The Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team finished its regular-season schedule winners of four consecutive games and seven of its last nine.

The Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team finished its regular-season schedule winners of four consecutive games and seven of its last nine.

On Saturday, the Bobcats open the Division III district tournament at Newark against Berne Union or East Knox. Grandview, seeded eighth, is looking to repeat as district champions. Last season, the fifth-seeded Bobcats beat No.3 seed Highland 42-38 for the program's first district title since 1998-99 season.

"We've been solid defensively all season," coach Ray Corbett said. "Our half-court defense in general has bailed us out."

In Grandview's last four games, opponents are averaging 41.3 points, which is below the season average of 44.4. As the tournament gets underway, Corbett expects the talent level of Grandview's opponents to increase and as a result, that talent should adjust to the Bobcats defense.

"By now, the better teams should be able to handle most things thrown at them defensively," Corbett said. "Hopefully, we'll be able to adjust, too, and perform in the half-court setting."

Berne Union and East Knox played last Tuesday for the right to advance to play Grandview. The Bobcats swept the season series against Berne Union in the MSL-Cardinal Division. Grandview won 49-43 on Jan. 11 and 47-38 on Feb. 13. Before last Tuesday, Berne Union was 6-13 overall.

In the MSL-Cardinal standings before last Tuesday, Harvest Prep led at 13-0, ahead of Grandview at 11-3, Liberty Union at 10-4, Licking Heights at 7-6, West Jefferson at 6-6, Fisher Catholic at 4-10, Berne Union at 2-11 and Millersport at 0-13.

"Berne Union has some nice players with size and athletic players inside," Corbett said. "Our two games with them came down to the fourth quarter."

Offensively, Grandview is hoping to improve. Despite an 86-47 win over Millersport on Feb. 17, Grandview is averaging 48.9 points. Jay Wells led Grandview in wins last Friday and last Saturday with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

"We're hoping everyone is on the same page offensively," Corbett said. "It would be nice to see that before we get out of this season. It's not an easy draw and we have to go out there, play half-court defense and execute on offense."

The winner of Saturday's game advances to a district semifinal Wednesday at the Fairgrounds Coliseum and possible opponents include fourth-seeded Ready, Columbus Academy and Northmor.

"As an eighth seed, you get people to come after you," Corbett said. "If we're fortunate enough to get by East Knox or Berne Union, we'll play another really good team. That's the way it goes."

•The boys and girls swimming teams did not have a state qualifier at last Friday's Division II district meet at Ohio State. Yet, senior diver Jack Davis will be making his second consecutive appearance at the state meet today at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Davis is seeded third in Division II behind Chagrin Falls' Jamie Englhardt and Gates Mills Gilmour Academy's Alex Lohiser. Last Saturday at the district diving meet, Davis finished first at 363.85.

"The past few years I would have really good seasons and I'd get to district and I wouldn't do as well as I needed to," Davis said. "This year, the district meet was the best meet of my season. Every dive I did was the best dive I've ever done in competition."

Davis credits his improved mental approach for his successful and consistent performance at the district meet. He is hoping to carry that same mindset into Canton, where he finished 22nd (115.20) last season.

"Being in a familiar atmosphere and just even knowing what the place looks like will do a ton for me being comfortable there," Davis said. "I won't be so worried about what others are doing. The more comfortable you are, the better you dive."

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedules for the Grandview boys basketball, bowling, girls basketball, gymnastics and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Feb. 17 -- Defeated Millersport 86-47. David Geygan and Oliver Rouch scored 15 apiece.

*Last Friday -- Def. West Jefferson 51-44. Jay Wells scored 14.

*Last Saturday -- Def. Fisher Catholic 48-36. Wells scored 10.

Saturday -- At Newark vs. 16th-seeded East Knox or 20th-seeded Berne Union in the second round of the Division III district tournament. The winner plays Wednesday at the Fairgrounds Coliseum in a district semifinal and possible opponents are fourth-seeded Ready, 13th-seeded Columbus Academy or 25th-seeded Northmor.

Of note: The Bobcats are 15-5 overall and finished 11-3 in the MSL-Cardinal.

*MSL-Cardinal game

BOWLING

Last Friday -- Boys: Finished 25th (3,091) at sectional tournament at Eastland Lanes won by Westerville Central (4,350). Mic Martina finished 31st (526). Girls: Did not record a team score at sectional tournament at Eastland Lanes won by Westerville Central (3,998). Rebecca Bollmeyer finished 44th (396).

Of note: The top nine teams and top nine individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to Saturday's district tournament at HP Lanes.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Last Wednesday -- Played Cardington or fourth-seeded Elgin in the second round of the Division III district tournament. The winner will play Wednesday at Olentangy Orange in a district semifinal and possible opponents are sixth-seeded West Jefferson, eighth-seeded Centerburg, Fairbanks and Fredericktown.

Of note: The Bobcats were 10-10 overall before last Wednesday.

GYMNASTICS

Saturday -- At Worthington Kilbourne at district meet

SWIMMING & DIVING

Below are the state qualifiers with district result and state seed for the Grandview boys and girls swimming and diving teams:

Last Friday-Last Saturday -- Boys: Finished tied for 20th (26) with Marion Elgin and St. Clairsville behind champion Columbus Academy (270) in Division II district meet at Ohio State. State qualifier with district result and state seed was Jack Davis (diving, 363.85, first, seeded third). Others who competed were Brendan Cox (50 free, 25.10, 28th), Corleone Delavaris (500 free, 5:41.19, 15th), Sean Oberschlake (100 back, 1:02.44, 13th), Jacob Smith (100 fly, 1:02.25, 26th), 200 free relay (disqualified), 400 free relay (12th, 3:39.72) and 200 medley relay (12th, 1:54.98); Girls: Finished 11th (69) behind champion Hartley (317) in Division II district meet at Ohio State. Grandview did not have a state qualifier. Others who competed were Anneliese Bonn (50 free, 26.51, 14th; 100 breast, 1:18.53, 26th), Hallie Kerr (100 fly, 1:07.31, 20th), Grace Rinehart (50 free, 26.01, 10th; 100 back, 1:06.70, 15th), Lindsey Swihart (200 free, 2:18.99, 29th; 500 free, 6:04.16, 16th), Abby Ward (100 free, 59.01, 19th), Maddy Whitley (200 free, 2:15.83, 21st; 500 free, 6:02.52, 15th), 200 free relay (1:46.65, sixth), 400 free relay (4:01.96, eight) and 200 medley relay (2:06.86, 14th).