The Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team lost its share of the league lead Feb. 9, and coach Ray Corbett is looking for the Bobcats to regroup for the postseason.
Grandview dropped to 15-5 overall and 11-2 in the MSL-Cardinal Division by falling to West Jefferson 53-43 at home.
The loss left the Bobcats one game behind Licking Heights (12-1) with one game to play. West Jefferson (10-3) is third.
"When you win, it's a total team effort and it's the same when you lose," Corbett said. "You just have to get better and learn from the losses. We have to go work on some things. It's as simple as that.
"We didn't make the plays when we needed to ... maybe because of frustration. (West Jefferson) played a heck of a game, and you have to give them credit for that."
Sophomore forward Hunter Schmalz scored 14 points and junior forward Luke Miller had 10 to lead Grandview. Senior guard Adam Cincione and junior forward Nick Schopis added six points apiece. "This has become a big rivalry (with West Jefferson) and we get the split again like we did last year," Corbett said. "I thought our kids played hard, but we just didn't get it done."
The Bobcats close the regular season Friday, Feb. 15, at Harvest Prep. Miller and senior guard Payton Jones scored 12 points apiece as Grandview won the first meeting 50-41 on Jan. 12.
On Feb. 5, the Bobcats defeated Liberty Union 66-39 as senior forward Andy Treasure led a balanced attack with 12 points and Schmalz had 11. Cincione scored nine points, all on 3-pointers, and junior guard Nick Eaton and Miller both had eight points.
Grandview lost to Fairbanks 40-37 on Feb. 7 in a non-league game. Cincione had nine points, all on 3-pointers, and Treasure and Schmalz added eight apiece.
The Bobcats are seeded fifth in the Division III district tournament behind Bloom-Carroll, Columbus Academy, North Union and Fredericktown. They have a first-round bye and open at home Feb. 27 against eighth-seeded Ready or 20th-seeded Heath in the second round.
Swim teams look to drop times at district
Coach Patti Hoch has high hopes for the swimming and diving teams in the Division II district meet Friday, Feb. 15, at Ohio State.
The top two placers in each swimming event automatically advance to the state meet Wednesday, Feb. 20, through Feb. 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide. The top boys diver and top three girls divers at district advance to state.
The Bobcats have seven boys in individual events and all three relays competing at district. The 400-yard freestyle relay of juniors Will Kramer, Josh Smith, Peter Bonn and Tucker Rinehart is seeded second after clocking 3 minutes, 35.52 seconds at sectional Feb. 9 at Upper Arlington.
The 200 free relay of Rinehart, Kramer, junior Zak Graham and Smith is seeded fourth (1:36.97) and the 200 medley relay of Rinehart, Kramer, senior Chad Carter and Smith is seeded sixth (1:51.22).
"The boys relays all look good, especially with the 400 (free relay) being seeded second behind Granville," Hoch said. "(The Blue Aces) beat us by eight seconds at the MSL meet (Jan. 26), but we cut that to less than a second (0.63 seconds) and we still have plenty of time we can take off."
Grandview has six girls in individual events plus a pair of relays at district. The 200 free relay of junior Ellie MacLeod, junior Maddie Bills, senior Julie Menke and junior Halli Bair is seeded seventh (1:51.76), as is the 400 free relay of freshman Mary MacLeod, Ellie MacLeod, Bills and Bair (4:09.6).
Senior Lauren Jones qualified in the 100 free (1:03.96, 29th seed) and the 100 backstroke (1:10.44, 22nd).
"Lauren has worked hard and has just missed for the past three years and to see her qualify was one of the highlights of my weekend," Hoch said. "Also (sophomore) Cara Cincione just missed qualifying in the 500 free (6:34.65), but she dropped 32 seconds off of her time, which is incredible."
The Grandview boys won the sectional with 280 points, followed by Centennial (252), Watterson (214), Wellington (92) and Ready (8). The girls were second (306) behind Centennial (332) and ahead of Wellington (297) and Ready (19).
Wrestling team heads to sectional
The wrestling team competes in a Division III sectional tournament Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, at Madison Plains. The top four in each weight class will advance to district Feb. 22 and 23 at Duncan Falls Philo.
Freshman 120-pounder Brendan Fitzgerald led the Bobcats in their postseason tune-up by finishing second in the Nye Cardinal Classic on Feb. 9 at St. Charles. He lost to Bloom-Carroll's Chandler Minnard 7-3 in the championship.
"(Minnard) is first in the district and I only lost to him 7-3," said Fitzgerald, who is 30-4 overall. "I can learn from the mistakes I made and I'll feel more confident wrestling him next time."
Bloom-Carroll will join the Bobcats at sectional along with top-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek, Academy, Africentric, East Knox, Fredericktown, Hartley, Johnstown, Madison Plains, Mount Gilead, North Union, Ready and West Jefferson.
The Bobcats finished 11th (76.5) of 14 teams at St. Charles behind champion Lancaster (246). Ben Jump (138) and heavyweight A.J. Pinyerd both were fourth.
Girls basketball team to play East Knox
The girls basketball team was 9-11 overall and 2-9 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing Millersport on Feb. 12.
The 12th-seeded Bobcats open the Division III district tournament Saturday, Feb. 16, at home against 13th-seeded East Knox. The Bulldogs were 8-13 before playing Centerburg on Feb. 12. The teams did not play this season.
The winner plays at home against 14th-seeded Galion Northmor on Feb. 21 in the second round. The Golden Knights are 9-13 and did not play the Bobcats this season.
Grandview lost to Ready 52-39 on Feb. 6. Sophomore forward Ali Lachey scored 12 points and sophomore guard Megan McCauley added 11.
Bowling teams prep for sectionals
The bowling teams will compete at different sectional sites. The girls will compete Friday, Feb. 15, at Columbus Western Bowl and the boys will roll Saturday, Feb. 16, at Eastland Lanes.
The top nine teams and top nine individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district at HP Lanes. The boys district is Feb. 22 and the girls compete Feb. 23.
The boys team finished 10-6 overall after losing to Hilliard Darby 2,131-1,839 on Feb. 6. Jacob Bottorf rolled the team's highest series of the season, a 387, and also had a 209 game.
The girls team defeated Darby 1,377-1,241 to finish 5-7 overall and set a program record for total pins in a match. Taylor Woodhouse led the Bobcats with a 253 series.
In the MSL tournament Feb. 9 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, the boys finished seventh (3,304) of 10 teams. Granville (3,923) won the roll-off between the top four teams.
Tristen Rose was honorable mention all-league, leading Grandview with a 529 series.
The girls were ninth (2,154) of 10 teams. Whitehall (3,560) won the roll-off between the top four teams. Woodhouse and Hannah Jones both rolled 314 series to lead the Bobcats.