The Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team is looking to find its rhythm in the preseason.

The Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team is looking to find its rhythm in the preseason.

The Bobcats were slowed by the football team reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2005. But coach Ray Corbett now has until Dec. 10 to get his players ready for the opener at home against MSL-Cardinal Division rival Fisher Catholic.

Originally, Grandview was to open Saturday, Dec. 3, at home against Jonathan Alder, but that game was moved to Feb. 18 because the Pioneers reached a Division III regional final in football, losing 21-10 to Springfield Shawnee at Hilliard Bradley.

"We had a late start because of football and it has taken us awhile to get going," said Corbett, who is in his 25th season leading the program. "We're still a little rough around the edges. No one has been shooting the ball well yet. We're still trying to get the football players to get their basketball legs under them."

The Bobcats finished 10-11 overall last season with a 51-42 loss to Centerburg in the opening round of the Division III district tournament.

In the MSL-Cardinal, Grandview (8-6) finished fourth behind Harvest Prep (14-0), Licking Heights (11-3) and West Jefferson (10-4) and ahead of Fisher Catholic (5-9), Liberty Union and Millersport (both 3-11) and Berne Union (2-12).

Andy Treasure, a 6-foot-2 junior forward, is the top returning scorer at 9.4 points per game. Senior point guard Oliver Rouch (6-1) added 5.9 points per contest.

Rouch is part of a five-player senior class that also includes Spencer Rinehart (6-3, forward), Jake Smith (6-0, guard), Hayden Wernet (5-10, guard) and Dakota Williams (6-0, guard).

"I think we have some athletes and we are physically stronger than we were last year," Corbett said. "We need to be physical because we plan to play a physical brand of basketball. We never have been a finesse team."

Juniors include Adam Cincione (5-8, point guard), Payton Jones (5-11, guard) and Treasure. The sophomores are Luke Miller (6-3, guard), Tim Murphy (6-2, forward) and Luke Schopis (6-3, guard).

"We have kids like Jake Smith, Adam Cincione, Luke Miller, Dakota Williams and Payton Jones who are all pretty decent shooters," Corbett said. "We're going to try to push the ball and we have the ability to go up and down the floor because we have a lot of bodies. I'd like to be nine or 10 players deep, but we'll have to see if that can happen. Everyone's going to get the opportunity for that."

The Bobcat Holiday Classic will be Dec. 29 and 30. Grandview will entertain Hartley, Wellington and Kansas Lakota, a school from Sandusky County. The pairings have yet to be set.

•The swimming and diving program, which has 17 girls and 15 boys, opened Nov. 30 against Wellington.

The boys have five seniors in Brendan Cox, Stephen Gleeson, Sean Oberschlake, Jacob Smith and Evan Tillett. The girls have three seniors in Hallie Kerr, Lydia Stroup and Lindsey Swihart.

"We're going to have the largest class of seniors the boys have had since I've been here," 11th-year coach Patti Hoch said. "I really like the balance that we have because a lot of times we have a lot of girls and a small boys team because it's always tough keeping the boys interested. But of the kids in our senior classes, probably at least four will swim in college."

Last season in the Division II district meet at Ohio State, the Grandview boys finished 10th (88 points) behind champion Granville (256) as 34 teams scored and the girls team was 15th (42) behind champion Granville (368) as 33 teams scored.

Oberschlake was 16th (1 minute, 54.52 seconds) in the 200-yard freestyle to set a program record. Three relays also set program records: the 200 medley relay of Oberschlake, 2011 graduate Alex Jones, Smith and Cox was eighth (1:47.89), the 200 free relay of sophomore Tucker Rinehart, Smith, sophomore Josh Smith and Tillett was ninth (1:34.63) and the 400 free relay of Oberschlake, Josh Smith, Rinehart and Tillett was seventh (3:31.4).

Also at district, sophomore William Kramer was 18th (2:22.98) in the 200 individual medley and Oberschlake was 10th (5:16.02) in the 500 free. Rinehart was 12th (1:01.16) in the 100 backstroke and 13th (58.02) in the 100 butterfly.

Jacob Smith was 25th (1:58.64) in the 200 free and 16th in the 100 fly (58.45), and Josh Smith was 23rd (23.71) in the 50 free and 14th (1:01.82) in the 100 back. Tillett was 19th (23.52) in the 50 free and 22nd (53.3) in the 100 free.

Juniors for the boys include Chad Carter and Max Christian Joseph, with sophomores being Peter Bonn, Zak Graham, Kramer, Rinehart and Josh Smith. Lukas Raymond Hamilton, Christian Meyer and Justin Edmund Warnement are freshmen.

"The boys really have a good strong core of about eight guys who are incredibly talented, have great work ethics and are great leaders," Hoch said.

At district for the girls team, Swihart was 14th (2:15.43) in the 200 free and 19th (6:01.25) in the 500 free, sophomore Maddie Bills was 21st (2:18.7) in the 200 free, Kerr was 24th (1:07.6) in the 100 fly and sophomore Ellie McLeod was 30th (28.13) in the 50 free.

Juniors for the girls team include Cecelia Albon, Madeline Nicole Bolzenius, Lauren Jones, Julie Marie Menke, Rachael Schleich and Maddy Varner, with sophomores being Halli Bair, Bills, Brooke Berning and MacLeod. Maria Albon, Cara Cincione, Hannah Kerr and Allie Kramer are freshmen.

"The girls have strong leadership," Hoch said. "The strong sophomore class has a year under its belt and we will lean on them more to carry this team. We're excited to see what they can do this year."