Matt York had a peculiar start to his senior season with the Grandview Heights High School boys golf team.
The right-hander was warming up on the driving range Aug. 4 at Oakhurst before the Grandview Invitational when the head came off of his driver. York was forced to play with a 3-wood and 5-wood as substitutes, but the season would have a good start for the Bobcats.
York was runner-up with an 83 and junior teammate Aaron Cincione was medalist with a 77 as the Bobcats won the four-team tournament with a 365. It's the kind of outcome they expect to replicate as the season progresses.
"We expect a lot this year," said York, whose team finished ahead of London (384), Haviland Wayne Trace (387) and Washington Court House (414). "This is a good warmup for what's ahead. We have four good golfers and we look to keep improving."
York and Cincione were joined in the opening lineup by senior Cameron Richards (102) and sophomore Luke Berlin (103).
"I think it was a good start to the season and we can use this as a building block to get better from here," Cincione said. "Hopefully we can continue to improve in order to do well in the postseason."
Last fall, the Bobcats made their second consecutive trip to the Division III district tournament and finished second (347) at Apple Valley behind state-qualifier Newark Catholic (334).
York led the Bobcats with an 80. Danville's Brayden Baldridge (71) was medalist and the lone individual qualifier.
Cincione (82), 2017 graduate Luke McCollough (88) and Richards (98) also competed along with sophomore Zach Redifer (97), who has moved to Arkansas.
"We expect low scores from our three returning golfers because they play a lot of golf in the offseason," 10th-year coach Kevin Richards said. "Now we're looking for a fourth and fifth player to step forward for us to fill out the lineup."
Also on the roster are juniors Isaac Smith and Gavin Van Horn.
Grandview finished fourth (6-9) in the MSL-Ohio Division last season behind champion Columbus Academy (14-1).
The Bobcats finished fourth (354) in the league preseason tournament Aug. 8 at Cumberland Trail behind Academy (297), Bexley (300) and Worthington Christian (308) and ahead of London (363). York (79) led Grandview, followed by Cincione (82), Cameron Richards (94) and Berlin (99).
"We're in a really tough league with Academy, Bexley and Worthington Christian, so winning (the season opener) is big," coach Richards said. "It allows our golfers to start off with a win and feel good about themselves going into the season."
Girls golf team
The second-year girls golf team returns all five players from its inaugural season.
That gives second-year coach Ray Corbett a sense of optimism.
"I think we have the potential to be a decent team this year," Corbett said. "The girls know what to expect and we'll see how important experience is. We have had some of the girls work pretty hard on their games and we're optimistic we can have a pretty solid year."
Leading the Bobcats is sophomore Jenna Richards, who shot 107 in the Division II district tournament last season at Darby Creek.
Also back are seniors Sophia Koester and Carolyn LaPrete and sophomores Maura DiCuccio and Emma Larsen.
"I do think knowing the girls and their games a little bit better can help us improve their games even more," Corbett said. "We can attack their weaknesses and we can work on some things and maybe see some improvement.
"We have some girls that hit the ball well off the tee, but when they have a chance to score around the green, our weaknesses are exposed. If we can get one or two putts, that would be good and we could score well. It's a game about scoring and we have the potential to do that."
The Bobcats did not meet the deadline to compete in the MSL last fall. This season, the league has been split into two divisions.
Grandview is in the MSL-Ohio with Bexley, London, Wellington and Worthington Christian. The MSL-Buckeye is comprised of Bloom-Carroll, Circleville, Liberty Union, Logan Elm and Teays Valley.
The MSL-Ohio championship will be determined from the two league tournaments as well as eight league duals.
The Bobcats participated in the league's preseason tournament Aug. 8 at Airport, but did not have the four golfers necessary for a team score. Koester (79) was runner-up to Worthington Christian's Ronna So (78), and LaPrete (103) and DiCuccio (110) also played.
Girls tennis team
looks to fill lineup
Coach Kathy Kinnard will be looking for the right court combinations in her fifth season leading the girls tennis program.
No returnees have varsity experience after the Bobcats lost 11 players to graduation. Those seniors filled all seven varsity slots last fall.
"We don't have any seniors and we have 18 kids with 10 of them having junior varsity experience and the rest are new to our program," said Kinnard, whose team opens Thursday, Aug. 17, with an MSL-Ohio match at Worthington Christian. "When the first match rolls around, we'll have things figured out a little more."
The Bobcats have five juniors in Emmy Davis, Nya Feinstein, Shea McHugh, Martina Moncolova and Tatianna Strejewski. They have six sophomores in Taylor Beight, Taylor Fultz, Lauren Leach, Liz McDermott, Ava Rehbeck and Kayla Ward.
Rounding out the roster are freshmen Caroline Kahle, Ellie Kahle, Kate Kukura, Audra Naille, Cate Stanley, Marit Swanson and Cora Wilson.
"We have split up the courts in terms of experience and one surprise has been freshman Kate Kukura, who you can tell has played some tennis," Kinnard said. "She knows how to hit the ball, but I don't think she has had much competitive experience."
The Bobcats went 9-9 overall last season and finished fourth (16 points, 2-3) in the MSL-Ohio behind champion Academy (43, 5-0).
"We'll truly be young and inexperienced. It will be a learning season," Kinnard said. "We always have a lot of learning during the season, but it's much more the case this year. We're going to have intermediate and advanced beginners playing varsity for us."
Aug. 4 -- Grandview Invitational at Oakhurst
Aug. 7 -- Columbus Academy Shootout at Columbus Country Club
Aug. 8 -- MSL-Ohio preseason tournament at Cumberland Trail
Aug. 9 -- Port Clinton Classic at Catawba Island
Aug. 10 -- West Jefferson at Hickory Hills
Aug. 14 -- Licking Valley Invitational at The Virtues
Aug. 26 -- MSL-Ohio midseason tournament at Turnberry
Aug. 31 -- Grove City Christian at Hickory Hills
Sept. 2 -- Bexley Invitational at Westchester
Sept. 6 -- Fairbanks at Darby Creek
Sept. 12 -- Columbus Academy at Blacklick Woods
Sept. 14 -- Grove City Christian at Oakhurst
Sept. 18 -- MSL-Ohio postseason tournament at Westchester
Aug. 8 -- MSL-Ohio preseason tournament at Airport
Aug. 9 -- Madison Plains at Locust Hills
Aug. 10 -- Licking Heights at Champions
Aug. 14 -- Liberty Union at Airport
Aug. 15 -- Liberty Union at Pleasant Valley
*Aug. 17 -- Worthington Christian at Champions
*Aug. 21 -- Bexley at Blacklick Woods
*Aug. 24 -- London at Airport
Aug. 28 -- Ready at Airport
*Aug. 29 -- Wellington at Raymond Memorial
Aug. 30 -- Madison Plains at Mentel Memorial
*Aug. 31 -- Worthington Christian at Airport
*Sept. 5 -- Bexley at Airport
*Sept. 7 -- London at TBA
Sept. 12 -- Ready at National Road
Sept. 13 -- Licking Heights at High Lands
*Sept. 14 -- Wellington at Airport
Sept. 16 -- MSL-Ohio postseason tournament at Airport
*Aug. 17 -- at Worthington Christian
Aug. 22 -- at Hamilton Township
Aug. 23 -- Hartley at Ohio Dominican
*Aug. 24 -- vs. Whitehall
Aug. 29 -- at Eastmoor Academy
*Aug. 31 -- at London
Sept. 5 -- at Wellington
Sept. 7 -- vs. Ready
Sept. 11 -- at Central Crossing
*Sept. 12 -- at Bexley
Sept. 16 -- Grandview Invitational
*Sept. 19 -- at Columbus Academy
Sept. 21 -- Whetstone at Park of Roses
Sept. 23 -- MSL-Ohio tournament at Columbus Academy
Sept. 25 -- vs. Worthington Kilbourne
Sept. 26 -- at DeSales
Sept. 28 -- at Grove City
Oct. 2 -- at Canal Winchester
Oct. 3 -- at Westland
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights boys soccer and girls soccer teams:
Aug. 18 -- Home vs. Troy Christian
Aug. 19 -- Home vs. Beechcroft
Aug. 18 -- At Chillicothe Zane Trace