Looking for its first win of the season, the Grandview Heights High School football team will be facing an old friend.
The Bobcats are 0-2 entering a home contest Friday, Sept. 13, against Fairfield Christian, which is coached by former Grandview assistant B.J. Queen.
The Knights are 1-1 entering the first meeting between the programs. Fairfield Christian started playing football in 2008.
"I spent three years at Grandview, and it was tough to leave," said Queen, who replaced Dave Daubenmire at Fairfield Christian. "We had a staff (at Grandview) all working in the same direction, but I wanted to become a head coach."
Bobcats coach Jason Peters said Queen was a great assistant and will do well with his own program.
"As a head coach, you want two kinds of assistants," Peters said. "You want the hard-working, loyal program guys to stay with you a long time, and you want the guys who want to become head coaches. Those guys push themselves and your program to be better. It's going to be a lot of fun (to face Queen)."
The Knights finished 8-3 last season and made their second postseason appearance, losing to Newark Catholic 41-14 in the first round of the Division VI playoffs. Fairfield Christian also lost to Newark Catholic 28-0 in the opening round of the Division VI postseason in 2010.
Fairfield Christian is led by standout running back Ben Tobin, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior who led the state with 2,942 yards rushing last season.
On Sept. 6, the Knights lost to Northridge 41-20 as senior quarterback Jeremiah Lee threw four interceptions and the Vikings limited Tobin to 66 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries.
"Whenever you go up against a great running back like (Tobin), you have to play sound, fundamental defense," Peters said. "They do a lot of things to get him the ball because when you have a horse like that, you gotta ride him."
When he started at Fairfield Christian, Queen implemented the wing-T offense that is used by the Bobcats.
"One thing I learned from coach Peters was organization," Queen said. "It was also the first wing-T system that I have ever coached. I had gone to camps and learned it, but it's totally different when you do it day in and day out."
In a 34-0 loss to Minford on Sept. 6, the Falcons' size was too much for Grandview.
"They were big, especially on the offensive line," Peters said. "They had a line that was bigger than we had some of the seasons that I played at Bowling Green. They were huge for a school that size.
"(Senior quarterback) Nick Schopis played well, but (the Falcons) were a really good team. (Senior running back) Phil Readey and (junior running back) Nick Maupin both ran well and (senior tight end) Tim Murphy and (senior wide receiver) Luke Miller had some nice catches."
Tennis team preps for home invitational
The girls tennis team was 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Ohio Division before playing Worthington Christian on Sept. 10.
The Bobcats will be the host team Saturday, Sept. 14, for the 10th annual Grandview Invitational. The event will feature Hamilton Township, Logan Elm and Whetstone.
"We only played one match in a week and then have four busy days in a six-day period," said coach Kathy Kinnard, whose team also plays home matches against Bexley on Thursday, Sept. 12, and Jonathan Alder on Monday, Sept. 16. "We put this tournament together to get the girls used to playing more than one match in a day. When you get to the league tournament and the sectional, you have to play twice if you win your first match."
Last season, the Bobcats finished second (9 points) in their home tournament, behind Logan Elm (18) and ahead of Whetstone (8) and Hamilton Township (2).
The Bobcats lost to Columbus Academy 5-0 on Sept. 3 to snap a five-match winning streak. Senior Kiley Kinnard, senior Ellie MacLeod and junior Emily Lolli played singles matches. At doubles were the teams of seniors Brooke Berning and Hannah Jones and seniors Sierra Dobbs-Brown and Cathleen Gleason.
"We're not at the same skill level as Academy, but our effort was there," coach Kinnard said. "Our kids have been playing better and all of them have gotten noticeably better in the four or five weeks that we have worked together."
Evans, Lachey finish first in races
Senior Luke Evans of the boys cross country team won the Division III race of the McGowan Invitational on Sept. 7 at Watkins Memorial in 16 minutes, 17.06 seconds. Fairfield's Michael Mangus was runner-up in 16:45.51.
On Sept. 4, junior Ali Lachey won the Falcon Invitational at Fairfield Union in 20:33.2, as the Grandview girls were second (90) of 13 teams behind New Albany (74). Eliza Matt of New Albany was runner-up in 20:47.1.
At Watkins Memorial, the boys team finished sixth (167) of 17 teams behind champion Fairfield Christian (86).
Junior Eli Reed (sixth, 17:12.85) was next for the Bobcats, followed by junior Peter Mathes (40th, 19:03.73), junior Jon Faris (130th, 20:01.28), freshman Ben Rehbeck (73rd, 20:25.75), junior Owen McCormick (77th, 20:32.75) and freshman Zach Martin (83rd, 20:48.94).
The girls team was second (59) in the 13-team Division III race of the McGowan Invitational behind Mount Gilead (47). Lachey was second (19:51.13) behind Mary Richardson (19:01.39) of Newark Catholic.
Senior Halli Bair (10th, 21:04.83) and junior Madison Osborne (11th, 21:14.48) were next for Grandview, followed by junior Emma Hecker (15th, 21:27.04), junior Emma Mihocik (22nd, 22:05.25), sophomore Emma Wheeler (31st, 22:44.05) and freshman Emma Berlin (36th, 22:59.42).
At Fairfield Union, Bair (14th, 21:51.3) and Osborne (16th, 22:04.6) also finished in the top 20, followed by Hecker (21st, 22:25.4), freshman Emma Amurgis (43rd, 24:24.1), Wheeler (44th, 24:24.1) and Mihocik (47th, 24:26.7).
The boys were sixth (197) in the 14-team Falcon Invitational behind champion Thornville Sheridan (46). Evans took second (17:03.9) behind Sheridan's Matt Bromley (16:25.5).
Reed (fourth, 17:33.7) was next for Grandview, followed by Mathes (55th, 20:42.7), McCormick (68th, 21:28.7), Rehbeck (75th, 21:47.3), Faris (79th, 22:19.9) and junior Josh Clark (85th, 23:00.3).
Volleyball team loses league matches
The girls volleyball team was 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Columbus Academy on Sept. 10.
The Bobcats lost to London 25-18, 25-16, 9-25, 25-22 on Sept. 3 in league play.
"We served aggressively and successfully against London, with (senior utility player) Morgan Taylor, (sophomore setter) Libby Jump and (junior outside hitter) Grace VanFossen forcing London into serve-receive errors," coach Ed Hine said. "But London's stronger net play overcame our serving and defensive skills."
On Sept. 5, Grandview lost an MSL-Ohio match to West Jefferson 25-23, 28-30, 25-13, 25-22.
Golf team prepares for MSL-Ohio tourney
The boys golf team was 4-7 in the MSL-Ohio before competing against Bexley on Sept. 10 at Hickory Hills.
The Bobcats play Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the league postseason tournament at Darby Creek. In the MSL-Ohio preseason tournament Aug. 13 at Darby Creek, Grandview finished fifth (370) behind Columbus Academy (315), Bexley (317), Worthington Christian (329) and London (344) and ahead of Madison Plains (416) and West Jefferson (423).
Senior Ben McCullough led Grandview with an 84, followed by senior A.J. Pinyerd (90) and sophomore Tom Damschroder (95).
Girls soccer team wins pair of games
The girls soccer team was 6-1 overall before playing Wellington on Sept. 10.
The Bobcats defeated Madison Plains 8-1 on Sept. 5 to improve to 1-1 in MSL-Ohio play. Junior forward Maria Albon, junior midfielder Emily Burns, junior forward Morgan Ettrich, sophomore midfielder Haley Rees, sophomore forward Kira Thomas, freshman midfielder Maria Claypool, sophomore midfielder Maria Murphy and freshman midfielder Molly Smith all scored.
In a 5-0 win over Columbus School for Girls on Sept. 7, Thomas scored two goals and junior midfielder Megan McCauley, Claypool and freshman defender Riley Henningsen all scored one. Sophomore goalkeeper Izzy Esber had one save.
Jourdan leads boys soccer team
The boys soccer team was 5-1 overall before playing Fisher Catholic on Sept. 10.
The Bobcats, who also are 0-1 in the MSL-Ohio, defeated Delaware Christian 4-0 on Sept. 7 as junior forward Colin Jourdan scored twice and senior defender Alex York and junior forward Ryan McHugh both scored once. Senior goalie Josh Keller had one save.