The Grandview Heights High School girls cross country team cruised to the title in the MSL-Cardinal Division race Oct. 13 at Liberty Union Middle School, but coach Brian Schoch knows there are more important meets ahead.
The Bobcats scored 26 points in the league meet to outdistance Fisher Catholic (75), Liberty Union (81), Licking Heights (82), Berne Union (96) and Millersport (116).
"The girls had a really nice day and it was a nice reward for a solid season of hard work," Schoch said. "But we turn around and go to district this coming weekend. They performed well (in the league race) and it's good to see them get rewards for that."
On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Bobcats will compete in the Division III, district 2 race at Watkins Memorial. The top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to regional Oct. 27 at Pickerington North.
Last season, Grandview finished fourth (96) for the final regional-qualifying spot from the eight-team district 1 meet as Mount Gilead (33), Galion Northmor (83) and Columbus Academy (90) also advanced.
"We have everyone running well and six healthy girls, which is a good thing," said Schoch, whose team is seeded fifth in the district. "We're getting stronger at the right time of year and I think that bodes well for the postseason."
In the MSL-Cardinal meet, Ali Lachey won in 20 minutes, 23.0 seconds with teammate Halli Bair (21:16.8) taking second. Emma Hecker finished fourth for the Bobcats in 21:31.8 followed by Emma Wheeler (10th, 22:26.0), Madison Osbourne (11th, 22:39.4) and Emma Mihocik (29th, 26:23.6).
The boys team finished second (34) behind champion Liberty Union (29) and ahead of Fisher Catholic (74), Licking Heights (93) and Millersport (130).
Grandview’s Luke Evans won the race in 16:50.8 ahead of runner-up Colton Roth (17:01.8) of Liberty Union. Chase Gage finished fourth in 17:24.0 for the Bobcats followed by Eli Reed (fifth, 17:30.3), Josh Smith (10th, 18:27.0), Peter Mathes (14th, 18:41.2), Jon Faris (28th, 20:49.6) and Josh Clark (29th, 21:46.9).
"That was as exciting of a race as I have seen in a while," Schoch said. "It wasn't decided until the last couple 100 meters when a couple of guys popped up to beat us.
"I was pleased with how we ran. Liberty Union is the top seed in the district and has a really good team. It really was the best overall race that we have had this season."
The boys compete in the Division III, district 1 race Saturday, Oct. 20, at Watkins Memorial. The top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to regional Oct. 27 at Pickerington North.
Last season, the Bobcats finished third (75) of 10 teams in district 1 behind champion Liberty Union (29), as Mount Gilead (66) and Fredericktown (87) also advanced.
Boys golf team wraps up season
The boys golf team had its season end in the Division III district tournament Oct. 2 at Cumberland Trail.
Senior Adam Cincione competed as an individual, shooting an 83 and failing to reach the state tournament. The top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state, which was played Oct. 12 and 13 at NorthStar.
Waterford's Branden Offenbacker (77) earned the final qualifying spot.
Cincione, who was making his first district appearance, had a 44 on the front nine and a 39 on the back nine.
"Adam was the only player from the (MSL-Cardinal) to make it to district," said coach Kevin Richards, who completed his fifth season. "No teams made it out, just Adam. He played well and didn't do anything to embarrass himself. He should be happy with his performance."
Cincione shot a 78 in the sectional Sept. 25 at Darby Creek to qualify for district.
Columbus Academy (305) and Wellington (307) qualified for district ahead of Grandview (357), which was third of 12 teams at sectional.
Also competing at sectional for the Bobcats were junior Ben McCullough (88), junior A.J. Pinyerd (94), senior Kyle Modlich (97) and freshman Jake Bush (104).
On Sept. 18, Grandview finished third (356) in the MSL-Cardinal postseason tournament at Blacklick Woods behind Fisher Catholic (335) and Liberty Union (338) and ahead of Licking Heights (366), Millersport (390) and West Jefferson (417).
Expected to return are juniors Keenan Burson, McCullough and Pinyerd and freshmen Jeff Arndt, Bush and Tommy Damschroder.
"Ben McCullough is expected back and he was our No. 2 player most of the year," Richards said. "With Keenan Burson and A.J. Pinyerd, we have two more who played most of our varsity matches. We'll have to find one of them to take Adam's No. 1 spot."
Football team to play Warriors
The football team is 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the MSL-Cardinal as it prepares to play at home against Harvest Prep on Friday, Oct. 19.
The Warriors were 4-4 and 2-3 after losing to Liberty Union 41-38 in double overtime Oct. 12.
Harvest Prep went 2-1 in non-league games, defeating Bexley (34-6 on Aug. 24) and Portsmouth Notre Dame (34-7 on Aug. 31) before losing to Licking Valley (34-14 on Sept. 7).
The Warriors opened MSL-Cardinal play with a 35-13 loss to Licking Heights on Sept. 14 before defeating Berne Union (62-27 on Sept. 21) and Fisher Catholic (55-13 on Sept. 28) and losing to West Jefferson (53-21 on Oct. 5).
The Bobcats defeated Fisher Catholic 44-13 on Oct. 13 as Tyler Mosier rushed for 129 yards on 11 carries, including a 65-yard touchdown.
Myshon Price scored on a 57-yard kickoff return and 35-yard interception return. The Bobcats also had touchdown runs from Joe Pinney (5 yards), Phil Readey (3) and Luke Snider (12).