Looking for a non-league challenge, the Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team added a perennial standout Division II program to spice up the Bobcat Holiday Classic.

Looking for a non-league challenge, the Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team added a perennial standout Division II program to spice up the Bobcat Holiday Classic.

East District power Dover will join the host Bobcats, Heath and Wellington in the event Friday, Dec. 27, and Saturday, Dec. 28.

"We tried to mix up our non-league schedule a bit and try to bring in solid opponents," said coach Ray Corbett, whose team is 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the MSL-Ohio Division. "Dover has been one of the top Division II programs in (eastern Ohio) for a while and Heath and Wellington have been competitive."

The Bobcats play Wellington in the opening round Friday, Dec. 27, and play Dover or Heath the next day.

Wellington was 2-6 after losing to Dayton Miami Valley 61-50 on Dec. 21. Dover was 5-0 before playing Akron North on Dec. 23. Heath was 2-5 after losing to Loudonville 51-45 on Dec. 21.

"We look to see how our players handle the challenge of playing on back-to-back nights," Corbett said. "Plus, you're playing for something. You're playing for a trophy, and that's a little different mindset."

Last season, Grandview won the Bobcat Holiday Classic for the first time since the 2008-09 season. It defeated Horizon Science 67-30 in the first round and Wellington 61-40 in the championship.

The Bobcats picked up an MSL-Ohio win by defeating visiting West Jefferson 72-45 on Dec. 17. Hunter Schmalz led a balanced attack with 15 points and three 3-pointers. Luke Miller scored 11 points and Ben McCullough had nine points, all on three 3s. Nick Eaton had eight points and both Marky Moore and Tim Murphy had seven points.

"I think we played a little better than we did against London (62-59 league loss Dec. 13), but you have to give London credit for that," Corbett said. "I thought we were pretty active (against West Jefferson) and rebounded the ball well. I thought we kept (the Roughriders) to one shot for prolonged periods of time."

Schmalz scored 18 points to lead the Bobcats past Columbus Academy 75-39 on Dec. 21 in a league game. Miller and Ike Dunaway both had 11 points and Eaton added seven.

Girls basketball teamheads to Queen City

The girls basketball team was 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the MSL-Ohio after losing to Worthington Christian 30-25 on Dec. 20.

Grace Palmer scored nine points against the Warriors, and Dareth Douglass and Ali Lachey both scored six.

The Bobcats head south to play Friday, Dec. 27, and Saturday, Dec. 28, in the Cincinnati Summit Country Day Tournament. They open against the host team before playing Carlynton (Pa.) a day later.

"Summit Country Day is a good program and (the Silver Knights) usually get the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in their (Division III) district (tournament)," coach Michelle Chavanne said. "They press and play up-tempo ball, and that will give us a good look at where we're at."

Summit Country Day was 4-3 after defeating Cincinnati Purcell Marian 61-36 on Dec. 19. Carlynton was 6-0 before playing Monongahela (Pa.) Ringgold on Dec. 23.

"We see the same teams a lot and this gives us a chance to go up against teams that don't know us," Chavanne said. "This gives us a chance to not only see how our kids measure up, but also it can show us what we need to work on going forward."

Last season, Grandview split its games in the holiday tournament. The Bobcats lost to Summit Country Day 49-24 before defeating East Dayton Christian 44-12.

Through six games, Douglass and Megan McCauley both were averaging 7.8 points to lead the Bobcats in scoring. Palmer was next at 5.8 points per game, followed by Morgan Taylor (5.0 ppg) and Emma Bulla (4.3 ppg).

Swimmers preparefor Yule at the Pool

The boys and girls swimming and diving teams will play host to the Yule at the Pool meet Saturday, Dec. 28, at Columbus Aquatics Center.

Scheduled to join the Bobcats are Caledonia River Valley, Canal Winchester, Circleville, DeSales, Grove City, Madison Plains, Pickerington Central, Pickerington North, Ready, Springboro, St. Charles, Tipp City Tippecanoe, Village Academy, Watterson and Wellington.

"The Yule at the Pool is ... usually a really fast meet (performance-wise), so I am excited to test some swimmers and see how they shake out," coach Patti Hoch said. "The meet is also the second biggest fundraiser for our team and it's important for supporting our high school and middle school programs."

Last year, the boys finished third (192) of 13 teams behind St. Charles (234) and Grove City (213) and the girls were sixth (125) of 14 teams as Columbus School for Girls (331) won.

The Bobcats competed Dec. 20 against DeSales. The boys team won 103-44 and the girls won 90-72.

Wrestlers prep forhome invitational

The wrestling team will play host Jan. 4 to the Grandview Bobcat Invitational.

Joining the Bobcats will be Briggs, Centennial, Columbus Academy, Delaware, Lakewood, Marion-Franklin, Linden-McKinley, Morral Ridgedale, Williamsport Westfall and Zanesville West Muskingum.

Last season, the Bobcats finished fourth (177.5 points) behind Buckeye Valley (271.5), Logan Elm (250.5) and Fairfield Union (241.5) and ahead of Marion-Franklin (155.5), Groveport (141), West Muskingum (129), Columbus East (84), Northland (76.5), Africentric (63.5), Watterson (61) and Bexley (31).

On Dec. 18, the Bobcats lost a pair of duals to host Bexley (48-28) and Centennial (54-24). Senior heavyweight A.J. Pinyerd led the way with a pair of pins, while sophomore Benton Bair (145), senior Sam Callison (182) and sophomore Brendan Fitzgerald (126) all had one pin.

Bowling teamson holiday break

The boys and girls bowling teams are off until Jan. 8 when they compete against Teays Valley at Columbus Western Bowl.

The boys are 1-5 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-South Division, and the girls are 1-3 overall and in the COHSBC-South.

On Dec. 17, the boys lost to Marion-Franklin 1,829-1,790 as Max Pierson was medalist with a 371 series. The Red Devils do not have a girls team.

The girls lost to Reynoldsburg 1,653-1,331 on Dec. 20 as Josie Pommering had the team-high series (278) and game (141). Pierson had the team-high series (348) and game (180) as the boys lost to the Raiders 1,810-1,731.