hanna Pinkston in the 200 (27.18), Unger in the 400 (1:06.37) and Adelee Gartner in the 800 (2:35.79).
Big Walnut won the Sarah Robinson Relays on April 28 at Lakewood, as the sprint medley relay of Unger, Sierra Sanders, Pinkston and Gartner established a program record of 4:42.65.
The Golden Eagles also took first in the Brooke Relays on April 21 in Wellsburg, West Virginia, the Hank Smith Invitational on April 14 at Heath and the Hornet Relays on April 5 at Licking Heights.
"I'm so proud of this team, and especially this group of six seniors," Evener said. "I want to send them out with the best experience possible."
The boys team last won the OCC-Capital in 2015 and finished third last season behind Canal Winchester and Newark.
"We anticipate a very competitive OCC meet and know that we will have to be at our best to dethrone defending champ Canal Winchester," coach Eric Myers said.
He expects competitors in the field events to remain dominant, including returning state-qualifier Brandon Mosher in the discus and shot put.
Mosher won both events May 2 as Big Walnut (145.5) defeated Fredericktown (48.5), Centerburg (33) and Franklin Heights (21). He threw 156-11 in the discus and 52-6 1/2 in the shot put.
Big Walnut swept the field events, with Jackson Podraza winning the high jump (6-0), Caleb Ramey taking first in the long jump (20-9) and Josh Halbakken capturing the pole vault (11-6).
"Our field events have been strong for us this season, but we also have some guys doing a great job on the track," Myers said. "We really try to approach each meet with expectations of maximum effort from one another. It's everyone's job to find a point or two to put on the scoreboard."
On the track, finishing first were Tim Rumas in the 100 (10:94), Conner White in the 300 hurdles (41.18), Blake Conner in the 110 hurdles (17.19) and Austin Stewart in the 800 (2:08.13).
On April 28 at Thomas Worthington, Big Walnut finished third (89.33) behind Thornville Sheridan (112) and Dublin Coffman (93) in the 15-team Gary Smith Invitational.
Baseball team set for postseason
The baseball team enters the postseason looking to win its fourth consecutive Division I district title.
The Golden Eagles play host to 38th-seeded Briggs or 39th-seeded Licking Heights in a second-round game Wednesday, May 9, with the winner playing in a district semifinal May 14. They are seeded 11th of 48 teams and have a first-round bye.
Big Walnut improved to 13-9 overall and 11-3 in the OCC-Capital with a 12-0 victory over Franklin Heights on May 2.
A day earlier, Austin Becker took the loss in a 4-2 setback against Groveport. The senior, a Vanderbilt recruit, allowed four runs and four hits over five innings and finished with 10 strikeouts. Noah Sprowls led the Golden Eagles with three hits.
Austin Krinn picked up the victory in an 8-1 win at Newark on April 30. He went seven innings with six strikeouts and no walks.
Big Walnut was tied with New Albany atop the league following New Albany's 4-2 loss to Canal Winchester on May 2.
The Golden Eagles conclude the regular season Monday, May 7, at home against East Knox.
Boys tennis team preps for sectional
The boys tennis team competes in a Division I sectional tournament Thursday, May 10, and Saturday, May 12, at Reynoldsburg.
Matt Pushkin, Cameron Sutherland, Gabe Mexicott are in the singles bracket. Playing doubles are the teams of Tyler Shuster and Collin Bates and Sebastian Kirkpatrick and Devon McCullough.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district May 17 at Hilliard Bradley and May 19 at Upper Arlington.
Big Walnut won its third consecutive match by defeating Hilliard Darby 3-2 on May 2 to improve to 6-8 overall. It finished 4-1 in the OCC-Capital with a 5-0 win over Franklin Heights on April 30.
The Golden Eagles wrap up the regular season with matches Monday, May 7, at Westerville North and Wednesday, May 9, at home against Watkins Memorial.
Below are the coming schedules for the Big Walnut boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse and softball teams:
May 10 -- At Gahanna
*May 7 -- Home vs. Olentangy
May 10 -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto
May 8 -- At Westerville Central
May 10 -- Home vs. 10th-seeded Hartley or 21st-seeded Independence in second round of Division II district tournament. Winner plays fourth-seeded Sparta Highland or seventh-seeded Caledonia River Valley in district semifinal May 15 at neutral site to be determined. The Golden Eagles are seeded fifth of 22 teams.