Coach Kathy Kinnard said her Grandview Heights High School girls tennis team is playing some of its best tennis entering the MSL-Ohio Division tournament, but that might not matter.
The league tournament is Saturday, Sept. 21, at Columbus Academy, but Kinnard said her team will be without several performers because of college testing that day.
"We're only going to have about half of our kids because it's a testing date for the ACT," said Kinnard, whose team was 6-5 overall after defeating Jonathan Alder 3-2 on Sept. 16 and 1-3 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Whitehall on Sept. 17. "It wasn't the best day to have the league tournament, but there's not much to do about that. We have to go out and play with what we have."
It will be the first MSL-Ohio tournament for the Bobcats, who were in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio in past seasons.
Entering the week, the Bobcats were tied with London for fourth (6 points) in the MSL-Ohio, behind Columbus Academy (24, 4-0), Bexley (18, 3-1) and Worthington Christian (12, 2-1) and ahead of Whitehall (0, 0-3).
On Sept. 14, the host Bobcats finished second (7) in the Grandview Invitational behind Logan Elm (18) and ahead of Whetstone (6) and Hamilton Township (4).
Senior Ellie MacLeod won the second-singles title by defeating Logan Elm's Chloe Sollars 10-5 in the championship match. Senior Kiley Kinnard was runner-up in first singles, losing to Logan Elm's Kari Willard 10-1 in the title match.
The second-doubles team of seniors Brooke Berning and Hannah Jones finished third after defeating Hamilton Township's Alisa Askew and Cassie Cofman 10-7 in the consolation match.
Junior Emily Lolli was fourth in third singles after losing to Whetstone's Maggie Prosser 10-5 in the consolation match. The first-doubles team of senior Sierra Dobbs-Brown and freshman Elinor Kibbey lost the consolation match to Hamilton Township's Dhanijsha Branham and Savannah McGowan 10-3.
"Ellie had her best day of the season and she played great in the final," coach Kinnard said. "Brooke Berning and Hannah Jones got us a point at second doubles that helped us finish runner-up. It was a good day weather-wise, and it was a good day of tennis. I thought we played well."
League opener next for football team
The football team is 1-2 entering MSL-Ohio competition Friday, Sept. 20, at home against Bexley.
The Lions improved to 3-0 by defeating Centennial 34-22 on Sept. 12, while rushing for 410 yards.
Junior quarterback Andre Stewart rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. He also was 7-for-12 passing for 49 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.
Senior running back Jacob Old ran for 109 yards on nine carries and senior running back Zach Ward added 54 yards and two scores on 17 rushes.
"Bexley has a sound football team," coach Jason Peters said. "(The Lions) don't do a lot, but what they do, they do really well."
The Bobcats picked up their first win Sept. 13, 27-0 over Fairfield Christian. Junior running back Joe Pinney rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and senior running back Phil Readey had 51 yards on 12 carries.
Sophomore Rhodes Jump (RB/LB) had eight yards on two carries with a touchdown and also had a 2-yard fumble return for a score.
Senior quarterback Nick Schopis was 9-for-16 passing for 90 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Senior tight end Tim Murphy had four receptions for 67 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown.
"We took care of the football a lot better than we did in the first two games and the offensive line established the line of scrimmage to allow us to run the ball," Peters said. "We just have to continue the momentum we gained (against Fairfield Christian) and keep that moving into (this) week."
Golf team prepares for MSL-Ohio event
The boys golf team was 4-8 in the MSL-Ohio before playing in the league postseason tournament Sept. 17 at Darby Creek.
The Bobcats compete Tuesday, Sept. 24, in a Division III sectional at Darby Creek. The top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 2 at River Greens.
Last year in a sectional at Darby Creek, 2013 graduate Adam Cincione shot a 78 to advance to district at River Greens. Columbus Academy (305) and Wellington (307) qualified for district ahead of Grandview (357), which was third of 12 teams at sectional.
Also competing at sectional for the Bobcats were senior Ben McCullough (88), senior A.J. Pinyerd (94), 2013 graduate Kyle Modlich (97) and sophomore Jake Bush (104).
Boys soccer team wins first league game
The boys soccer team was 8-1 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Ohio after defeating West Jefferson 10-1 on Sept. 12.
Junior forward Ryan McHugh had three goals. Scoring once were senior midfielder Sam Claypool, senior forward Adam Hale, senior defender Pat McHugh, senior defender Alex York, junior midfielder Alex Haase, junior forward Colin Jourdan and junior defender Tristen Rose. Senior goalie Josh Keller had two saves.
Jourdan and Ryan McHugh each scored twice as Grandview defeated Ready 8-1 on Sept. 14. Claypool, junior defender Alec Gastesi, junior midfielder Spencer Hawk and Pat McHugh each had one goal and sophomore goalie Jannick Hiltrop had two saves.
Rees leads girls soccer team to win
The girls soccer team was 8-1-1 overall before playing Circleville on Sept. 17.
The Bobcats were 2-1 in the MSL-Ohio after defeating West Jefferson 2-0 on Sept. 12 on two goals from sophomore midfielder Haley Rees.
On Sept. 10, Grandview defeated Wellington 2-0, as sophomore midfielder Maria Murphy and freshman midfielder Maria Claypool scored and sophomore goalkeeper Izzy Esber had two saves.
Esber also had two saves in a scoreless tie with Whetstone on Sept. 14.
Volleyball team falls to Vikings
The girls volleyball team was 1-6 overall and 1-4 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Bexley on Sept. 17.
The Bobcats lost to Columbus Academy 25-20, 21-25, 25-14, 25-20 on Sept. 10 in league play.
"(Sophomore setter) Libby Jump, (junior libero) Emma Bulla and (junior outside hitter) Grace VanFossen played well against Academy's strong offense," coach Ed Hine said.
Evans, Lachey win at Licking Heights
The cross country teams dominated the Licking Heights Invitational on Sept. 14 as senior Luke Evans won the boys race in 16 minutes, 46 seconds and junior Ali Lachey won the girls race in 19:48.
The Bobcats won the four-team girls race with 28 points, finishing ahead of runner-up Fairfield Union (42). Grandview was second (77) in the nine-team boys race behind Fairfield Union (34).