The Grandview Heights High School swimming and diving teams took a short break from conditioning during winter break to make a trip to the woods.
The Bobcats had their annual team-bonding retreat at Indian Bear Lodge in Walhonding in Coshocton County, and coach Patti Hoch was pleased with the experience.
"We are just coming off of our two-a-day schedule on Christmas break and our team retreat, so we plan to keep practice at a pretty tough pace until the end of January," said Hoch, whose team competes Saturday, Jan. 12, in the 20-team Pickerington Central Tiger Invitational at Thomas Worthington. "We spent (Jan. 4-6) on our annual team-building retreat. I always appreciate how jelled the team feels after the retreat and we look forward to getting into the meat of the season."
The boys team has been faring well. It won the 13-team Waynesville Swimvitational on Dec. 8 at Wright State, scoring 117 points to finish ahead of runner-up Dayton Oakwood (88). The boys also won the five-team Wellington Jaguar Invitational on Dec. 14 and 15 at Columbus Aquatics Center with 319 points, finishing ahead of runner-up Centennial (283).
In the 13-team Yule at the Pool on Dec. 28 and 29 at Columbus Aquatics Center, Grandview finished third (192) behind St. Charles (234) and Grove City (213) as the Bobcats won all three relays. The 200-yard freestyle relay of Tucker Rinehart, Zak Graham, William Kramer and Josh Smith won in 1 minute, 38.14 seconds, the 400 free relay of Kramer, Chad Carter, Smith and Rinehart won in 3:41.96 and the 200 medley relay of Rinehart, Graham, Kramer and Smith won in 1:52.91.
Rinehart was second (59.94) in the 100 butterfly and Kramer was second (2:20.21) in the 200 individual medley. Smith was fifth (25.52) in the 50 free.
"The boys team has been very focused coming off of last season," Hoch said. "We are swimming fast and some of our younger swimmers continue to get faster and contribute.
"Tucker Rinehart, Josh Smith and Kramer have all picked up right where they left off last year. They are all swimming fast and training hard. We are just trying to work on details and get in some fast meets."
The girls team was third (62) of 12 teams in the Waynesville Swimvitational behind champion Centerville (108) and third (294) of five teams in the Jaguar Invitational behind champion Wellington (359).
In the Yule at the Pool, the girls were sixth (125) of 14 teams as Columbus School for Girls (331) won.
Ellie MacLeod, Maddie Bills, Julie Menke and Halli Bair were third (1:52.89) in the 200 free relay and fifth (4:23.23) in the 400 free relay.
Boys basketball team facing challenges
According to coach Ray Corbett, this is a crucial week for the boys basketball team.
The Bobcats were 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the MSL-Cardinal Division before playing West Jefferson on Jan. 8. They were tied with West Jefferson for second in the league, behind Licking Heights (5-0) and ahead of Harvest Prep (3-2).
Grandview plays host to Harvest Prep on Saturday, Jan. 12, and plays Thursday, Jan. 10, at non-league North Union, which is 8-1 and averaging 71.1 points per game.
"We're playing well, but we still have a ways to go," Corbett said. "We will learn a lot about ourselves in the next week. We (played) West Jefferson and play at North Union and then Harvest Prep. Those are three pretty solid teams, so we will find out what we have learned from the (60-46) loss to Licking Heights (on Dec. 14). We'll have to take care of the ball and I don't think our shot selection is where it needs to be."
The Bobcats entered the West Jefferson contest on a five-game winning streak, which included league wins over Millersport (67-26 on Dec. 22) and Liberty Union (56-34 on Jan. 4).
Also, Grandview won its home Bobcat Holiday Classic for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Andy Treasure had 12 points and Sam Claypool and Hunter Schmalz both added 10 in a 67-30 win over Horizon Science on Dec. 27 in the first round. In the championship a day later, Grandview beat Wellington 61-40 as Luke Miller scored 14 points and Payton Jones added nine.
Treasure was averaging a team-best 11.8 points through eight games, followed by Schmalz at 9.5.
"Andy has been outstanding so far," Corbett said. "He not only works hard in practice and has led us in scoring and rebounding with nine rebounds per game, but he also leads us in assists and steals. That's pretty good for an inside player. There's not much more he could do.
"Hunter has a scorer's mentality, there's no doubt about it. He knows where the bucket is, but he's also a pretty good athlete. He can jump. He's not a finished product, but he works hard every day and he asks good questions, so he can work hard to get better."
Girls basketball team working on shooting
The girls basketball team is 6-5 overall and 2-4 in the MSL-Cardinal after going 2-19 last season.
Coach Michelle Chavanne said the Bobcats should get even better when their shots start to fall.
"Teams like Liberty Union and (Cincinnati Summit) Country Day will always be extreme challenges," Chavanne said. "When we lost to Fisher Catholic (25-18 on Dec. 1), Berne Union (26-22 on Dec. 11) and West Jefferson (34-22 on Jan. 3), they weren't necessarily better teams, but they were definitely better shooters.
"We have made progress in getting more shots up, but they haven't been going in. ... Sometimes we miss layups and open shots, but that will come."
The Bobcats lost to Liberty Union 47-26 in a league game Dec. 21 and to Summit Country Day 49-24 on Dec. 28 in the opening round of that school's holiday-break tournament.
On Dec. 27, Grandview defeated Fairbanks 33-27 as Grace Palmer led with 10 points. Ali Lachey, Megan McCauley and Madison Osborne all scored six.
Allison Voelker scored 10 points and Lachey added nine as the Bobcats defeated East Dayton Christian 44-12 on Dec. 29 in the consolation game of the Summit Country Day Tournament.
Against West Jefferson, Emma Bulla scored nine points and McCauley added six.
The Bobcats play Licking Heights on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in a home MSL-Cardinal game. They defeated the Hornets 47-44 on Dec. 7.