Grandview Heights High School baseball coach Chris Herring figures to be familiar with his team's first-round opponent in the Division III district tournament.
Herring chose to have the Bobcats play at 10th-seeded Heath on Tuesday, May 14. Even though Grandview has not played the Bulldogs this season, Herring has an idea of what to expect.
"Heath is the alma mater of Craig Kyle, who I was an assistant coach under both here at Grandview and at Jonathan Alder," said Herring, whose team was 6-14 overall and 4-9 in the MSL-Cardinal Division before playing Licking Heights on May 7. "(Kyle) was coached by Dave Klontz, who still is at Heath. He got a lot of his philosophies from coach Klontz, so I'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect."
The Bulldogs entered the week 11-13. Grandview was seeded 22nd of 23 teams in the tournament, ahead of East Knox.
The winner advances to play at fourth-seeded Ready on May 16.
Last season, the Bobcats lost to top-seeded Bloom-Carroll 9-1 in the second round after a first-round bye.
The team has been plagued by inconsistent play this season. The Bobcats lost to Liberty Union 5-4 on May 2, but the Lions went on to get the third seed in the tournament. Grandview then lost to West Jefferson 4-0 on May 3 and Jonathan Alder 7-0 on May 4.
"We either lose games by one or two runs, or we lay an egg," Herring said. "We play Liberty Union tough one day and then just not play well against Jonathan Alder and only get one hit. It really has been hit or miss for us."
Softball team also opens with Heath
The softball team was 5-13 overall and 4-7 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing Licking Heights on May 7.
The Bobcats are seeded 17th of 20 teams in the Division III district tournament and have a first-round bye. They open Wednesday, May 15, at second-seeded Heath.
Grandview has not played the Bulldogs, who entered the week 19-5.
Heath defeated the Bobcats 10-0 in five innings in the opening round of district play last season.
"Heath is going to be a good-hitting team," assistant coach Joe Abbruzzese said. "They always have good, strong athletes who hit the ball well."
The winner plays fifth-seeded North Union, 10th-seeded Johnstown or 19th-seeded Mount Gilead in a district semifinal May 20 at Pickerington North.
Track teams prepare for Friday Night event
The boys and girls track and field teams will be the hosts Friday, May 10, for the Friday Night Under the Lights meet.
Joining the Bobcats will be Africentric, Big Walnut, Hamilton Township and Harvest Prep. Wellington is bringing its girls team.
Last year, only 10 of the 17 events were completed before bad weather ended the competition with Hamilton Township winning both titles. The Rangers boys won with 69 points, followed by Grandview (51), Big Walnut (29), Harvest Prep (12) and Africentric (11). They won the girls meet with 86 points, followed by Grandview (60.5), Big Walnut (29), Africentric (18.5) and Harvest Prep (0).
The Bobcats competed May 3 in the 10-team Marion Night Relays at Marion Harding. Grandview was the only Division III program at the meet, which included seven Division I teams and two Division II teams.
Senior Payton Jones and junior Luke Evans led the boys, who finished eighth (41) behind champion Caledonia River Valley (124). Jones was second in the 400 meters (52.36 seconds) and Evans was runner-up in the 1,600 (4:47.14).
Senior Chase Gage was third in the 800 (2:05.13) and sophomore Grant Varner was fourth (46 feet, 6 inches) in the shot put. The 3,200 relay of Gage, Evans, sophomore Ryan McHugh and junior Josh Smith was fourth in 8:32.41, and the 1,600 relay of Jones, senior Tyler Mosier, junior Pat McHugh and Gage was fourth in 3:36.
Senior Julie Menke finished third in the 300 hurdles (17.41) to lead the girls team, which finished ninth (26.5) behind champion Perrysburg (122).
The 3,200 relay of sophomore Ali Lachey, senior Anna Davis, sophomore Emma Hecker and junior Halli Bair was third in 10:21.66. Lachey was fifth in the 1,600 (5:41.39).
Boys tennis team prepares for sectional
The boys tennis team was 9-5 overall before playing Jonathan Alder on May 7.
Following the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio tournament May 4 at Columbus Academy, the Bobcats finished 3-3 (17 points) in the league behind champion Academy 6-0 (51).
The final league standings were incomplete because several league matches had to be completed after the tournament.
The Bobcats will play Monday, May 13, at home against Shekinah Christian and Tuesday, May 14, at Buckeye Valley before competing in a Division II sectional tournament May 16 and 18 at Academy.