Big Walnut girls soccer celebrates season of improvement
By GARY HENERY
News Managing Editor
Following a disappointing 2011 campaign that saw the Golden Eagles win only four games, Big Walnut’s girls soccer squad improved six games in the win column to finish 2012 with a 10–8-0 record for veteran coach Jim Reardon.
It was a complete team effort as five seniors, Bethany Bogantz, Jessie Wenger, Maggie Ferguson, Andrea Lowe and Ashley Meade; three juniors, Skylar Fleak, Maria Sturtevant and Bailey Armstrong; and one sophomore, Jennie Wenger, made significant contributions to the Golden Eagles’ success.
The team was honored at the Wednesday, November 7, Girls Soccer Awards Banquet held at Sunbury United Methodist Church where postseason awards and honors were presented by Reardon and his staff.
Jessie Wenger was awarded the Most Valuable Player and Best Midfielder awards; Ferguson the Most Improved Player Award; Lowe the Coaches Award; and Bogantz the Golden Eagle Award which goes to a senior based on Character (40 percent), Scholarship (30 percent, 3.00 or higher GPA-4.149) and Athletic Ability (30 percent).
Fleak was presented with the Best Offensive Player Award and Sturtevant the Rookie of the Year Award with Armstrong sharing the Best Midfielder Award with Jessie Wenger.
Jennie Wenger was the recipient of the Best Defensive Player Award.
Big Walnut climbed a notch in the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division standings, finishing fourth behind New Albany (6–0-0), Olentangy (4–2-0) and Olentangy Orange (3–1-2) with a 3–3-0 record.
Four Golden Eagles earned All-OCC Capital Division recognition led by Fleak and Jennie Wenger who were named to the First Team. Jessie Wenger was selected to the Second Team while Ferguson was named Special Mention and Ashley Meade Honorable Mention. Fleak (First Team), Jennie Wenger (Second Team) and Jessie Wenger (Third Team) were also named to the Division II All-Central District Team.
Reardon, who was assisted by junior varsity coach Melissa Maxson and volunteer coaches Drew Pitzer and Sarah Uhlenbrock, presented 22 varsity letters to members of his Golden Eagle squad.
Eight seniors lettered, led by Jessie Wenger who was presented with her Varsity Blanket as a four-year letter winner. Bogantz earned her third letter, Samantha Herbst her second letter and Jordan Lyle, Ashley Meade, Jessica Sanders, Ferguson and Lowe their first letter. Bogantz and Jessie Wenger each received their Senior Plaque.
Ten juniors, led by Haley Lescinsky, Elyse Schnabel, Armstrong and Fleak who received their third letter, also lettered, including second-year recipients Shelbie Borchers, Mackenzie Pike and Leah Shaw; and first-year recipients Hayley Apple, Hannah Shryock and Sturtevant,
Three sophomores earned their second letter, including Makenna Hammond, Abby Tabor and Jennie Wenger. Freshman Colleen White was the recipient of her first varsity letter.
Junior varsity awards were presented to sophomores Alexandra Aughenbaugh, Sarah Bickel, Morgan Clark, Hannah Gollihugh, Jamie Hatem, Grace Huffman, Avery Kerns and Megan Pierce as well as to freshmen Sara Althauser, Kali Crossland, Haley Ferguson, Mary Hoffman, Lauren Huffman, Ellie Jindra, Allison Lear, Erin Lescinsky, Anna Mackey, Codie Muth, Kayle Tanner and Madison Walzak.
Nineteen Golden Eagles were recognized as Big Walnut Scholar Athletes (Varsity Letter Winner, 3.20 Grade Point Average), including Apple, Armstrong, Bogantz, Ferguson, Hammond, Herbst, Haley Lescinsky, Lowe, Lyle, Meade, Pike, Sanders, Schnabel, Shaw, Shryock, Sturtevant, Tabor, Jennie Wenger and Jessie Wenger.
Meade also received recognition as an Ohio Capital Conference Scholar Athletes (Senior, 3.50 GPA).