Coach Brian Schoch will be looking to put the pieces together in his second season leading the Grandview Heights High School boys and girls track and field teams.
The boys have to replace 2017 graduates Jordan Beight and Jordan Butler, who combined to score the bulk of the Bobcats' points.
Last season in the Division III state meet, Beight led Grandview to a tie for fourth (21 points) behind champion East Canton (49). Beight, who now competes at Cornell, was runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles (38.36 seconds) and long jump (21 feet, 2 1/2 inches), fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.12) and 12th in the 100 (11.23). Butler was 15th in the 110 hurdles (15.96).
Schoch said it's time to turn the page and focus on the current group of athletes.
"We're seeing a lot of good things in practice, but it's a matter of getting in meets and getting some real times," said Schoch, whose team opened April 4 against Columbus Academy and Worthington Christian. "The guys are young and the girls don't have big (roster) numbers but many of them compete in multiple events, which can help our depth.
"I have enjoyed watching the kids on a daily basis and seeing what they can do. We have a lot of new kids, and we're still figuring out who goes where. That's the challenge of coaching, but it's also the fun part."
The boys return seniors Eli Evans, Eli Hall and Liam Kerr and sophomore Chris Miller. They ran on the 3,200 relay that finished ninth at state in 8:13.67.
"We definitely lost a lot of good athletes from last year with (Beight and Butler) being most of our sprint team," said Evans, who helped the boys win regional, district and MSL-Ohio Division titles. "The distance runners will have to be holding strong to lead the way. We have a lot of new sprinters, and I'm hoping they will do well."
Hall said it's important for the seniors -- five boys and three girls -- to take the reins and lead the underclassmen.
"As seniors we need to lead by example and show the younger kids how to work hard," Hall said. "Hopefully that will help us shape the team to be better."
The Bobcats also lost junior sprinter Harrison Morosky and his sophomore sister, Maddy Morosky, when they transferred to Wellington. Senior thrower James Lachey and his sophomore brother, sprinter and jumper Luke Lachey, did not return to the team. Also, sophomore pole vaulter Ian McCormick is out for the season with a knee injury.
Schoch said senior Ben Murphy is back in the pole vault. He believes sophomore Luke Wallace (high jump) and freshman Matthew Taylor (throwing events) will be among the boys team's top performers.
"We have a good distance corps, but that doesn't mean we're not going to be strong in other areas," Schoch said. "We have some ability across the board and they have continued to improve."
Whitney Schaefer is the lone state returnee for the girls team. The junior was 16th in the 300 hurdles (50.16) and joined Maddy Morosky and 2017 graduates Dareth Douglass and Molly Smith on the 10th-place 800 relay (1:48.89). Douglass placed seventh in the discus (125-8).
"We have Whitney back and some good distance runners," Schoch said. "(Sophomore) Liza DeVere is back and does a lot for us in the field events and in relays."
DeVere was runner-up in both the high jump (5-0) and pole vault (6-6) in the MSL-Ohio meet as the girls won their ninth league title in 10 seasons.
The distance corps will be led by senior Nina Amicon and sophomores Emma Hall and Emmalyn Kukura.
The girls also expect contributions from newcomers such as senior Kacey Murphy, junior Makenzie Bush and freshman Hannah Yochem.
"We have some new jumpers, but I think we have some good kids who might do well there," Schoch said. "We're young in the throws, and we're looking for kids to fill that area as well."
Boys tennis team has limited roster
Second-year coach Kathy Kinnard still has a young boys tennis team, but last season's experience should help the Bobcats' returning sophomores and juniors as they look to improve on a 4-11 record.
"We don't have a lot of players, but the ones that are here want to be here," Kinnard said. "They are all a little better than they were last year, but we're still short on numbers."
The Bobcats have just seven players, the minimum needed to fill all courts.
"If someone is sick or absent we won't be able to field a whole team, but it is what it is," Kinnard said.
Senior Matt York returns after taking last season off to concentrate on golf. He played second doubles as a sophomore and is now at first singles.
First singles was filled last season by junior Sam Speaks, who did not return to the team.
Junior Brett Holcomb and sophomore Calvin Horning will play second and third singles, but Kinnard hasn't decided who will play which court.
Junior Patrick Rowland and sophomore Bryan Gilleland will play first doubles, and sophomores Aidan Papandria and Leighton Williams will be at second doubles.
"We are pretty inexperienced in doubles, but they will get better," said Kinnard, whose team opened April 3 in an MSL-Ohio match against Worthington Christian.
The MSL-Ohio will not have a league tournament this season, so the champion will be determined by dual matches. Last season, Grandview was fifth (14 points, 2-4) behind champion Academy (46, 6-0).
*April 3 – vs. Worthington Christian
April 4 – at Jonathan Alder
*April 5 – at Whitehall
April 9 – at Whetstone
*April 10 – vs. London
April 11 – at Teays Valley
April 12 – vs. Hartley
*April 17 – vs. Bexley
April 18 – vs. Hamilton Township
*April 19 – at Wellington
April 20 – vs. Westerville South
*April 24 – vs. Columbus Academy
April 25 – vs. Ready
April 26 – at Canal Winchester
April 30 – at Grove City
May 2 – vs. Columbus West
May 3 – at Central Crossing
May 7 – vs. West Jefferson
May 8 – vs. Bloom-Carroll
TRACK & FIELD
April 4 – at Worthington Christian with Columbus Academy
April 10 – vs. Grove City, Teays Valley and Westland
April 13 – Bexley Relays
April 16 – at Thomas Worthington
April 20 – Bobcat Booster Invitational
April 27 – Ranger Invitational at Hamilton Township
May 1 – vs. Fairbanks and Hamilton Township
May 8, 11 – MSL-Ohio meet at London
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights baseball and softball teams:
April 5 – Home vs. Eastmoor Academy
April 6 – Home vs. Centennial
April 7 – At Grove City Christian (DH)
*April 9 – Home vs. Bexley
April 10 – At Westland
*April 11 – At Bexley
April 5 – Home vs. Whetstone
April 6 – Home vs. Briggs
April 7 – Atwater Waterloo and Medina in Ohio Invitational at Firestone Stadium in Akron
April 8 – Medina Highland in Ohio Invitational at Firestone Stadium in Akron
*April 9 – Home vs. Bexley
April 10 – Home vs. Fredericktown
*April 11 – At Bexley