Grandview Heights Roundup
Boys golfers looking to settle lineup
Kevin Richards is hoping to find the best lineup for the Grandview Heights High School boys golf team.
The fifth-year coach has an ace in senior Adam Cincione, the MSL-Cardinal Division Player of the Year the past two seasons. He also has a four-year starter in senior Kyle Modlich and knows what to expect from junior Ben McCullough.
The rest of the lineup, however, remains unsettled.
"We have Adam, Kyle and Ben and we're trying to put together our (Nos.) 4-6," Richards said. "Depth is something we have to think about. Adam has played well and Kyle has been a steady four-year player for us. Ben doesn't get in a lot of trouble and I expect he'll shoot in the mid-80s."
In the season-opening Grandview Invitational on Aug. 10 at Oakhurst, the Bobcats finished last (379) of eight teams, behind Bexley (318), Port Clinton (337), Haviland Wayne Trace (355), Liberty Union (355), Washington Court House (362), Licking Heights (364) and Grove City Christian (376).
Cincione led the Bobcats with an 87, followed by McCullough (89), Modlich (97), junior A.J.
Pinyerd (106) and junior Keenan Burson (120). Senior Joe Nichols also is in the mix for playing time.
Last season, the Bobcats finished fifth (370) of 11 teams in the Division III sectional tournament at Darby Creek, behind district-qualifiers Columbus Academy (324) and Wellington (333).
Cincione led Grandview with an 88, finishing seven strokes behind the second and final district qualifier, Jeg Coughlin III of Village Academy (81). McCullough was second on the team with a 90 and Modlich shot a 97.
"Adam is an all-around good kid who loves to play golf," Richards said. "He caddied this summer and played whenever he could. He has a wonderful opportunity to reach his goals and it would be great for him to be able to advance to state. He has put in the work, and that would be incredible."
Grandview finished second in the MSL-Cardinal Division last year at 15-3, behind Fisher Catholic (16-2) and ahead of Liberty Union (14-4), Licking Heights (8-9), Millersport (7-11), West Jefferson (3-15) and Berne Union (0-18).
The Bobcats played in the MSL-Cardinal preseason tournament Aug. 14 at Pine Hill.
Girls tennis team tinkers with lineup
The girls tennis team opened its 16th season under coach Steve Hall on Aug. 13 against Hartley.
The Bobcats return their second and third singles players from a year ago in junior Kiley Kinnard and senior Anna Oberla. Both will move up a spot. Vying for playing time at third singles are juniors Sara Berning, Erica Jackson and Ellie MacLeod.
"Those five are back for us and three of them will be playing singles and a couple of others will be on the doubles courts," said Hall, whose team finished 12-4 overall last year. "We still have to figure out what we want to do there."
Also in the mix to play doubles are seniors Aileen Evans, Courtney O'Mara and Maddie Varner, junior Cathleen Gleason and sophomore Emily Lolli.
"Sara Berning and Erica Jackson played well in doubles for us last year, but the rest have little experience on the doubles courts," Hall said. "The thing about finding doubles players is that they need to be aggressive and good at the net. They also need to have good groundstrokes to keep things in play."
Last season, the Bobcats finished third (16 points) in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio, behind Columbus Academy (28) and Bexley (24) and ahead of Granville (12), Fisher Catholic (8) and Whitehall (0).
The Bobcats, who begin league play Aug. 30 at home against Granville, did not have any players advance out of the Division II sectional tournament last year at Academy.