The Grove City Christian School football team will look to close the season on a positive note when it plays host to Morral Ridgedale on Friday, Oct. 26.
The Eagles fell to 3-6 overall with a 33-19 loss to visiting Zanesville Rosecrans on Oct. 19 and finished 1-5 in the MSL-Cardinal Division.
Brett Baker completed 13 of 29 passes for 210 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Christian Lautenschleger caught three passes for 92 yards and rushed for 84 yards on 21 carries, and Garrett Baker had four catches for 45 yards and three touchdowns.
Ridgedale lost to Berne Union 32-7 on Oct. 19 to fall to 2-5.
Josh Patterson rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries against Berne Union.
"I've seen them on film, and it looks like they have a pretty good running game," coach Hank Patterson said. "Many of their kids are spirited and they want to play. In (Division VII), there's a lot of kids who want to play the game and I told my kids it's not always the best team that wins the game."
Ridgedale has played an independent schedule this season after leaving the Northern 10 Conference. The Rockets began the season with only 16 players on their roster.
Patterson, meanwhile, is looking forward to his third season with the Eagles in 2019.
"I was looking forward to next year after the first game this season," Patterson said. "You're looking for players who are going to step up and take the challenge. We're trying to create a culture that you have to finish. We have to be much more aggressive. That's what our team is going to have to be if (the players) want to succeed."
Boys soccer team reaches district semifinal
The 10th-seeded boys soccer team was 8-8-1 before playing second-seeded Wellington in a Division II district semifinal Oct. 23.
The winner plays fifth-seeded Worthington Christian or ninth-seeded Liberty Union in a district final Saturday, Oct. 27, at a neutral site. The district champion plays Fairbanks, Grandview, Horizon Science Academy or Johnstown in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Gahanna.
The regional final is Nov. 3 at Gahanna.
The Eagles, who defeated Liberty Union 4-0 on Oct. 9, opened the district tournament with a 4-2 win over 19th-seeded Patriot Prep in the first round Oct. 15 and defeated 22nd-seeded Ready 5-0 in the second round Oct. 17.
Juliana Hunt, Zach Lauron, Gavin Robbins and Cristian Quiroz scored against Patriot Prep and David Claffey scored three goals against Ready.
"Our first tournament game versus Patriot Prep was frustrating for our team," coach Dan Milam said. "We controlled the ball the majority of the game but were unable to capitalize on several scoring opportunities. Our win versus Ready was our best complete game of the season. It seemed all the fundamentals and strategies we coached throughout the season finally all came together."
Cross country teams compete at district
The cross country teams closed their seasons at the Division III district meet Oct. 20 at Hilliard Darby.
The boys team finished ninth (224 points) in the nine-team district 1 race, behind champion Mount Gilead (28), as the top three teams and top 12 individuals advanced to regional Saturday, Oct. 27, at Pickerington North.
Senior Will Mayhew was 37th of 63 runners in 20 minutes, 11.3 seconds to lead the Eagles, followed by junior David Claffey (40th, 20:21.8), freshman Dylan King (52nd, 21:41) and juniors Colton Sisler (55th, 22:04.8) and Michael Flowers (60th, 25:52.7).
The girls team finished eighth (219) in the eight-team district 1 race, behind champion Mount Gilead (46), as the top four teams and top 16 individuals advanced to regional.
Junior Rachel Mitchell was 41st (24:47.6) of 63 runners to lead the Eagles, followed by juniors Madeline Bliss (50th, 26:01), Sydney King (53rd, 27:00.5), Hannah Allen (58th, 30:24.3), Maggie Isner (60th, 31:36.9) and Natalie Bankey (62nd, 32:34.9).
In the MSL-Cardinal meet Oct. 13 at Berne Union, Mayhew and Claffey both made second-team all-league and King, Sisler and senior A.J. Gillespie were honorable mention all-league for the boys, and Mitchell was honorable mention all-league for the girls.
"The kids did great this year," coach Mindy Bankey said. "We have had a lot of growth, and we have a lot of interest in the program. It was great to have the soccer guys (Claffey and Gillespie) join us for the end of the year."
Girls volleyball team falls in second round
The ninth-seeded girls volleyball team saw its season end with a 25-27, 25-11, 25-13, 25-23 loss to second-seeded Shekinah Christian in the second round of the Division IV district tournament Oct. 20.
Katie Jacobs had 10 kills and three blocks and Taylor Oda had 25 assists to lead the Eagles, who finished 10-14.
Grove City Christian defeated eighth-seeded Tree of Life 25-14, 26-24, 25-19 in the first round Oct. 18.