2024 End of Season Banquet

End of Season Banquet is scheduled for April 7, 2024 at 7:30pm in the UAHS Performing Arts Center. Go Bears!


2023-2024 All OCC Central & All District Teams Announced

Congrats to all of our Golden Bears that made the 2023-2024 OCC Central and Central District Teams!


All OCC Central Division

  • First Team: Elizabeth Hunt & Quinn Buttermore
  • Second Team: Tatum Thrush
  • Special Mention: Ava Harrigan
  • Honorable Mention: Ella Hanky
  • Scholar Athlete: Quinn Buttermore


All Central District

  • First Team: Elizabeth Hunt
  • Honorable Mention: Quinn Buttermore



Upper Arlington Girls Basketball will host its annual summer camp for grades 3-8 on June 4-6 at Upper Arlington High School. The camp will run from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM daily and will be led by Head Coach John Wanke and the rest of his coaching staff.

Additional information and registration link can be found by clicking here.



Upper Arlington Girls Basketball will host its annual fall camp for grades 3-8 on October 14, 21 and 28 at Upper Arlington High School. The camp will run from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM daily and will be led by Head Coach John Wanke and the rest of the coaching staff.

Additional information and registration link can be found by clicking here.


2022-23 Schedule Announced

The 2022-23 Upper Arlington Girls Basketball schedule has just been released. We look forward to seeing all of you at our home gym this year! GO BEARS!

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Congratulations to our seniors!


District bracket has been released

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Join us as we celebrate the 2022 UA Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

Friday, January 21, 2022 HOF Recognition between JV and Varsity Girls Basketball games vs Hilliard Bradley (approx 7pm)
Saturday, January 22, 2022- HOF Induction at UAHS Performing Arts center, 10am.


Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame to honor 10 inductees in January

The Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome 10 new inductees who have made outstanding contributions to the impressive history of the school’s athletic program.

The fifth class of inductees was announced during the first postseason football game on Friday, October 29 at Upper Arlington High School’s Marv Moorehead Stadium. These individuals will be recognized in January at the high school.

Congratulations to the 2022 inductees!

Lara (Drauglis) Shaw (Class of 1990) was a seven-time OHSAA medalist in track and field. She was state champion in the 800-meter and two-time runner-up in the mile, and she won a team state championship in 1986. She went on to continue her athletic pursuits at the University of Virginia, where she was named a Collegiate All-American in track.

Chris Dusseau (Class of 1995) was a three-time state champion in water polo and two-time state champion in lacrosse. He was named All-Ohio in water polo and set the single-season points record in lacrosse. He went on to play lacrosse for Notre Dame, becoming a four-time season leader in goals.

Walter Heischman was a teacher, coach and superintendent in the Upper Arlington Schools. He was a 1938 state champion coach and state runner-up coach in 1947. The MVP award for the boys basketball team is named in his honor.

Tricia (Hoptry) Honeycutt (Class of 1988) was a four-sport athlete for Upper Arlington. She excelled on the basketball court, winning a state championship and becoming UA’s all-time leading scorer. She became the first woman from Upper Arlington to receive a full Division I scholarship, to Miami University, to continue playing at the collegiate level.

Dick Larkin was a head coach of six sports at Upper Arlington High School — football, basketball, swim, golf, tennis and track. He led the Golden Bears to undefeated seasons in football from 1933 to 1935 and in 1937; state championships in track in 1937 and 1939; and state runner-up in track in 1935, 1936 and 1938.

Kristin McCandlish (Class of 2005) continues to hold the school record for career points in girls lacrosse. She was a two-time captain and All-American athlete during her time at Upper Arlington. She went on to play for Northwestern University, winning four national championships.

Ted McNulty (Class of 1969) was the quarterback on the 1968 state championship football team and the recipient of the James A. Rhodes Award for the Ohio High School Football Player of the Year. He led the team to a top 5 national ranking and was selected to First Team All-Ohio Football. He went on to be the starting quarterback at Indiana University (1971-1972) and played professionally for the Indianapolis Caps after college.

Laura (Mills) Moore (Class of 1996) was the first Upper Arlington student to be named Ohio Player of the Year in softball. She was named All-American and led the team in wins, strikeouts and ERA throughout her four years at Upper Arlington HIgh School. She went on to play Division I softball for Dartmouth College, where she ranked second in strikeouts. Moore currently is a teacher who leads the Research & Design Lab at Upper Arlington High School.

Mark Pfister (Class of 1982) was a star defensive football player for the Golden Bears. He was twice named to All-Ohio Football, was a defensive lineman of the year and was also named All-American. He received a full scholarship to continue playing at The Ohio State University.

Shawn Trell (Class of 1985) was a star lacrosse player for the Golden Bears. He was named First Team All-Midwest and continues to hold the record highest save percentage to this day. He went on to play for Hobart College, winning four national championships. His awards include National Championship MVP and the Markland Kelley Award, which he received in 1988 and 1989 as the top college goalie. He is in the Hobart College Hall of Fame and the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Based on nominations submitted by community members, alumni and staff, the inductees were selected by a committee of former student athletes, community members, coaches and high-school and district administrators.

The inductees, or family members representing them, will be introduced at the girls varsity basketball game against Hilliard Bradley High School on Friday, January 21. They will then be honored at a ceremony on Saturday, January 22 at Upper Arlington High School, 1625 Zollinger Road.

The Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame is continuing to honor achievements of the 144 state championship teams, all automatically entered into the Hall of Champions within the Hall of Fame. The reception in January will recognize the state championship teams from 1990 through 1999.

Learn more about the eligibility guidelines and submit a nomination for the Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame at www.uaschools.org/uahsathletics.


Youth & Middle School Night scheduled for December 10

All youth and middle school girls basketball players are invited to the UA Girls Basketball Youth & Middle school night on 12/10/21. Wear your jersey for free admission! Join us for giveaways, on-court player recognition, locket room tours & more! See flyer for details & full schedule.


Upper Arlington Season Preview


Coach: John Wanke, first season

Top players: Quinn Buttermore, Alyssa Gest, Vivian Lawless, Ceylone Reighard-Brooks and Evie Sanford

Key losses: Clara Gallapoo and Annie Hargraves

Last season: 3-14 overall

2020-21 OCC-Central standings: Dublin Coffman (10-0), Hilliard Bradley (6-3), Olentangy Liberty (5-3), Hilliard Davidson (3-6), Olentangy Orange (2-8), Upper Arlington (1-8)

2021 postseason: Lost to Pickerington Central 65-35 in second round of Division I district tournament

Outlook: Gest, a 5-6 senior guard and three-year starter who averaged 8.3 points last season, returns to help lead a roster that features six seniors and four juniors but largely is new to the varsity level. Reighard-Brooks, a 5-9 junior guard, added 4.3 points per game and a team-leading nine blocks as a sophomore.

Lawless (5-5, guard) and Leach (6-0, forward), are the other expected senior starters under Wanke, a former Kettering Alter and Miami University player who coached for several seasons throughout UA’s boys program. Buttermore, a 5-2 sophomore, is starting point guard after seeing spot varsity time as a freshman.

Wanke touted Lawless as perhaps the team’s most versatile player who could see time at any of the five positions. A deep bench includes 6-0 senior forward Sanford and 5-8 freshman guard Tatum Thrush.

Quotable: “We have a lot of seniors, but we’re a young team in many ways and inexperienced in terms of big-game moments. I want to make sure we’re approaching things the right way, with a level of consistency and having a great attention and focus to detail.” — Wanke

—Dave Purpura


Link to the full article- https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/local/communities/grandview-heights/2021/11/26/girls-basketball-growing-roster-gives-grandview-heights-bobcats-more-options/8650269002/

Source: Dispatch.com



The Golden Bears will tip off the 2021-22 season this Saturday at home. All three teams will be playing in our new gym so come on out and support the UA Girl's Basketball Program. The Freshman will start us off at 9am vs. Olentangy followed by the JV at 10:30am against Grove City. The Varsity Golden Bears are slated to face Grove City at 12pm. Tickets can be purchased here.

We look forward to seeing you there! GO BEARS!


High school girls basketball: All-Central District teams

The 2020-21 all-Central District high school girls basketball teams, as selected by a media panel from the district, with height, year and regular-season scoring average

Source: Dispatch.com


Upper Arlington Roundup: Golden Bears girls basketball coach sees foundation for future success

Coach Abby Dorsainvil saw plenty on which to build from her first season – one that featured two COVID-19 quarantines. “There are still plenty of things that the team should be proud of,” Dorsainvil said. “They picked up on a new offensive system, had different expectations on defense and a lot of players had new challenges and expectations set for them. I saw growth from each player individually, and our team worked better together every day. 

Source: Dispatch.com
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