Two members of the Grandview Heights High School wrestling team advanced to the Division III district tournament, but coach Andy DiSabato had hoped for more.

Two members of the Grandview Heights High School wrestling team advanced to the Division III district tournament, but coach Andy DiSabato had hoped for more.

Seniors Alex Minnillo and Luke Satterthwaite will compete Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26, in the district tournament at Coshocton, but DiSabato knows both face a challenging path to reach the state tournament, which will be held March 3-5 at Ohio State.

Minnillo placed fourth at 145 pounds and Satterthwaite was fourth at 215 in the Madison Plains sectional Feb. 18-19. The top four in each weight class advanced to district, and the top four in each weight class at district advance to state.

"They have tough first-round matches because they both go up against a sectional champion," said DiSabato, whose team scored 52 points at sectional to finish 10th of 12 teams, behind champion West Jefferson (254.5). "If they win the first match, they would be in good position, but if they lose, they would have to win three of four matches to go to state."

Minnillo (28-12) faces Shadyside junior Mason Gulash (34-3) in the opening round at district. The winner wrestles Galion Northmor sophomore Colin Visconti (24-17) or Crooksville junior Seth Mumford (22-6).

Satterthwaite (30-8) faces Heath senior Travis Drumm (27-1), who was a state-qualifier last year, in the opening match. The winner faces Tuscarawas Central Catholic senior Bryan Adams (36-8) or Pomeroy Meigs senior Michael Little (33-8).

Other top finishers for the Bobcats at sectional were freshman A.J. Pinyerd (heavyweight, fifth), junior David Kuruvilla (112, sixth) and freshman Anthony Sagstetter (152, sixth).

"A.J. is an alternate for district at heavyweight," DiSabato said. "He'll travel with us to the meet in case someone is injured during the week, so he can step in and take their place."

The last time the Bobcats had a state qualifier was in 2009 when Michael Falk went 1-2 at 152.

•The girls basketball team played Fairbanks on Feb. 22 in the second round of the Division III district tournament. The winner plays top-seeded Africentric or Heath in a district semifinal at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at Olentangy Orange.

Africentric, which had a first-round bye, was 18-2 before Feb. 22 and Heath was 8-13. The Bobcats haven't played either team this season.

The district semifinal winner plays Columbus School for Girls, Mount Gilead, Newark Catholic or Northridge in a district final at 1 p.m. March 5 at Orange.

The Bobcats defeated Madison Plains 37-35 in the first round on Feb. 19. Danielle Clark led with 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and Abby Cameron and Karen Daniel-Hamberg each had six points and eight rebounds.

"The (district tournament) is a different atmosphere," said coach Steve Hall, whose team was 11-10 overall before Feb. 22. "I think (the players) realize that when they go out there and play that it's one-and-done. The kids don't want it to end. They are a close bunch and I don't think they want it to be over with just yet."

•The boys basketball team was 10-10 overall before playing Centerburg on Feb. 22 in the opening round of the Division III district tournament.

The winner plays ninth-seeded Fairbanks in the second round at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Dublin Scioto.

Fairbanks went 15-5 during the regular season and had a first-round bye. The Bobcats have not played the Panthers this season.

The second-round winner plays third-seeded Africentric, Cardington or Liberty Union in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. The district final will be played at 6 p.m. March 9 at the Fairgrounds.

Africentric finished the regular season 12-7 and Cardington was 3-17. Grandview did not play either team.

Liberty Union was 6-14 and lost twice to the Bobcats in MSL-Cardinal Division play, falling 64-47 on Dec. 21 and 62-49 on Feb. 5.

Grandview finished 8-6 in the MSL-Cardinal to place fourth, behind Harvest Prep (14-0), Licking Heights (11-3) and West Jefferson (10-4) and ahead of Fisher Catholic (5-9), Liberty Union (3-11), Millersport (3-11) and Berne Union (2-12).

The Bobcats beat Fisher Catholic 68-35 on Feb. 15 behind 18 points from Oliver Rouch and 12 apiece from Riley Middendorf and Andy Treasure and lost to West Jefferson 65-62 in overtime on Feb. 18. Sam Hawk had 17 points and Treasure scored 14.

•The bowling teams completed their seasons in the sectional tournament at Eastland Lanes on Feb. 18.

The boys team finished 22nd (2,803) of 24 teams behind champion Hartley (4,231), as the top six teams and top six individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the district tournament on Saturday, Feb. 26, at HP Lanes.

Conner Sarich led Grandview with a 538 to place 40th of 138 participants. The junior finished 44 pins behind the final individual district qualifier, Independence's Lamont Venable (582).

Junior Ryan Grinstead had the Bobcats' second-highest score by rolling a 478, followed by sophomore Joe Nichols (238), freshman Jake Bottorf (211), freshman Jon Sterneker (130) and freshman Jacob Wolfe (89).

"I was impressed by the way our boys team continued to improve as the long day wore on," coach Tony Thivener said. "Their Baker game scores were higher in every game they played. The boys bowled seven pins higher on average than their regular-season average for Baker games."

The boys team finished 3-13 overall and tied Columbus Academy for 11th of 14 teams in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division at 3-10, behind champion Hartley (13-0).

The girls team finished 19th (2,075) of 21 teams at sectional, behind champion Westerville South (3,531).

Senior Kendra Runyon led the Bobcats with a 375, placing 69th of 119 participants. Junior Maddie Gibbons had the team's second-highest score with a 344, followed by sophomore Anna Field (327), junior Jessica Bentley-Faught (287) and sophomore Molly Wenk (114).

The girls team finished 1-12 overall and 11th of 12 teams in the COHSBC-Central at 1-10, behind champion Watterson (11-0).


Below are the recent results for the Grandview Heights boys and girls swimming and diving teams:

Feb. 18 - Boys: Finished 10th (88) in Division II district meet at Ohio State; Girls: Finished 15th (42) in Division II district meet

Below are the district competitors with result and place. The Bobcats did not have any state qualifiers:

Boys - Alex Jones: 200 IM (2:17.45, 14th); Jude Kozelek: 100 free (54.14, 29th), 100 breast (1:12.11, 28th); William Kramer: 200 IM (2:22.98, 18th); Sean Oberschlake: 200 free (1:54.52, 16th), 500 free (5:16.02, 10th); Tucker Rinehart: 100 back (1:01.16, 12th), 100 fly (58.02,13th); Jacob Smith: 200 free (1:58.64, 25th), 100 fly (58.45, 16th); Josh Smith: 50 free (23.71, 23rd), 100 back (1:01.82, 14th); Evan Tillett: 50 free (23.52, 19th), 100 free (53.3, 22nd); 200 free relay (1:34.63, 9th); 400 free relay (3:31.4, 7th); 200 medley relay (1:47.89, 8th); Girls - Maddie Bills: 200 free (2:18.7, 21st); Anneliese Bonn: 50 free (26.15, 10th), 100 free (58.33, 17th); Hallie Kerr: 100 fly (1:07.6, 24th); Ellie McLeod: 50 free (28.13, 30th); Lindsey Swihart: 200 free (2:15.43, 14th), 500 free (6:01.25, 19th); 200 free relay (1:48.96, 10th); 400 free relay (4:04.39, 11th); 200 medley relay (2:07.34, 14th)