The Grandview Heights High School track and field teams will get their first chance to impress the home crowd Friday, April 26, in the Bobcat Booster Invitational.
The Bobcats will have five squads come to Anderson Field, as the girls team competes for its eighth consecutive title.
"No matter the sport, kids like to be at home in front of the home crowd and it's no different in track," coach Brian Schoch said. "It's on a Friday night and there is a certain amount of anticipation. For us, it's an opportunity to get out there, compete and show what we are capable of doing."
Last year, the girls scored 178 points to finish first ahead of Columbus International and Liberty Union, which tied for second (74), Tree of Life (73), Madison Plains (65) and West Jefferson (49).
The boys were second (151) behind Liberty Union (225) and ahead of West Jefferson (62), Tree of Life (35), International (32) and Madison Plains (6).
This year's field features International, Jonathan Alder, Liberty Union, Madison Plains and West Jefferson.
The Bobcats competed in the eight-team Ashville Kiwanis Invitational on April 19 at Teays Valley, and the girls finished third (118) behind two Division I schools -- Westerville South (139.5) and Chillicothe (137.5).
Sophomore Ali Lachey won the 1,600 meters (5 minutes, 43.89 seconds) and was third in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches).
She also was fifth in the 800 (2:41.02) and was a member of the third-place 1,600 relay (4:30.54) with sophomore Emily Burns, junior Halli Bair and sophomore Emma Hecker.
The 3,200 relay of senior Anna Davis, Bair, junior Laura Satterthwaite and sophomore Madison Osborne won in 10:28.82. Satterthwaite also was second in the 1,600 (5:44.71) and third in the 800 (2:37.18). In the 400, Bair was second (1:06.74) and Hecker was fourth (1:09.45).
The 800 relay of senior Lindsey Smith, Hecker, Davis and Burns was third (1:58.05), as was the 400 relay (57.6) of sophomore Morgan Ettrich, senior Julie Menke, freshman Maria Murphy and Smith.
Menke was third in the 100 hurdles (17.89) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (53.53). In the 200, Burns was third (28.89) and Smith was fifth (29.31). Osborne was third (13:00) and sophomore Megan McCauley took fourth (13:34) in the 3,200.
"We have had a lot of people running well," Schoch said. "Our boys and girls distance squads have been doing well early.
"The girls have been doing well, but it's not just a couple of people, but a lot of people doing good things. I've been pretty pleased with both (teams) at this point of the process."
Junior Luke Evans led the boys at Teays Valley, where they finished sixth (58) behind champion Westerville South (146.5).
Evans was second (10:25.75) and sophomore Ryan McHugh was fourth (11:04.03) in the 3,200. In the 1,600, Evans took second (4:45.15).
Senior Payton Jones was fourth in the 400 (54.31) and was a member of the fifth-place 1,600 relay (3:56.24) with sophomore Peter Mathes, junior Josh Smith and senior Chase Gage.
Junior Pat McHugh was fourth in the 300 hurdles (43.1) and ran on the fourth-place 3,200 relay with Gage, sophomore Eli Reed and Smith. Senior Tyler Mosier tied for fourth in the high jump (5-6).
In the five-team Hamilton Township Alumni Invitational on April 16 and 17, the girls were second (93.5) behind Bloom-Carroll (100) and the boys were fourth (46) behind champion Hamilton Township (137).
Broken base prompts suspension of game
The baseball team lost to Fisher Catholic 13-3 on April 22, falling to 3-10 overall and 1-5 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing Licking Heights on April 24.
The Bobcats had a game with Harvest Prep suspended in the third inning April 19. It will be resumed when the teams play at Grandview on May 6, with the Bobcats leading 20-2.
"One of the Harvest Prep players slid into second and broke the post holding the base into the ground," coach Chris Herring said.
"They tried several things to make it work, but the umpires said it wasn't safe to continue playing."
Grandview lost to league-foe West Jefferson 4-3 in nine innings April 18 before dropping a doubleheader to Utica 5-1 and 13-0 in five innings April 20.
"It's hard to figure out which team will show up for us," Herring said. "We played a great game against West Jefferson. Nick Peck did a great job for us on the mound. (Catcher) Josh Keller hit a shot to right-center field in the ninth that would definitely have scored a runner from first, but the West Jefferson kid made a great play. It was a great ballgame.
"Then we played well in the first game against Utica and were embarrassed in the second game. We couldn't get anything going. It's just a matter of which team shows up."
Softball team records no-hitter
The softball team defeated Fisher Catholic 6-5 on April 22, improving to 3-8 overall before playing London on April 23 and 3-4 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing Licking Heights on April 24.
The Bobcats picked up their second league victory with a 15-0 win over Harvest Prep on April 19, as freshman Andi Abbruzzese and junior Morgan Ramey combined to no-hit the Warriors.
Abbruzzese threw three innings with six strikeouts and Ramey went two innings with two strikeouts.
Abbruzzese also had four hits, while senior Aileen Evans (INF), junior Natalie Webb (3B), sophomore Emma Bulla (OF) and sophomore Allison Voelker (OF/1B) all had three hits. Freshman Riley Cochran (OF) had two hits.
Grandview lost to West Jefferson 12-2 in a league game April 18 and lost a doubleheader to Madison Plains 9-6 and 11-1 on April 20.
A home game against Fairfield Christian was postponed April 16.
Tennis team keeps winning
The boys tennis team was 5-2 overall after defeating Hamilton Township 4-1 on April 22 and 1-1 in the MSL-Cardinal/ Ohio before playing Columbus Academy on April 23.
The Bobcats defeated Fisher Catholic 3-2 in a league match April 18. Freshman Micah Miller won in third singles, and the doubles teams of Luke Snider and senior Trevor Voelker and senior Joe Huggins and junior Peter Bonn also won.
Grandview had one match suspended and another postponed last week. A league match with West Jefferson was suspended April 16 because of bad weather and will be completed May 4 during the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio tournament at Academy. An April 19 match with Village Academy was postponed.