Ray Corbett had reason to smile as he watched his Grandview Heights High School boys tennis team on April 21.

Ray Corbett had reason to smile as he watched his Grandview Heights High School boys tennis team on April 21.

Not only did the Bobcats defeat Whitehall 5-0 to improve to 3-5 overall and 2-1 in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio Division, the sunshine that day allowed them to get in the match. Because of bad weather, Grandview had played only eight matches through the first four weeks of the season. That hasn't been helpful to a young, inexperienced team.

"The weather definitely hasn't allowed us to reach our peak," Corbett said. "We have a young team and you have to have some consistent court time to get better. We need to have a couple of weeks in a row of good weather to get to the level we need to be."

The Bobcats are to play a league match Thursday, April 28, at Columbus Academy and another on Wednesday, May 3, against Bexley. The Vikings and Lions are two of the league's tougher opponents.

"Teams like Academy and Bexley have several No. 1-caliber players who play all year round," Corbett said. "A lot of our guys pick up a racquet in the spring and their skill level isn't where it needs to be."

The Bobcats lost a non-league match with Buckeye Valley 5-0 on April 20. Another non-league match with Centennial was postponed April 19 because of bad weather.

Grandview was scheduled to play Fisher Catholic on April 26 and Whetstone on April 27. An April 25 match against Teays Valley was postponed.

"We have handled illness and the weather pretty well," Corbett said. "Kyle McLain has been getting better on court one and Luke Snider and Trevor Voelker have been improving in first doubles. Those two courts are probably the most important because they are the two toughest."

Corbett said his team will continue to suffer growing pains until it can consistently put points together on the court.

"The inexperience hurts because putting points together on a court is not as easy as it seems," he said. "Plus, this is already a fairly short season and with the weather we have had, it's even shorter this year. You basically go into the season hoping for decent weather in April, but we haven't had that. Now there will be a couple of weeks in May and then it's tournament time."

•The track and field teams play host to the Bobcat Booster Invitational on Friday, April 29.

Last season, the girls team won its fifth consecutive Booster title and sixth in seven seasons by scoring 163 points to finish ahead of Jonathan Alder (133), with Liberty Union (109) and West Jefferson (42) rounding out the top four. The boys team was third (81) behind Jonathan Alder (134) and Liberty Union (107).

"This is not only a home meet, but something that the kids enjoy because they are out in front of the home crowd," coach Brian Schoch said.

Competing this season in the Booster Invitational with the Bobcats will be Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder, Liberty Union, Madison Plains and West Jefferson.

"I think this year we are progressing well, both on the boys and girls side," Schoch said. "We have improved a lot from the start of the season and we're running pretty well right now."

The Bobcats have not competed since the Ashville Kiwanis Invitational on April 15 at Teays Valley. The girls team finished third (95) of seven teams behind champion Westerville South (132). Sarah Meier won the 100-meter hurdles (16.14 seconds) and Hannah Stefanoff won the 1,600 (5:26.01). The boys team finished sixth (44) of eight teams behind champion Big Walnut (160.83).

On April 26, Grandview competed in a four-team meet at London, which was rescheduled from April 19.

The Bobcats will be the host team Friday, May 6, for their Friday Night at Grandview Heights meet. The event will include Africentric, Big Walnut, Hamilton Township and Mount Gilead as well as Harvest Prep, which only will participate in the boys meet.

"This year has kind of zipped by us and now we only have a couple of weeks left to find our best lineups," Schoch said. "We've been competitive all year and now it's time to step things up to the next level."