Author: Aleksei Pavloff

Marysville’s JoJo Eberhart (center) tries to get the ball away from a Worthington Kilbourne player. The Lady Monarchs lost their first-round playoff match 1-0 Wednesday night. Also pictured is Marysville’s Olivia Brooks, left. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) It was a game decided by defense Wednesday night as the Marsville Lady Monarchs fell to Worthington Kilbourne, 1-0, in the first round of the Division I postseason soccer tournament. “We were prepared… [the match] was going to be won or lost in the mid-field,” MHS head coach Courtney Weikart said. The contest started fast with both teams eagerly hunting for the…

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JA’s Anderson Wilson moves the ball against Columbus Centennial on Monday. The Pioneers edged the Stars, 1-0, during a Division II tournament match. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) Jonathan Alder’s boys soccer team claimed a 1-0 victory over the visiting Columbus Centennial Stars on Monday. Action came during the opening match of the Division II tournament. “I knew it was going to be an ugly match,” JA head coach Craig Devine said. “They’re a tough matchup for us… they attack with speed.” Coming off a 3-0 win in their last regular season match against Shawnee, the Pioneers looked to keep…

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Jonathan Alder’s girls cross-country team is pictured from left, front row, Amanda Simmons, Sarah Malone, Chloe Fields, Kate Curtiss, Liza Streit, Evie McDaniel and Mattie Shoemaker; second row, Reggan Gray, Helena O’Connor, Emma Kennedy, Maggie Malone, Maddy Headings and Jessica Kelley; back row, coach Alicia Tremayne, Avery Wynk, Lauren Wynk, head coach Justin Creps, Natalie Heflin, Kalyn Greiner and coach Jameson Ehret. Not pictured, Joselyn Zuro and coach Alex Irwin. (Photo submitted) Boys cross-country runners for JA are from left, front row, Brady Tremayne, Jonas Watkins, Greg Nussman, Matt Hirshberg and Jameson Cook; second row, coach Alicia Tremayne, coach Jameson…

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Fairbanks quarterback AJ Landon (2) rolls out to avoid incoming pressure at West Jefferson on Friday. The Panthers lost, 19-0. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) In a game that was decided on the defensive front, West Jefferson overtook Fairbanks 19-0 as the Roughriders remain undefeated heading into the final week of the regular season. “We played our hearts out defensively, we played an outstanding ball game,” Fairbanks’ head coach Patrick Cotter said Friday night. “[I’m] incredibly proud of the team.” Going into the contest on the road in hostile territory, the name of the game was stopping the Roughriders’ passing…

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Jonathan Alder’s boys varsity soccer team produced a trio of goals in a win against Shawnee on the road. The Lady Pioneers lost to Shawnee 3-0 to the Lady Braves Wednesday night, wrapping up both squads’ regular season soccer action. The JA boys tackled the Braves in a lopsided affair. The victory moved the Pioneers to 4-3-3 in the Kenton Trail Division of the Central Buckeye Conference.  JA is 6-7-3 overall. In the match, there was a wealth of scoring opportunities shared. The team’s three goals came from sophomore Connor Boggs, junior Matthew Owens and junior Jacob Riedel. All goals…

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Marysville’s Wyatt Griffith (3) finds himself between a rock and a hard place as several Olentangy Braves surround him. Marysville went on to lose the contest 2-0 on the road. View more photos and stories on marysvillejt.com. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — As Marysville wraps up its regular season in boys soccer, the Monarchs fell to Olentangy on the road Tuesday evening. The Braves notched a 2-0 win over their visitors, who are refocusing efforts to make a push in the postseason. “You never want to lose and we were playing one of the better teams in central Ohio,”…

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Jonathan Alder’s boys and girls soccer squads came up short on Senior Night in Plain City as the Pioneers tackled a doubleheader against Kenton Ridge. The boys tied with the Cougars 2-2 — the third tied match of the season for the Pioneers — and the ladies fell 2-0. It was a fight to the end for the Pioneers who recorded two goals and two assists on the offensive end of the pitch. Credit for goals scored on JA included sophomore Connor Boggs and senior Roman Van Rookhuizen. Helping the offense, the two assists came from sophomore Charlie Aurin and…

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Fairbanks’ Anna Higbee (15) sends a heated spike over the net into Lady Roughrider territory. The Lady Panthers went on to sweep West Jefferson on Thursday. Also pictured for FHS is Grace Gorton, left. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) The Lady Panthers claimed another volleyball sweep at home on Thursday. Scores of the match were 25-11, 25-13, 26-24 against West Jefferson. The Lady Roughriders took Fairbanks out of the frying pan and into the fire in the match’s third and final set. “I think the first two sets we played very disciplined and together,” Fairbanks head coach Ryanne Ufferman said.…

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Marysville sophomore Ava Elliott finishes 32nd with a time of 13:41.96 in the Hillard Darby Dash on Wednesday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) Marysville’s boys cross-country team mustered a first-place finish at Wednesday’s Hilliard Darby Dash. Marysville’s girls placed third, while Fairbanks’ boys took the ninth-place spot in their race. Fairbanks’ girls did not place in the top seven, despite having a top five finishing runner in Rachael Hoover. A looming cloudy day with some slight precipitation did not phase the runners. Schools invited to the meet also included Bexley, Buckeye Valley, Canal Winchester, Central Crossing, Grove City, Hilliard Bradley,…

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Jonathan Alder’s Ava Ater (24) covers an opposing Lady Bulldog in the Lady Pioneers’ portion of the field. The Lady Pioneers lost Monday evening’s match, 2-1, against Bloom-Carroll. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) Jonathan Alder’s varsity girls’ soccer team lost on the road against Mid-State League’s Bloom-Carroll in a non-league match Monday evening. The Lady Bulldogs won the contest, 2-1. The Jonathan Alder boys edged Buckeye Valley, 1-0. JA-Bloom Carroll The pressure was on for the visiting Lady Pioneers with Bloom-Carroll spending most of its offensive play on Alder’s side of the pitch. From the beginning, the Lady Bulldogs made…

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Triad’s Kaydence Feasel (12) leaps for a spike against Fairbanks’ Aubry Burns (30) and Kaelynn Sphapmixay (20) pictured on the defensive end. Also pictured is Lady Panthers’ Zoe Schmidt (6). (Journal-Tribune photo by Alekei Pavloff) The Fairbanks Lady Panthers wasted no time Thursday evening in turning back neighboring Triad in three sets. The Lady Panthers started the match strong, taking the Lady Cardinals to task with the final score of 25-4. The second set went much like the first. The Lady Panthers’ quick offense outlasted Triad with the final score of 25-9. In a much more improved third set for…

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Jonathan Alder’s Olivia Ishmael (center) leaps into the fray, spiking the ball into Lady Falcons’ territory on Tuesday. JA fell 3-1. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) The Jonathan Alder Lady Pioneers hosted Graham in Plain City on Tuesday night. It was a heated match volleyball match that saw the Lady Falcons claim a 3-1 victory. The action started right away after the Lady Pioneers scored three unanswered points. It was only a matter of time, however, before the Lady Falcons matched the offensive energy JA was putting forth, The visitors, though, eventually took a 6-5 edge. However, the Lady Pioneers…

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Jonathan Alder’s Dennis Rosales (17) just misses a header during Saturday’s match against Bexley. The Pioneers tied Urbana, 1-1, on Monday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Alekei Pavloff) Jonathan Alder’s soccer programs hosted Urbana in a doubleheader in Plain City Monday. The boys battled to a 1-1 stalemate and the Lady Pioneers fell 1-0. The girls played the first game of the twinbill. Urbana won the contest when Urbana’s Peyton Mounce scored the contest’s lone goal. On the defensive end, the Lady Pioneers’ goalkeeper, Sophie Schaefer, recorded a save percentage of .80. She allowed one goal, but came up with four saves.…

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JA sophomore Charlie Aurin (4) leaps for a front header against a pack of Bexley Lions on Saturday. Also pictured for Alder is Levi Honigford (43) giving assistance on the back end. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) Jonathan Alder’s boys varsity soccer team fell to the Bexley Lions Saturday in a Central District battle. The Lions won the contest, 4-0. “This is a challenging team for us to play,” said Pioneers head coach Craig Devine. “We are a young squad and we are developing our style.” For a day with mostly sunny skies, it was a gloomy contest for the…

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Triad quarterback Derek Bails (3) tries to get free of two Mechanicsburg Indians as he attempts to find an open man downfield. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) While it seemed like a joyous Homecoming for the Cardinals, Mechanicsburg’s disciplined offense proved too much for the home team as the Indians routed Triad, 49-14, on Friday. The scoring started early for the visiting Indians, who marched 63 yards on two plays. They scored roughly a minute into the contest on their first series. For much of the first half, momentum stayed on Mechanicsburg’s side of the field. The Indians scored 35…

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