The Grandview Heights High School football team has one more stop in its tour of the City League.

The Grandview Heights High School football team has one more stop in its tour of the City League.

The Bobcats opened Aug. 26 with a 40-0 win over Centennial, which competes in the City North-Division. On Friday, Sept. 2, they will play host to Africentric from the City-South.

The teams have never played each other, but coach Jason Peters said the Nubians' style of play would look familiar.

"(Centennial and Africentic) are both athletic teams and (the Nubians) look to have a pretty good quarterback (Kayin Perkins)," Peters said. "They also have a pretty decent running back (Michael Wright) and a big line. We'll have our work cut out for us."

Africentric opened Aug. 26 with a 32-24 win over Ansonia, as Perkins was 14-for-24 passing for 180 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He connected four times with wide receiver Deonte Wade for 125 yards and one score, and Wright rushed seven times for 84 yards and one touchdown.

"(The Nubians) throw the ball and they have some good athletes," defensive coordinator Matt Christ said. "In terms of what they are trying to do, they are similar (to Centennial)."

The Bobcats' defense limited Centennial to 165 total yards and scored two touchdowns. Hudson Jump returned an interception 25 yards for a score and Luke Sterneker returned a fumble 16 yards for another score. Jack Dobies also had an interception.

Grandview also kept the Stars from scoring on a pair of first-down possessions inside the Bobcats' 10-yard line.

"That's a characteristic of a good defense, being able to bail itself out when it makes mistakes," Christ said.

Quarterback Joey Landusky was 8-for-15 passing for 115 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. James Lachey led the receivers with three catches for 102 yards and one score.

Centennial crowded the line of scrimmage, limiting Grandview's rushing attack to 137 yards in 22 attempts, but that opened the door for Landusky and the passing game.

"We have a quarterback who can throw the ball and he has a lot of good threats," Lachey said. "With me, Hunter (Holland), Jordan (Beight) and my little brother (freshman) Luke (Lachey), Joey has a lot of options."

Beight started the season with a bang, returning the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.

"I don't think we played anywhere near what we should have," Beight said. "We have a lot of things we can work on to get better."

Volleyball team out to strong start

The seniors on the girls volleyball team have played for a new coach in all four seasons with the Bobcats, but that hasn't fazed them.

Grandview entered the week 5-2 under new coach Meredith Shifley, who replaced Danielle Dores.

"This is a tight group and they need to be after having so many coaches," Shifley said. "They have gone through those changes and still have been successful."

Last season, the Bobcats finished 14-7 overall and placed second (12-2) in the MSL-Ohio Division behind London (14-0). Two years ago, they finished 15-9 and reached their first Division III district semifinal since 1998.

Grandview returns a solid nucleus of senior leaders in Dareth Douglass (right-side hitter), Cassie Freeman (setter), Ali Riggs (libero), Chloe Wernet (middle hitter) and Hope Wulliger (outside hitter).

Douglass (108 kills) and Wulliger (233 kills, 43 aces) were second-team all-league last fall, and Riggs (28 aces) was honorable mention all-league.

"We all are confident and know each other so well," Wulliger said. "We work hard, have fun and stay focused."

Also back from the starting lineup is sophomore middle hitter Katherine Taylor.

Rounding out the roster are juniors Jayla Coplan (setter), Olivia Girardi (defensive specialist) and Claire Osborne (outside hitter) and sophomores Makenzie Bush (setter) and Sydney Narcelles (defensive specialist).

The Bobcats opened Aug. 20 by defeating Africentric 25-12, 25-10 and Patriot Prep 25-4, 25-7. They then lost to Utica 25-13, 25-10, 25-8 on Aug. 23 and defeated Columbus School for Girls 20-25, 22-25, 25-13, 25-16, 15-7 on Aug. 25.

Grandview went 2-1 in the Cardington Invitational on Aug. 27, defeating Northridge 21-25, 25-11, 25-12 and Buckeye Valley 13-25, 25-19, 25-23 but losing to Delaware 25-20, 25-12.

"They are a tight-knit group, so I didn't have to worry about team bonding," said Shifley, whose team opened league play Aug. 30 against Columbus Academy. "Sometimes they start slow, so they need their confidence throughout the match. They need to believe in what they are capable of doing."

Youth infuses cross country teams

The cross country teams have 25 runners, with 15 being freshmen and sophomores. Eight of the boys team's 13 competitors are underclassmen, and freshman Chris Miller led the way in the opener. Miller finished seventh (18 minutes, 21.0 seconds) in the Division III race of the Celina Rotary Invitational on Aug. 27 as the Bobcats placed fifth (137 points) of eight teams behind champion Fort Loramie (37).

"We have a pretty young team and an outstanding group of freshmen," second-year coach Chris Szabo said. "Their class not only brings talent, but they also are willing to do the hard work and have the motivation needed to get better."

The boys return a regional qualifier in junior Liam Kerr, who finished 20th (17:13.2) in the Division III regional last fall as the top 16 individuals advanced to state. He did not compete at Celina because of illness.

Other varsity returnees from a year ago are senior Ben Rehbeck, juniors Andrew Bergmann and Cameron Hunter and sophomores Sam Carter and Gavin Van Horn.

Rounding out the roster are first-year senior Zyler Walsh, sophomores Garrett Culbertson, Iain McCormick and Quinn Tillett and freshmen James Elliott and Calvin Horning.

Also scoring for the Bobcats at Celina were Bergmann (29th, 20:12.3), Tillett (30th, 20:12.6), Carter (31st, 20:18.6) and Rehbeck (51st, 21:27.3).

Junior Sarah Marrone leads the returning girls. She finished 15th (22:50) at Celina as Grandview was seventh (166) of nine teams behind champion Berne (Indiana) South Adams (32).

Also scoring were freshmen Liza DeVere (34th, 23:58.8) and Emmalyn Kukura (42nd, 24:36.2), junior Avani Kumar (45th, 24:45.8) and sophomore Gabby Smith (51st, 25:24.3).

Rounding out the girls roster are seniors Emma Amurgis, Emma Berlin and Evelyn Brown, sophomores Nina Amicon and Maddy Matney and freshmen Izzy Evans and Amelia Sturbois.

"I'm really excited," Szabo said. "We're building a new era in Grandview cross country. It's exciting to see their enthusiasm and the support from the community. It should be a great season."

Tennis team competes in home tournament

The girls tennis team had four third-place finishes in the Grandview Invitational on Aug. 27.

Whetstone won the team title with 16 points, ahead of Logan Elm (13), Grandview (4) and Hamilton Township (2).

Elinor Kibbey (first singles), Molly Gilleland (second singles) and Alex Joseph (third singles) won consolation finals to place third, as did Brittany Collier and Josie Weller at second doubles. Maddie Taylor and Sophie Wilson were fourth at first doubles.

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Schedules

CROSS COUNTRY

Aug. 27 -- Celina Rotary Invitational

Sept. 31 -- Canal Winchester Invitational

Sept. 10 -- McGowan Invitational at Watkins Memorial

Sept. 24 -- Pickerington Central Invitational

Oct. 1 -- Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic at London Country Club

Oct. 10 -- Eisenhart Invitational at Thomas Worthington

Oct. 15 -- MSL-Ohio meet at London Country Club

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Aug. 20 -- vs. Africentric and Patriot Prep

Aug. 23 -- vs. Utica

Aug. 25 -- vs. Columbus School for Girls

Aug. 27 -- at Cardington Invitational

*Aug. 30 -- vs. Columbus Academy

*Sept. 1 -- vs. West Jefferson

*Sept. 6 -- at Worthington Christian

Sept. 8 -- at Delaware Christian

Sept. 12 -- vs. Hilliard Darby

*Sept. 13 -- vs. Whitehall

*Sept. 15 -- at Columbus Academy

*Sept. 20 -- at Bexley

*Sept. 22 -- vs. London

*Sept. 27 -- at West Jefferson

*Sept. 29 -- vs. Worthington Christian

Oct. 4 -- vs. Shekinah Christian

*Oct. 6 -- at Whitehall

*Oct. 10 -- vs. Bexley

*Oct. 13 -- at London

*League contest

Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls tennis teams:

BOYS GOLF

Sept. 3 -- Bexley Invitational at Westchester

Sept. 7 -- Washington Court House at Quail Run

BOYS SOCCER

Sept. 6 -- At Jonathan Alder

GIRLS SOCCER

*Sept. 7 -- Home vs. West Jefferson

GIRLS TENNIS

*Sept. 1 -- Home vs. Whitehall

*Sept. 6 -- At Columbus Academy

*League contest