Despite having only four champions, the Grandview Heights High School girls track and field team captured its 10th league title in 12 seasons.
The Bobcats scored 105 points in the MSL-Ohio Division meet that concluded May 10, finishing ahead of Bexley (81), Columbus Academy (77), Worthington Christian (47) and host Whitehall (38).
"I thought it was going to be a lot closer, but things came together well," coach Brian Schoch said. "You go into a meet and you don't know how things will work out, but things fell together nicely -- sprinters, hurdlers, distance runners, relays. It was just an overall solid team effort. We got off to a good start (May 7) and kept it going."
Schoch credited the 3,200-meter relay of Liza DeVere, Hannah Yochem, Emma Hall and Nina Amicon with starting the Bobcats strongly, turning in a season-best effort of 9 minutes, 55.3 seconds while finishing second in the meet's first running event.
"They didn't win, but they ran out of their minds and set things up for us," Schoch said.
The only double-winner for the girls was Whitney Schaefer. The senior won the 100 hurdles (16.14) and 300 hurdles (47.23) for the third consecutive season.
"It means a lot to win both and to be able to participate for the whole team," Schaefer said. "(Winning the league) is going to give us a lot of confidence, especially with a smaller (18-athlete) team."
Amicon also ran all three distance events, finishing first in the 1,600 (5:25.23), second in the 800 (2:26.51) and third in the 3,200 (11:54.65).
"Nina won the (1,600), was second in 800 and came back to take third in the (3,200), which is a very difficult triple," Schoch said. "She (got her personal record) in the (3,200), which was her third event of the day. That was more of just guttiness from her."
In the pole vault, Sophie Andrew won with an effort of 8 feet and Sosi Mahdasian was runner-up with a 6-6.
Also placing second were Maddy Morosky in the 400 (1:01.67), Tayler Pierce in the high jump (5-3) and Jenna Richards in the 300 hurdles (50.85).
The boys team placed second (96) behind Whitehall (104) and ahead of Academy (71), Bexley (49) and Worthington Christian (26).
Luke Lachey won the high jump (6-2) and 400 (program-record 50.92) to lead the way.
"(The 400) felt good," he said. "I started chasing them and once I got out front, I kept going and it carried me through. I think this helps a lot and gives me the confidence that I can go under 51."
Iain McCormick (11-0) and Connor McCormick (9-6) took the top two spots in the pole vault.
"I hope to do better (in the postseason) than I have the last couple of meets," Iain McCor-mick said. "I sprained my ankle practicing about a week ago, but it's getting better."
Chris Miller won the 800 (2:03.04). Derek Amicon was first in the 3,200 (9:53.02) and runner-up in the 1,600 (4:28.81).
"The (3,200) has never really been my best thing, but I think that this shows that I can compete for that, too," Amicon said. "I might be able to go to state in that if I keep it going."
The Bobcats began the postseason May 14 in the Division III, district 2 meet at Watkins Memorial. The meet concludes Saturday, May 18, with the top four finishers in each event advancing to regional Wednesday, May 22, and May 24 at Fairfield Union.
"Our conference is small, but our conference is good," Schoch said. "There are a lot of really, really good teams that we are running against, so I think that will only get us more ready (for district and regional). We had a ton of (personal records) and a ton of season bests."
Baseball team begins postseason
The fourth-seeded baseball team opens the Division III district tournament Thursday, May 16, at home against ninth-seeded Northridge or 12th-seeded Marion Pleasant in the second round. The Bobcats defeated Northridge 8-3 on April 9.
The winner plays sixth-seeded North Union, 10th-seeded Academy or 18th-seeded Madison Plains in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at a neutral site. The Bobcats split with Academy in MSL-Ohio play, losing 5-4 in eight innings April 29 and winning 9-8 in eight innings May 1. They also defeated Madison Plains 8-2 on March 23.
The district final is May 23 at a neutral site.
Grandview was 19-6 overall before playing Johnstown on May 13 to close the regular season. The Bobcats fell short of winning their first league championship since 2009, going 6-2 in the MSL-Ohio to finish one game behind Bexley (7-1).
Boys tennis team ends season at sectional
The boys tennis team competed in a Division II sectional tournament May 9 at Academy but did not have any athletes advance to district.
"We had a good season and I think it was because we had more depth, which was certainly a key," said third-year coach Kathy Kinnard, whose team finished 10-5 overall and placed fifth (1-4) in the MSL-Ohio behind champion Academy (5-0). "We had more skill and we were more athletic. Also, we had good weather at the beginning of the season and that allowed us to build some early momentum."
The Bobcats' three singles players all won at least one match at sectional. Senior Brett Holcomb went 2-1, losing a district-qualifying match to Watterson's Chris Finissi 6-0, 6-2.
Freshman Max Lauer finished 2-1 and junior Calvin Horning went 1-1, both losing in the second round. Lauer defeated London's Christian Bryant 6-0, 6-0 in a play-in match before defeating Bloom-Carroll's Lawson Miller 6-0, 6-1 in the first round. Horning outlasted Olentangy Berlin's Kathir Maarikarthykeyan 6-7, 6-0, 6-1 in a first-round match.
Both Grandview doubles teams lost their tournament openers. Senior Patrick Rowland and freshman Keegan Kearney lost to Watterson's Adam Pavliga and Dylan Tucker 6-2, 6-1, and senior Adam Cincione and junior Bryan Gilleland lost to Academy's Jack Madison and Aric Tuckerman 6-0, 6-0.
Softball squad falls in first round
The softball team had its season end May 6 when it lost at sixth-seeded Newark Catholic 10-0 in six innings in the first round of the Division IV district tournament.
Claire Bower, a junior pitcher/first baseman, led off the game with a single, but it turned out to be the lone hit for the 10th-seeded Bobcats.
Grandview finished 5-19 overall and placed fourth (2-7) in the MSL-Ohio behind champion Worthington Christian (9-0).
Bower led the Bobcats in most offensive categories, including batting average (.435), runs (24), doubles (9), stolen bases (9), on-base percentage (.521) and slugging percentage (.613). She also was 3-8 with a 4.85 ERA, 21 strikeouts and 22 walks in 60 2/3 innings.
Junior pitcher/outfielder Taylor Fultz was 2-8 with a 3.39 ERA, 36 strikeouts and 25 walks in 53 2/3 innings. She batted .255 with eight RBI, 10 runs and five stolen bases.
Pitcher Chrissy Harker-Knight was the team's lone senior. She was 0-3 with a 7.88 ERA, eight strikeouts and 11 walks in 18 2/3 innings.
Other top players expected to return include junior Marissa Tose (SS; .255, 13 RBI, 7 runs) and sophomores Emma Murphy (3B; .258, 13 runs, 10 RBI, 7 stolen bases) and Sami Swartz (C; .225, 13 RBI, 16 runs, 6 stolen bases).