As an assistant coach for the Grove City Christian School boys golf team in 2010, Del Varney recalls the disappointment felt by Cameron Michalak and Tyler Elgin after each just failed to qualify for the Division III district tournament.
Varney, who is now the coach, said that is why the golfers' performance in the sectional Sept. 25 at Pine Hill was even more special.
Michalak and Elgin each shot a 75 to qualify for district Oct. 2 at Cumberland Trail. It was the golfers' first district appearance.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to state Oct. 12 and 13 at NorthStar.
As freshmen in 2010, Michalak and Elgin each shot a 79 to tie for the final district-qualifying berth with Tree of Life's Mark David Wright and Columbus Academy's Eric Eschliman.
Eschliman earned the spot with an eagle on the first playoff hole.
"We talked about that at the beginning the season," Varney said. "We talked about trying to get back to that level and they were determined if they had that opportunity again they were going to make the best of it, which they did."
The Eagles finished sixth (366) in the 12-team sectional behind champion Newark Catholic (330).
Tree of Life (330) also advanced to district.
Entering district, Michalak had a 38.76 average for nine holes and Elgin was at 39.92.
"They're stronger. They both have taken lessons and work on their skills," Varney said. "They're pretty dedicated to the game. They really want to be the best and they work hard at it."
Junior Matt Fritz (105) and sophomore Christian Fuellgraf (111) also competed for Grove City Christian at sectional.
"The whole team has been dedicated to trying to get better," Varney said.
Football team looks to end losing streak
The football team enters its game at home against St. Bernard-Elmwood Place on Friday, Oct. 5, looking to snap a four-game losing streak.
Grove City Christian is 2-4 and the Titans are 0-6.
"I know they're a young team," coach Kerry Owens said of the Titans. "I know they're very similar to us in numbers, so we're looking forward to playing them. It will be homecoming this week for us."
The Eagles lost to Ashland (Ky.) Fairview 53-24 on Sept. 28. Grove City Christian trailed 27-10 at halftime.
Fairview (6-0) is ranked third in the Kentucky Class 1A poll.
Quarterback Nate High connected with Tre Roberts (73 yards) and Casey Stauffer (47) for touchdowns, Alec Poling had a 14-yard touchdown run and Tristan Taylor kicked a 25-yard field goal.
"Through this tough stretch, we've never seen them quit," Owens said. "They always play hard to the end. That's what we're looking to see."
Volleyball team seeks consistency
The girls volleyball team was 2-12 overall and 1-8 in the MOCAL before playing Fairfield Christian on Oct. 2.
The Eagles lost to Granville Christian 22-25, 13-25, 25-18, 22-25 on Sept. 27.
"It's been a tough season so far," coach Joe Bradford said. "We're still working to achieve the consistency we need to be successful night in and night out. We show flashes of it, but so far we haven't been able to sustain it. Part of that is being such a young team, as we're playing three freshmen as part of our regular lineup and have two more dressing and seeing some limited time. The jump from middle school to varsity is a pretty big jump, so we're learning as we go."