Delaware Hayes Roundup: Junior class setting tone for boys soccer team

STEPHEN BORGNA
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Brian Wallace, a senior midfielder and three-year starter, is expected to be among the key contributors for the Delaware Hayes boys soccer team.

The Delaware Hayes boys soccer team is confident it can excel where last year's squad fell short.

Despite losing key contributors such as midfielder Briggy Kannally and defender/midfielder Kyle Klump to graduation, third-year coach Robb Morgan said his relatively young Pacers are in sync and playing confidently.

"We had a strong senior class last year that underperformed on the season," said Morgan, whose team finished 4-11-2 overall and 0-7 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. "We brought back a pretty young group -- I only have four seniors this year -- and a strong junior class.

"This year we don't have anybody who's necessarily driving the team, but the kids all like each other. There's a really good morale. They enjoy practicing, they work hard. There's a bit more of a shared culture and shared leadership with this year's squad."

The Pacers got out to a start of 3-2-1 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Capital. They defeated Buckeye Valley 3-2 on Aug. 21, tied Jonathan Alder at 1 on Aug. 25 and beat Watterson 2-1 on Aug. 27 before opening OCC-Capital play Sept. 1 with a 4-1 loss to Big Walnut. Delaware then defeated Hamilton Township 2-0 on Sept. 3 and lost to Westerville North 2-0 on Sept. 8 in league play.

Morgan said his top contributors include Dylan Ashworth, a two-year starting junior midfielder who is participating in the Ohio U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program.

"He's brought a pretty significant physical growth curve, and then his capacity and soccer IQ has really increased tremendously," Morgan said.

Ashworth is joined in the midfield by senior Brian Wallace, a three-year starter.

"He's a physical, hardworking, strong young man," Morgan said.

Juniors Abdul Kawa and Jordan Malisiak round out the midfield unit.

Junior defenders Landon Thompson, Kai Mays and Brayden Shorter and sophomore defender Scott Glesenkamp anchor the back line along with alternating junior goalies Doug Heckert and Chris DeRosa.

"They've held us really steady. They've been solid in defense," Morgan said. "They've been disciplined and really a solid crew. I was expecting I would have more substitutions and a rotation."

Morgan said the Pacers, who start their games in a 4-4-2 formation and adjust as needed, are still experimenting with different groups of attackers.

Girls soccer squad wins first six games

It took the girls soccer team six games to match last year's win total.

A season after going 6-9-3 overall and 1-4-2 in the OCC-Cardinal, the Pacers got out to a start of 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Capital.

"We're pretty young and pretty new on the field. We're getting a good mix from everybody right now. We're playing good team ball," sixth-year coach Bradd Smiley said. "There isn't one particular standout in any way, shape or form. (We're getting a) good, strong team effort on both sides of the ball and even strong support coming in off the bench. (I'm) very, very happy with our team aspect right now.

"This is probably as cohesive ... a team as we've had in a long time."

The Pacers defeated Buckeye Valley (9-1 on Aug. 22), Hartley (1-0 on Aug. 27), Reynoldsburg (3-1 on Aug. 29) and DeSales (3-2 on Sept. 3) in non-league play. In league action, they beat Big Walnut 2-1 on Sept. 1 and North 2-1 on Sept. 8.

Smiley said the Pacers starting lineup tends to rotate depending on who they're playing. Top contributors include junior forward Ava Bruns and sophomore midfielder Aubrey Griner, both of whom had four goals through five games. Other key players are senior forwards Alyssa Griner and Maddy Green and a back line consisting of sophomore defender Myah Byers and junior defenders Hayli Marsch and Hannah Halstead.

The Pacers, who in years past have run a 4-3-3 formation, have been mixing things up this season with a 4-2-3-1.

"We're still trying to find our niche," Smiley said. "We're kind of trial and error a little bit, seeing what works best for our young group."

Smiley said the Pacers' determination has made the difference so far this season.

"It's just the drive the girls have," he said. "With them losing the spring season, it's a little bit of a different story with them coming in this year. ... And like I said, I think our passing and just our technical and tactical work has all taken a step up over the past. I think we've come in a little bit more disciplined this year than we've done in the past, and the girls are really playing for each other. We're fun to watch."

Football team to face Wildcats

The football team will enter the second half of its six-game regular season when it plays host to Westerville South on Friday, Sept. 18, in an OCC-Capital game.

Entering its game against Worthington Kilbourne on Sept. 11, Delaware was 0-2 overall and in the league, falling 14-6 to Big Walnut on Aug. 28 and 24-7 to North on Sept. 4.

Before playing North on Sept. 11, South was 2-0 overall and in the league, having defeated Dublin Scioto 42-28 and Big Walnut 50-41. The Wildcats were tied for first place in the league with North.

Rieman, Lamb win OHSWCA award

Wrestling coaches Kevin Rieman and Josh Lamb have received Division I state Coach of the Year honors from the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association.

Rieman and Lamb learned they had been selected Sept. 3 and will receive the award at the 2021 Division I state tournament at Ohio State.

"We had a very special year and it is a great honor for our program," Rieman said. "It is not just coach Lamb and myself. It is our dedicated athletes, amazing administrative support, supportive parents and fans and our entire staff who put in countless hours."

Rieman and Lamb led Delaware to a 7-0 record in the OCC-Cardinal to win the outright league title, and a program-record six wrestlers qualified for state. The state tournament was canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The state qualifiers were Tristan Burton (145 pounds, 33-14), Emmett Cain (160, 36-10), Corbin May (170, 42-4), Mason Sutandar (182, 42-4), Clay Ours (195, 41-10) and Nathan Robinson (220, 45-8).

The Pacers also had two placers in the inaugural girls state tournament. Kelcey Dew (121, 14-5) went 4-1 and placed third, and Ari Avant (137, 15-5) went 3-3 and placed sixth.

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At a glance

FOOTBALL -- WEEK 4

WESTERVILLE SOUTH at DELAWARE HAYES

*When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18

*Last meeting: 2005, South 56-0

*South (2-0 overall, 2-0 in OCC-Capital) to date: Defeated Dublin Scioto 42-28; def. Big Walnut 50-41; played Westerville North on Sept. 11

*Delaware (0-2 overall, 0-2 in OCC-Capital) to date: Lost to Big Walnut 14-6; lost to North 24-7; played Worthington Kilbourne on Sept. 11

*Top Wildcats: Brandon Armstrong (RB/DB), Matthew Bame (WR/K/P), Zane Boszor (LB), Jesse DeVore (WR/WB), Elvis Gyabeng (H-back/DL), Tyler O'Reilly (OL/DL), Devin Oteng-Achamfour (HB/DL/LB), Peter Pedrozo (QB), Kaden Saunders (WR/DB) and Javi'er Wills (WR/DB)

*Top Pacers: Alex Blevins (WR), Austin Dowell (QB), Blake Eiland (QB), Logan Eubanks (RB), Ty Gillman (RB), Matt McGeath (OL/DL), Logan Gibson (OL), Gavin Kenney (OL), Braeden McGrady (WR), Kaleb Shaw (LB) and Orion Ward (DB)

BOYS SOCCER

*Coach: Robb Morgan, third season

*Top players: Dylan Ashworth, Chris DeRosa, Doug Heckert, Abdul Kawa, Jordan Malisiak, Kai Mays and Brian Wallace

*Key losses: Sam DeLong, Briggy Kannally and Kyle Klump

*Last season: 4-11-2 overall

*2019 OCC-Cardinal standings: Dublin Scioto (5-1-1), Worthington Kilbourne (4-0-3), Olentangy Berlin (4-1-2), Dublin Jerome and Hilliard Bradley (3-3-1), Thomas Worthington (2-3-2), Hilliard Darby (2-5), Delaware (0-7)

*2019 postseason: Lost to Whetstone 4-3 in first round of Division I district tournament

GIRLS SOCCER

*Coach: Bradd Smiley, sixth season

*Top players: Ava Bruns, Myah Byers, Maddy Green, Alyssa Griner, Aubrey Griner, Hannah Halstead and Hayli Marsch

*Key losses: Savanna Deibert, Sydney McMillin, Monica Taglione, Abby Weller and Payje Wilson

*Last season: 6-9-3 overall

*2019 OCC-Cardinal standings: Jerome and Bradley (6-1), Berlin (4-2-1), Darby (3-3-1), Scioto (2-5), Thomas (1-3-3), Delaware (1-4-2), Kilbourne (0-4-3)

*2019 postseason: Defeated Mount Vernon 9-0; lost to Bradley 2-1 (OT) in second round of Division I district tournament