Kevin Richards realized his Grandview Heights High School boys golf team had its work cut out for it if the Bobcats were going to win a league title.

Kevin Richards realized his Grandview Heights High School boys golf team had its work cut out for it if the Bobcats were going to win a league title.

The Bobcats came up short after the final MSL-Cardinal Division tournament Sept. 20 at Blacklick Woods, but they did gain momentum for the postseason.

Grandview finished second in the final league standings at 15-3, behind Fisher Catholic (16-2) and ahead of Liberty Union (14-4). The remainder of the standings has not been finalized because of league duals yet to be made up.

"We played pretty well, but in the preseason tournament (Aug. 16 at Pine Hill) we finished third and that kind of put us behind the eight-ball," Richards said. "We knew if we were going to win the league, we'd have to beat both Fisher Catholic and Liberty Union in the league duals. We went unbeaten in the duals and were tied with Fisher (Catholic) and Liberty (Union) going into the final event, but didn't finish well enough in the tournament to win."

In the preseason MSL-Cardinal tournament, the Bobcats were third (347) behind Liberty Union (337) and Fisher Catholic (339) and ahead of Licking Heights (366), Millersport (395), West Jefferson (401) and Berne Union (426).

In the postseason tournament, Grandview was second (352) behind Fisher Catholic (348) and ahead of Liberty Union (370), Licking Heights (376), Millersport (402) West Jefferson (416) and Berne Union (436).

Grandview junior Adam Cincione shared medalist honors with an 81 and was named the league's Outstanding Golfer. Seniors Kyle McClain and Conner Sarich were second-team all-league and junior Kyle Modlich was honorable mention.

"We have been kind of inconsistent in tournaments, but that's understandable," Richards said. "We played six 18-hole tournaments in the first seven days and then we play nine holes a couple times a week after school starts. That's totally a different mindset because one bad hole will change your whole round. That's something you can overcome in an 18-hole round if you shake it off and remain focused on the other holes."

The Bobcats opened the postseason Sept. 27 in the Division III sectional at Darby Creek. The top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Pickaway Country Club in Circleville.

Last season, the Bobcats finished seventh (395) in the 12-team sectional at Darby Creek behind district-qualifiers Wellington (329) and Centerburg (332).

On Sept. 22, Grandview lost to Bexley 152-173 at Westchester.

At Pine Hill on Sept. 24 in the 12-team Harold L. Miller Invitational, the Bobcats finished eighth (356) behind champion Columbus Academy (298).

•The girls tennis team was seeded fourth in the Division II district during the postseason draw Sept. 25 at Gahanna.

The Bobcats will compete in the sectional Oct. 6 and 8 at Columbus School for Girls. The top four singles and doubles winners advance to district Oct. 14 and 15 at CSG.

"I think it's nice to be recognized and be considered one of the top programs in the area," coach Steve Hall said. "We haven't become one of the elite programs by any means, but we went into the seeding meeting with the best record. We haven't played a lot of the heavy hitters, but the kids have worked hard and have earned that seed."

Academy was the top seed, followed by Worthington Christian, Bexley and Grandview. CSG was fifth.

The Bobcats did not have any district qualifiers last season.

Grandview plays in the league tournament Saturday, Oct. 1, at Academy.

Last year, the Bobcats finished 2-3 (14 points) in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio to place fourth behind Academy (41), Bexley (38) and Granville (21) and ahead of Fisher Catholic (10) and Whitehall (1).

•The football team defeated Millersport 55-22 on Sept. 23 to improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the MSL-Cardinal.

The Bobcats play Friday, Sept. 30, at home in a league game against Licking Heights, which fell to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Cardinal after losing to Liberty Union 24-21.

The Hornets opened with a 51-21 loss to Watkins Memorial on Aug. 26 and a 17-7 loss to Gallipolis Gallia Academy on Sept. 2. They beat Teays Valley 44-27 on Sept. 9 before opening their MSL-Cardinal schedule with a 29-23 overtime win over Harvest Prep.

"Licking Heights struggled early in the year to put things together," Bobcats coach Jason Peters said. "(The Hornets) have a pretty good mix. They have good athletes and can make things happen in a hurry."

Against Liberty Union, Ronnie Dawson rushed for 43 yards on nine carries with touchdowns of 1 and 10 yards. He also caught three passes for 36 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown from Darius Strickland, who was 5-for-11 for 53 yards.

A.J. Mitchell was the team's leading rusher with 69 yards on 17 carries. Kicker C.R. Hall made a 32-yard field goal.

"We have to take care of the little things to have a chance to be successful. That's what you have to take care of with their type of speed," Peters said.

Against Millersport, junior Payton Jones scored three first-quarter touchdowns to help the Bobcats take a 28-0 lead. Jones scored on a 27-yard punt return, a 58-yard run and a 13-yard reception from senior quarterback Oliver Rouch.

Rouch was 2-for-2 passing for 28 yards and two touchdowns. The other touchdown was a 25-yarder to junior Tyler Mosier.

Three Bobcats scored their first career touchdowns - junior Nick Durham on a 15-yard run, junior Nick Tittel on a 1-yard run and freshman Leo Readey on a 32-yard interception return.

Grandview was led in rushing by sophomore Phil Readey, who had 78 yards on four carries.