When the season started, Grandview Heights High School boys tennis coach Ray Corbett expected plenty of competition outside of his three singles players.

When the season started, Grandview Heights High School boys tennis coach Ray Corbett expected plenty of competition outside of his three singles players.

The Bobcats have gone as deep as nine players in the lineup. Now, as the postseason draws near, Grandview has seemed to settle on a top seven.

"I like our depth and balance between one through seven," Corbett said. "The top seven we have now are pretty much settled in."

Today in a road match against Granville, Grandview concludes a tough three-match stretch in which it faced Bexley (5-0 loss April 24) and Columbus Academy last Tuesday.

Grandview was 4-6 overall and 1-2 in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio Division before last Tuesday. The Bobcats play Monday at London, Tuesday at home against Whitehall and Wednesday at Marysville before the league tournament May 10 at Academy.

Through 10 matches, Grandview had kept its singles courts intact with Manny Delaveris (first singles), Garrison Graves (second singles) and Ben Sheets (third singles).

The doubles courts are where the changes have been made. Sophomores Charlie Allen and Alex Wolfe moved from second doubles to first doubles and A.J. Jourdan and Mario Fortin took over at second doubles.

"We've got potential in our doubles teams," Corbett said. "Those guys are starting to mesh a little bit. Our younger guys are getting the feel for what (varsity tennis) is all about."

Grandview opened 3-1 before losing five of its next six matches, with the lone victory coming over Ready 4-1 on April 21.

Within league play, the Bobcats have seen some of the area's better teams in Academy, Bexley and Granville.

Playing the best competition should help Grandview once the postseason begins. The most improved production is coming from the revamped doubles courts.

"Doubles takes some concentration in terms of knowing where you're supposed to be and getting used to each other's games," Corbett said. "We have to get better in our net play which will be important to our success. We have to attack the net as much and as well as we can, work on keeping the ball in play and work on our returns."

ĽThe girls track and field team won the home Bobcat Booster Invitational last Friday. Grandview scored 170 points and finished ahead of Jonathan Alder (125.5), Liberty Union (85), Fairbanks (80.5), West Jefferson (47) and Madison Plains (15).

"It was an exciting night," coach Brian Schoch said. "They ran really well, and to do that at the home invitational was special for them."

Individually, winners were Emma Swinford in the 1,600 meters (5 minutes, 46.8 seconds) and 800 (2:23.6), Taylor VanDeusen in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), Sarah Meier in the 100 hurdles (16.9), Hannah Stefanoff in the 3,200 (12:34.8), the 3,200 relay (11:05.7) and the 1,600 relay (4:21.9).

Grandview, which competed against Worthington Christian and Johnstown last Tuesday, will play host May 9 to Big Walnut, Hartley and Harvest Prep and onMay 13 visit Berne Union for the MSL-Cardinal meet.

"We're making the transition from the early season and trying to figure out who can do what to people finding their homes in events," Schoch said. "(The win last Friday) gives us some reinforcement. We're putting in hard workouts and they are seeing the hard work is paying off."

ĽThe softball team earned its third win of the season last Friday against Harvest Prep 19-1. Grandview also beat Harvest Prep 22-0 on April 9.

"We've been struggling and it's a confidence-boost we needed," coach Kristy Mason said. "More than anything, it helped the confidence with our hitting."

Grandview was 3-9 overall and 2-7 in the MSL-Cardinal after a game last Monday against Licking Heights was suspended. The Bobcats played last Wednesday against Fisher Catholic before closing out the regular season by playing host Friday to Liberty Union, traveling Monday to West Jefferson on Monday and Tuesday to Worthington Christian and concluding Wednesday at home against Millersport."

"We have such a close team, I couldn't ask for a better team," Mason said. "Everyone is getting along and having a great time. Now, toward the end of the season, it's just the matter of getting everything to work together.

"We have a great group of captains and Emma Liberatore has stepped up big for us this year. We need to have a game where we get in and put everything together and that will be a combination of everyone working well together."

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedules for the Grandview Heights baseball and boys track and field teams:

BASEBALL

*April 21 -- Defeated Millersport 16-1

*April 23 --╩Def. Berne Union 12-8

April 24 --╩Lost to Jonathan Alder 13-5

*Last Friday --╩Def. Harvest Prep 13-3

Last Saturday --╩Lost to Upper Arlington 9-2 and 13-3

*Last Monday --╩Def. Licking Heights 10-0

*Last Wednesday --╩Played Fisher Catholic

*Friday --╩Home vs. Liberty Union. In the first meeting April 16, Grandview won 15-6.

*Monday --╩At West Jefferson. Grandview won 8-3 on April 18.

Tuesday --╩At Whitehall. Grandview won 3-2 last season.

*Wednesday --╩Home vs. Millersport

Of note: The Bobcats were 13-6 overall and 10-0 in the MSL-Cardinal before last Wednesday.

*MSL-Cardinal game

BOYS TRACK & FIELD

Last Friday --╩Finished fourth (72) behind Fairbanks (124), Jonathan Alder (115) and Liberty Union (108) and ahead of Madison Plains (56) and West Jefferson (44) in home Bobcat Booster Invitational. Zach Taylor won the shot put (51-11 1/2) and discus (123-1).

Last Tuesday --╩Competed against Worthington Christian and Johnstown

May 9 --╩Home vs. Big Walnut, Hartley and Harvest Prep