The Grandview Heights High School boys golf team works toward finding consistency on the course in the first couple weeks of the season.
Sixth-year coach Kevin Richards was still looking for his players to settle in after the Bobcats' first three outings.
"We have to play more consistent golf," Richards said. "We have three guys who will be mainstays for us and then we'll have to see who can play their way into the lineup."
The big three for the Bobcats are senior Ben McCullough, sophomore Jake Bush and senior Jacob Hamilton, an exchange student from Sweden.
Others working to fill the final two varsity spots are seniors Keenan Burson, Max Pierson and A.J. Pinyerd and sophomores Jeff Arndt and Tommy Damschroder.
On Aug. 8, the Bobcats finished fourth (376) in the five-team Grandview Invitational at Oakhurst behind Hartley (334), Port Clinton (335) and Bexley (346) and ahead of Liberty Union (390). McCullough led the way with an 88, followed by Burson (92), Bush (94) and Damschroder (102).
The Bobcats finished ninth (392) in the 13-team Fairbanks Panther Invitational on Aug. 7 at Darby Creek behind champion New Carlisle Tecumseh (316). McCullough led with a 91, followed by Bush (96), Pinyerd (102), Burson (103) and Damschroder (103).
Grandview opened with a 334-383 loss to Washington Court House on Aug. 6 at Washington Country Club. McCullough had a 93 and was followed by Bush (94), Pinyerd (94), Pierson (102) and Burson (103).
Last season, the Bobcats tied Licking Heights for third (11-7) in the MSL-Cardinal Division behind Fisher Catholic (17-1) and Liberty Union (15-3) and ahead of Millersport (5-13), West Jefferson (4-14) and Berne Union (0-18).
This season, Grandview will compete in the MSL-Ohio with Bexley, Columbus Academy, London, Madison Plains, West Jefferson and Worthington Christian. Whitehall also is in the league, but does not have a golf team.
"We're changing leagues and the competition on a daily basis is more difficult than in years past and the courses that we will play on will also be more challenging," said Richards, whose team played in the MSL-Ohio preseason tournament Aug. 13 at Darby Creek. "We're not going to judge how we do on our record against opponents, but how the kids improve their games over the course of the season."
Last season, the Bobcats had one district qualifier in Adam Cincione, a 2013 graduate who shot an 83 at Cumberland Trail and failed to advance to the Division III state tournament.
In a sectional at Darby Creek, Cincione shot a 78 to qualify for district. District-qualifying teams Academy (305) and Wellington (307) finished ahead of third-place Grandview (357) in the 12-team sectional.
Girls tennis team returns two starters
Seniors Kiley Kinnard and Ellie MacLeod are returning starters for the girls tennis team.
Kinnard lost in a district-qualifying singles match to Mi Linh Li of DeSales 6-0, 6-0 in the Division II sectional tournament last season at Columbus School for Girls. MacLeod joined 2013 graduate Aileen Evans in doubles competition, but lost in a district-qualifying match to Hartley's Kim Osborn and Reese Walasezk 6-1, 6-0.
"We're a pretty young team," said Kathy Kinnard, an assistant coach under 17th-year coach Steve Hall. "We want to play hard, have fun and stay positive. When you put those three things together, the results will come."
Seniors Natalie DePalma, Cathleen Gleason and Hannah Jones all saw time on varsity a year ago, as did junior Emily Lolli.
Seniors also include Brooke Berning, Sierra Dobbs-Brown, Claire Holliday and Morgan Ramey. Junior Sable Ryan and sophomores Kaitlin Hyde and Spencer Jackson also are vying for court time.
Grandview also has 10 freshmen.
"We would expect our senior leadership to be a force for us," said coach Kinnard, whose team opened Aug. 14 against Hartley. "We don't have a lot (of sophomores and juniors) in the middle, but we have both extremes with our seniors and a lot of freshmen in the program. We're just going to play hard and see what happens."
Last season, the Bobcats finished fourth (32 points, 2-3) in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio behind Academy (75, 5-0), Bexley (58, 4-1) and Granville (38, 3-2) and ahead of Fisher Catholic (8, 1-4) and Whitehall (5, 0-5).
This season, they will compete in the MSL-Ohio with Academy, Bexley, London, Madison Plains, Whitehall and Worthington Christian. West Jefferson is in the league, but does not have a team.