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Ben Stroup

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E-Mail Address: bstroup@civitasmedia.com
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Latest Stories by Ben Stroup

Patriots, Braves shine at Delaware County Classic

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Liberty's girls and Olentangy's boys swimming and diving teams nabbed county bragging rights over the weekend, winning their respective divisions of the ninth annual Delaware County Classic held Saturday at Meek Aquatics Center on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University. The Patriot girls, who picked up firs

Braves roll past visiting Eagles to stay perfect

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com The Olentangy girls basketball team shook off a slow start Friday, erupting for a combined 50 points in the second and third quarters to erase an early deficit and cruise to a 69-41 OCC-Capital Division win over visiting New Albany. “I was a little nervous heading into the second, down two with our be

After back-to-back losses to start the season, Big Walnut got down right defensive during Tuesday's home opener, holding visiting Highland to just two points in the second quarter on the way to a solid 44-38 non-league win.
“We definitely felt like that second quarter was big for us,” Golden Eagle head coach Eric Myers said. “We

Golden Eagles get defensive

After back-to-back losses to start the season, Big Walnut got down right defensive during Tuesday's home opener, holding visiting Highland to just two points in the second quarter on the way to a solid 44-38 non-league win. “We definitely felt like that second quarter was big for us,” Golden Eagle head coach Eric Myers said. “We

Baron bowlers roll past Highland

Buckeye Valley's bowling teams nailed down a pair of wins Tuesday against Highland, with the boys edging the Scots 1,976-1,943 and the girls rolling to a convincing 1,760-1,330 decision. The Baron boys were led by Nick Cooper and John Peterson. Cooper had games of 161 and 188 for a combined 354 while Peterson finished with games of 178 and 175 for

Scoring struggles sink Delaware Christian, 44-28

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Defense wasn't the problem for Delaware Christian's girls basketball team Monday. Offense, though … that's another story. Junior forward Erin McCullough finished with a double-double, pouring in 12 points to go with a team-best 13 rebounds, but it was a lack of offensive balance that sunk the team dur

BV clips Galion in OT

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com The Buckeye Valley boys basketball team shook off a slow start Saturday, and put last week's league-opening loss to North Union behind it, rallying for a 60-59 overtime win over host Galion. “After we took that tough loss Thursday at North Union, we said to the kids, 'look, we have a bunch of games on

McCullough's monster night lifts Delaware Christian

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Erin McCullough did a little of everything during Delaware Christian's 74-41 MOCAL win over host Madison Christian Friday night … everything but score. That she did a lot of. The junior was dominant for the Eagles, who improved to 2-0 in league play, scoring a school-record tying 35 points while finis

By Ben Stroup
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After Hayes and Hilliard Darby split each of the last two meetings, with the Pacers winning 37-35 in 2012 and the Panthers taking it 32-25 last winter, it was no surprise Thursday's non-league dual between the two programs came down to the wire.
Host Hayes looked to be in good shape with three matches to go

Darby storms back, clips Hayes

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com After Hayes and Hilliard Darby split each of the last two meetings, with the Pacers winning 37-35 in 2012 and the Panthers taking it 32-25 last winter, it was no surprise Thursday's non-league dual between the two programs came down to the wire. Host Hayes looked to be in good shape with three matches to go

Orange wrestlers power to 2-0 start

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Orange's wrestling team won its second straight dual to start the season, winning via pinfall in five of the first six matches of the night en route to a 42-21 win over visiting Dublin Scioto Wednesday in Lewis Center. The pins came early and often for the Pioneers, who took a 12-3 lead through three matche

Underclassmen lift Pacers past Wolves

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com For a young team, Hayes' boys basketball squad certainly played with poise Tuesday in Worthington, starting fast and playing well down the stretch to notch a 54-45 OCC-Capital Division win over Kilbourne. “We came out hot,” Pacer coach Jordan Blackburn said. “We knew they (the Wolves) were

Eagles get it done with defense

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Delaware Christian's girls basketball team picked up its second straight win, getting it done with defense during Monday's 45-29 win over host Gahanna Christian. The Eagles (2-1) led 16-4 after a dominant first quarter, then blew the game open with a 14-4 third-quarter surge. “We played good defense

Balanced Pioneers cruise to season-opening win

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Orange's boys basketball team used a solid middle two quarters and a balanced scoring attack to win its 2014-15 season opener 64-50 over visiting Licking Heights Saturday in Lewis Center. The Pioneers (1-0), up 12-10 after a tight first quarter, outscored the visitors 20-15 in the second and 16-7 in the thi

Pacer swimmers open season with split

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com The Delaware Hayes swimming and diving teams opened the season Thursday night at Ohio Wesleyan's Meek Aquatics Center, with the boys and girls teams each beating Wellington and falling to New Albany. The Pacer girls knocked off Wellington 156-36 while the boys handled the Jaguars 115-80. The Eagles, meanwhi

By Ben Stroup
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Don't look now, but Liberty is rolling.
The Patriots are off to a perfect start — a 4-0 season-opening streak punctuated by Saturday's thrilling 50-47 comeback win over host Pickerington Central.
Liberty, down by as many as 18 points in the first half, and 16 at the break, dug deep on defense and use

Patriots continue to cruise

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Don't look now, but Liberty is rolling. The Patriots are off to a perfect start — a 4-0 season-opening streak punctuated by Saturday's thrilling 50-47 comeback win over host Pickerington Central. Liberty, down by as many as 18 points in the first half, and 16 at the break, dug deep on defense and use

Scott looking to get Orange girls back on track

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Long-time Big Walnut coach Bob Scott was ready for a break when he hung up the whistle at the end of the 2012-13 season. After taking last year off, though, he said he still got the “itch” from time to time. And when the Olentangy Orange girls basketball head coaching gig opened up, Scott said h

Communication key for Orange boys

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Communication is king when it comes to winning games. Olentangy Orange boys basketball coach Anthony Calo certainly knows that, and said his team has the players to compete this season … as long as they talk on the court. “Our strength needs to be our teamwork,” he said. “We have en

Liberty, Olentangy bowlers win openers

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Liberty's bowling teams started the season in style, picking up a pair of wins over district-rival Orange Monday at Sawmill Lanes. The Patriot boys knocked off the Pioneers by a 2,076-1,812 score. Kendall Milner and Austin Abel led Liberty with respective two-game totals of 453 and 395. Milner was the most

By Ben Stroup
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Olentangy's girls basketball team found itself within a game of conference and district championships last year, settling for runner-up honors in both cases, but doing so after losing a stellar senior class the year before.
This time around, the Braves — 17-9 overall and 12-2 in OCC-Capital Division a

Braves chasing championships

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Olentangy's girls basketball team found itself within a game of conference and district championships last year, settling for runner-up honors in both cases, but doing so after losing a stellar senior class the year before. This time around, the Braves — 17-9 overall and 12-2 in OCC-Capital Division a

By Ben Stroup
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Buckeye Valley had its share of up-and-down moments last winter, closing 10-10 overall and third in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference's Red Division.
The Barons can expect some of that this time around, too, with underclassmen claiming three of the five starting spots. The key for BV coach Landon Fraker and

Barons ready to run

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Buckeye Valley had its share of up-and-down moments last winter, closing 10-10 overall and third in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference's Red Division. The Barons can expect some of that this time around, too, with underclassmen claiming three of the five starting spots. The key for BV coach Landon Fraker and

Barons enter season with depth, experience

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com It didn't show up in the box scores after each showdown, but the most important stat for last year's young group of Barons was simply the games themselves. The Buckeye Valley boys basketball team finished just 9-14 overall — 5-7 in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference's Red Division — but it battled





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