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Swim teams second in MSL

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More than 24 hours after the MSL meet ended, the Grandview Heights High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams officially finished as runners-up in the league.

The event finished just after 1 p.m. Jan. 25, with the girls second behind host Columbus Academy and the boys third behind Academy and Bexley.

Just after 4 p.m. Jan. 26, coach Patti Hoch received the news.

"(The officials) used the wrong scoring system and the boys were pretty upset (thinking they had placed third) because they thought they had swam so well," said Hoch, whose boys team scored 268 points to end up second behind Academy (352) and ahead of third-place Bexley (218). "It was great to hear that (change) because the boys were kind of down because they had beaten Bexley twice already this season."

The girls finished second (271) behind Academy (365) and ahead of Bexley (174).

The boys 200-yard freestyle relay of Willy Kramer, Zak Graham, Tucker Rinehart and Matt Smith won in 1 minute, 35.43 seconds and the 400 free relay of Kramer, Graham, Josh Smith and Rinehart won in 3:40.14. The 200 medley relay of Christian Meyer, Justin Warnement, Glenn Cheney and Peter Bonn was second in 1:58.05.

"Our relays have really been doing well, especially the two freestyle relays," Hoch said. "You look at the times and they are only a few seconds off of Granville, which has the best in the district."

Rinehart won the 100 free (51.79) and was second in the 100 backstroke (1:00.05). Josh Smith won the 50 free (23.57) and was fourth in the 100 free (54.05). Matt Smith won diving with 200.3 points.

Kramer was second in the 50 free (24.57) and sixth in the 100 free (55.73). Bonn was third in the 200 free (2:05.29) and Warnement was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.11).

Cheney was fifth in the 100 back (1:06.93) and Ross Carter was sixth in the 500 free (6:32.56). Meyer was sixth in the 50 free (26.86).

The girls relays all finished second. The 200 medley relay of Mary MacLeod, Mimi Day, Calley Schmalz and Maddie Bills finished in 2:04.77 and the 200 free relay of Adrienne Bechtel, Bills, Ellie MacLeod and Halli Bair clocked 1:49.37.

The 400 free relay of Bechtel, Mary MacLeod, Ellie MacLeod and Bair finished in 4:08.08.

Bechtel was second in the 50 free (27.02) and third in the 100 free (1:01.15). Bair was third in the 50 free (27.22) and fourth in the 100 free (1:01.15). Claire Bills was fourth in the 200 free (2:20.03) and sixth in the 500 free (6:30.51).

Placing fifth were Nina Arnold (100 breast, 1:23.77), Mary MacLeod (100 back, 1:09.28; 200 individual medley, 2:41.89) and Schmalz (100 butterfly, 1:12.39). Cara Cincione was sixth in the 200 free (2:26.32) and Ellie MacLeod was sixth in the 50 free (27.6).

"We had overall good swims, so I'm really looking forward to (the Division II sectional Feb. 8 at Upper Arlington)," Hoch said. "We swim in the UA pool this weekend, so it will help get the kids used to the facility."

Boys basketball team endures lengthy layoff

The boys basketball team is 10-2 overall and 6-1 in the MSL-Ohio Division and will have had 13 days between games when it faces West Jefferson at home Friday, Jan. 31.

The Bobcats were to face Madison Plains on Jan. 21, but that game was postponed to Jan. 27 because of bad weather. It was postponed again Jan. 27 and moved to Feb. 6.

A home league game Jan. 25 with London also was postponed and rescheduled for Feb. 18.

The Bobcats have not played since a 66-38 win over Amanda-Clearcreek on Jan. 18.

"It's been a crazy season (with numerous postponements), but everyone's in the same boat," said coach Ray Corbett, whose team had won five consecutive games before the layoff.

The Bobcats won their first meeting with West Jefferson, 72-45 on Dec. 17. Hunter Schmalz had 15 points and Luke Miller scored 11.

Corbett said the Bobcats have to weather the layoff.

"We have changed things around some in practice, and to be honest, we have given (the players) some time off ... maybe more this year than in the past," he said. "You just want to try to keep them fresh."

Boys bowling team earns two league wins

The boys bowling team was 7-7 overall and 7-6 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-South before facing Pickerington Central on Jan. 28.

On Jan. 21, the Bobcats defeated Columbus West 1,834-1,652 led by Austin Lewis' 346 series. Max Pierson had a 332.

The Bobcats defeated Africentric 1,983-859 on Jan. 24. Jacob Bottorf led with a 392 series, Lewis had a 344 and Pierson had a 321.

Bottorf was medalist with team highs this season for series (417) and game (257) as Grandview defeated Columbus South 1,978-1,423 on Jan. 27.

The girls team was 6-6 overall and 6-5 in the COHSBC-South before facing Central.

The Bobcats defeated Africentric 1,436-1,180 as Sarah Kaltenecker led with a 302 series, Kate Lewis had a 294 and Hannah Jones rolled a 238.

Grandview lost to West 1,357-1,247 as Kate Lewis led with a 238 series.

Emma Berlin's 249 series led the Bobcats over South 1,406-1,369.

Wrestling team preps for MSL-Ohio tourney

The wrestling team competes Saturday, Feb. 1, in the MSL-Ohio tournament at Bexley.

Last season, the Bobcats competed in the MSL-Cardinal Duals and finished third (2-2) behind Liberty Union (4-0) and West Jefferson (3-1).

Grandview finished 10th (77.5) of 22 teams in the Sally George Invitational on Jan. 24 and 25 at Marion Pleasant behind champion Upper Sandusky (163).

Brendan Fitzgerald was champion at 120 pounds and A.J. Pinyerd was runner-up at heavyweight. Sam Callison (170) was fifth and Benton Bair (138) took sixth.

Girls basketball team moves to 2nd in league

The girls basketball team had won nine games in a row and was 13-4 overall and 7-3 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Academy on Jan. 29

The Bobcats were second in the league behind Worthington Christian (10-1) after defeating West Jefferson 42-34 on Jan. 24. The loss dropped the Roughriders to 6-3 in the league, tied with Bexley for third.

Grandview plays host to Worthington Christian on Saturday, Feb. 1, and Bexley on Monday, Feb. 3.

The Bobcats made seven of eight free-throw attempts late against West Jefferson to secure the win. Grace Palmer scored 12 points, Allison Voelker had nine and Dareth Douglass and Megan McCauley both added eight.

Grandview defeated Well-ington 42-21 on Jan. 21. Doug-lass scored 12 and McCauley added 10.

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