The tests keep coming for the Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team.

The tests keep coming for the Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team.

The Bobcats are preparing for two challenging contests in the annual Bobcat Holiday Classic and they should be ready, having cleared all but one of their first six hurdles.

Grandview is 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Ohio Division, with its loss coming to Worthington Christian 56-52 on Dec. 14. It rebounded to win at Watterson 56-48 on Dec. 17, making 6-for-12 from 3-point range and shooting 22-for-36 (61.1 percent) from the field.

"I thought in both cases that our execution was solid," coach Ray Corbett said. "Our shooting was outstanding and the kids were taking great shots.

"I thought we played well against Worthington Christian. Overall I thought we played an outstanding game and just lost."

The Bobcats are the host team for the Bobcat Holiday Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Wednesday, Dec. 28. They open against Centerburg and play Johnstown or Wellington on the second day.

Grandview defeated Centerburg 43-40 in a Division III district final last season. The Trojans were 4-1 after losing to Galion Northmor 55-44 on Dec. 16.

Johnstown and Wellington both are coming off big seasons. The Division II Johnnies won their first district title since 2006 and Wellington reached a Division IV state semifinal. Johnstown was 2-2 before playing Granville on Dec. 21, and the Jaguars were 3-2 before playing Ready on Dec. 20.

"Whoever scheduled these teams should be fired," said Corbett, who put together his team's schedule. "This is a really strong field, maybe the strongest we have had. It's just another tough test for us."

Last season, Grandview won its second consecutive title in the Bobcat Holiday Classic, defeating Ready 58-54 in the first round and Wellington 53-47 in the championship game.

Freshman guard Brian Collier is looking forward to playing in the tournament for the first time.

"We're going to play some really good teams there," said Collier, who is averaging 15.5 points. "Hopefully we can compete against them and get some wins."

Against Worthington Christian, Breon Backus scored 14 points while Collier had 11 and James Lachey added 10.

Backus also scored 14 points against Watterson. Collier had 12 and Jordan Butler and Lachey both added 11.

Relays lead girls swimmers at Ned Reeb

A pair of relays paced the girls swimming and diving team in the Ned Reeb Invitational on Dec. 17 at Ohio State.

The 200-yard medley relay of Keelin O'Connor, Leah Stamm, Annie Volker and Adrienne Bechtel finished 10th in 1 minute, 54.96 seconds. Volker, Martina Moncolova, O'Connor and Bechtel were on the 200 freestyle relay that finished 12th in 1:42.34.

The Bobcats finished 16th (69 points) behind champion Upper Arlington (330) as 35 teams scored

Bechtel was 14th in the 50 free (25.06) and 18th in the 100 free (55.64). Stamm was 13th in the 200 individual medley (2:14.9) and 14th in the 100 backstroke (1:01.75).

For the boys team, Calvin Furbee was 12th in the 500 free (4:51.89) and 13th in the 200 free (1:46.42).

Grandview was 30th (17) behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (642) as 36 teams scored.

Girls basketball team wins five in a row

After losing its opener, the girls basketball team had won five games in a row before playing Columbus Academy on Dec. 21.

The Bobcats were 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the MSL-Ohio. They lost to Buckeye Valley 38-32 on Nov. 29.

Defense has been one of the keys to success for the Bobcats, who were outscoring opponents 36.8 points to 31.2 through six games. Buckeye Valley's 38-point effort was the highest output by an opponent.

Grandview earned a 42-27 league win over Whitehall on Dec. 16. Lauren Collier scored 14 points and Lizzie Van Deusen added 10.

Berlin, DeNiro lead bowling teams

Emma Berlin and Jake DeNiro have led the bowling teams in average through three matches.

DeNiro was averaging 167.6 per game for the boys, who were 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central before facing Centennial on Dec. 20. Jackson Spainhoward (166.5) was next, followed by Brad Jaguars (166.0), Ben Hecker (163.1) and Alan Field (157.1).

Berlin had a 142.0 average to lead the girls, who were 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the COHSBC-Central before facing Centennial. Leila Meyer had a 134.0 average and Emily Bullock was at 128.4.