Owen Rupp has played in the midfield for two Bexley High School teams, but his roles were contrasting.
After being a defensive midfielder for the boys soccer program last fall, the senior currently plays as an attacking midfielder in lacrosse.
While the roles may be different on the field, the skills needed for both go hand-in-hand.
"They are both center-of-the-field (positions) and they are really different, but I think it can help my play," Rupp said.
"In both sports, you can see how opponents position their bodies and their mentality of how they go against you. As a defender, you learn how to approach someone and how to break them down and keep them from being successful against you. You can also see how they are going to defend you when you are attacking (in lacrosse)."
Last fall, Rupp was second-team all-district in Division II and first-team all-MSL-Ohio Division as the soccer team finished 11-3-3 overall and placed third (2-1-2) in the league behind Columbus Academy (3-0-2) and Grandview (2-0-3).
He's the lone returning offensive starter for the lacrosse team, which is 0-6. Rupp led the Lions in scoring last season (35 goals, 18 assists) and also as a sophomore (19 goals, 7 assists).
"Owen provides his leadership by example," coach Stony Burks said. "He's not very loud, but his voice is in his actions. He's our best stick-handler; he's our best passer; and he has our highest lacrosse IQ."
Lacrosse defensive coordinator Christian Adkin has seen Rupp's game grow over the last four seasons and he's observed it from two perspectives -- first as a teammate and now as a coach.
"I remember when I was a senior, Owen was a freshman, and from an early age he took on a big role of being a starting (attacker) and being the only freshman thrown on varsity," said Adkin, a 2015 Bexley graduate.
"We knew he had the potential to be something big and it's amazing to see him improve and fulfill that potential."
Rupp had two goals in an 11-10, season-opening loss in two overtimes to Pickerington North on March 16. The Lions scored no more than three and only seven total goals in their next four games.
"We're still developing as a team," said Rupp, who had five goals in a 10-7 loss to Gahanna on April 14.
"We have a completely new set of guys and only have three of the starting lineup from last year. That means there are new guys with a whole new set of responsibilities. As people continue to learn those responsibilities and roles, we will get better."
Rupp understands his role of getting the offense in position to score, and he continues to work on helping his younger teammates find their way on the field.
"My coaches call me like the 'point guard' of the offense, so I run a lot of the sets and I call out a lot of sets," he said.
"A lot of (the responsibilities) fall on the other guys because being that 'point guard' you have to move the ball around. You don't always feel the pressure of being the guy to score because you're getting the ball to the other guys."
Rupp loves both sports, but plans to focus on his studies in college. He has a 4.5 weighted GPA and has been looking into Michigan and Virginia to study in a business-related field.
"If I play in college, it will probably be club because of the size of the schools that I'm looking at," Rupp said.
"I'm not really sure which sport I like better. Honestly, it goes by season. It's just one of those things. If you are into the sport, you will be motivated by it and you work as hard as you can to do your best in it."
Girls track team takes second in home meet
The girls track and field team won three events and finished second of 10 teams in the 49th annual Russ Owen Bexley Relays on April 13 at home.
The Lions totaled 96 points to finish three points behind Watterson.
The boys team was seventh (41.5) behind champion St. Charles (93).
The girls won the 6,400-meter relay in 23 minutes, 58.8 seconds with a freshman quartet of Maria Steinke, Ally Grieshop, Hannah Hayden and Karleigh Place.
Molly Fagin, Caroline Bunker, Hayden and Place were on the winning 3,200 relay (10:22.3).
Freddie Collins and Nya Harris combined for an effort of 65 feet, 3 1/2 inches to win the shot-put relay.
Boys tennis team starts 3-0 in league
The boys tennis team was 3-0 in the MSL-Ohio Division before playing Grandview on April 17 and had won all three matches 5-0.
The Lions, who were 4-1 overall before playing New Albany on April 16, defeated London on April 5, Whitehall on April 6 and Worthington Christian on April 12 in league contests.
Christian Roddy had won all three of his first-singles matches in league play before April 17.
Will Meyer and Nolan Winston both were 2-0 in singles. Leo Schottenstein and Aaron Young had won two doubles matches, and Thibault Knox-Kelly was 3-0 in doubles while teaming with Meyer, Will Talbott and Young.
Bexley lost 5-0 to Upper Arlington's B team on April 9.
Below are the coming schedules for the Bexley baseball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse and softball teams:
April 19 -- Home vs. Centennial
*April 23 -- Home vs. London
*April 25 -- At London
April 21 -- At Cincinnati Indian Hill
April 19 -- Home vs. Westerville Central
*April 24 -- Home vs. Granville
April 20 -- At New Albany
*April 23 -- Home vs. London
*April 25 -- At London
*April 19 -- At Columbus Academy
April 23 -- Home vs. Lancaster
*April 24 -- Home vs. Wellington
April 25 -- At Upper Arlington
TRACK & FIELD
April 20 -- Pat McMillan Invitational at Whitehall
April 24 -- Braves Invitational at Whetstone