The Grove City High School boys golf team is building momentum for postseason play.
The Greyhounds closed OCC-Ohio Division action by competing in the fourth round of the league tourna- ment Sept. 13 at Turnberry. They were second (11-4) behind Gahanna (12-3) and ahead of Pickerington North (10-5).
Grove City will compete in a Division I sectional tournament Oct. 3 at Clover Valley, Darby Creek or Turnberry. The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance from each sectional to district Oct. 10 at Apple Valley.
"A couple of weeks ago we just did not play good golf," coach Eric Joreski said. "I'm really proud of the way they have bounced back for such a young group. The season could have gone one of two ways after that week and they bounced back and they've been playing great golf ever since."
In the 12-team Grove City Invitational on Sept. 9 at Hickory Hills, the Greyhounds finished third (331) behind Hilliard Davidson (329) and Gahanna (330).
Nick Erwin led Grove City with a 76, finishing third overall behind Central Crossing's Caleb Davern (68) and Vincent Warren's Nick Ward (74). Ian Johnston carded an 84, followed by Nathan Eberle (85), Jeremiah Bane (86) and Kevin McKernan (96).
Erwin averaged 76.67 through the first three rounds of OCC-Ohio play, followed by Johnston at 79.33.
"I'm really happy overall where we're at right now, but at the same time, we can't rest on what we've accomplished," Joreski said. "We have to keep pushing forward. This group has shown what their ability is and what they can accomplish. We have to keep pressing and keep trying to get better and be ready to go for sectional."
Girls tennis team
closes league play
The girls tennis team is having a good season, as it was 10-3 overall before playing Hilliard Darby on Sept. 13.
Grove City defeated Watkins Memorial 3-2 on Sept. 11.
The Greyhounds finished 2-3 in the OCC-Ohio.
"We have played well against some very good teams," coach Dan Witteman said. "Despite three league losses, we are showing some good improvement."
Grove City closed league play with a 4-1 loss to Pickerington North on Sept. 7. Hayley Singleton won 6-1, 7-5 at third singles.
The Greyhounds also lost to Olentangy Orange 4-1 on Sept. 6. Hannah Singleton and Becca Bane won 7-6, 6-1 at second doubles.
Girls volleyball team
Girls volleyball coach Alan Pham has been pleased with his team's play, as the Greyhounds were 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Gahanna on Sept. 12.
"The season has been OK with expected ups and downs with a young group," he said. "Despite the roller coaster, the team continues to impress me with their ability to really stick together regardless of the situations. They're showing they really enjoy playing with and for each other. That makes coaching this group so enjoyable."
In league play, Grove City defeated Lancaster 10-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 on Sept. 5 and lost to Reynoldsburg 25-23, 25-17, 27-25 on Sept. 7.
"We still have a long way to go because the ceiling is so high for this group," Pham said. "I just want them to continue to learn and improve, but most importantly, enjoy the journey we're on together."
Below are the coming schedules for the Grove City boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 19 -- Hilliard Bradley and Hilliard Davidson at Heritage
Sept. 14 -- Bloom-Carroll at Oakhurst
Sept. 14 -- At Delaware
*Sept. 19 -- At Reynoldsburg
*Sept. 19 -- Home vs. Reynoldsburg
Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne
Sept. 18 -- Home vs. Whetstone
*Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Pickerington Central
Sept. 16 -- Worthington Kilbourne Invitational
*Sept. 19 -- At Pickerington North