Now that the season is under way, the Grandview Heights High School boys tennis team hopes its schedule returns to normal.

Now that the season is under way, the Grandview Heights High School boys tennis team hopes its schedule returns to normal.

The Bobcats returned from spring break on March 28 after many in their program were out of the country, including coach Ray Corbett, who was a chaperone for a group of students on a trip to France.

"Things have been so fragmented because of the weather and spring break, that it has been a tough couple of weeks to get things organized," said Corbett, who is in his 21st season as coach. "I think that things will settle down now and we'll get into more of routine."

The Bobcats, who have no seniors on their roster, finished 10-8 overall last season and placed fourth in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio Division at 3-3 with 20 points, behind Columbus Academy (6-0, 48), Bexley (5-1, 42) and Granville (4-2, 30), and ahead of Fisher Catholic (2-4, 13), West Jefferson (1-5, 7) and Whitehall (0-6, 1).

The top returnees are juniors Ezra Baker and Nick Levitt.

"We have a lot of newcomers," said Corbett, whose team opens Thursday, March 31, at Jonathan Alder. "But these are typical Grandview kids who go out there and play hard, enjoy themselves and do what they need to do to get better. We'll see what happens."

Rounding out the top seven are juniors Ryan Grinstead, Kyle McLain and Conner Sarich and sophomores Luke Snider and Trevor Voelker.

"I have coached teams that have been inexperienced and young and typically they go through some growing pains," Corbett said. "We hope to continue to get better and the attitudes of the kids stay positive."

•The track and field teams return a wealth of experience, which may hold the key to success, according to fourth-year coach Brian Schoch.

Last year, the girls team finished fifth with 23 points at the Division III state meet at Ohio State behind champion Versailles (47.5). Leading the way was senior Hannah Stefanoff, a Georgia State recruit who finished second in the 3,200 meters in 11 minutes, 15.33 seconds.

Senior Sarah Meier was third in the 300 hurdles (45.09) and joined juniors Jordan Fitzgerald and Emily Lachey and 2010 graduate Paige Lachey on the 1,600 relay that finished sixth (4:06.61).

The 3,200 relay of Stefanoff, sophomore Anna Davis, 2010 graduate Hilary Els and Emily Lachey was third (9:45.84).

"I would say the experience on the girls team is definitely a strength and we have pretty good coverage across the board," said Schoch, whose teams opened March 30 with a tri-meet against Dublin Jerome and Ready. "We're not just good in the sprints, distance or field events, but we are consistent in all of them."

Senior Karen Daniel-Hamberg is the top returning thrower and also competes in the high jump.

Junior sprinter Kaitlyn Sarich won the pole vault (8 feet, 6 inches) in the MSL-Cardinal meet last year, as the Bobcats scored 159 points to win their second consecutive league title, ahead of runner-up Fisher Catholic (108).

Junior Selby Gage leads the distance corps.

"I think we go into each year thinking that we know what we have and then we end up jumbling things around and try the girls in different events," Schoch said. "I think staying healthy will be important, as it is to all teams."

The boys team has no returning state qualifiers but has several experienced seniors and juniors who could have breakout seasons.

"We have a large senior class and several (athletes) who have been out for three and four years," Schoch said. "That experience could pay off for us this season."

The seniors include Carl Delavaris (distance) John Dickson (hurdles), Dylan Golding (middle distance), Mason Golding (pole vault), Jude Kozelek (distance), Joe Pineiro (distance), Ryan Schofield (hurdles) and Joe Trapp (sprints).

Others expected to be key contributors include juniors Joe Anderson (throws), Brendan Cox (high jump/distance), Chase Gage (distance) Ben Mathes (middle distance), Sam Thomas (throws) and Evan Tillet (sprints).

"We have more experience in sprinting, which is not usually the case with us," Schoch said. "We hope to be able to score points in a lot of different ways. It will be interesting to get out there and compete instead of just taking times and distances in practice."

Last season, Grandview was fourth (82.5) in the MSL-Cardinal meet behind champion Berne Union (151).