Grove City Christian School boys basketball coach Chris Timlin has been accustomed to his team receiving favorable seeds for the district tournament.
At 4-14 overall and 2-9 in the MSL-Cardinal Division before playing Harvest Prep on Feb. 12, Timlin realized going into the postseason draw Feb. 10 that the Eagles would face a different path.
The Eagles are seeded 24th of 26 teams in Division III and play at seventh-seeded Africentric in the first round Feb. 25. They moved up this winter after enjoying success in Division IV.
"The last four seasons, we won a total of 56 basketball games and that's a big number," Timlin said. "We're not accustomed to what's happening right now and we're not satisfied, so we're going to keep working extremely hard. We're going to keep working and keep competing night in and night out."
Grove City Christian finished 9-15 last season, a year after going 22-5 and capturing its first district title.
The Eagles have struggled this year, but Timlin said his players haven't lost their desire.
"They're still practicing as hard as they can practice," he said. "The guys have continued to practice very well and that is encouraging. We feel like we can compete. We feel like we can do some good things before we close the season out, but it's just a matter of executing on game night."
Taylor Stauffer scored 14 points and Cameron Donohoe added 10 in a 57-43 loss to Fisher Catholic on Feb. 9.
Brayden Holbrook scored 17 points and Stauffer added 10 in 101-69 loss to Harvest Prep on Feb. 5.
The Eagles visit Millersport on Friday, Feb. 15, looking for a sweep of the Lakers after winning 61-53 on Jan. 15.
Grove City Christian wraps up the regular season Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Berne Union and Feb. 22 at home against Newark Catholic. The Eagles lost to Berne Union 63-50 on Dec. 22.
Girls basketball team to begin postseason
The girls basketball team is seeded 10th of 18 teams in the Division IV district tournament and has a first-round bye.
It visits second-seeded Newark Catholic or plays host to 18th-seeded Northside Christian in the second round Wednesday, Feb. 20.
"It a tough one, but if you are to advance, you have to face one of the best," coach Mindy Bankey said of a potential matchup with Newark Catholic. "It will be a good test for us, but we're up for the challenge."
The winner plays seventh-seeded Tree of Life or 12th-seeded Morral Ridgedale in the third round Feb. 23 at the home of the better seed.
The Eagles were 10-10 overall and 6-7 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing Fairfield Christian on Feb. 11. They closed the regular season Feb. 12 against Corning Miller.
Naomi Cotter scored 19 points in a 33-26 win over visiting Millersport on Feb. 8.
Cotter scored 15 points and Sophie Hoyt added 10 in a 55-44 win over visiting Tree of Life on Feb. 7.
Girls swimmers begin postseason
The girls swimming team competed in a three-team Division II sectional Feb. 9 at Upper Arlington and Wylee Whittredge led the way, winning the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 16.91 seconds) and finishing fifth in the 100 freestyle (59.59).
Maggie Isner was second in the 500 free (7:05.15) and eighth in the 100 backstroke (1:24.55), and Alayna Riggs was eighth in the 50 free (35.55) and 10th in the 100 free (1:29.73).
The Eagles finished third (52 points) behind Grandview (401) and Wellington (261).
Whittredge is seeded 22nd in the 100 free and 26th in the 100 breast at district Thursday, Feb. 14, at Ohio State.
The top two placers in each event automatically advance to the state meet Feb. 21 and 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each event based on district times statewide.