Swisher’s Column

Mariah Swisher • Sports Editior

The Hall of Fame, for the Pacers, has been around for years. To date, 108 individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame programs.
This years inductees include Brent Carson ‘66, Cliff Dochterman ‘43, Larry Eberst ‘73, Tony McCleery ‘45, Abigail Nims ‘97 and Joe DiGenova (Friend of the District Award).
Starting in 2013, the district combined the athletic, academic and performing arts Hall of Fame events into one large recognition event, which took place on September 26.
The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to properly recognize alumni who have made a major contribution to the success of those programs.
These graduates can be from Delaware High School, Willis High School and Hayes High School.
To become eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, the alumni must have graduated at least 10 years before the induction. If it is a coach or an administrator being nominated, they must be inactive for 5 years.
Special Distinguished Service Awards are presented to coaches, employees and friends of the district who have accomplished a grand commitment to furthering the Delaware City Schools goals through great service.
These awards are given by the Board of Education and Delaware City Schools administration.

Tennis team swings season to a close

Mariah Swisher ∙ Sports Editor

As fall sports come to a close, the girl’s tennis team is one of the first sports to finish earlier than everyone else.
Many sports have struggles within their team, and because of those, they can have a rough season. For the tennis team, however, they know how to keep their heads up during those stuggles. They had goals to achieve, and one was “to become more supportive of each other,” sophomore Jessica O’Brien said.
Many of the players, like O’Brien, had the goal to prove to themselves and their new coaches that they can grow as a team. And they did. The tennis team, like every team, worked hard to build their game.
“I definitely saw a lot of growth in terms of actual tennis playing experience,” Coach Julieanne McClain said. “But also growth in terms of how really tough they are.”
Tennis is different than a normal sport. Players have to be able to work both as individuals and as a team. For a lot of athletes, doing both can be a new change.
“They don’t have to work together during a match because they all do their own thing,” McClain said. “So you really have to teach them what it means to be a team and how to encourage each other.”
The new thing this year, for all sports teams, was having a new strength and conditioning coach.
The tennis team definitely used this to their advantage. “We did a lot of strength training during the season,” O’Brien said.
Because of this addition, the overall season was strong and went well, although their numbers of wins was low.
As for the overall team improvement, “I think the girls got a lot better from the beginning of the season to where we are now,” McClain said.
O’Brien could see that everyone improved and especially were more aggressive. McClain agreed.
“I think our team tried our best and played to [the] best [of] our ability,” McClain said. “I think they worked really hard.”
Like every team, they are already looking forward to the next season. “We’re going to have a lot of kids come back next year with more experience and be better and be ready to have a better season,” McClain said.
They have high hopes for the offseason, too. “I think that this season has lit a fire to give these girls the spark they need,” McClain said.
Coach McClain is ready for the team to continue to work with Coach Coleman in the offseason and attend clinics to help get better for next season.

Swisher’s Column

Mariah Swisher • Sports Editor

Life is a gift, and influencing lives is a blessing. Ever think running influences lives? Sometimes it does.
The Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon, which was sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital for the third year in a row, has raised over three million dollars just because of people running.
Something special that Nationwide does with the race is that they have a patient at every mile, to remind the runners of why they are running.
When Hayes Principal Ric Stranges ran this year, he did something a little different.  He would stop at each mile to talk to that patient, while others might just wave and keep running. “It changed me [talking to them],” Stranges said.
Stranges started running in races six years ago. His purpose, though, isn’t for a time. “That isn’t what I care about,” he said. “I care that I have fun and make a difference.”
Along with hundreds of other people, Stranges is a part of a life changing movement. At the Columbus Marathon on October 19, they had over 100,000 people show up to just cheer on the 18,000 runners that were making a difference. Those people watching made a difference for the runners, and the runners made a difference for the patients.
Something so simple as running a race can make the biggest change. “It’s been life changing,” Stranges said. He believes everyone should do something to get out there and influence others.
Running has become one of the best ways for people of all kinds to have the chance to change lives while changing their own. The Columbus Marathon is just one of hundreds of races, which means that there are hundreds of more races where more and more people are changing and influencing others.

Football punts away Golden’s first season

Dylan James • Staff Writer

A 10-0 season with an appearance in the state playoffs, and a state championship is what every team dreams off before the kickoff of their first game. That dream has not changed Hayes’ football team. It is still just a dream

The Pacers haven’t had the greatest season by any stretch of the imagination. They’ve pulled off wins at Buckeye Valley and Mount Vernon, but haven’t had much success since then.

“[This season] has been a struggle,” Head Coach Mike Golden said. “We are a brand new staff with new expectations and different ways of doing things.”

Things have changed this season. There is new lifting programs designed for the football players for seasons to come. The players have had to adjust to the new environment they belong to.

“I’m proud of the kids in the way they have worked hard to adjust,” Golden said. “There is a big change in workouts and what is expected from them. All in all, it is not what we wanted, but we’re on a journey. That journey is going toward long term success.”

A team’s record determines the success or failure of the season. The Pacers record is 3-6 (Pending result of game 10/31), which is well below the mark they wanted to be at.

“This season hasn’t been a success,” Golden said. “We did not win any league titles, and we did not qualify for the state playoffs. To me, that would be success.”

When a team loses leadership, it takes a toll on the players. Leadership is an underrated quality when it comes to athletics. Leaders of a team provide that extra experience and wisdom throughout the season to keep a team level headed and focused on the task at hand.

“[The Seniors] are good kids with good spirits,” Golden said. “They responded to change with open arms and an open mind. I will always appreciate that.”

When a team has an unsuccessful season, it’s easy to want to forget about it and move forward. Not everything is a complete waste. There lessons to learn, things to correct and skills to improve.

“We are going to have to do some things to correct the football situation here in Delaware,” Golden said. “It will definitely be corrected.”

The spirits of this year are in the dumps, but next year holds infinite possibilities. Golden and the rest of the coaching staff seems optimistic.

“The expectation is to significantly better next year record wise, and it will be better.” Golden said.

As it stands now, there is a change going on in the Hayes football program. The hype keeps building, and the sky’s the limit for seasons to come.
“Coach Coleman and I learned when we got here that the lifting program wasn’t where it should be in this league,” Golden said. We have been to the highest levels in this sport. You have to work hard in the off-season to achieve success during the season. We have a chance to do that this year.”


Club sports grow in popularity

Every hour of every day, playing competitive sports requires hard work and time commitment.

Several student athletes at Hayes play competitive travel sports.

Competitive sports teams are made up of players from all over the country. They travel and play only the best of the best competition.

“The teams who compete in club lacrosse are of a much higher caliber than school teams,” Junior Sean Gliebe said.

Playing year round doesn’t bother a competitive athlete.

“I play both competitive and high school soccer mainly because the seasons don’t interfere,” said Tessa Pijanowski, a senior girl’s soccer player. “Plus, it’s great being able to play the sport I love year round.”

The main differences that these players see is that they do much more traveling than the high school does. Tournaments can range from coast to coast.

“In competitive soccer, we travel all over Ohio and even to other states,” Pijanowski said.

It’s definitely agreeable that the club sports are great for getting to know all sorts of people.

“The best part of playing on a club team is getting to know guys at other schools,” Gliebe said.

Regardless of who they’re playing with, competitive athletes love just playing their sport. Some even have high hopes for the future. Whether it’s a college player, a coach or a professional player, competitive athletes have to work hard.

“I hope to play lacrosse in college on a scholarship,” Gliebe said.

Being a competitive athlete leads to some serious time management skills. “Sometimes it can be a struggle managing all of my time. I try to get as much work done as I can in school and before my practices and games,” Pijanowski said. “Unfortunately, sometimes I have to stay up late to complete all of the work.”

On and off the field, these athletes know they have to work hard to improve and to be champions in life.

Piroska gets personal

Compiled by Sammi Piroska

Containing a cheerful and outgoing personality, senior Emily Shearer contributes to the music program and the color guard. Shearer has been participating in the color guard since her 8th grade year and continues to work to improve throughout the season and during the winter season. She really enjoys the atmosphere of the team along with the ability it gives her to meet new people and make new friends. Along with her time commitment for color guard, Shearer is also involved in Symphonic Choir. She started her singing passion in seventh grade when she joined Dempsey Singers. Shearer plans to continue on with her dedication to both the color guard and choir after she graduates in the spring.

Sophomore Colin Prindle is a soft-spoken but very outgoing person who enjoys relaxing and  leisurely running. In the spring, Prindle aspires to join the distance track team. Not only does he find interest in the school’s track team, but he also enjoys the endless possibilities of different organizations a student could join. On top of the many possibilities, flexibility is another freedom that comes with being a high school student. He enjoys the step up in the amount of independence each student has when it comes to the usage of cell phones as well as choices of food at lunch.  Also he appreciates the freedom to decide what kind of classes a student wants to pursue in the upcoming school years. With the freedom to choose what classes he takes, Prindle finds enjoyment in the different art classes he has chosen to enroll in this school year. From these classes, Prindle finds pleasure in drawing and continues to work to improve himself in his passion for drawing.

Hoops have head start for this season

Madi Huck • Staff Writer

The basketball team is one hoop in front of the competition because they have already started with practices.

Both boy’s and girl’s basketball are getting prepared for the upcoming season.

“We start very early to help us get in shape,” Senior Captain Noble Moore said. “[And] to get to know each other, since we will be playing with each other everyday for the next five or so months.”

The boys are coached by Jordan Blackburn, who is in his sixth year as head coach. Coaching the girls as head coach for the second year is Peter Minardi.

“Other schools are practicing now, so our coach wants us to be able to compete,” said Junior girl’s basketball player, Kelsey Knodell.

This early start of open gym is not new, especially for basketball.  Working hard and playing together is the main idea for these open gyms.

“It definitely helps team bonding and helps us work on how we play together,” Knodell said.

During open gym, the players work on skills such as dribbling and shooting.

The coaches try to work with the team, but the Ohio High School rules makes it difficult for them to work with the whole team before the season starts. The coaches still manage to work with the team in smaller groups.

“On some days, you’re allowed to work with four kids, so on those days we’ll work on skills in a small group,” Blackburn said.

When all the players are together, the returning upperclassmen usually lead the  open gyms in drills, shooting, or games.

“Coach Blackburn opens up the gym for us at 5:45, but the seniors ultimately run them to gain respect from all the other players,” Moore said.

Like in any sport, the players have to work hard at their skills. The coaches see improvements from those coming.

“Our kids that really care are getting a lot better in skill stuff, like dribbling and shooting,” Blackburn said.

After miles of training, Cross Country crosses finish line

Madi Huck • Staff Writer

As the season comes to an end, it’s clear that the cross country team has competed hard.

“Throughout the season we took advantage of every opportunity we get to improve,” senior Sid Campbell said.

The team didn’t win many invitationals, but they got better, which will help pave the way for future runners.

“I saw a lot of improvement with the team in general, not only in placement, but mentally, physically,” senior Sammi Piroska said.

A lot of their success can be contributed to their hard work in the off season.

“The team worked harder than ever in my past four years,” Campbell said. “Success can be contributed to running since March, and definitely Coach Coleman’s summer lifting program.”

This hard work has pushed two runners to place at districts and move onto regionals, sophomores Alicia Rittenour and Justin Hernan. They raced at Pickerington North on October 25.

Another attribute to the team’s success is the dedication of the coaches.

“The coaches, Bibler and White, have been there since day one,” senior captain Alyssa Wheeler said. “I wouldn’t be able to do it without them.”

According to Piroska, White has the motto “Don’t listen to yourself, but talk to yourself.” Don’t give in when your body wants to quit, but keep pushing yourself to be the best you can be.

Additionally, Bibler helps keep the runners in check, too.

“Bibler makes it a fun day at practice, not ‘oh crap’ we have 12 miles today,” Piroska said.

This team is not just a team, they are a family. It has made an impact on the runners.

“We’re all a family. It’s really cliche, but it’s what we are and I’m really going to miss that,” Wheeler said.

The seniors are already missing cross country, but they believe that they have left their mark behind, which they hope will lead to a future OCC title.

“[The seniors] have laid the foundation for the next OCC champs,” Piroska said.

Being on this team has allowed the players to let loose and just have fun.

“[Cross country] has taught me to be myself… being able to go to practice everyday and be quirky, but also serious. I get to be myself,” Piroska said.

Working hard and working together has made Hayes’ cross country team the team to beat.

“Hard work is fun because we work hard as a team, and we have fun as a team,” Piroska said

Swim team dives into new season

Madi Huck • Staff  Writer

It’s time to splash into action for the swim team.

As the winter sports season starts, the swim team is looking ahead to their upcoming season.

With practices starting on November 7 at Ohio Wesleyan, the team is expecting to do well. Several of the returning swimmers went to states last year.

“Our coach wants us to go to states again,” said Nina Sferrella, a junior swimmer. “But you do your best. That’s our goal.”

Practices are from 5-6:55 a.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday 7-10 a.m. for swimmers. Divers practice from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

These early morning workouts are great for swimmers since they don’t interfere with after school activities, but it has real life applications.

“Morning swims build character,” swim coach Bill Rietz said.

Additionally, swimming has other benefits for the student athlete.

“Swimmers have to be self motivated because when their head is in the water, it’s time to go to work,” Rietz said.

This is a skill that will be carried over throughout all of life.

According to Sferrella, the best part of being on the swim team is “the friendship that we build.”

It’s more than just being on a team and forming friendships.

For Rietz, the best part of the swim team is “the progress and success you get to observe both in and out of the water.”

The team also works hard in the off season. Since June 17, the swimming team has had open gyms, lifting twice a week with Coach Brian Coleman and participate in yoga with Laura Frisch once a week. These workouts are known as “dryland.”

“I’m sure [the dryland workouts] are going to help once we get into the water,” Sferrella said.

Swimming is different from other sports because it’s completely a co-ed sport; both the boys and girls practice together.

“They push each other to be the best,” Rietz said.

There are high hopes for this season with the returning seniors captains, Mason Nicol, Elyssa Steele, Bethany Ward and Sam Curtin, leading the team.

The swimming and diving team is going to continue to excel in and out of the water as they work to improve for this approaching season.

Team seeks improvement through season

Sammi Piroska • Managing Editor

Every team has their ups and downs when it comes to the growth and success of each individual person and the team as a whole. Members of the golf team experienced growth across the ongoing season, but also from last season to this season.

The varsity team has seen improvement even though it has not been as fast as it has been. Junior, Grant Godfrey, leads the varsity team as they head into the week of sectionals after a season of growth.

“We’ve done a lot better this year, slow improvement,” Godfrey said. “We are not up there with the top teams but we still practice hard.”

Along with Godfrey, senior Cole Haferman is also seeing much development in the team. “The season is going better,” Haferman said. “We are continuing to improve as the season goes on.”

With all the hard work the team has put so far, the boys have been able to make their mark this season with their team’s best combined score.

“We just hit our personal best,” Haferman said. “We hit 327 this past tournament, and we are looking to continue to improve.”

With the growth of the varsity team, the junior varsity team has experienced their own growth in their techniques. Sophomore and JV golf member, Sam Midura, has seen a change in the team and their atmosphere.

“I think JV has definitely improved,” Midura said. “When we first started, I thought everybody was just getting into golf and they just wanted to have fun, but throughout the year Coach Graham has definitely helped us.”

During the season, the team had lost some players, making it so the team needed to rebuild themselves. “We lost a lot of players from JV to varsity and some JV players just stopped playing,” Midura said. “I mean it was almost like we had to recover from that, but I think we did a good job.”

Head JV coach, Andy Graham, agrees with Midura about the growth of the team. “JV, I think the kids got better and better every week,” Graham said. “I mean we had a couple falter but overall they had fun.”

With the season coming to a close, the team will be losing seniors Cole Haferman, Lali Lakatos, and Dan VanBrimmer. These seniors are hopeful that some of the underclassmen and  JV members will be able to step up and fill their spots once they are gone.

“We’re looking towards David [Kelly], the current five man and Gabe [Phillips], the sixth man [who] will be key players in the upcoming future as well as Jared Piroska, who is number one on junior varsity,” Haferman said.

On Tuesday, September 30 the boys varsity team will be competing for the chance to advance out of sectionals and into the next level of competition. Along with Midura, Godfrey has confidence in his team and their abilities to move into the next level of competition.

“We have been working hard the last couple of weeks and have been focusing on clover valley and trying to focus on the shots we played there,” Godfrey said. “So I think we will make it out.”  

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