The Grove City High School boys golf team entered the second half of the season hoping to develop balance throughout the lineup.
Coach Eric Joreski said the Greyhounds' top three golfers have been solid, but he's looking for others to provide consistency as the team prepares for the postseason.
"I'm happy with the work ethic," Joreski said. "We have kids who are working their rear ends off. Jeremiah (Bane), Ian (Johnston) and Nathan Eberle, the senior in the No. 3 spot, have been playing very good golf. We just have to find some guys that are going to contribute on the other half of the spectrum."
The Greyhounds entered the fourth and final round of the OCC-Ohio Division tournament Sept. 12 at Turnberry in fourth place at 6-9, behind Gahanna (15-0), Pickerington Central (12-3) and Pickerington North (9-6).
Last season, Grove City finished third (13-7) behind Gahanna (17-3) and North (14-6).
"We have not played to our potential as a team during OCC (play)," Joreski said. "We've had some individuals play to their potential, but we just have not been able to play to our potential as a team. ... We've shown it in spurts. We just have to be more consistent."
Through three rounds, Bane had a 77.67 average, followed by Johnston (81), Eberle and Nash Linder (both 84.33) and Connor Estep (89). The Greyhounds finished fourth in each of the first three rounds.
Freshman Jackson Ware also has contributed this season.
"I'm a little disappointed with where the team is, but where I am personally, I'm pretty happy," Bane said. "I really focused and worked over the summer knowing that I needed to play well because we had a lot of young guys, so I knew I would have to play well to keep the team score low."
Bane's past two offseasons included playing in American Junior Golf Association events.
The Division I sectional seeding meeting is Sunday, Sept. 16, with teams competing Oct. 2 at Darby Creek, Denison Golf Club or Turnberry. The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance from each sectional to district Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
Johnston has aspirations of advancing to district for the first time.
"I'd like to see us make it out of sectional," he said. "That would be awesome because district is really big and just to see how the play is at district versus sectional would be nice."
Last season, the Greyhounds had one district qualifier in 2018 graduate Nick Erwin, who tied for 16th of 72 golfers with a 77. Erwin now plays baseball at Ohio State.
Boys soccer team to open league play
The boys soccer team opens OCC-Ohio play Thursday, Sept. 13, at Lancaster. The Greyhounds are 2-2-2.
Last season, Grove City went 3-1-1 in the league to finish second behind Pickerington North (5-0). The Greyhounds close the regular season Oct. 9 against visiting North.
Grove City snapped a four-game winless streak with a 4-2 win over Westland on Sept. 4. Nick Isaac scored three goals and Conner Williams added one, and goalkeeper Casey Thompson had six saves.
Girls soccer team out to good start
The girls soccer team, which was 3-1-2 before playing Watkins Memorial on Sept. 11, opens OCC-Ohio play Thursday, Sept. 13, against visiting Lancaster.
Last season, Grove City went 3-1-1 in the league to finish third behind Pickerington North (4-0-1) and Gahanna (3-0-2).
The Greyhounds bounced back from a 4-0 loss at Olentangy on Sept. 1 to defeat Westland 9-0 on Sept. 4. Alissa Schiff led a balanced attack with two goals as eight players scored.
Volleyball team playing well
The girls volleyball team was 7-1 overall before playing Ready on Sept. 11.
The Greyhounds also are 2-0 in the OCC-Ohio with wins over Lancaster (23-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-13 on Sept. 4) and Reynoldsburg (25-4, 25-8, 25-13 on Sept. 5).
Through eight matches, Molly Michalak led the team in kills with 108. Kelli Schultz had a team-high 112 assists, Emily Scholl led in digs with 77 and Cierra Dunn had a team-high 25 aces.
Cross country teams compete in McGowan
The boys and girls cross country teams competed in the McGowan Invitational on Sept. 8 at Watkins Memorial.
The girls finished 13th (381 points) of 18 teams behind champion Olentangy Liberty (46) as Lindsay Donaldson was 37th of 121 runners in 23 minutes, 44.9 seconds.
The boys finished 17th (431) of 19 teams behind champion Lancaster (50) as Zach Elliott was 40th of 129 runners in 19:51.4.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grove City boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 15 -- Rodney Butt Classic at Denison Golf Club
Sept. 18 -- Dublin Scioto and Hilliard Bradley at Pinnacle
Sept. 13 -- Bradley at Oakhurst
Sept. 15 -- Bloom-Carroll Invitational at Pine Hill
Sept. 18 -- Westerville North at Oakhurst
*Sept. 13 -- At Lancaster
Sept. 15 -- Home vs. Grandview
Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Watkins Mem-orial
*Sept. 19 -- Home vs. Reynoldsburg
*Sept. 13 -- Home vs. Lancaster
*Sept. 19 -- At Reynoldsburg
Sept. 13 -- Home vs. Marysville
Sept. 17 -- At Thomas Worthington
Sept. 18 -- Home vs. DeSales
Sept. 19 -- At Bradley
*Sept. 13 -- Home vs. Gahanna
Sept. 15 -- Worthington Kilbourne Tournament