Greg Hock assumed his left ankle was only sprained when it started hurting after he was sacked playing quarterback for the Watterson High School football team on Nov. 13.

Greg Hock assumed his left ankle was only sprained when it started hurting after he was sacked playing quarterback for the Watterson High School football team on Nov. 13.

The senior had his ankle taped, finished the game and came off the bench to play in the second half of the Eagles' 24-10 loss to DeSales in a regional final a week later.

Hock felt increasingly better during the offseason, but after he felt a snapping sensation during a baseball training session in January, he went to see a specialist who discovered two torn ligaments in his ankle.

After having surgery to repair the ligaments on Jan. 19, Hock's primary concern was making it back in time to play baseball for his high school squad. But the doctor said there was a chance he could miss the entire season.

"That didn't sit well with me because baseball is my first love, so I went to physical therapy three days a week and pushed myself to get my strength and flexibility back as soon as possible," Hock said. "It was pretty painful at times, but it was worth it, because I ended up coming back two weeks ahead of the doctor's timetable and now I feel great."

Hock missed Watterson's first three games, but has had a positive impact since reclaiming his starting position at third base.

Through 16 games, Hock was batting .439 with four RBI and 10 runs scored. He had five stolen bases in five attempts and had a .967 fielding percentage at third base.

In his first three starts as a pitcher, Hock was 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 15 innings.

"Greg's doing really well in the short time he's been back," coach Tony Cleveland said. "Greg's a senior captain and he's been a great leader. He's the backbone and catalyst of our team."

The Eagles were 6-10 overall before last Monday, but Hock believes they still have the potential to win their first Division II district title since 2007.

"My goal is to help our team get our record back above .500," Hock said. "We may not get a high seed for the tournament, but I think we have the talent to go real far if we start playing our best baseball at the right time."

Hock has made a verbal commitment to play baseball at Ohio Wesleyan University. He is planning on following in the footsteps of his mother, Karen, by pursuing a career in physical therapy.

"I'm going to keep playing baseball for as long as possible and then I'm going to try to stay involved in sports by working with athletes through physical therapy," said Hock, who has a 3.4 cumulative GPA. "I was thinking about getting a job in pharmacy or accounting, but after all of the help I received from physical therapy, that's inspired me to do what I can to help other athletes who are injured."

•The boys and girls track and field teams compete Friday in the Olentangy Invitational and Tuesday at Columbus Academy.

Last Friday, the girls team finished third (66) in the Bexley Relays, behind Bexley (93) and Marion-Franklin (78). The boys squad finished fourth (68) in the Bexley Relays, behind Eastmoor Academy (85), Bexley (78) and Marion-Franklin (72).

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Watterson baseball and softball teams:

BASEBALL

*April 19 - Lost to DeSales 5-3

*April 20 - Defeated Worthington Christian 4-3. Greg Hock scattered nine hits over seven innings.

April 21 - Def. Sparta Highland 8-4. Ray Cook was the winning pitcher. Adam Koscielski hit a two-run home run. Brian Bruening hit a solo homer.

*Last Friday - Lost to Hartley 3-1

*Last Monday - Game against St. Charles postponed

*Last Wednesday - Played Ready

Today - Home vs. Upper Arlington

*Friday - At DeSales

*Monday - Home vs. Worthington Christian

Tuesday - At Thomas Worthington

Of note: The Eagles were 6-10 overall and 3-3 in the CCL before last Wednesday.

SOFTBALL

*April 19 - Lost to DeSales 2-1

*April 20 - Def. Worthington Christian 10-2. Kaela Kreuzer was the winning pitcher.

*April 21 - Def. Ready 5-0. Annie Truelove pitched a three-hitter.

Last Friday - Def. Richmond Edison 9-3

Last Saturday - Lost to Lebanon 6-0

Last Tuesday - Played Hilliard Darby

*Last Wednesday - Played Ready

*Today - At DeSales

*Monday - Home vs. Worthington Christian

Tuesday - Home vs. Pickerington Central

*Wednesday - At Hartley

Of note: The Eagles were 10-5 overall before last Tuesday and 3-1 in the CCL before last Wednesday.

*CCL contest

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Watterson boys tennis, boys volleyball, and boys and girls lacrosse teams:

BOYS TENNIS

April 19 - Lost to Columbus Academy 4-1

*April 20 - Def. Worthington Christian 5-0

April 21 - Def. Bexley 3-2

April 22 - Def. Village Academy 3-2

Last Saturday - Lost to Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 3-2

Last Monday - Match against Wellington postponed

*Last Tuesday - Played DeSales

Last Wednesday - Played New Albany

Monday - Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne

*Tuesday - Home vs. St. Charles

Wednesday - At Thomas Worthington

Of note: The Eagles were 4-4 overall and 2-0 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

April 20 - Def. Whetstone 25-14, 25-8, 25-17

April 22 - Def. DeSales 25-10, 25-20, 25-8

Last Friday - Lost to Hilliard Darby 25-23, 28-26, 25-20

Last Saturday - Def. Thomas Worthington 25-9, 25-12; def. DeSales 25-19, 25-13; def. Kettering Fairmont 23-25, 25-22, 25-18

Last Tuesday - Played Gahanna Christian

Last Wednesday - Played Westerville South

Today - At Licking Heights

Tuesday - At Whetstone

Of note: The Eagles were 12-3 before last Tuesday.

BOYS LACROSSE

April 19 - Def. Bexley 10-9

April 21 - Def. Hilliard Bradley 13-4

Last Friday - Def. Columbus City Schools 20-0

Last Wednesday - Played Johnstown

Saturday - At Pickerington North

Monday - At Pickerington Central

Wednesday - Home vs. Toledo St. John's

Of note: The Eagles were 4-3 before last Wednesday.

GIRLS LACROSSE

April 20 - Def. Hilliard Bradley 17-7

April 22 - Lost to Worthington Kilbourne 14-4

Last Tuesday - Played Columbus Academy

Friday - At Columbus School for Girls

Monday - At DeSales

Of note: The Eagles were 2-8 before last Tuesday.

*CCL contest