The Grandview Heights High School girls tennis team will work toward keeping a piece of hardware at home when the Bobcats play host Saturday, Sept. 15, to the Grandview Invitational.
The event will feature Logan Elm, Hamilton Township and Whetstone.
Last season, the Bobcats finished third (5 points) in the event behind Logan Elm (18) and Whetstone (10) and ahead of Hamilton Township (2).
“Last year was the first time we didn’t get one of the first- or second-place trophies since we started this back in 2004,” said coach Steve Hall, whose team was 5-4 overall and 0-2 in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio Division before playing Bexley on Sept. 11. “We have a nice group of teams and a good group of kids coming in. It’s always one of the highlights of the season.”
On Aug. 27, Grandview defeated Hamilton Township 5-0 in a non-league match.
“Logan Elm might be the team to beat again,” said Hall, whose team plays at Buckeye Valley on Thursday, Sept. 13.
The Bobcats had a match postponed at Eastmoor Academy on Sept. 6, but it’s been rescheduled for Sept. 24.
Hall said his team has been getting consistent play from Kiley Kinnard, Anna Oberla and Sara Berning in singles as well as the doubles teams of Aileen Evans and Ellie MacLeod and Erica Jackson and Maddie Varner.
“I think we’re in a good spot right now after working our way into a consistent lineup,” said Hall, whose team plays Monday, Sept. 17, at home against Bloom-Carroll and a league match a day later at Fisher Catholic. “The weather last week slowed things down, but we have been doing well.”
Boys soccer team has busy schedule
The boys soccer team has played half of its allotted 16 regular-season games but has yet to play an MSL-Cardinal contest.
The Bobcats begin their quest for their 13th consecutive league title when they play at home Thursday, Sept. 13, against Licking Heights.
Last season, Grandview went 5-0 in the MSL-Cardinal to finish ahead of Licking Heights (3-1-1), Fisher Catholic (2-2-1), Liberty Union (1-2-2) and Harvest Prep and West Jefferson (both 1-4).
“Half of the season is finished and we still have six weeks left,” said coach Brian Neidenthal, whose team is 7-0-1. “With going to school during the day and all of that, we have been getting a little tired. You could see in the last couple of games that our legs were getting a little heavy.”
Grandview has outscored its opponents 39-5 and senior goalie Ben Farynowski has five shutouts.
The only blemish in the Bobcats’ season came Sept. 4 when they tied Tree of Life at 2. Pat McHugh and Ryan McHugh scored and Farynowski had seven saves.
On Sept. 6, they rebounded for a 6-0 win over Gahanna Christian, as Josef Palenius scored twice and Farynowski had two saves. Ben Brannan also had a goal.
“Ben Brannan has been creative in the middle for us, plus we have a Swedish exchange student, Josef Palenius, who has been working well with the rest of the team,” said Neidenthal, whose team plays a league game at home Tuesday, Sept. 18, against Fisher Catholic. “He plays well with his teammates and understands what we are trying to do. It’s like he and Ben Brannan have been playing together for years.”
Sam Claypool leads the team with nine goals and Palenius has scored five times. Brannan, Colin Jourdan, Ryan McHugh and Joe Treasure all have four goals and Alex York has three.
“Overall, we have been passing the ball really well,” Neidenthal said. “We have a balanced group and the kids have been putting themselves in position to be successful.”
Football team opens league play
The football team plays its MSL-Cardinal opener Friday, Sept. 14, at home against West Jefferson.
The Bobcats started their drive to a league title last season with a 37-33, comeback victory at West Jefferson in the fourth week. They finished 7-0 to win their first league championship since 2005.
Liberty Union (6-1) was second, followed by West Jefferson (5-2), Licking Heights (4-3), Berne Union, Fisher Catholic and Harvest Prep (all 2-5) and Millersport (0-7).
This season, the Roughriders are 2-1. They lost to perennial state power Maria Stein Marion Local 44-37 on Aug. 31 but defeated Mechanicsburg 40-24 on Aug. 24 and London 41-14 on Sept. 7.
West Jefferson is led by quarterback Seth Casto, who has completed 56 of 70 passes for 671 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions. He also has rushed 27 times for 252 yards and four scores.
Against London, Casto was 23-for-26 for 321 yards and five touchdowns. His primary target has been Ryan Love, who caught eight passes for 195 yards and three scores against Marion Local.
On Sept. 7, Grandview improved to 2-1 by defeating Whitehall 33-23 at Reynoldsburg. The Bobcats built a 20-3 halftime lead with a 20-point second quarter. Payton Jones returned a kickoff 95 yards for the first score and Joe Pinney followed with a 25-yard run. Nick Schopis connected with Myshon Prince with a 37-yard pass to end the first-half scoring.
Jones finished with 64 yards rushing on 11 carries and had touchdown runs of 4 and 39 yards in the second half. Schopis was 8-for-14 passing for 98 yards with one interception.
The Bobcats had 234 total yards, 136 rushing on 36 carries. They also had eight penalties for 55 yards.
Softball coach steps down
Jim Amato resigned as softball coach Sept. 10.
In four seasons with the Bobcats, he had a record of 37-52. Last year, Grandview finished 12-12 overall and 6-8 in the MSL-Cardinal.