The Grove City Christian School boys soccer team entered the Division III district tournament on a five-game unbeaten streak.
The second-seeded Eagles were 12-1-3 overall before playing host to 18th-seeded Harvest Prep in the second round Oct. 18. Both teams had a first-round bye.
"Going into the season I was a little nervous, but the team has really grown together and we've been playing some really good soccer together this year," senior Zach Lantzy said. "My goal is to at least make it to the district final, but hopefully further than that."
The second-round winner plays fifth-seeded Johnstown or ninth-seeded Fisher Catholic in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the home of the better seed. The Eagles defeated Ready 5-1 on Sept. 16 and Fisher Catholic 4-3 on Sept. 20.
The district final is Oct. 28 at neutral site to be determined. Top-seeded Grandview is a potential opponent.
Grove City Christian went 5-1-2 in the MSL-Cardinal Division to finish second behind Wellington (7-0-1), which was seeded fourth for the district tournament.
The teams met twice in league play. They played to a scoreless tie Sept. 11 and Wellington won 4-2 on Sept. 22.
Through 15 games, Lantzy led the Eagles in scoring with 18 goals and seven assists. Goalkeeper A.J. Gillespie had 80 saves with six shutouts in MSL-Cardinal play.
Coach Dan Milam called a 2-1 victory over visiting Worthington Christian on Oct. 10 a highlight of the season. It was the Eagles' first win over the Warriors.
"Former coach Aaron Holley and I have had Worthington Christian on our goals list for the program and we've met several of our program goals over the years," Milam said. "The program win against Worthington Christian is a good step for us."
Girls volleyball team preps for postseason
The girls volleyball team is gearing up for what it hopes is a long postseason run.
The Eagles, who are 14-8 overall, are seeded fifth for the Division IV district tournament and play host to 11th-seeded Granville Christian in the first round Thursday, Oct. 19.
The winner plays sixth-seeded Fisher Catholic or ninth-seeded Tree of Life in the second round Saturday, Oct. 21, at the home of the better seed.
Grove City Christian has played Fisher Catholic three times this season, winning 25-22, 23-25, 25-1 on Sept. 2 in Worthington Christian's tournament and 25-13, 27-25, 13-25, 24-26, 15-13 on Oct. 10, and losing 21-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-19 on Sept. 19. The latter two were MSL-Cardinal matches.
The second-round winner advances to a district semifinal Oct. 26 at Worthington Christian Middle School. Grove City Christian is seeking its third consecutive semifinal berth.
Top players have included Calista Manns (268 kills, 169 digs, 43 aces), Katie Jacobs (149 kills, 103 digs, 45 blocks, 25 aces), Taylor Oda (468 assists, 153 digs) and Gidgyt Hartman (98 digs, 58 aces).
The Eagles went 6-6 in the MSL-Cardinal to finish fourth behind champion Fairfield Christian (12-0). They won seven of their final 10 regular-season matches to reach 14 wins for the third consecutive year.
"With a young team -- no seniors among the nine letterwinners -- we struggled with consistency at times, but had some really good stretches where we played some really good volleyball," coach Joe Bradford said. "Our five juniors provided solid leadership and our four sophomores got better and better as the season progressed."
Football team to face Rosecrans
The football team is 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the MSL-Cardinal as it prepares to visit Zanesville Rosecrans on Friday, Oct. 20.
Rosecrans is 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the MSL-Cardinal.
The Eagles defeated Dayton Jefferson Township 45-6 on Sept. 8 and Fairfield Christian 28-13 on Oct. 6.
Grove City Christian lost at Harvest Prep 46-8 on Oct. 13. The Eagles were outgained 533-96 as the Warriors improved to 5-0 in the league.
Brett Baker threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Noah Whitaker in the fourth quarter.
Cross country teams to compete at district
The boys and girls cross country teams will compete in the Division III, district 2 meet Saturday, Oct. 21, at Watkins Memorial.
The top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to the regional Oct. 28 at Pickerington North.
Boys golf team competes at sectional
The boys golf team competed in a Division III sectional tournament Sept. 26 at Darby Creek, finishing seventh (444) of eight teams behind champion Wellington (308).
Senior Jason Baker led the Eagles with a 90, followed by junior Gavin Robbins (111), senior Caleb Sullivan (115) and sophomore Tim Sullivan (128).