Andy Treasure quickly can recall whenever the Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team has played Licking Heights.
In fact, the last three times the teams had played before their MSL-Cardinal Division game Jan. 22, the Bobcats had lost.
But in the latest matchup, Grandview took an early lead behind Treasure, as the senior forward scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half of a 61-56 win that moved the teams into a tie atop the league.
"It seems like whenever we play, it's close. It's been that way in every game I've played against them," said Treasure, whose team played its last league game against Licking Heights, which is joining the Licking County League next year. "It's been a pretty nice rivalry and it's good to go out like this."
Grandview and Licking Heights are 9-1 in the MSL-Cardinal, a game ahead of West Jefferson (8-2).
The Bobcats had lost to Licking Heights 60-44 on Dec. 14.
"We didn't play well the first time we played them," said Treasure, who had nine rebounds in the rematch. "We pressed them the first time and they had the athletes to beat us down the floor for easy baskets."
In the second game, the Bobcats led 17-6 after one quarter and 34-25 at halftime.
"We lost by 16 points at home last time, and it is just an example of these kids growing up," coach Ray Corbett said. "The kids got the lead and when (Licking) Heights made a run, we kept our composure. A lot of kids stepped up in their roles and that's what we have been doing all season."
Senior guard Payton Jones scored 13 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. He was 4-for-4 at the foul line over the final 26 seconds.
"We practice free throws all of the time and coach told me to make them to make his life a little easier," Jones said. "I did what I could for the man."
Sophomore forward Hunter Schmalz led with 15 points.
On Jan. 26, the Bobcats beat Berne Union 71-43 in a league game. Schmalz led with 17 points, junior forward Tim Murphy scored 12, senior guard Adam Cincione had 11 and Treasure had nine.
"We have been going 10 or 11 guys deep all year," Corbett said. "We have 11 guys with double figures in minutes and that means everyone is getting involved."
Boys finish third in MSL swim meet
The boys swimming and diving team finished third (147 points) in the 14-team MSL meet held Jan. 23 and 26 and won by Granville (299).
The girls were fourth (112) of 16 teams as Granville (421) swept the titles at Columbus Academy.
"I'm happy with how we swam," coach Patti Hoch said. "This is always a tough meet for us because we're not slowing down practice at all, but we still want to do well. I'm always looking to see how far away we are from our best times while we're tired."
The 200-yard freestyle relay of juniors Tucker Rinehart, Zak Graham, William Kramer and Josh Smith finished second (1 minute, 37.17 seconds). The 400 free relay of Smith, junior Peter Bonn, Kramer and Rinehart also was second (3:42.04).
Sophomore Christian Meyer, Graham, senior Chad Carter and Bonn teamed for the 200 medley relay that finished fifth (2:05.11).
Smith was third in the 50 free (24.64) and fifth in the 100 free (54.62). Kramer was fourth in the 100 butterfly (59.12) and seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:18.97).
Rinehart was fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:00.73) and fifth in the 100 fly (1:00.31). Bonn was ninth in the 200 free (2:14.74) and the 500 free (6:17.31). Carter was eighth in the 500 free (6:13.1), and sophomore Justin Warnement was 10th in the 100 back (1:12.05).
For the girls, the 400 free relay of junior Ellie MacLeod, freshman Mary MacLeod, senior Julie Menke and junior Hanley Baird was second (4:18.51). The 200 free relay of Ellie MacLeod, Menke, junior Maddie Bills and junior Halli Bair was third (1:51.27).
Mary MacLeod, senior Lauren Jones, junior Brooke Berning and Bills comprised the 200 medley relay that finished fifth (2:13.04).
Ellie MacLeod finished sixth in the 50 free (27.56) and eighth in the 100 free (1:01.64). Mary MacLeod was eighth in the 100 back (1:12.49), and Berning was ninth in the 50 free (30.12).
Bair was 10th in the 200 free (2:18.28) and Bills placed 10th in the 500 free (6:26.47).
The Bobcats will compete Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Upper Arlington JV Invitational in preparation for a Division sectional meet Feb. 9 at UA.
"We do an invitational (this) week that's really my last look at checking up for what my sectional lineup is going to be like," Hoch said.
Bowling teams to face Darby
The bowling teams will compete against Hilliard Darby on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Columbus Western Bowl.
The boys team fell to 10-5 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division after losing to Watterson 1,798-1,793 on Jan. 28.
The Bobcats defeated Hartley 1,998-1,870 on Jan. 24. Tristen Rose had a 388 series with a 197 high game, and Max Pierson had a 384 series with a 210 high game.
Rose (343) was medalist as the Bobcats beat Whetstone 1,846-1,473 on Jan. 25. Jacob Bottorf had a 220 series.
The girls team is 4-7 overall and 3-7 in the COHSBC-Central after losing to Watterson 1,478-1,308 on Jan. 28.
Grandview defeated Marion-Franklin 1,286-831 on Jan. 22. Sarah Kaltenecker (251) was medalist and Josie Pommering rolled a 237 series.
Against Hartley, the Bobcats lost 1,750-1,264. Hannah Jones had her highest series (253) and game (137) of the season.
Girls basketball team has busy week
The girls basketball team was 8-8 overall and 2-7 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing Liberty Union on Jan. 29.
The Bobcats play Friday, Feb. 1, at home against Horizon Science before playing at West Jefferson in a league contest Saturday, Feb. 2. The Bobcats lost to the Roughriders 34-22 on Jan. 3 as sophomore guard Emma Bulla scored nine points and sophomore guard Megan McCauley added six.
Grandview also will play at Ready on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
A Jan. 25 home game against Millersport, postponed because of bad weather, was rescheduled for Feb. 12.
Wrestling team prepares for MSL
The wrestling team will be the host school for the MSL-Cardinal Duals on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Last season in the league duals, Grandview lost to host West Jefferson 78-4, Liberty Union 66-6 and Licking Heights 36-12. Junior heavyweight A.J. Pinyerd won a league title.
The Bobcats competed in the 34th annual Sally George Invitational on Jan. 25 and 26 at Marion Pleasant. They placed 14th (29.5) of 16 teams, behind champion Oregon Clay (227).