Liz McDermott isn't one to sit around idly, and the Grandview Heights senior would have it no other way.
McDermott is a four-year player with the girls tennis program. She also plays the clarinet in band, is part of the school's theater productions and takes Advanced Placement courses.
While she admits that she's "not the kind of person who can sit in my house for hours and hours," McDermott doesn't stay busy simply to avoid boredom. She does everything with a purpose and has become a skillful manager of her time, which enables her to excel in all of her activities.
"If I'm not at tennis, I'm doing homework. If I'm not doing homework, I'm at band. If I'm not at band, I'm in theater. I always have to be doing something," she said.
"Something" for the girls tennis team is playing second or third singles. The Bobcats were 4-3 overall before playing Westland on Sept. 16 and 1-3 in the MSL-Ohio Division before facing Bexley on Sept. 17.
McDermott's "groundstrokes and court coverage" have made her a better fit for singles than doubles, according to coach Kathy Kinnard.
"She moves around the court pretty well," Kinnard said. "She has a lot of interests, being in the band and in the school plays. She has made a real commitment during the season. She makes efforts to get to an optional practice if she would miss something because of the play."
McDermott also is a member of the swimming and diving program during the winter. She likes the individual aspect of the two sports.
"You can focus on improving yourself and your personal bests as opposed to working with other people," she said. "I like working by myself, which is why I like playing singles. It's good to see yourself do better and see your progress."
McDermott is preparing to be a part of Grandview's fall theater production, "She Kills Monsters." She said theater is a better complement to tennis than swimming.
"Both theater and tennis are very strategic and there are a lot of different components to them," she said. "In swimming, you just have to swim fast, that's pretty much all there is to it.
"In tennis, it's all about angles and where to hit the ball and how hard to hit the ball. In theater, it's about knowing your lines, knowing your (positioning on stage) and how to give emotion to a character. (Theater and tennis) both have a lot of parts that contribute to the whole."
McDermott started playing tennis as a freshman when her sister, 2017 graduate Hannah McDermott, was a senior doubles player in the program.
In addition to her skills being well-suited for singles, McDermott said it also fits her personality better than doubles.
"Sometimes I get stressed out if I hit the ball out (of bounds) and feel so bad and apologize to my doubles partner for messing it up," she said. (In singles) it's also a pride thing because I know I won the match. It was me who put in the work and knowing I put in that work is a really fulfilling experience."
McDermott has a 4.35 GPA and wants to study education or political science at Ohio State or the University of Pittsburgh.
"I'm always just pushing myself," she said. "I'm always taking little bits of time like at lunchtime or before or after school to do things. I have to be busy."
Football team begins league competition
The football team opens MSL-Ohio play Friday, Sept. 20, at home against Bexley, which will be looking to break a 10-game league losing streak.
The Lions' last league victory came against Grandview, 28-6 in the final week of the 2016 regular season.
Bexley is in its first season under coach Mike Golden. He has previously led Delaware, New Albany, Upper Arlington and Watterson, where he won the Division III state championship in 2002.
"They have Mike Golden coaching and it's like they got the band back together," said coach Jason Peters, whose team improved to 3-0 by defeating Bucyrus 29-0 on Sept. 13.
"He has several of the guys that he had at Watterson and other places with him. They have an identity, they are doing what they can do and getting better at it. They are improved from last year."
The Lions are 1-2 after losing to Hamilton Township 28-7 on Sept. 13.
Ethan Fosnaugh caught a 3-yard scoring pass from Tommy Bloebaum, and Noah Lyons was the top rusher with 43 yards on 11 carries. Michael Agriesti and Troy Redmond both had interceptions.
Peters was happy with his team's play against Bucyrus. The shutout was just a bonus.
"I don't get as hung up on shutouts as much as playing well and doing what we're supposed to do," he said. "(The Redmen) had three first downs inside our 10-yard line and came away with no points. Once we settled in, we played really well and got the job done."
The Bobcats had interceptions from Luke Lachey and Alfie Sterneker, who returned his 21 yards for a touchdown.
Darreion Davis led Grandview with 118 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 25 carries, and Lachey had six catches for 45 yards and one score. Kyle Casey was 12-for-19 passing for 111 yards and one touchdown.
Amicon wins boys race at Bobcat Invitational
Derek Amicon led the way for the boys cross country team in the Bobcat Invitational on Sept. 14 at Camp Bobcat in Chillicothe, winning in 16 minutes, 40.7 seconds.
Chris Miller was third (17:26.7), ahead of P.J. Tingler (28th, 21:08.6), Josh Roemer (32nd, 21:13.0), Alasdair Schlesinger (34th, 21:38.3), Nathan Reese (35th, 21:52.6) and Brady Long (37th, 22:04.2).
The Bobcats were third (58 points) behind Chillicothe (28) and Westerville South (48).
Greta Tew finished seventh (22:25.1) as the girls team was third (64) behind Chillicothe (39) and South (37) and ahead of Columbus School for Girls (96).
Amelia Sturbois (11th, 23:44.3) was next, followed by Nina Brown (13th, 23:47.0), Emmalyn Kukura (18th, 24:23.8), Sosi Mahdasian (19th, 24:33.2) and Scarlett Martinsek (37th, 30:43.2).
Boys golfers to have limited postseason
The boys golf team competed in the MSL-Ohio postseason tournament Sept. 17 at Denison Golf Club.
The Bobcats are preparing for the Division III postseason, which in the Central District has been shortened to a district tournament Oct. 2 at Darby Creek. The top team and the top individual not on that team qualify for state Oct. 11 and 12 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
There will be no sectional tournaments because there are not at least "14 teams of four players or more," coach Kevin Richards said.
Richards said junior Brendan Cleary and freshman Colin Cleary will compete at district.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 21 -- Bob Reall Invitational at Lancaster
*Sept. 21 -- Home vs. Whitehall
*Sept. 25 -- At Bexley
Sept. 21 -- At Ready
Sept. 23 -- At Centennial
*Sept. 19 -- At Wellington
Sept. 21 -- Grandview Invitational
*Sept. 24 -- Home vs. Columbus School for Girls
Sept. 25 -- Home vs. Ready
*Sept. 19 -- At Columbus Academy. The Bobcats lost to the Vikings 25-20, 25-13, 25-12 on Aug. 27.
Sept. 21 -- At Millersport
Sept. 23 -- Home vs Centennial
*Sept. 24 -- Home vs. Worthington Christian. The Bobcats lost to the Warriors 25-23, 25-18, 25-17 on Aug. 28.