After two lopsided losses, the Grove City Christian School football team was in need of a strong performance to get back on track.

After two lopsided losses, the Grove City Christian School football team was in need of a strong performance to get back on track.

The Eagles received that effort in a 42-14 win over Cincinnati College Prep Academy on Sept. 23 at home.

"We needed this one bad," coach Kerry Owens said. "This is the halfway point. You're either 2-3 or 3-2, and there's a big difference. We really needed this win."

Grove City Christian is 3-2 overall and visits Ashland (Ky.) Fairview on Friday, Sept. 30, for the first meeting between the programs.

Fairview is 5-0 with an average winning margin of 37 points per game.

Last season, Fairview finished 11-2 overall after losing to Lexington Christian 23-12 in the Class IA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.

"They're undefeated and they score a lot of points, so we'll have our work cut out for us," Owens said. "They're expecting big things."

Grove City Christian began the season 2-0 but lost to Danville 40-7 on Sept. 9 and Fort Loramie 62-0 on Sept. 16.

Against Prep Academy, Grove City Christian fell behind 8-0 in the first quarter before scoring 42 consecutive points.

Zack Casparro and Nate Norris scored on blocked punts for the Eagles.

Senior quarterback Ben Whitaker, who also is a starting defensive back, missed the game because of a groin injury but is expected to play this week. Freshman Ethan Swank replaced Whitaker at quarterback.

The Eagles also played without senior running back and linebacker Tony Roark, who was out with a sprained ankle. Roark also is expected to play against Fairview.

Freshman Jordan Haywood filled in for Roark at running back.

Swank and Haywood scored on 1-yard touchdown runs.

For the season, Whitaker has rushed for 283 yards and five touchdowns on 27 carries and completed 12 of 30 passes for 250 yards with one touchdown.

Roark has rushed for 208 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries.

"We'd love to be 5-0, but that's not possible," Owens said. "We're 3-2, which is a long way from where we were last year."

Last season, the Eagles started 0-4 before beating Cincinnati Horizon Science Academy 73-0. Grove City Christian finished 3-7 overall.

•The boys soccer team entered the week on a three-game winning streak.

The Eagles bounced back from an 11-0 loss to Delaware Christian on Sept. 13 to beat Madison Christian 2-1 on Sept. 20, Liberty Christian 4-1 on Sept. 22 and Patriot Preparatory Academy 7-0 on Sept. 24.

Grove City Christian was 4-5-2 overall before playing Tree of Life on Sept. 27. The Trojans were 10th in last week's Division III state poll.

Coach David Morrison pointed to the play of freshman Jason Stauffer and senior goalkeeper Justin Dreier as keys to the team's recent success.

•After combining for just eight wins over the previous two seasons, the girls volleyball team entered the week 6-5 overall and 3-4 in the MOCAL.

The Eagles visit Madison Christian on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Madison Christian defeated Grove City Christian 25-17, 11-25, 25-18, 25-27, 15-8 on Sept. 6.

"We're pleased with the progress we're making," coach Joe Bradford said. "We still think we can do more, but we have six victories. They believe they can come out and compete and play with anybody, so that's the biggest benefit. You can see the confidence growing and the unity."

•The boys golf team entered the postseason coming off a strong showing in the MOCAL tournament Sept. 20 at The Links at Groveport.

The Eagles finished third (177) behind Tree of Life (172) and Fairfield Christian (175) and ahead of Madison Christian (207).

Grove City Christian's Cameron Michalek was the medalist with a 34. Tyler Elgin shot a 43.

"I like the fact that the MOCAL has balanced out," coach Eric Varney said. "Everybody has a chance at it."

The Eagles competed in the Division III sectional tournament Sept. 27 at Pine Hill. The top two teams and the top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Pickaway Country Club.

•The girls basketball team has a new coach. Elizabeth Morris has succeeded Megan Little, who resigned in August after one season because of family commitments.

Last season, the Eagles finished 4-16 overall after losing to Worthington Christian 56-24 in the first round of the Division IV district tournament.

"I will miss the girls," Little said. "I worked very hard to turn around that program and get a lot done in a short period of time."

Morris, 26, is a 2003 graduate of Marysville High School and a 2007 graduate of Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., with a degree in human development.

She received her master's degree in education from Ashland University this year.

Morris' coaching background at Grove City Christian includes guiding the middle school girls basketball team for two seasons beginning in 2008, the junior varsity girls basketball team last season and the middle school softball team the past three seasons.

"Over the past four years, the Grove City Christian girls basketball program hasn't been working up to its full potential," Morris said. "That is where change needs to begin. GCCS has enough athletic talent to be at the top of the MOCAL. The team will only be at its best when each individual player is at her best. My goal this season is to start training and molding individual players to be at their best."

Morris is a fifth- and sixth-grade intermediate language teacher at the school.