Coach Ray Corbett is looking for the right combinations for his Grandview Heights High School boys tennis team.
The Bobcats picked up their first dual-match victories of the season by defeating Teays Valley 3-2 on April 10 and Eastmoor Academy 4-1 on April 12.
"I think we will be moving people around quite a bit," said Corbett, whose team defeated Hartley 4-1 on April 15 and was 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio Division before playing West Jefferson on April 16. "(The first-singles court) is always tough and we plan to move players in and out of there from time to time. Facing your opponent's best night in and a night out can be quite a challenge."
Senior Trevor Voelker played first singles in a season-opening 4-1 loss to Bloom-Carroll on April 8, and senior Joe Huggins was in that spot April 9 during a 5-0 loss to Bexley in the league opener. Junior Nick Luckenbach played the first court against Teays Valley and Eastmoor.
Voelker and junior Nick Eaton won at first doubles against Teays Valley. Huggins and junior Peter Bonn won at second doubles and freshman Micah Miller won at third singles to clinch the victory.
"We'll switch things up on singles and doubles," Corbett said. "They can play all over the place and won't be locked into one singles or doubles court."
Against Eastmoor, Voelker and Eaton won at first doubles, while Huggins and junior Jon Sterneker took the second doubles court. Junior Austin Lewis won at second singles and Miller won at third singles.
"Our kids are here to have fun and get better," Corbett said. "They are getting valuable experience that will help us in the future."
The team's April 11 match against Buckeye Valley was postponed and rescheduled for May 6.
Baseball team ends losing streak
The baseball team fell to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in the MSL-Cardinal with a 6-0 loss to Liberty Union on April 15.
The Bobcats lost their first five games before defeating league-foe Berne Union 3-2 in eight innings April 10. They swept Eastmoor 21-1 and 11-1 in a pair of five-inning games April 13.
"We lost to Berne Union twice last season (15-1 and 2-0), so that was a good win," coach Chris Herring said. "Hopefully, (the winning streak) can help us mentally and keep our attitudes positive."
The Bobcats lost to Licking Heights 15-12 on April 8, surrendering five runs in the seventh.
"We had a big talk after giving up a walk-off grand slam against Licking Heights," Herring said. "There were still a lot of positives in that game, like playing toe-to-toe with a bigger (Division II) school that is always in the hunt for an MSL-Cardinal title. We used that as a positive experience and hope it helps us to mature."
Against Berne Union, Josh Keller doubled to lead off the eighth and was driven in by Nick Perez on a single to right-center field. Nick Peck pitched all eight innings for the victory.
The Bobcats also had a pair of league postponements. An April 11 home game against West Jefferson was rescheduled for Thursday, April 18, and an April 12 game at Millersport will be played April 27.
Softball squad searching for answers
The softball team was 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the MSL-Cardinal after losing to Liberty Union 10-5 on April 15.
"We're beating ourselves right now ... just flat-out beating ourselves," coach Ron Cameron said. "We need to work on all aspects of the game."
The Bobcats lost a league game to Berne Union 15-8 on April 10 before having league games against West Jefferson on April 11 and Millersport on April 12 postponed. They lost to Whetstone 12-1 and Hamilton Township 11-1 on April 13.
Cameron said junior Brooke Berning hit the ball hard in the doubleheader.
"Unfortunately, this is a short season," Cameron said. "You don't get much time for practice once the season starts."
The West Jefferson game will be made up Thursday, April 18, and the Millersport game will be played May 10.
Girls track team opens with victory
The track and field teams opened April 9 at Hamilton Township with the girls winning the four-team meet.
The Bobcats scored 83 points to finish ahead of Hamilton Township (69), Columbus Academy (60) and Fairfield Union (41). Senior Julie Menke won the 100-meter hurdles (17.51 seconds) and junior Laura Satterthwaite won the 800 (2:41.78). Sophomore Morgan Ettrich won the long jump (13 feet, 8 inches) and sophomore Madison Osborne placed first in the 3,200 (13:32.38).
The boys team finished third (59) behind Hamilton Township (101) and Academy (61) and ahead of Fairfield Union (33). Senior Tyler Mosier won the high jump (5-10) and long jump (16-11 1/4), and junior Luke Evans won the 3,200 (10:53.12).