Coach Ray Corbett was impressed with how much the Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team progressed during the season.
He believes his players got the most from their talent, but might have peaked a couple weeks too soon.
"I thought we had a great year, short of winning any trophies, but not short by much," said Corbett, whose team finished 16-6 overall after losing at home to eighth-seeded Ready 45-42 in the second round of the Division III district tournament Feb. 27. "I thought we might have mistimed playing our best basketball.
"We had a two- or three-week period that we were playing well after we went out to Licking Heights (and won 61-56 on Jan. 22). It's hard to maintain that level of play all year."
The Bobcats were seeded fifth and had a first-round bye in the tournament.
Grandview finished second (12-2) in the MSL-Cardinal Division behind Licking Heights (13-1) and ahead of West Jefferson (11-3), Berne Union (6-8), Fisher Catholic (5-9), Harvest Prep (5-9), Liberty Union (3-11) and Millersport (1-13).
Senior forward Andy Treasure (third-team all-district, first-team all-league) led the Bobcats in scoring (10.3 points per game) and rebounds (7.8 per game). Sophomore forward Hunter Schmalz (honorable mention all-district, second-team all-league) averaged 8.8 points and three rebounds, and senior guard Adam Cincione (second-team all-league) averaged five points and made a team-high 28 3-pointers in 73 attempts (38.4 percent).
Other seniors included guard Payton Jones (6.7 points) and forward Joe Treasure.
"Joe Treasure came to practice every day and worked hard to make us a better team," said Corbett, who completed his 26th season. "Payton Jones did a great job on defense and had some pretty solid games shooting for us.
"Andy Treasure was a perfect example of how far hard work can take you and was a great example for what the younger kids needed to do to succeed. Adam Cincione didn't have standout numbers, but guarded everyone's best perimeter player and he got us into our offense. He sacrificed his stats to make sure others got their shots."
In addition to Schmalz, players expected to return are junior forward Luke Miller (honorable mention all-league, 7.6 points, 6.1 rebounds), junior forward Nick Schopis (4.3 points, 3.8 rebounds), juniors Keenan Burson (guard), Sam Claypool (guard), Nick Eaton (guard), Ben McCullough (guard) and Tim Murphy (forward) and sophomore guard Marky Moore.
"When you look at the number of guys we used, that will help us (next year)," Corbett said. "We had 10 kids around double figures in minutes and we only lose three of them.
"I like the nucleus that we have coming back. In this year's junior class, seven of those kids played serious minutes, and that will help us."
Swimming teams have banner seasons
The boys swimming and diving team sent its 400-yard freestyle relay to the Division II state meet at Branin Natatorium in Canton. The relay finished 23rd on Feb. 21 as juniors Willy Kramer, Josh Smith, Peter Bonn and Tucker Rinehart clocked a program-record 3 minutes, 25.83 seconds.
Grandview entered the preliminaries seeded 24th of 24 teams with a time of 3:26.09. Napoleon was seeded 23rd (3:23.93).
The Bobcats, who were led by 12th-year coach Patti Hoch, did not score at state. Dayton Oakwood (288) won as 58 teams scored.
"I'm excited to see what we can do next year," Smith said. "We're not losing a lot of seniors and we have the capability to do a lot. We might even have a chance to win (a) district (title) next year. It should be a good year."
The Bobcats finished fifth (121) at district Feb. 15 at Ohio State behind champion Granville (332) as 36 teams scored.
The fourth-place 200 medley relay (1:44.64) of Rinehart, Kramer, senior Chad Carter and Smith set a program record by more than two seconds. The 200 free relay of Kramer, Rinehart, junior Zak Graham and Smith was fifth in 1:33.31.
Also competing at district were Bonn in the 200 free (2:04.4, 20th), Carter in the 500 free (5:49.55, 21st), freshman Glenn Cheney in the 100 butterfly (1:05.44, 24th), Kramer in the 100 fly (56.14, 10th), Rinehart in the 100 fly (56.05, ninth), Smith in the 50 free (22.71, sixth) and sophomore Justin Warnement in the 100 backstroke (1:07.21, 26th).
The girls team finished 10th (69) at district behind champion Granville (457) as 36 teams scored.
The 200 free relay of junior Ellie MacLeod, junior Maddie Bills, senior Julie Menke and junior Halli Bair was fourth (1:47.4). The 400 free relay of freshman Mary MacLeod, Ellie MacLeod, Bills and Bair was eighth (4:02.17).
Also competing at district were Bair in both the 200 free (2:11.72, 20th) and 100 fly (1:10.26, 24th), Bills in the 500 free (6:18.12, 26th), senior Lauren Jones in the 100 free (1:03.45, 28th), sophomore Allie Kramer in the 500 free (6:37.97, 30th), Ellie MacLeod in both the 50 free (26.64, 15th) and 100 free (59.24, 16th) and Mary MacLeod in both the 200 free (2:16.22, 25th) and 100 back (1:06.94, 18th).
In the sectional Feb. 9 at Upper Arlington, the boys won 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).
The boys finished third (147) in the 14-team MSL meet Jan. 26 at Columbus Academy behind champion Granville (299). The girls were fourth (112) of 16 teams behind champion Granville (421).