Grandview Heights Roundup
Girls squad again wins league title
Riley Cochran of Grandview is tagged out at second base by Heath's Nikki Franga during the visiting Bobcats' 7-0 loss in a second-round Division III district tournament game May 15. Buy This Photo
Coach Brian Schoch has his Grandview Heights High School track and field teams where they need to be headed into the postseason.
The girls team won its sixth consecutive MSL-Cardinal Division title in the league meet held May 14 and 17 at Licking Heights. The Bobcats scored 180 points and were followed by Licking Heights (138.5), Liberty Union (89), Fisher Catholic (64.5), Berne Union (62), Millersport (50), West Jefferson (46) and Harvest Prep (14).
The boys team was third (104) behind Liberty Union (156) and Licking Heights (119) and ahead of Berne Union (70), Millersport (68), Fisher Catholic (66), West Jefferson (37) and Harvest Prep (35).
"We had (personal records) all over the place," Schoch said. "That's the way it should be this time of year."
The Bobcats are competing in Division III district meets that began May 21, continued May 22 and conclude Saturday, May 25, at Hamilton Township. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional May 29 and 31 at Fairfield Union.
The girls are competing in a 32-team district meet and the boys are competing in the 17-team district 2 meet.
Last season, the boys won their first district championship since 1989, scoring 125 points in the 17-team district 2 meet to top runner-up Galion Northmor (87).
The girls finished second (77) in the 29-team district meet behind Columbus Academy (83).
In the league meet, the girls started off with sophomore Emma Hecker, senior Anna Davis, sophomore Ali Lachey and junior Halli Bair winning the 3,200-meter relay (10 minutes, 3.93 seconds). Bair, Hecker, Davis and sophomore Emily Burns won the 800 relay (1:51.35).
The 1,600 relay of senior Julie Menke, Bair, Hecker and Davis was runner-up (4:19.84) and the 400 relay of senior Lindsey Smith, Menke, freshman Maria Murphy and Burns was third (53.93).
Lachey won the 800 (2:28.29) and 1,600 (5:40.91) and tied sophomore teammate Madison Osborne for third in the high jump (4 feet, 4 inches). Osborne was third in the 1,600 (6:02.99) and tied for fourth in the pole vault (7-0).
Sophomore Morgan Ettrich won the pole vault (7-6) and was fourth in the long jump (14-9). Sophomore Grace Palmer was runner-up in the shot put (31-2) and discus (91-0).
Davis was second in the 800 (2:28.36).
Menke was second in the 100 hurdles (17.03) and 300 hurdles (48.47), losing the latter by .06 of a second to Licking Heights' Skyler Ortiz.
"I wasn't sure if I won (the 300 hurdles) or not, but I know I had my best times in both events," Menke said. "That's all I can ask for, and it will help me going into district."
Bair was second in the 400 (1:03.58) and sophomore Megan McCauley was second in the 3,200 (13:22.97).
Placing fourth were Burns in the 200 (27.97), Hecker in the 400 (1:04.57) and Murphy in the 300 hurdles (55.63).
The boys team also won the first event at the league meet, taking the title in the 3,200 relay (8:21.82) with senior Chase Gage, sophomore Ryan McHugh, junior Luke Evans and junior Josh Smith. The 1,600 relay of senior Payton Jones, senior Tyler Mosier, sophomore Peter Mathes and Gage was second (3:34.79).
Gage won the 800 (2:04.33) and was third in the 1,600 (4:39.43). Evans won the 3,200 (10:27.08) and was runner-up in the 1,600 (4:33.25).
Sophomore Grant Varner won the shot put (48-9) and sophomore Eli Reed was second in the 3,200 (10:30.42). Josh Smith was third in the 800 (2:05.85), and junior Pat McHugh was third in the 300 hurdles (43.41) and fourth in the 110 hurdles (17.26).
Baseball team falls to Heath
The baseball team finished 7-18 overall after losing to host Heath 10-0 in five innings May 14 in the opening round of the Division III district tournament.
The Bobcats were seeded 22nd of 23 teams and Heath was the 10th seed.
Softball team loses to Heath
The softball team lost at second-seeded Heath 7-0 on May 15 in the second round of the Division III district tournament. Grandview was seeded 17th of 20 teams and had a first-round bye.
The Bobcats finished 6-17 overall and 4-10 in the MSL-Cardinal after losing to Millers-port 12-1 and 8-7 in a league doubleheader May 18.
Doubles team reaches district
The doubles team of seniors Luke Snider and Trevor Voelker advanced to the Division II district boys tennis tournament Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, at Columbus Academy.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the state tournament May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
The duo had yet to be seeded at district because the final round of the sectional at Academy was postponed from May 18 to May 20.
Before the rain came May 18, Snider and Voelker, who were seeded fourth at sectional, had to default a semifinal match with top-seeded Abram Schottenstein and Jacob Wareti of Academy because of illness. The consolation match with third-seeded Zach Baesman and Zach Hassinger of Buckeye Valley was scheduled for May 20, but the Bobcats duo had to forfeit because of prior commitments and placed fourth.
After a first-round bye May 16, Snider and Voelker defeated Worthington Christian's Ben Baacke and Dominic Francis 6-1, 6-3 in the second round and Bloom-Carroll's Ethan Pace and Colt Thompson 6-1, 6-4 in a district-qualifying match.
"Luke and Trevor did a nice job," coach Ray Corbett said. "They were seeded fourth and I thought we had a pretty good draw. I thought that they had good shot of making it out (to district), and they did."
Senior Joe Huggins and junior Peter Bonn also reached a district-qualifying match, losing to Alexander and Jung 6-1, 6-0. They defeated Ready's Tyler Eggers and Spencer Heselden 6-1, 6-1 and won their second-round match 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 over Bloom-Carroll's Alex Bennett and Derek Carson.
In singles, junior Nick Luckenback beat Linden-McKinley's Corey Hughes 6-3, 6-0 before losing 6-1, 6-0 to Nick Hancart of DeSales. Freshman Micah Miller defeated West Jefferson's Garrett Beachy 6-1, 6-0 in a play-in match before losing 6-0, 6-0 to top-seeded Joel Montgomery of Worthington Christian. Junior Nick Eaton lost to Buckeye Valley's Eddie Fairbanks 6-4, 6-4 in the first round.