Winning a district championship meant a lot to Brian Schoch, but the Grandview Heights High School track and field coach was more concerned with this week.
The boys team scored 186 points to outdistance runner-up Mount Gilead (171) in the 13-team Division III, district 2 meet that concluded May 20 at Watkins Memorial.
The girls team also fared well in district 2, finishing second (94) of 15 teams behind Mount Gilead (108).
However, Schoch knows the regional meet is more gratifying. It's the measuring stick for the season.
"Everything is on the line at regional," Schoch said. "Every kid who runs or competes in field events in the state of Ohio wants to get to state, and you have to do well at regional to get to state. It's what we work toward all year."
The regional began May 24 and concludes Friday, May 26, at Fairfield Union. The top four finishers in each event advance to the state meet June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
At district, where the top four in each event qualified for regional, the boys won seven events and the girls won two.
The boys won four field events to build a lead heading into the running finals. Jordan Beight won the long jump in a program-record 22 feet, 5 1/4 inches, and Jordan Butler won the high jump (5-10). James Lachey finished first in the shot put (45-8 3/4), and Iain McCormick won the pole vault (12-4).
"On the boys side, it was a case of everyone doing their part," Schoch said. "We had some big performances from several different kids and everyone was on board."
Beight won the 110-meter hurdles (15.04 seconds) and 300 hurdles (40.55), and Butler was runner-up in the 110 hurdles (15.94) and 300 hurdles (41.73).
Beight also was runner-up in the 100 (11.35).
"Jordan Beight and Jordan Butler were 1-2 in both hurdles (events), which is a big help," Schoch said. "You can roll up a lot of points in a hurry doing things like that."
The Bobcats also took the top two places in the 3,200. Liam Kerr was first in 10:18.85 and Chris Miller was runner-up in 10:28.84.
Butler was on the second-place 1,600 relay (3:35.3) with Luke Lachey, Eli Evans and Jack Kessler, and the 3,200 relay of Evans, Eli Hall, Kerr and Miller also was second (8:32.34).
Luke Lachey was second in the 400 (51.37) and fourth in the long jump (19-7), and Miller was runner-up in the 1,600 (4:36.01). The 800 relay of Evans, Luke Lachey, Harrison Morosky and McCormick was third (1:35.01).
Evans was third in the 800 (2:03.26), and Ben Murphy was third in the pole vault (11-0). Hall was fourth in the 800 (2:09.32) and 1,600 (4:41.22), and Luke Wallace was fourth in the high jump (5-6).
For the girls, the 800 relay of Whitney Schaefer, Maddy Morosky, Dareth Douglass and Molly Smith won in 1:48.16, and Smith won the 800 in 2:21.89.
Smith also joined Morosky, Schaefer and Liza DeVere on the second-place 1,600 relay (4:10.5) and teamed with Nina Amicon, DeVere and Taylor Wilson on the runner-up 3,200 relay (10:08.69).
"This is the last time around for the seniors and we have been pushing each other," Smith said. "We haven't just been pushing ourselves but the younger kids on the team as well."
Douglass was runner-up in the discus (117-7) and shot put (35-8), and Schaefer was runner-up in the 300 hurdles (48.23). Amicon was third in the 800 (2:27.81), Emma Hall was fourth in the 1,600 (5:44.43) and Morosky was fourth in the 400 (1:02.75).
"We had a lot of (personal records) and great performances (at district)," Schoch said. "We had a lot of kids getting out to regional, which was exciting."
Boys tennis team
matures during season
The boys tennis team finished 4-11 overall with a roster of inexperienced players.
Sophomores Brett Holcomb and Sam Speaks were the only returning letterwinners.
"We had a very young team not only in terms of (grade level) but in tennis background," first-year coach Kathy Kinnard said. "Most of our players were no better than advanced beginners in terms of skill and experience. We definitely got better playing a difficult schedule. We definitely improved."
In the MSL-Ohio Division, the Bobcats (2-4) tied West Jefferson (3-3) for fourth with 14 points, behind Columbus Academy (46 points, 6-0), Bexley (43, 5-1) and Worthington Christian (30, 4-2) and ahead of Whitehall (7, 1-5) and London (2, 0-6).
In a Division II sectional May 11 at Academy, Holcomb and freshman Calvin Horning both went 1-1 in singles and Speaks was 0-1. In doubles, sophomores Nate Pommering and Patrick Rowland went 1-1 and seniors Caleb Akers and Ben Hecker were 0-1.
Freshmen Bryan Gilleland and Aidan Papandria rounded out the roster.
"We had two seniors and both were first-year varsity players, so we'll have a lot of experience back and we had a good time," Kinnard said. "They have the desire to get better because they like to play the game."
Softball team earns
another postseason win
The softball team won a game in the Division III district tournament for the second consecutive season.
The 19th-seeded Bobcats finished 6-16 overall, losing at second-seeded Cardington 10-0 in five innings May 11 in the second round. They defeated 18th-seeded Madison Plains 14-5 on May 9 in the first round.
Last season, Grandview defeated Utica 7-5 in the opening round before losing to Cardington 17-2 in five innings.
The Bobcats finished sixth (1-9) in the MSL-Ohio behind co-champions West Jefferson and Worthington Christian (8-2), Bexley (7-3), London (3-7) and Whitehall (3-7).
Grandview had a five-player senior class led by Kynsie Burton-Smiles (second-team all-league), Bailey Smith (honorable mention all-league) and Chloe Wernet (honorable mention all-league).
Expected to return are juniors Jayla Coplan (3B/P), Kayleigh Grindley (OF), Carolyn LaPrete (C; second-team all-league) and Megan Roberts (P/OF), sophomores Makenzie Bush (OF; honorable mention all-league) and Chrissy Harker-Knight (P) and freshman Claire Bower (P; honorable mention all-league).
Grandview was led by first-year coach Tori Lynch.