Grandview Heights High School swimming coach Patti Hoch loves the way teams pull together in league competition.

Grandview Heights High School swimming coach Patti Hoch loves the way teams pull together in league competition.

She saw it firsthand in the MSL meet, which concluded Jan. 28 at Columbus Academy.

The Bobcats boys team scored 158 points to finish third of 16 teams, six points behind runner-up Academy. The Grandview girls were sixth (82) of 14 teams behind champion Granville (410).

Granville also won the boys title with 302 points.

"(The boys meet) came down to us and Academy in the final event to see who would be in second," Hoch said. "Whichever team finished better in the 400(-yard freestyle) relay would finish second.

"That's the way league championships should be. Everyone was down yelling at the end of the lanes, cheering on their teammates. It's always one of those meets where you really feel like you're part of a team."

The 400 free relay of Evan Tillett, Sean Oberschlake, Tucker Rinehart and Josh Smith was third in 3 minutes, 31.92 seconds, just behind runner-up Academy (3:31.56). Granville won in 3:29.43.

The relay showdown was set up by a personal-best performance in the 100 breaststroke by Zak Graham (10th, 1:18.03).

"We needed a certain amount of points to go into the (400 free) relay for that event to decide second and third place," Hoch said. "I told Zak that we needed for him to have his best time and he went out, did that and got the team the points we needed."

The 200 free relay of Tillett, Jacob Smith, Rinehart and Josh Smith was second (1:35.68) behind Granville (1:35.49).

"I can't say enough about the 200 and 400 (free) relays," Hoch said. "They went out and gave Granville and Academy a race and I don't know if anyone but us expected that."

The 200 medley relay of Oberschlake, Josh Smith, William Kramer and Jacob Smith was third in 1:52.52.

Rinehart was third in the 100 backstroke (1:01.22) and seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:19.22). Oberschlake was fourth in the 200 free (2:00.57) and fifth in the 500 free (5:40.42).

Josh Smith was fifth in the 50 free (24.09) and Tillett was seventh in the 100 butterfly (1:02.47). Jacob Smith was eighth in the 200 free (2:07.78).

In the girls meet, Lindsey Swihart was eighth in both the 200 free (2:22.63) and 500 free (6:16.55). She also was a member of the third-place 400 free relay (4:23.12) with Hallie Kerr, Maddie Bills and Ellie MacLeod as well as the sixth-place 200 medley relay (2:13.76) with Bills, Halli Bair and Julie Menke.

The 200 free relay of Kerr, Menke, MacLeod and Bair was fourth in 1:53.84.

"The girls team is so young and mainly we were looking to see how many personal bests we could get," said Hoch, whose team competes Saturday, Feb. 4, at Upper Arlington. "We had something like 18 (personal bests) on the girls side and that's what we were hoping we could do."

The Bobcats will compete in a Division II sectional Feb. 11 at UA.

•The boys basketball team had lost two consecutive games before playing a non-league game against Amanda-Clear-creek on Jan. 31.

On Jan. 24, Grandview lost an MSL-Cardinal Division game 53-50 at Fisher Catholic to snap a six-game winning streak. Andy Treasure scored 22 points and Luke Miller added nine.

The Bobcats dropped to 8-5 overall and 6-3 in the MSL-Cardinal after losing a home game to Licking Heights 54-50 on Jan. 28. Adam Cincione and Spencer Rinehart both scored 11 points.

"I told (the team) that we need help in the league now, there's no doubt about that," coach Ray Corbett said. "We only can worry about ourselves and work to get better. That's all we can do."

Entering the week, Licking Heights led the league at 8-1, followed by West Jefferson (6-2) with Grandview and Millersport tied for third. Fisher Catholic (4-5) was fifth with Berne Union and Harvest Prep tied for sixth (1-7) and Liberty Union (0-8) last.

The Bobcats have league games at Berne Union on Friday, Feb. 3, and at home Tuesday, Feb. 7, against Millersport. Grandview beat Berne Union 56-49 on Jan. 3 and Millersport 53-39 on Jan. 6.

"We just have to pick ourselves up and get back going," Corbett said. "This isn't life or death or the end of the world, it's just a basketball game. We have to go out, try to have fun and get better."

•The girls basketball team picked up its second win of the season on Jan. 27, defeating Millersport 38-14 in MSL-Cardinal play.

The victory helped the Bobcats improve to 2-14 overall and 2-9 in the league before playing Liberty Union on Jan. 31.

Grandview's other win was 31-29 over Millersport on Dec. 13.

"It's not so much the score as it is an indication of the girls' never-say-die attitude," coach Randy Darst said. "Our defense has improved so much over the year and it's good to see how much they are buying into what we want to do. They have been playing with great intensity regardless of what the score has been. They don't give up."

In the rematch against Mill-ersport, Connor Skeen scored 12 points, Grace Palmer and Abby Riggs both had six points and Megan McCauley added five points.

Grandview led 16-8 at halftime and took the third quarter 12-4.

"The girls came out (for the third quarter) ready to go and they talked at halftime about doing that," Darst said. "We came out and played with an intensity like we didn't even have a halftime. We came out and played like it was a two-point game with 30 seconds to go."

On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Bobcats play host to West Jefferson in an MSL-Cardinal game. The Bobcats lost the first meeting 39-26 on Jan. 3.

Grandview plays a non-league game Wednesday, Feb. 8, against Ready.

The Division III district tournament draw is Sunday, Feb. 5.