The league schedule finally has arrived for the Grandview Heights High School football team, which hopes the change will help snap a two-game losing streak.
The Bobcats dropped to 2-2 after losing to Ready 24-22 on Sept. 15. They open MSL-Ohio Division play Friday, Sept. 22, at home against Bexley.
Grandview is looking to even the most recent series against the Lions, who hold a 2-1 edge since the teams again became league rivals. The programs have a long tradition going back to when they were members of the Central Buckeye League and Buckeye Athletic Conference.
"This is a big game because the teams have played each other for so long," coach Jason Peters said.
"It goes back to the BAC and before that. They are two of the original suburbs in Columbus so it's a natural rivalry."
The series resumed in 2014 with Bexley winning 42-16. Before that, the teams last met in 1998 in a contest the Lions won 39-9.
"I used to live in Grandview and I would go down and watch (the Bobcats) play, and they always have a sound, disciplined team," first-year Bexley coach Nathan Castorena said. "They have a good defense with Mike Lanza as the defensive coordinator. I knew Mike from my days (as an assistant) at Gahanna, and he will have them ready."
The Lions lost their MSL-Ohio opener to Liberty Union 41-7 on Sept. 15. Sophomore Anthony Welsh was 7-for-10 passing for 91 yards and two interceptions, junior Isaiah McFadden had 53 yards rushing on nine carries and senior Tyler Mitchell had two receptions for 57 yards.
Bexley, the two-time defending MSL-Ohio champion, "is a bigger school (Division IV) and they can put a lot of kids on the field," said Peters, whose team is in Division VI. "They have a new head coach and they graduated a lot of seniors, so we'll know more as the week goes on and we break down the film more."
Against Ready, Grandview nearly rallied from a 24-6 deficit in the third quarter.
James Lachey rushed 22 times for 94 yards with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion run. He also caught four passes for 104 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown from Kyle Casey.
Luke Lachey had four catches for 99 yards and two interceptions at defensive back.
"It was just a good high school football game against a really good team. Ready is going to win a lot of games," Peters said. "We just didn't execute well enough to get it done."
Tennis team prepares
for MSL-Ohio tourney
The girls tennis team will compete in the MSL-Ohio tournament Saturday, Sept. 23, at Columbus Academy.
The Bobcats were 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the league before playing Academy on Sept. 19. They did not win a match Sept. 16 in the 14th annual Grandview Invitational, finishing behind Logan Elm (16 points), Whetstone (10) and Hamilton Township (9).
Participating for Grandview were Taylor Fultz, Liz McDermott and Martina Moncolova in singles and the doubles teams of Kate Kukura and Ava Rehbeck and Lauren Leach and Tatianna Strejewski.
"I think this is the strongest field we have had in a while," coach Kathy Kinnard said. "Logan Elm is always strong, Whetstone is very good and Hamilton Township is as good as I ever remember them being.
"We didn't score, but we had some bright spots and continue to get better. We were in eight of our 10 matches. We came (into the season) a little below average in experience, but the kids have raised their level of play."
Boys win inaugural
cross country event
The boys and girls cross country teams were the host squads for the inaugural Bobcat Invitational on Sept. 16 at Camp Bobcat, a farm near Chillicothe owned by Grant Douglass.
The boys won a two-team meet and the girls were third of four teams.
"We were thrilled by the way things turned out and we had a lot to be proud of," coach Chris Szabo said. "Everyone loved the course, which wasn't your typical cross country course. You run along a canal and go through some woods and never pass the same place twice. There was some good landscape and a couple of good hills. It was a lot of fun."
Liam Kerr won for the boys in 17 minutes, 5 seconds as the Bobcats (24) finished ahead of Westerville South (31). Chris Miller (third, 17:39) was next, followed by Derek Amicon (fourth, 17:54), Eli Hall (sixth, 18:35) and Andrew Bergmann (10th, 19:06).
The girls (86) finished behind Lancaster (22) and Chillicothe (68) and ahead of South (135).
Nina Amicon (10th, 22:28) led Grandview behind champion Elise Johnson (20:34) of Lancaster. Sarah Marrone (15th, 23:27) was next, followed by Emmalyn Kukura (16th, 23:32), Avani Kumar (18th, 24:16) and Amelia Sturbois (27th, 25:54).
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights cross country, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 23 -- Pickerington Central Tiger Invitational
Sept. 25 -- Division II sectional at Blacklick Woods. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 2 at Darby Creek.
Sept. 21 -- At Central Crossing
*Sept. 27 -- At Bexley
Sept. 23 -- At Westland
Sept. 25 -- Home vs. Columbus School for Girls
*Sept. 27 -- Home vs. Bexley
Sept. 23 -- MSL-Ohio tournament at Columbus Academy
Sept. 25 -- Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne
Sept. 26 -- At DeSales
Sept. 23 -- Home vs. Buckeye Valley
*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Worthington Christian. The Bobcats lost to the Warriors 25-11, 25-9, 25-10 on Aug. 31.