The Grandview Heights High School boys soccer team entered the week in position to win its 14th consecutive league title, and it also earned the second seed in the Division III district tournament.
The Bobcats defeated Columbus Academy 2-1 on Oct. 1 in an MSL-Ohio Division game when the Vikings were the state's top-ranked team in Division III.
"I think we needed a win like that and hopefully it opened our eyes," said coach Brian Neidenthal. "Most years we play tough early, but due to some injuries and a change in style of play, it took awhile for us to get on the same page. Now we're getting there and we have an idea of what we want to do."
Senior defender Alex York and junior midfielder Ike Dunaway both scored against Academy, and senior goalkeeper Josh Keller had six saves.
In the MSL-Ohio before Oct. 8, Academy was first at 5-1-1, with Grandview and Worthington Christian both 4-1 and Bexley at 3-0-1. London was 2-3, followed by Grove City Christian (1-4), West Jefferson (0-4-1) and Whitehall (0-5-1).
The Bobcats played Whitehall on Oct. 8 and play host to Bexley on Thursday, Oct. 10, to close league play. Victories in the final two games would guarantee Grandview at least a share of the title at 6-1, as Academy has concluded league play.
"Bexley is a team with a lot of skill and (the Lions) are good with their ball-handling and they are extremely organized defensively," said Neidenthal, whose team entered the week 12-2 overall. "We want to force them into mistakes, but that is tough with a good ball-handling team."
In the Division III district draw Oct. 6, Grandview was voted the second seed behind Academy and ahead of third-seeded Worthington Christian.
The Bobcats have a first-round bye and play at home Oct. 19 against 19th-seeded Grove City Christian or 20th-seeded Northside Christian.
On Oct. 3, junior forwards Colin Jourdan and Ryan McHugh both scored twice in a 4-0 league victory over London. Keller had two saves.
Football team earns second win
The football team is 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the MSL-Ohio entering its game Friday, Oct. 11, at home against Whitehall.
The Rams are 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the MSL-Ohio after losing to Academy 42-40 on Oct. 4. They feature a high-powered offense that is averaging 34.2 points.
Grandview picked up its second win when it defeated London 21-6 on Oct. 4. The Bobcats had 308 rushing yards led by junior running back Joe Pinney, who finished with 160 yards on 16 carries.
Sophomore running back Rhodes Jump had 83 yards on 11 carries with touchdowns of 44, 4 and 5 yards.
"It was a good win for us and we ran the ball well," coach Jason Peters said. "Hopefully, the kids have gained more confidence in what we are doing. Our goal is to go 1-0 each week and build from there."
Girls soccer team earns third seed
The girls soccer team is 11-1-3 overall and 3-1-1 in the MSL-Ohio entering its regular-season finale Thursday, Oct. 10, at Bexley.
The Bobcats are seeded third in the Division III district tournament behind top-seeded Worthington Christian and second-seeded Fairbanks.
Grandview opens the tournament at home against 12th-seeded Madison Plains on Monday, Oct. 14, in the first round. The Bobcats beat Madison Plains 8-1 on Sept. 5 in a league game.
The winner plays seventh-seeded Ready or 11th-seeded Madison Christian on Oct. 17 in the second round at the home of the higher seed.
Grandview tied Academy at 2 on Oct. 1 in a league game. Sophomore midfielder Haley Rees had two goals and sophomore goalie Izzy Esber had eight saves.
Junior midfielder Megan McCauley scored twice in a 7-0 league win over London on Oct. 3.
Kinnard falls short of district
Senior Kiley Kinnard of the girls tennis team lost a Division II district-qualifying match during a sectional tournament held Oct. 3 and 5 at Columbus School for Girls.
Kinnard defeated Village Academy's Erica Smith 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and Caledonia River Valley's Katie Longacre 6-0, 6-1 in the second before falling to CSG's Claire Weiler 6-3, 7-5 in a quarterfinal.
"Kiley played well (at sectional) but not as good as the weekend before (in the MSL-Ohio tournament)," said coach Kathy Kinnard, whose team finished 9-6 overall. "It was a good, tight match against a quality opponent. (Weiler) played doubles for (CSG) during the regular season and looked like she was better suited for singles."
Junior Emily Lolli won a play-in match against Linden-McKinley's Jamia Evans 6-0, 6-0 before defeating fourth-seeded Maddie Tjoelker of Worthington Christian 6-0, 6-2. She lost to Wellington's Nia Gill 6-1, 6-1 in the second round.
Senior Ellie MacLeod opened with a first-round loss to CSG's Alexandra Verzella 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
In first-round doubles play, seniors Sierra Dobbs-Brown and Cathleen Gleason lost to Eastmoor Academy's Darryl Daniels and Destiny Wooten 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 and seniors Brooke Berning and Hannah Jones lost to Worthington Christian's Grace Harper and Brooke Hockenberry 6-0, 6-0.
Grandview finished fourth (18 points, 2-3) in the MSL-Ohio behind Academy (44, 5-0), Bexley (31, 4-1) and Worthington Christian (27, 3-2) and ahead of London (11, 1-4) and Whitehall (0, 0-5).
Kiley Kinnard was first-team all-league at first singles and MacLeod was honorable mention all-league at second singles.
"Six of our top seven players and nine of our top 11 were seniors," coach Kinnard said. "We expect to return our third-singles player, Emily Lolli, who is a junior, and freshman Elinor Kibbey played some varsity. We have a big freshman class who could be good if they work at it in the offseason."
Volleyball team to face Africentric
The girls volleyball team was 6-11 overall and 4-8 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Bexley on Oct. 8.
The Bobcats are seeded 18th in the Division III district tournament and play at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 16th-seeded Africentric in the first round. The winner plays Oct. 19 at second-seeded Fairbanks.
Grandview won its fourth league match by defeating Academy 25-19, 25-22, 25-20 on Oct. 3.
"Our team defense was the key led by junior libero Emma Bulla, senior outside hitter Grace VanFossen and freshman middle blocker Dareth Douglass," coach Ed Hine said. "Our setters, junior Morgan Taylor and sophomore Libby Jump, controlled the offense and helped to confuse Academy."