Photos by Maggie VanFleet, Reagan Scheibeck and Quinn Shannon
While working hard throughout the entire fall sports season, many teams shined the brightest in the postseason where eight out of the ten sports teams had an exceptional postseason that highlighted their season as well as setting school history.
The girls tennis team repeated its strong performance from last year, where it placed fourth at states. The team was 15-4 and won OCCs.
“Making it to states would have been great, especially since it will be more challenging now that we’ve lost so many on the varsity, but we had a very successful season,” Coach Susan Storrer said.
Additionally seniors Erin Storrer and Kortney Reed qualified for states in doubles. At states, Storrer and Reed made it to the final four doubles team in the state.
“I was happy with our results, and my experience with it was overall pretty nerve wracking but also exciting especially with making it to the second day,'' Storrer said.
The XC team also kicked off a season of big goals planned for everyone on the team. Science teacher and head coach Adam Walters came into the season with three goals for everyone: win the OCC title, qualify for the state championship and improve as runners.
“The boys accomplished all three goals, and the girls were runner up at OCCs. But, the girls accomplished the other two goals,” Walters said.
Looking at individual goals, senior Paige Benecke spent her last season reaching to achieve the goals she set for herself, along with encouraging her teammates to improve. States took place at the National Trail Raceway in Kirkersville, Ohio on Nov. 2. The boys placed 18th, and girls placed 20th.
“My goal this season was to make it to states. As a team, we have gotten closer, have improved every race and been supportive of each other,” Benecke said.
Girls soccer had a breakout season with a record of 14-2-4, also winning its four playoff games. The team made it to the regional finals where it lost 2-3 in double overtime against Dublin Coffman on Nov. 2. This season was also filled with other records such as winning OCC’s and winning districts for the first time ever.
“Our determination and resilience helped us win so many games because we never gave up. We won districts for the first time, and it was a good end to my senior year,” senior Sam Fedio said.
The girls volleyball team came into the season with a handful of goals. Their record was 21-4, and the team completed all three of its goals: winning OCCs, districts making it to the Nutter Center. As for postseason accomplishments, the team made it to the regional final game on Nov. 2 and lost to Desales in a third set final, 1-3.
“This season, as a whole, we are so much closer and more united as a team, and each year we want to make it further and further in the tournament. There’s just a little more determination and motivation to do even better than the year before as the years go on,” junior London Davis said.
Field hockey came into the season determined, and it paid off. The team had its best season ever with a record of 6-2-5. They started off the season different than last year, with a new coach, and along with that came setting records. The team beat Olentangy and Liberty for the first time in school history.
“I feel excited and very grateful to be a part of the field hockey program. Being part of the Orange athletic community in general is a huge honor, and I will be forever thankful for this opportunity,” head coach Ashley Oracewski said.
Junior Elena Marchese worked alongside her teammates the whole season to make sure this year was the best by utilizing her new coach to help them accomplish all their goals.
“My junior season really set a precedent for our program that we’ve never had, and we can only grow from here. We have gotten further in the postseason tournament than last year,” Marchese said.