Grove City Christian cross country coach Mindy Bankey has been pleased with the development of her boys and girls teams.
Sophomore Dylan King has led the boys team and is coming off a pair of strong showings, including finishing 62nd (20 minutes, 5.17 seconds) of 195 runners in the Cross the Creek Invitational on Sept. 28 at Washington Court House.
Grove City Christian finished 15th (393) of 15 teams behind champion Chillicothe Unioto (46). Also competing were Danny Claffey (90th, 21:32.94), Luke McCoy (117th, 22:57.44), Andrew Chalupa (146th, 24:21.29) and Michael Flowers (170th, 27:16.91).
King also placed 23rd (19:01) of 55 runners in the Adam Carter Invitational on Sept. 25 at Williamsport Westfall as the Eagles finished sixth (147) of six teams behind champion Washington Court House Miami Trace (39).
Claffey was 31st (20:13), McCoy was 35th (20:41), Colton Sisler was 46th (22:49) and Flowers was 48th (23:30).
"That was a good meet for everyone," Bankey said. "We actually had enough there for a boys team, which was great because we have a number of boys who are playing soccer as well. There's good stuff happening. The boys are young and they're seeing their numbers improve every meet, which is fantastic."
Sydney King and Maddy Bliss are leading the girls team, with King placing 90th (32:04.3) of 108 runners at Washington Court House. Hannah Allen was 101st (36:29.23) and Natalie Bankey was 102nd (37:02.1).
Bliss was 20th (26:17) of 41 runners at Westfall, ahead of Allen (35th, 31:13), Natalie Bankey (38th, 33:14) and Maggie Isner (40th, 37:20).
"The girls have done well," coach Bankey said.
The girls have competed most of the season without Rachel Mitchell, who is battling a back injury. Coach Bankey is hoping she returns for the program's home meet, the Brian K. Davis Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5.
"We've missed her," Bankey said. "Hopefully she'll get to run the last few meets."
Coach Bankey credits assistant coach Joe Montoya for providing guidance and leadership for both teams as she juggles coaching and work commitments.
"Coach Montoya has done a great job," she said. "He's really been active and the kids really love him, so it's been a fun transition with having him aboard. There are a lot of positives."
Football team to play rival
Football coach Hank Patterson said his team is looking forward to playing Fairfield Christian on Friday, Oct. 4, at home.
The Eagles have won the last two meetings, 28-13 in 2017 and 54-7 last season.
"Our rival is Fairfield Christian," Patterson said. "I try to get them geeked up on that game. I do it like Ohio State. We give them pants to wear around their necks. They'll be saying: 'Do it for the pants.'"
The Eagles fell to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the MSL-Cardinal Division with a 41-0 loss to Fisher Catholic on Sept. 27.
Fairfield Christian dropped to 0-5 overall and 0-1 in the MSL-Cardinal with a 46-0 loss to Berne Union on Sept. 28.
Girls volleyball team looks for consistency
Girls volleyball coach Joe Bradford hopes his team develops some consistency as it continues the second half of league play.
The Eagles were 8-10 overall and 3-5 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing Berne Union on Oct. 1.
Through 15 matches, Ashley Stoll led the team in kills with 57, followed by Bryanna Trout and Alayna Riggs with 52 apiece.
Alaina Dawson led in assists (226) and aces (25), Stoll and Brooke O'Dell led in digs (both 88) and Trout led in blocks (23).
"We've had some really good stretches of volleyball, but we're still having issues at times with consistency and urgency," Bradford said. "We've made some adjustments in serve reception that have helped us improve. Now we need to take the next step with better offensive efficiency."
Below are the coming schedules for the Grove City Christian boys golf, boys soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 2 -- Competed in Division III district tournament at Darby Creek. The top team and top individual not on that team advanced to state Oct. 11 and 12 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
*Oct. 7 -- Home vs. Worthington Christian
*Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Millersport
*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Fairfield Christian. The Eagles lost to the Knights 25-11, 25-10, 25-10 on Sept. 10.
*Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Fisher Catholic. The Eagles lost to the Irish 25-15, 25-17, 25-13 on Sept. 12.