After a week away from competition because of spring break, the Grandview Heights High School boys tennis team faced a rugged schedule and decisions about its lineup.

After a week away from competition because of spring break, the Grandview Heights High School boys tennis team faced a rugged schedule and decisions about its lineup.

The Bobcats returned with a 5-0 win over West Jefferson in their MSL-Cardinal/Ohio Division opener April 10 before losing three matches over the next three days. They lost to Hilliard Darby 4-1 on April 11, Buckeye Valley 5-0 on April 12 and league-rival Bexley 5-0 on April 13.

"We came back with quite a schedule against a Division I team like Darby, a Buckeye Valley team that is having a very good year and Bexley, which may be the best Division II team in the area," coach Ray Corbett said. "It's between them and (Columbus) Academy and they are both in our league. It'll be one heck of a match when they go up against each other."

Corbett said his team was getting strong play from its first two singles courts with the shuffling of Nick Levitt and Kyle McLain as well as the first-doubles court with Luke Snider and Trevor Voelker.

"I think we're pretty solid now," Corbett said. "Our first doubles has been pretty decent and we're still messing around with courts one and two with Nick and Kyle, but that should straighten itself out in the next week or so."

Corbett said the Bobcats were trying to settle on a third-singles player with Nick Luckenbach and Tristen Rose in the rotation. The second-doubles team has included Peter Bonn and Joe Huggins.

Corbett said his team had decent workouts over spring break.

"We had three or four pretty good workouts, which were as good as we have had over spring break in recent years," he said. "It's really been a big help having coach (Kathy) Kinnard helping out as an assistant. She really knows the sport and works well with the kids."

Track teams prepare for booster meet

The boys and girls track and field programs will be the host teams for the Bobcat Booster Invitational on Friday, April 20.

Last season, the girls team won its sixth consecutive Booster title and seventh in eight seasons and the boys won for the first time since 1997. It was the first time since 1996 that both teams won championships.

The boys team scored 122.5 points to finish ahead of Fairbanks (121), Jonathan Alder (108), Liberty Union (96), West Jefferson (45) and Madison Plains (28.5). The girls outdistanced runner-up Jonathan Alder 182-144, followed by Liberty Union (97), Fairbanks (43), West Jefferson (39) and Madison Plains (18).

"The Booster is something the kids definitely look forward to," said coach Brian Schoch, whose teams competed April 17 against Columbus Academy, Gahanna Christian, Ready and Worthington Christian. "It's a home invitational and it's on a Friday night, so we usually get a good crowd. Hopefully we can perform as well as last season."

The Bobcats competed April 13 in the Teays Valley Kiwanis Invitational. The girls finished third (99) of eight teams behind champion Chillicothe (129) and the boys were fourth (78.5) of eight teams behind champion Big Walnut (171).

"I was pretty darn pleased with our performance, especially with the competition at the meet," said Schoch, whose teams also compete Tuesday, April 24, at Bexley with London. "I think we were the only Division III team there, so we walked away pretty happy."

The girls 3,200-meter relay of Emily Lachey, Anna Davis, Laura Satterthwaite and Ali Lachey won in 10 minutes, 16.18 seconds. Satterthwaite won the 800 in 2:31.57 and Ali Lachey was second (2:32).

Caitlyn Sarich was second in the pole vault with an effort of 8 feet, 6 inches. She also was a member of the third-place 800 relay (1:55.74) with Emily Burns, Emma Hecker and Davis.

The 1,600 relay of Jordan Fitzgerald, Satterthwaite, Emily Lachey and Hecker was third in 4:22.77.

Fitzgerald was third in the 800 (1:03.72), while Julie Menke was third in the 300 hurdles (53.61) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (18.43). Halli Bair was third in the 3,200 (12:31.83), while Madison Osbourne was third in the 1,600 (5:45.61) and fourth in the 3,200 (12:39.98).

Chase Gage led the boys team by winning the 1,600 (4:46.2) and taking third in the 3,200 (10:31.87). Luke Evans won the 3,200 (10:28.63) and Josh Smith was fourth in the 1,600 (4:48.5).

Joe Anderson was third in the shot put (42-1/4) and Ben Mathes was fourth in the 800 (2:10.19).

The 400 relay of Evan Tillett, Phil Readey, Payton Jones and Tyler Mosier was third (46.87) and the 800 relay of Tillett, Pat McHugh, Mosier and Jones was third (1:39.53). The 3,200 relay of Brendan Cox, Mathes, Evans and Smith was fourth (8:41.26).

Softball team earns league victories

The softball team rallied for a 3-2 win over Licking Heights on April 12 and beat Harvest Prep 8-1 on April 13 before improving to 4-4 overall and 4-2 in the MSL-Cardinal with an 8-3 win over Fisher Catholic on April 16.

The Bobcats rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Licking Heights, which fell to 6-4 overall and 2-4 in the league. The Hornets' Kelsi Wilson did not give up a hit until the sixth inning, when the Bobcats made the appropriate adjustments at the plate.

"Their pitcher was throwing a lot of drop balls, so we moved up to the front of the batter's box," coach Jim Amato said. "We were able to get hits when we needed them."

Mia Bell hit a two-run triple in the seventh to tie the game at 2. Natalie Webb hit an RBI single in the eighth to score Kyleah Burton-Smiles.

Morgan Ramey threw a four-hitter against Licking Heights, striking out six with two walks.

Against Harvest Prep, the Bobcats scored seven runs in the first while sending 11 batters to the plate. Burton-Smiles drew a pair of walks and scored a run. Bell, Kelly Berlin, Emma Bulla, Grace VanFossen and Webb all had singles in the inning.

Webb went the distance in the circle, surrendering one hit with five strikeouts and six walks.

On March 30, the Bobcats defeated Fisher Catholic 10-0 in five innings in their MSL-Cardinal opener. They did not play again until losing to Liberty Union 8-0 on April 10.

"The layoff (during spring break) did hurt us," Amato said. "We had four errors against Liberty Union and our timing was really off at the plate. The key for us is to continue to get good pitching and play well defensively, but we just need to hit the ball better."

Baseball team gets needed win

The baseball team beat Harvest Prep 4-1 in an MSL-Cardinal game April 13 before falling to 2-12 overall and 2-6 in the MSL-Cardinal with a 7-6 loss to Fisher Catholic on April 16.

Nick Peck picked up the victory with 2 1/3 innings in relief of starter Josh Keller, who went three innings. Leo Ready finished the game to record the save.

"We only had six hits - all singles - and that's what been killing us," coach Chris Herring said. "But we got the win, and that's the important thing."

Keller had two hits and Nick Durham, Jon Faris, A.J. Pinyerd and Oliver Rouch all had one.

"We want to keep getting 'Ws,'" Herring said. "We know this is part of the learning curve, but winning is still fun. We just have to keep practicing and keep working to get better."