Luke Evans took advantage of perfect conditions before everything turned sloppy at the district cross country meets.
In the second of 10 races Oct. 19 at Watkins Memorial, Evans won the Division III boys title in 16 minutes, 0.11 of a second, breaking his own Grandview Heights High School record before rain turned the course into a muddy mess.
The senior qualified for regional Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pickerington North along with junior teammate Eli Reed (fifth, 16:47.48). The Bobcats came up short of moving on as a team, finishing seventh (189 points) as the top four teams and top 16 individuals advanced.
The girls team finished fourth (92) to advance to regional, where the top four teams and top 16 individuals in both the boys and girls races advance to state Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway.
"I couldn't have run much better," Evans said. "Watkins (Memorial) is probably my favorite course. When we ran it was just cool and it hadn't rained yet, so (the course) was fast."
Fredericktown (67), Mount Gilead (116), Fairfield Christian (135) and Columbus Academy (139) were the district-qualifying boys teams.
"Luke had a great time and he keeps ramping it up every week," coach Brian Schoch said. "Eli also ran a personal-best time. There were a ton of good (boys) teams there and it's great for (Reed) to be fifth in a race of that caliber."
Junior Peter Mathes (41st, 18:10.13) was next for the Bobcats boys, followed by freshman Zach Martin (71st, 18:57.71), junior Owen McCormick (75th, 19:02.35), freshman Ben Rehbeck (83rd, 19:23.31) and junior Josh Clark (86th, 19:35.63).
The girls team advanced along with Columbus School for Girls (50), Mount Gilead (69) and Academy (82). Junior Ali Lachey led the Bobcats, placing third (19:07.09) behind Academy's Julia Rizk (18:38.84) and Newark Catholic's Mary Richardson (18:50.81).
Junior Madison Osborne (17th, 20:18.87) was next for Grandview, followed by senior Halli Bair (26th, 20:54.9), junior Emma Hecker (27th, 20:55.14), sophomore Emma Wheeler (35th, 21:31.55), freshman Emma Berlin (43rd, 21:51.27) and junior Emma Mihocik (58th, 22:35.55).
"The girls really ran well," Schoch said. "We had a really strong (field at) district and I'm really pleased with the way we ran."
Last year at regional, the boys and girls teams both finished fourth to secure the final qualifying spots for state.
Boys soccer team makes district semifinal
The second-seeded boys soccer team was 14-3 before playing 11th-seeded Madison Christian in a Division III district semifinal Oct. 23.
The winner advanced to a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Canal Winchester against third-seeded Worthington Christian or 12th-seeded Granville Christian. The Bobcats lost to Worthington Christian 2-0 on Aug. 29, but did not play Granville Christian this season.
The district champion advances to a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Dublin Jerome against Columbus Academy, Columbus International, Gahanna Christian or Wellington.
The Bobcats defeated Academy 2-0 on Oct. 1 and beat Gahanna Christian 5-1 on Aug. 17. They have not played International or Wellington.
The regional final is Nov. 2 at Zanesville.
The Bobcats had a first-round bye and defeated 19th-seeded Grove City Christian 5-0 on Oct. 19 in the second round for the team's eighth shutout.
Grandview had given up one goal or fewer 15 times in its first 17 games and had surrendered only 12 total goals.
Senior midfielder Sam Claypool scored twice against Grove City Christian, while junior midfielder Ike Dunaway, junior forward Colin Jourdan and junior forward Ryan McHugh all scored once. Sophomore goalkeeper Jannick Hiltrop had three saves.
Girls soccer team upset in second round
The girls soccer team finished 13-2-3 overall after losing to seventh-seeded Ready 2-0 on Oct. 17 in the second round of the Division III district tournament.
Sophomore goalie Izzy Esber had four saves for the third-seeded Bobcats, who had defeated 12th-seeded Madison Plains 10-0 on Oct. 14 in the first round.
Grandview finished second (4-1-1) in the MSL-Ohio Division behind Worthington Christian (6-0) and ahead of Bexley (4-2), Academy (3-2-1), West Jefferson (2-4), London (1-5) and Madison Plains (0-6).
Senior defender Laura Satterthwaite and junior defender Grace Palmer were first-team all-league, and sophomore forward Kira Thomas (8 goals, 6 assists) and Esber (5 goals in 18 games, 14 shutouts) were on the second team. Junior midfielder Megan McCauley (4 goals, 9 assists) and sophomore midfielder Haley Rees (4 goals, 2 assists) were honorable mention.
Freshman midfielder Maria Claypool (10 goals, 1 assist) and junior midfielder Emily Burns (8 goals, 2 assists) were other top scorers.
Grandview had three seniors in Satterthwaite and defenders Tenley Aufdencamp and Gabby Romero-Rose.
"Laura was a four-year starter and did a lot for us defensively," said coach Mike Merna, who completed his 10th season. "Gabby and Tenley helped provide great leadership as part of a small senior class."
Also expected to return are juniors Maria Albon (forward), Lily Amurgis (defender), Morgan Ettrich (forward), Katie Flanagan (midfielder), Alexia Lower (defender) and Jessica Umbarger (forward), sophomores Maria Murphy (midfielder) and Eryn Wolfe (goalie) and freshmen Paige Crabill (defender), Amelia Hatem (forward), Riley Henningsen (defender), Molly Smith (midfielder) and Lizzy Van Deusen (defender).
"There will be a lot of talent coming back next year, not only from our returning varsity players, but also there will be j.v. players challenging for spots," Merna said. "We will have some incoming freshmen that will be good players. It will be a very interesting preseason for us next year."
Football team to face Madison Plains
The football team fell to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the MSL-Ohio after losing to West Jefferson 50-0 on Oct. 18.
The Bobcats have another league game Friday, Oct. 25, at Madison Plains, which dropped to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the MSL-Ohio after losing to Academy 35-20 on Oct. 11.
The teams have met six times, with Grandview holding a 4-2 edge. The last meeting was in 2006, with Madison Plains winning 36-11.
The Bobcats won the first meeting 33-20 in 2001, as well as 13-6 in 2002, 30-7 in 2004 and 35-0 in 2005. The Golden Eagles also won 23-0 in 2003.
Against West Jefferson, senior quarterback Nick Schopis was 9-for-25 passing for 74 yards. Sophomore running back Rhodes Jump had three receptions for 22 yards, sophomore wide receiver Micah Miller had two catches for 20 yards and freshman running back Jordan Beight ran for 22 yards on three carries.
Girls volleyball team falls in second round
The girls volleyball team finished 7-14, losing to second-seeded Fairbanks 25-10, 25-12, 25-10 on Oct. 19 in the second round of the Division III district tournament.
The 18th-seeded Bobcats had won their opening-round match against 16th-seeded Africentric 25-10, 25-19, 25-8 on Oct. 16.
"We had strong serving (against Africentric), particularly from libero Emma Bulla, setters Morgan Taylor and Libby Jump and defensive specialist Julia Muccio," coach Ed Hine said.