After producing its best performance in the state cross country meet since 1970, the Grandview Heights High School boys program has put in the work for continued success.
In their ninth trip to state and first since 2012, the Bobcats finished eighth (261 points) of 20 teams in Division III last fall behind champion East Canton (120).
The boys were third in Class AA in 1970. In 1998, the girls team finished fifth in Division III.
"The training has been going really well, especially since I was injured in previous seasons and wasn't able to put in more miles," junior Chris Miller said. "I think (running at state) will help us a lot. We made it there and we can show the younger kids the hard work they need to do to get there."
Sophomore Derek Amicon (17 minutes, 3.1 seconds) and Miller (17:12.8) finished in the top two spots Aug. 29 in the season-opening Canal Winchester Invitational as the Bobcats were sixth (176) of 16 teams behind champion New Albany (69).
Senior Quinn Tillett (48th, 19:42.9), junior Luke Wallace (51st, 19:49.6), sophomore Alexandre Walli (119th, 22:12.4) and juniors Josh Reomer (122nd, 22:22.1) and James Elliott (130th, 22:36.2) also competed.
"We have Derek and Chris doing well, and Quinn and Luke have been looking strong," fourth-year coach Chris Szabo said. "It will be interesting to see how the (Nos.) 5-7 (runners) come around."
In the running for those spots are senior Garrett Culbertson, sophomores Adam Ellis, Layton Feast, Brady Long and P.J. Tingler and freshman Sam Elliott.
The girls team has just six runners led by senior Nina Amicon and juniors Liza DeVere and Emmalyn Kukura.
Amicon was a state qualifier last season.
"Grandview is a small district and we have to compete with soccer, cheer, volleyball and tennis for (girls) athletes in the fall with only have 60 or so kids in each class," Szabo said. "The boys don't have as many sports options in the fall."
The Bobcats opened by finishing fifth (154) at Canal Winchester behind champion Bexley (40). Amicon was sixth (20:36.0) and DeVere was 11th (21:24.3), followed by Kukura (40th, 23:14.1) and freshmen Sophie Andrew (48th, 24:07.2) and Nina Brown (65th, 24:33.6).
Freshman Scarlett Martinsek rounds out the roster.
"Both the girls and the boys have a really positive team mojo going on," Szabo said. "They are very supportive of each other. They know they have to work hard and also want to help people out."
Football team to face Rosecrans
The football team will travel to Zanesville on Friday, Sept. 7, to battle Rosecrans in the first meeting between the programs.
The Bishops, who were 1-0 before playing Portsmouth Notre Dame on Aug. 31, have reached the Division VII playoffs the past two seasons despite having a perennially small roster. This fall, they have 18 players.
"It's seven more than you need (with a roster of 18) because you only need 11 to play," coach Jason Peters said. "That's the way you have to look at it (as a coach). I always say that we're one player away from being mediocre and it's the same for them."
The Bishops beat Beallsville 69-8 on Aug. 24 as fullback Austin Church had 207 yards rushing and three touchdowns and tailback Carter Dosch added 126 yards and three scores.
Quarterback Cam Hagy was 7-for-9 passing for 99 yards and three touchdowns.
Rosecrans limited Beallsville to 44 total yards.
"They have made the playoffs for the past couple of years, so they have something going on over there," Peters said. "We just have to figure out how to handle that."
The Bobcats were 1-0 before playing Africentric on Aug. 31, beating Centennial 27-0 on Aug. 24 as linebacker Alex Sterneker led the defense with nine tackles. Linebacker Darreion Davis had seven tackles and one sack, and defensive lineman Hudson Jump had five tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery.
Cincione leading boys golfers
Adam Cincione leads the boys golf team with an 80 average through two rounds of the MSL-Ohio Division tournament.
Cincione shot a 79 in the midseason tournament Aug. 25 at Turnberry and an 81 in the preseason tournament Aug. 7 at Westchester.
Columbus Academy, Bexley and Worthington Christian are tied for the lead at 4-2 and Grandview is fourth at 0-6. The postseason tournament is Sept. 18 at Denison Golf Club.
At Turnberry, the Bobcats finished fourth (421) behind Worthington Christian (305), Bexley (315) and Academy (320).
FOOTBALL -- WEEK 3
GRANDVIEW at ZANESVILLE ROSECRANS
*When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7
*Last meeting: First meeting
*Grandview (1-0) to date: Defeated Centennial 27-0; played Africentric on Aug. 31
*Rosecrans (1-0) to date: Def. Beallsville 69-8; played Portsmouth Notre Dame on Aug. 31
*Top Bobcats: Joey Bertani (OL/DL), Kyle Casey (QB/DB), Cody Cook (OL/DL), Trey Cook (WR/DB), Darreion Davis (RB/LB), Charlie James (WR/DB), Hudson Jump (RB/DL), Luke Lachey (WR/DB), Harrison Morosky (RB/LB), Alex Sterneker (RB/LB) and Jack Wallace (OL/DL)
*Top Bishops: Matt Applegate (OL/DL), Casey Biedenbach (TE/DE), Marcus Browning (WR/LB), Austin Church (RB/LB), Carter Dosch (RB/LB), Cam Hagy (QB/RB), Nick Losco (WR/DB), Tyler Mell (OL/DL) and Dalton Proctor (OL/DL)