Grove City Christian Roundup
Folzenlogen excels for Eagles boys team
When Kirsten Folzenlogen learned she would be attending Grove City Christian School, she knew her chances to compete in girls athletics might be limited.
But that challenge has not hindered the senior, who has played on the boys soccer team since her freshman season and has been a starting midfielder since last season.
"I always thought it would be kind of cool to play on the girls team, but I've played with these boys," she said. "It's fun to hang with them and when you beat one of them or you do a move around them, it's like the best feeling to experience. I like playing with guys. You can be more rough with them than with girls."
The Eagles were 0-2 before playing Fisher Catholic on Aug. 28. They lost 4-0 to Madison Plains on Aug. 20 and 6-0 to Westland on Aug. 21.
Coach David Morrison said the offense must improve if the team is going to be successful, and Folzenlogen is being counted on to help generate scoring opportunities. She began playing soccer in third grade and her sister, Amanda, also played on the school's soccer team.
Kirsten and Amanda, a 2011 graduate, were teammates for two seasons.
"They are both very passionate players," Morrison said. "Amanda played defense, so she has more of a defensive mind. Kirsten has more of an offensive-midfielder stabilizing mind. So they have totally different styles of play, but they've always been some of the hardest workers we've had."
Freshmen defenders Olivia Carter and Jessica Jablonski have joined the team, and Morrison is hoping Kirsten Folzenlogen, who also plays on the school's softball team, will provide guidance and leadership.
Although she plays on the boys soccer team, Folzenlogen said she doesn't expect any special treatment.
"I want to be treated like any other player on the team," she said.
Although she has received interest to play soccer in college, Folzenlogen doubts she will, as she wants to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. Her former teammates, 2012 graduates Aubri Paugh and Katelyn McFarlane, are playing soccer at Ohio Christian University and the University of Pikeville in Kentucky, respectively.
The Eagles finished last season 5-11-2 and despite the slow start this year, Folzenlogen believes her team will be competitive.
"We haven't played the type of soccer that we've wanted to play, but we've put our heart into it and we're really working on improving," she said. "I really have good thoughts on the rest of the season."
Football team to visit South Point
The football team will look for its second consecutive win when it visits South Point on Friday, Aug. 31, for the first meeting between the programs.
South Point is a Division IV, Region 15 team that plays in the Ohio Valley Conference and is located in Lawrence County.
The Pointers opened with a 57-0 loss to Point Pleasant (W.Va.) on Aug. 24.
Last season, South Point finished 1-9. It defeated Franklin Furnace Green 48-16.
"They have a new coach (Rick Marcello) down there and they're trying to get a new attitude," coach Kerry Owens said. "They're running a spread offense, so it will be a challenge. They have a 4-2-5 defense."
The Eagles opened with a 61-24 win over Berne Union on Aug. 24.
Sophomore tailback Jordan Haywood rushed for 204 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
"Jordan Haywood was the workhorse," Owens said. "We don't want one guy to do all the work. We want to spread it around. We want multiple backs to touch the ball, but when he's at that tailback position he is going to get most of the carries and he was hard to tackle. We're real pleased with him."
Junior quarterback Nate High rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
Sophomore Alec Poling and freshman Caleb Newkirk each ran for 59 yards, and the combined for three touchdowns.
The Eagles finished with 508 yards rushing on 50 carries.
"There are some things we need to get better at," Owens said. "A win is a win. Right now we're in the half of the schools that won (their first game), but we have to do it again (this week). We have to think that we can do better."