A clutch putt put Aaron Cincione in position to reach the Division III boys golf district tournament, but he still had work to do.
The Grandview Heights High School junior sank a 15-footer for par on the 18th hole in a sectional tournament Sept. 28 at Turnberry, giving him an opportunity to compete for a district berth.
Cincione and Fisher Catholic's Shane Funk both carded 86 to tie for the third and final individual-qualifying spot, requiring a playoff. Cincione won the playoff on hole No. 10, shooting a 4 to Funk's 6, to reach his third consecutive district tournament.
"I had been playing pretty badly, but was able to make that 15-foot putt," Cincione said. "I had never faced pressure like that (playoff before) and that can only help me in the future.
"I was striking the ball well, but I had 36 putts. I was able to get a good enough score to get out."
Cincione competed Oct. 4 at Denison Golf Club at Granville along with senior Matt York, who also advanced as an individual by shooting an 81 at sectional.
Both played at district the past two seasons when Grandview advanced as a team.
"I was worried that I wouldn't make it out," York said. "I had a pretty bad round. I wasn't striking the ball well, but my short game saved me."
Coach Kevin Richards was pleased with the resilience of his two golfers. He said their short memories on the course contributed to them getting one step away from state.
"I'm happy for the opportunity that they have," Richards said. "They both hung in there and I like how they didn't get rattled.
"They both have the attitude that they can't let a bad shot ruin their next one. That's important this time of the year."
At district, the top team and the top individual not on that team advanced to state Oct. 13 and 14 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
"It's really hard to get to state," York said. "You pretty much have to play a perfect round to get out (of district), and you know that going in. It's good just to have that chance to make it."
The Bobcats finished fourth (374) at sectional behind district-qualifiers Worthington Christian (312), Morral Ridgedale (332) and Newark Catholic (337).
Cameron Richards (92) and Luke Berlin (115) also participated for Grandview.
Girls golfers reach
district for first time
The second-year girls golf program reached a milestone by advancing to its first Division II district tournament.
The Bobcats finished third (416) in a sectional Sept. 25 at Blacklick Woods behind fellow district-qualifiers Newark Catholic (340) and Columbus School for Girls (395).
The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 2 at Darby Creek. At district, the top team and the top individual not on that team qualified for state Oct. 13 and 14 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
"Our kids did a good job and even though it wasn't their best round of the year, they played well considering the hot conditions and the situation of playing in a do-or-die tournament," coach Ray Corbett said. "Blacklick is a long course, and I know a lot of teams who went away from it (at the draw) because of that. (The other sectional course), Mill Creek, is a totally different course. We were able to go out and get through."
Sophie Koester (94), Carolyn LaPrete (96), Jenna Richards (98) and Maura DiCuccio (128) competed for the Bobcats. Emma Larsen did not play because of a wrist injury.
"Emma has a wrist injury that only bothers her when she plays golf," Corbett said. "Emma wasn't able to play (at sectional), but Maura was able to stay focused despite a slow start. She shot a 70 on the front nine, but came back with a 58 on the back. She was able to grind and come away with a decent score on the back nine."
Kerr, Miller lead boys
runners in London meet
Liam Kerr won the Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic on Sept. 30 at London Country Club and Chris Miller was third for the boys cross country team.
Kerr completed the course in 16 minutes, 21.2 seconds, finishing ahead of Evan Whitaker (16:50.4) of Grove City and Miller (17:12.9). The Bobcats were runners-up (106 points) behind St. Charles (50) as 19 teams scored.
Derek Amicon (fifth, 17:21.0) was next for Grandview, followed by Eli Hall (32nd, 18:01.8), Andrew Bergmann (65th, 19:02.5), Quinn Tillett (79th, 19:21.6) and Luke Wallace (90th, 19:53.1).
The girls were ninth (230) of 15 teams behind champion Gahanna (30). Nina Amicon (20th, 21:01.9) led the Bobcats, followed by Emmalyn Kukura (38th, 22:01.8), Sarah Marrone (45th, 22:20.0), Amelia Sturbois (68th, 24:29.5) and Avani Kumar (75th, 25:06.0).
Girls tennis team
preps for sectional
The girls tennis team plays in a Division II sectional tournament Thursday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 7, at Columbus Academy.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 12 at CSG and Oct. 14 at Upper Arlington.
Taylor Fultz, Liz McDermott and Kayla Ward will play singles for the Bobcats. The doubles teams will consist of Emmy Davis and Martina Moncolova and Kate Kukura and Ava Rehbeck.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 7 -- Eisenhart Invitational at Thomas Worthington
Oct. 5 -- Home vs. Mifflin
*Oct. 7 -- Columbus Academy at Mapfre Stadium
*Oct. 7 -- Academy at Mapfre Stadium
*Oct. 7 -- Home vs. Bexley. The Bobcats lost to the Lions 25-11, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16 on Sept. 14.
Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Delaware Christian
Oct. 10 -- At Shekinah Christian