Gahanna Lincoln Roundup
Robinson still a work in progress
During the Gahanna Lincoln High School football team's 2011 playoff run, then-senior quarterback Tyler Grassman passed for 17 touchdowns and more than 1,800 yards while also rushing for six scores.
Alec Tuohy showed similar ability as a senior quarterback a year ago when the Lions went 7-3, passing for 1,452 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushing for 637 yards.
Gahanna has gotten a glimpse of the potential of its new quarterback this fall, albeit through a situation still in progress.
Junior Ronald Robinson, who saw limited action a year ago behind Tuohy, completed 13 of 22 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown as the Lions beat Groveport 20-13 on Sept. 20 to improve to 1-3 overall and 1-0 in the OCC-Ohio Division.
On the season, the 6-foot, 185-pounder has thrown for 719 yards and five touchdowns but has completed just more than 50 percent of his passes (58-for-111) and has been intercepted seven times.
Gahanna plays host Friday, Sept. 27, to Newark, which lost to Pickerington North 45-0 on Sept. 20 to fall to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the league.
The Lions have won the last seven meetings with the Wildcats.
"Without a doubt you look at the completion rate and are you getting the ball to the receivers," coach John Snoad said. "(Robinson has) got to make the right reads and find the right receiver. We talk to the receivers and the quarterback about the fact that it's all based on timing."
One of the biggest positives from the Groveport game was that the Lions had a running game to complement their pass-oriented offense.
Robinson rushed 19 times for a season-high 93 yards and one touchdown, and his team finished with a season-high 233 yards on the ground. His 10-yard scoring run with 5 minutes, 58 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner.
Gahanna rushed for just 141 yards during its first three games combined.
Also against the Cruisers, Vasean Davis added 14 rushes for 59 yards and three catches for 53 yards and one touchdown. Kevin Randolph had five receptions for 23 yards and Tank Davis had four catches for 21 yards.
"Obviously we've had two guys who have been playmakers the last couple years in Tank and Kevin, but Emile Camm also has contributed (at wide receiver)," Snoad said.
Gahanna held Groveport to 180 yards. Cruisers quarterback Austin Newman was 0-for-6 passing and was intercepted by Randolph.
Junior linebacker Blake Baker had two tackles for loss and 10 tackles overall.
"Your team has to make plays," Snoad said. "We've been tested early and we are going to progressively get better."
Girls tennis team set for second-place event
Girls tennis coach Chris Schwinnen believes his team reached its potential this season by qualifying for the second-place tournament in the OCC's new postseason format.
The regular-season runners-up from the OCC-Capital (Olentangy Orange), OCC-Cardinal (Dublin Scioto), OCC-Central (Dublin Coffman) and OCC-Ohio (Gahanna) will meet for the second-place tournament title Saturday, Sept. 28, at Gahanna. It was postponed from Sept. 21 because of bad weather.
The Lions went 6-1 in OCC-Ohio duals, with their only loss to first-place Pickerington Central (5-0 on Sept. 5).
Gahanna was 9-4 overall before playing New Albany on Sept. 24.
The Lions will compete in a Division I sectional Oct. 3 and 5 at Pickerington Central.
"Obviously our goal is to win the OCC, but I'm also realistic with a team like Pickerington Central that they were almost untouchable in our league this year," Schwinnen said. "I was happy with how we played against Pickerington Central and we took care of the matches against the other (league opponents). I have zero complaints."
In the second-place tournament, seniors Emily Merickel and Rachel Zink and freshman Kristen Zink likely will comprise the Lions' top three singles positions, respectively. Expected to play first doubles are senior Riley Crowe and Elizabeth Sullivan, with junior Kathryn Lee and freshman Kathleen McGuff at second doubles.
In the sectional, Merickel and Rachel Zink are expected to team in doubles, as are Crowe and Sullivan. Lee, McGuff, Kristen Zink, senior Claire Slater and junior Jessica Shapeka are in the mix to play singles.
Golf teams ready to begin postseason
The boys and girls golf teams will compete in Division I sectionals Tuesday, Oct. 1.
The boys are seeded 15th in the district and will be at Granville Golf Course, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the district tournament Oct. 8 at Apple Valley. The Lions are the fourth-highest seed at their sectional behind No. 2 Dublin Jerome, No. 5 Upper Arlington and No. 6 St. Charles.
The girls are seeded 16th and will compete in a sectional at Westchester. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the district tournament Oct. 8 at The Links at Groveport. The Lions are the sixth-highest seed at their sectional site.
The boys went 18-6 in the OCC-Ohio to finish second behind Pickerington North (24-0). Junior Ryan Beachy and sophomore Alex Vegh both made second-team all-league, senior Aaron Byas made the third team, and sophomore Kyle Pottorf and senior Lucas Pottorf were honorable mention.
"We were proud of our team because they finished strong at the OCC tournament," coach Judy Ratzenberger said. "Overall this season has been one of positive growth."
The girls went 11-17 in the OCC-Ohio to finish sixth behind champion Pickerington North (28-0).
Junior Emily Hughes was the league's medalist with a 76.3 average. Sophomores Alyson Johnson and Catie Rogers also have been key contributors, according to coach Patty McQuirt.
"We are focusing on our short game, which I hope will help us at sectionals," McQuirt said. "Our competition at Westchester will make it tough, but we are hopeful as a team that they all shoot double-digit scores, which may help us get past some of the other teams at our site."