For the second consecutive week, Luke Evans finished ahead of the pack.
For the second consecutive week, Luke Evans finished ahead of the pack.
The sophomore for the Grandview Heights High School boys cross country team won the Division III, district 1 meet Oct. 22 at Watkins Memorial to help lead the Bobcats to a regional berth.
The boys and girls teams both advanced to the Division III regional Saturday, Oct. 29, at Pickerington North. The top four teams and top 16 individuals in both boys and girls advance to state Nov. 5 at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.
"I was kind of taking a look at the (district) results and we're going to be competitive (at regional)," coach Brian Schoch said. "One of the things about the regional meet is that even though what you have done in previous weeks matters, you still have to perform on that day. Both of our teams should have a shot at state. It's just a matter of performing our best."
Evans won in 17 minutes, 13.86 seconds with Liberty Union's Jeff Hanson second in 17:29.01.
In the MSL-Cardinal Division meet Oct. 15 at Licking Heights, Evans won in 17:21.22.
"Luke ran a smart race (at district) and he didn't get too antsy early," Schoch said. "Luke kind of waited and took his time until about the mile-and-a-half mark when he went from a small to a pretty decent lead. He wasn't pushed too hard in the last half of the race."
Chase Gage (fifth, 17:33.49) was next for Grandview, followed by Eli Reed (13th, 18:12.58), Josh Smith (16th, 18:15.25), Peter Mathes (47th, 20:18.44), John Faris (55th, 21:01.89) and Owen McCormick (57th, 21:17.44).
The Bobcats finished third (75) of 10 teams, behind champion Liberty Union (29) and Mount Gilead (66). Fredericktown (87) earned the fourth and final regional-qualifying spot.
The Grandview girls finished fourth (96) for the final regional-qualifying spot in the eight-team district 1 race, behind Mount Gilead (33), Galion Northmor (83) and Columbus Academy (90).
Halli Bair (fourth, 21:04.43) led the Bobcats followed by Madison Osborne (sixth, 21:11.06), Selby Gage (26th, 23:03.94), Emma Mihocik (28th, 23:20.28), Gretchen Giltner (38th, 24:01.92), Ashley Hofmaster (54th, 26:00.96) and Hanley Baird (63rd, 27:08.15).
Last season, the Grandview girls were third (122) in the Division III regional meet at Pickerington North behind Northmor (94) and Fredericktown (117) to advance to state. The boys team did not qualify for regional last year.
•The third-seeded girls soccer team was 11-5-2 overall before playing sixth-seeded Ready on Oct. 25 in a Division III district semifinal.
The winner plays at noon Saturday, Oct. 29, in a district final against top-seeded Columbus Academy or fourth-seeded Johnstown at Hilliard Bradley.
Academy, the state's top-ranked team, was 15-1-1 after beating Tree of Life 9-2 in a second-round game Oct. 21. The Vikings beat Grandview 6-1 on Oct. 11.
Johnstown was 10-6-2 before playing Academy. The Johnnies lost to Grandview 2-1 on Aug. 23.
The district champion plays in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Bradley against Coshocton, Chillicothe Zane Trace or Sardinia Eastern. Grandview has not played any of those teams this season.
Zane Trace was 12-2-3 before playing Sardinia Eastern on Oct. 25. Sardinia Eastern was 12-4. Coshocton is 13-3 entering a district final Saturday, Oct. 29.
The Bobcats defeated Fairbanks 2-0 on Oct. 20 in a second-round game. Jordan Fitzgerald and Laura Satterthwaite scored and Abby Riggs had one save.
•The sixth-seeded boys soccer team was 9-4-3 overall before playing Oct. 26 in a Division III district semifinal at second-seeded Tree of Life.
The winner advances to a district final at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Westerville North against third-seeded Academy or Fisher Catholic. Grandview tied Academy at 1 on Sept. 6 and beat Fisher Catholic 2-0 on Oct. 4.
The district champion advances to a regional semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Lexington against Elmore Woodmore, Mansfield Christian, Van Buren or Old Fort. Grandview has not played any of those teams this season. Before Oct. 25, Woodmore was 14-2, Mansfield Christian was 11-2-3 and both Old Fort and Van Buren were 11-6.
The Bobcats, who had a first-round bye, defeated Horizon Science 1-0 on Oct. 22 in a second-round game at home. Brendan Cox scored and Ben Farynowski had three saves.
•The girls volleyball team finished 8-16 overall after losing to second-seeded Bloom-Carroll 25-21, 25-11, 25-9 in a second-round Division III district tournament match Oct. 22 at Olentangy Liberty.
The Bobcats defeated Mount Gilead 25-18, 23-25, 9-25, 27-25, 15-13 on Oct. 19 in the first round at Liberty.
"We struggled to do the little basic things needed to be successful," said coach Karen Fairbanks, who completed her third season. "We needed more consistency this season."
The Bobcats finished 5-9 in the MSL-Cardinal, behind co-champions Harvest Prep and Licking Heights (both 13-1).
Seniors Maddie Gibbons (outside hitter) and Brenna McLaughlin (right-side hitter) and junior Maureen Flanagan (setter) were captains.
The senior class also included Kelly Berlin (middle hitter), Jenny Helber (back row), Olivia Reed (back row) and Gen Ritz (outside hitter).
Flanagan is expected back along with starting freshmen Hannah Kerr (middle/right-side hitter) and Allison Voelker (middle hitter). Junior Courtney Collier (middle hitter) and sophomores Natalie Ferris (outside hitter) and Grace Vanfossen (back row) played key roles off the bench.
Freshman Emma Bulla (back row) also played varsity.
"We have some good young talent and it was good to get them some district experience," Fairbanks said.
•The girls tennis team finished 12-4 in duals and third in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio.
Academy was atop the final league standings with 28 points, followed by Bexley (24), Grandview (16), Granville (12), Fisher Catholic (8) and Whitehall (0).
"I thought that the girls did a nice job," said coach Steve Hall, who completed his 15th season. "We only had three back from last year and that says a lot about the kids who came in to fill those open spots."
The three returnees received all-league honors. Senior Leila Manirochana was on the first team with sophomore Kiley Kinnard on the second team and junior Anna Oberla earning honorable mention.
"Leila played first singles for three years and had a really nice career for us," Hall said. "She was kind of the ringleader. She enjoyed tennis as a freshman, played a lot in the offseason and got some of our other kids hooked as well."
The Bobcats had no singles players or doubles teams advance from the Division II sectional Oct. 6 and 8 at Academy.
The doubles team of seniors Emma Haase and Stephanie Lepsik reached a district-qualifying match, but lost to Academy's Deepa Manda and Neela Nataraj 6-0, 6-0. In the opening round, the Bobcats duo won by default over Madison Ball and Alyssa Bateson of Amanda-Clearcreek before beating Wellington's Brittany Johnson and Casey Hansen 6-4, 7-6 in the second round.
The doubles team of juniors Sara Berning and Erica Jackson reached the second round before losing to Granville's Micah Finkelman and Taylor Boyd 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. Berning and Jackson beat Abigail Rice and Sydney Ward of Bloom-Carroll 6-0, 6-0 in the opening round.
Manirochana defeated Brook-haven's Fredtasia Luttery 6-0, 6-0 in the first round before falling to Kelsey Mangia of Hartley 6-1, 7-6 in the second round.
Kinnard won a play-in match with Ready's Ashley Ritter 6-0, 6-0 before beating Brookhaven's Kaitlin Crawford 6-0, 6-0 in the first round. She lost to Fisher Catholic's Megan Berens 6-2, 6-3 in the second round.
Sophomore Ellie MacLeod won in the singles play-in round 6-0, 6-0 over Whitehall's Tabatha Bauman before losing to Hartley's Rachael Morales 6-0, 6-0 in the first round.
Seniors for the Bobcats included Haase, Lepsik, Olivia Louschert, Manirochana, Alexis Mikanik, Lindsay Swihart and Allison Zawisa.
Expected back are juniors Berning, Jackson and Oberla as well as sophomores Kinnard and MacLeod.
"Ellie MacLeod stepped in and played when Anna Oberla had (mononucleosis) at the end of the season, which was a help," Hall said. "We had 10 kids play varsity this year and five are coming back, so that gives us a good base to build on."