Madelyn Frank entered the week feeling like she had missed more than four games this season for the Canal Winchester girls basketball team.
The 5-foot-8 sophomore forward sat out two games in December after suffering a broken nose, and during a 63-35 win over Lancaster on Jan. 7 suffered a sprained shoulder, an injury that was all too reminiscent of the torn right labrum that cost Frank her entire freshman seasons of basketball and soccer.
"It's very tough. It's emotional," Frank said. "But honestly for me, I think being a part of the team means regardless of whether you're on the court or on the bench, you have to make sure your head is in the game and you are cheering everyone on. That's a big thing for me."
In her first season as a starter, Frank averaged 10.2 points in her eight games before her most recent injury. Canal Winchester was 8-5 overall before playing Westland on Jan. 21 and is 3-4 in the OCC-Capital Division entering a Friday, Jan. 24, game at Groveport.
Coach Mark Chapman called Frank an integral part of the team, both this season and going forward, because she can play any position except center and is expected to be the team's lone upperclassman next year based on turnover of the current roster.
"She has a nice outside shot, which helps given that we have Shalea (Byrd) inside, Natalie (Rarick) can go inside and outside and Amanda (Rarick) is the point guard," Chapman said. "We have other good pieces, but (Frank) is one of our better shooters. She's a very unselfish kid and she just wants to win. She wants to be on the floor badly."
Frank's nose accidentally was broken Dec. 6 during a 43-35 loss at Big Walnut by an errant arm from Natalie Rarick. According to Chapman, Frank was not ready to leave the game -- and that also was the case Jan. 7, until she temporarily lost feeling in her right arm because of the injury.
"As a former athlete, I understood. She is that kind of competitor," Chapman said. "She'll dive on the floor for loose balls and do whatever she has to do. That could cause an injury to flare up, but I can't complain about a kid who does those nitty-gritty things to help us be successful."
Frank, whose twin sister, Katelyn, splits time between varsity and junior varsity and whose mother, Tara, is an assistant coach, said she is filling exactly the role she envisioned.
Tara Frank is in the Logan athletics Hall of Fame for her basketball and volleyball achievements and played basketball at Glenville State.
"It's been a great year, honestly," said Madelyn Frank, who generally plays a hybrid shooting guard-small forward role but plays point guard when Amanda Rarick needs a break. "I thought my role was going to be to help build the program. Everyone is playing together. It feels awesome to play on a team like this.
"That shooting guard-type spot is where I'm most comfortable. I feel like my shooting isn't necessarily better but my percentage is higher, but I also like passing a lot and the '3' is a spot where I can do that."
Frank has attended every practice and game while injured and helps the team however she can, including running the scoreboard during drills. She hoped to be cleared earlier this week.
"She is engaged mentally. She's watching where she'd be during different sets. She gives feedback and I love that," Chapman said. "I want this to be a player-led team. I want there to be that ownership. She'll be a leader in the future."
Swimmers prepare for league meet
The swimming teams will try to dethrone perennial power New Albany during the OCC-Capital meet Saturday, Jan. 25, at Kenyon College.
Boys swimmer Blake Fry will attempt to win his third consecutive league title in the 100-yard breaststroke, while teammate Korbin Martino is the defending league champion in both the 50 freestyle and 100 free.
Fry placed second in the 200 free in last year's league meet, and he and Martino both were on the runner-up 200 medley relay with Lucas Elizondo and 2019 graduate Corey Berner.
New Albany's girls have won five consecutive OCC-Capital championships, while the Eagles boys have won the league title four years in a row.
Canal Winchester's girls finished second (271 points) in last year's league meet, behind New Albany (486) and ahead of Big Walnut (167), Newark (128) and Groveport (115).
The boys scored 203 points to finish third behind the Eagles (445) and Big Walnut (281) and ahead of Groveport (114) and Newark (53).
The girls team's top returning placer from last year is Grace Terflinger, who is the only returnee from the runner-up 200 medley relay and also placed second in the 100 breast. The entire runner-up 400 free relay is back in Merideth McFarland, Sydney Somers, Lauren Stone and Mikaela Vojacek.
Vojacek also was on the second-place 200 free relay.
Boys basketball team preps for Cruisers
The boys basketball team will play host to Groveport on Friday, Jan. 24, needing to win its final four OCC-Capital games and get help to contend for the league championship.
A 61-39 loss at Big Walnut on Jan. 17 dropped the Indians to 3-3 in the league, two games behind first-place Newark. Cole Metzler had 15 points to lead Canal Winchester, which was outscored 20-4 in the second quarter and 16-8 in the third.
The Indians were 8-4 overall before playing Westland on Jan. 21.
Metzler's 16 points and 12 from Tre'Von Robinson led Canal Winchester to a 54-52 win at Groveport on Dec. 13. The Indians hung on despite being outscored 31-16 in the second half by the Cruisers, who entered a Jan. 21 game at Pickerington North on an eight-game winning streak.
Also on Jan. 24, Canal Winchester will celebrate Military Appreciation Night. Active and veteran members of the military will be recognized as part of the initiative, which is in its fourth year and is the brainchild of Ohio High School Athletic Association commissioner Jerry Snodgrass.
Below are the coming schedules for the Canal Winchester boys basketball, girls basketball, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 24 -- Home vs. Groveport. The Indians defeated the Cruisers 54-52 on Dec. 13.
Jan. 28 -- At Chillicothe
Jan. 23 -- At Eastmoor Academy in makeup from Jan. 4
*Jan. 24 -- At Groveport. The Indians defeated the Cruisers 66-31 on Dec. 13.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 25 -- OCC-Capital meet at Kenyon College
*Jan. 23 -- Home vs. New Albany