Central Ohio Huddle: Lancaster’s Carpenter has a game for the ages


Central Ohio Huddle

A pair of central Ohio cross country teams excelled at the Lancaster Bob Reall Invitational in the past week, despite the rainy and somewhat chilly conditions. They weren’t the only teams to overcome the weather and thier opponents. Here are a few more…

A pair of central Ohio cross country teams excelled at the Lancaster Bob Reall Invitational in the past week, despite the rainy and somewhat chilly conditions.

The Liberty Union boys cross country team prevailed at the Lancaster Bob Reall Invvitational Division III by grabbing four of the top 10 spots. Drew McCormick took first in 16:05.2 for the Lions, followed by Jeff Hanson (fifth, 16:50.3), Aaron Burnside (seventh, 17:03.2) and Matt Kohler (ninth, 17:11.6).

On the girls side, Upper Arlington captured the Division I title, beating out Canal Winchester and Mount Vernon. The Lady Bears were led by Bethany Yunkers in fourth with 19:38.2. Michael Navarre was 11th in 20:07.7, Allison Magee in 13th with 20:11.5 and Gillian Jaffe taking 15th in 20:25.8.

Circleville’s Brad Liston won the Division II boys race in 15:32.8, nearly 16 seconds better than second place Adrian Ross of Unioto.


Nathan Carpenter, Lancaster football: Carpenter was a player of all trades in a 42-31 Lancaster win over host Gahanna in a Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division contest. Carpenter rushed for 323 yards, including scoring touchdowns on runs of 56, 80, 75 and 20 yards. Carpenter also had an interception and kicked the extra points.


Big Walnut, football: The Eagles held their gripe on the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division by knocking off challenger Olentangy Orange 31-15.

Big Walnut tailback Buddy Carrel had a big game, scoring a pair of touchdowns and gaining 117 yards on the ground.

Cornerback Lucas Garcia returned an interception 22 yards to give Big Walnut the first score of the clash. Jordan Whitmer scored on a four-yard tote and the Eagles also added a field goal to take a commanding 17-0 halftime lead.

Big Walnut improved to 4-1 while Olentangy Orange fell to 4-1.


Rebound effort: After suffering its first loss of the season to Newark Catholic in a Mid-State League Ohio Division match, the Heath volleyball team rallied back to defeat Logan and Fairfield Union to improve to 14-1 on the season. Megan White had 31 assists and seven kills for the Lady Bulldogs and Kenisha Body chipped in 10 kills. Tavia Croom dished out 16 assists.

Logan Elm wins top 10 clash:
After falling a match short of a Mid-State League Buckeye Division co-title last year, Logan Elm ended the first half of league play unblemished after the No. 6 Lady Braves defeated the No. 10 Canal Winchester Lady Indians 26-24, 25-9 and 25-17 in a battle of top 10 teams in Division II. Paige Penrod delivered the first game point for Logan Elm that got the Lady Braves on a roll. Penrod finished with 25 kills and five aces. Hannah Gabriel distributed 32 assists and Alyvia Clark had 15 digs on defense.

Logan Elm has only lost one set all year and is 13-0.

Just not football:
While the Amanda-Clearcreek football team is a perfect 5-0, the school’s girls soccer team is also having a fine season as the Lady Aces improved to 9-2 with a 5-0 blanking of West Jefferson, led by Bailey Harrow scoring three goals and Shelby Smith adding two goals and two assists.

Streak moves to 12:
Gilead Christian, ranked 14th in Division IV, rolled its unbeaten streak to a dozen games in a 25-9, 25-7 and 25-16 win over Columbus Academy. Kendra Votaw had 17 kills in the win and Olivia Bailey gathered four aces.

Kings of Picktown:
Pickerington Central won the second battle of Pickerington, edging North 7-6 at Crew Stadium to improve to 4-1 on the season.

After managing just 62 yards, the Tigers put together a seven-play drive that stretched 65 yards in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Nick Jensen-Clagg completed a 43-yard pass to tailback Speedy Hammond to set up a one-yard run by Willie Tatum with 3:33 left. Jake Raymond kicked the deciding extra point.

Pickerington North fell to 2-3.

Cardington still undefeated:
Riley Thomas threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as Cardington stayed unbeaten with a 34-17 win over Marion Elgin. Cardington consumed 285 yards on the ground.

Memorable game:
Independence’s Devin Clodfelter scored six touchdowns and ran for 377 yards on 25 carries as the 76ers improved to 3-2 with a 60-32 win over South in a City League South contest.

Walnut Ridge wins again:
Fred Hardgrove threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Marsean Ross in the fourth quarter, lifting Walnut Ridge over Marion-Franklin 21-14 in a City League South game. Hargrove passed for 153 yards, 71 of those on a touchdown pass to Donavon Gwynn. Walnut Ridge improved to 4-1 and 2-0 in league play.

Davidson rolls:
The most impressive Week 5 belonged to Hilliard Davidson, who shelled Thomas Worthington 62-0 in a OCC Central Division Clash, led by Spencer Delande scoring four touchdowns and rushing for 138 yards on just eight totes of the pigskin.

Celtic pride:
Dublin Jerome is off to a 2-0 start in the OCC Cardinal after a 23-13 win over Olentangy Liberty, paced by Donovan Wilson scoring on a one-yard run in the third and Ben Gueth adding a seven-yard tote to pay dirt in the fourth quarter.


DeSales (3-2) at St. Charles (4-1) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: A good Central Catholic League matchup awaits as St. Charles is coming off a 45-0 blanking of Sandusky and DeSales defeated Findlay 56-23 last week. A win would aid DeSales in the Division III playoff race.

Amanda-Clearcreek (5-0) at Canal Winchester (4-1) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.:
A battle of the remaining two unbeaten in the MSL-Buckeye. The Indians have won three of the last four contests between the two teams. Canal Winchester is coming off a 27-10 win over Fairfield Union and needs this win if it wants to qualify for the Division II postseason. After a 3-7 season last year, the Aces have allowed just 16 points on defense this season.

Liberty Union (4-1) at Licking Heights (5-0) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.:
This game will go a long way to establishing who will prevail in the Mid-State League Cardinal Division race involving Liberty Union, Licking Heights and West Jefferson. Liberty Union, coming off a 48-6 win over Millersport, lost to undefeated Amanda-Clearcreek in Week 3. Licking Heights, coming off a 33-6 win over Harvest Prep, can post its most impressive win of the season if they can tame the Lions.

Licking Valley (3-2) at Granville (4-1) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.:
After dropping its first two games of the season, Valley has won its last three games, including a 27-7 win over Whitehall last week. Granville is coming off a 21-7 win over Bexley.

Pickerington North cross country Invitational, Saturday at 8:45 a.m.:
A good chance for runners to hit the regional course many central Ohio athletes will race on later this month.

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