Ray Corbett is waiting to see where his Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team will be in the coming weeks.
The Bobcats have four starters back from a team that finished last season 12-9 overall, losing to fifth-seeded Fredericktown 49-41 in the second round of the Division III district tournament after having a first-round bye.
Corbett, who is in his 26th season as coach, said Grandview has to play much better to reach any high expectations.
"Defensively, we have a long way to go, and offensively, our execution is not where it needs to be," he said. "I like our (defensive) aggressiveness, but we need to rebound better and we're giving up too much penetration.
"Our (offensive) tempo is not where it needs to be. We're probably 69 percent of where we would like to be."
Last season, the Bobcats tied West Jefferson for second in the MSL-Cardinal Division at 10-4, behind Licking Heights (13-1) and ahead of Millersport (9-5), Fisher Catholic (8-6), Berne Union (3-11), Harvest Prep (3-11) and Liberty Union (0-14).
Grandview returns its leading scorer in Andy Treasure, a 6-foot-2 senior forward who averaged 12.8 points a year ago. Other returning starters are 5-10 senior guard Adam Cincione (4.9 points per game), 5-10 senior guard Payton Jones (6.3 ppg) and 6-3 senior forward Luke Miller (7.5 ppg).
Other returnees are 6-3 senior forward Joe Treasure and juniors Tim Murphy (6-2, forward) and Nick Schopis (6-3, forward).
Rounding out the roster are junior guards Keenan Burson (5-9), Sam Claypool (5-11), Nick Eaton (5-10) and Ben McCullough (5-8) and sophomores Marky Moore (5-10, guard) and Hunter Schmalz (6-2, forward).
"We have a lot of kids close to each other in talent," Corbett said. "We have a pretty good work ethic and we're going to get better because of that.
"I think we have decent athleticism and decent size and they like each other, which I think is a huge positive."
The Bobcats opened Dec. 1 by defeating Delaware Christian 81-48. Eaton scored 12 points and Murphy had 10.
Grandview opens league play Saturday, Dec. 8, at home against Fisher Catholic.
Swimming teams expect success
After sending a pair of boys relays to the Division II state meet last season, the swimming teams expect continued success this winter.
Competing at state for the first time in 12 seasons and in its first Division II meet, the boys team raced in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, but didn't qualify for the final in either event.
The Bobcats did not score as Hunting Valley University School (237) won the title
The 200 free relay of 2012 graduates Evan Tillett and Jacob Smith and juniors Tucker Rinehart and Josh Smith finished 19th of 24 teams in 1 minute, 31.64 seconds.
The 400 free relay of Tillett, 2012 graduate Sean Oberschlake, Josh Smith and Rinehart finished 17th of 24 teams in a program-record 3:22.4.
"I think going (to state last season) sets our expectations higher," said coach Patti Hoch, who is in her 12th season. "I see a change in attitude and they know what they are able to accomplish.
The boys came in super-focused. Barring injury, they are determined to get back to state and some have set goals to get to state in individual events."
The Bobcats opened Nov. 28 against Wellington at the Eldon Ward YMCA. The boys won 108-53 and the girls lost 86-82.
The boys team includes seniors Chad Carter, Max Joseph and Connor Koon, juniors Peter Bonn, Zak Graham, William Kramer, Rinehart and Josh Smith, sophomores Christian Meyer, Eli Reed and Justin Warnement and freshmen Ross Carter and Glenn Cheney.
"I think the boys team is as strong as last year, plus we have added a boy diver in senior Connor Koon, who (dived) in middle school but did not come out for the high school team until this year," Hoch said. "We also have a girl diver with freshman Qiukui Moutvic, who has competed with the OSU club team. They can help us pick up more points for both teams."
Seniors on the girls team are Madeline Bolzenius, Lauren Jones, Julie Menke, Rachael Schleich, Lydia Stroup and Maddy Varner. The roster also includes juniors Tenley Aufdencamp, Halli Bair, Maddie Bills, Brooke Berning and Ellie MacLeod, sophomores Maria Albon, Lydia Bertani, Cara Cincione, Meredith Cox, Hannah Kerr and Allie Kramer and freshmen Elizabeth Bergmann, MaryEmma MacLeod, Moutvic, Emma Pommering and Courtney Wilson.
"The girls are really motivated," Hoch said. "They have seen that they can do well at district and they can see that they are able to achieve more."
Both Grandview teams had good showings in last year's Division II district meet at Ohio State. The boys finished third (162) behind Granville (325.5) and Hartley (164) as 39 teams scored and the girls were 10th (75) behind champion Gran-ville (475) as 36 teams scored.
The boys and girls both won championships in the sectional at Upper Arlington. The boys scored 383.5 points to outpace Centennial (168), Watterson (159.5), Wellington (125) and Ready (4). The girls won with 349 points, followed by Centennial (318.5), Wellington (287) and Ready (62.5).
In the 16-team MSL meet at Columbus Academy, the boys placed third (158), six points behind runner-up Academy, as Granville (302) won the title. In the 14-team girls meet, Grandview was sixth (82) behind champion Granville (410).