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State Soccer Run Has Flames Catching Up In Basketball

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 11/21/2013

Mansfield Christian's boys soccer team enjoyed the most successful season in school history this fall by making it all the way to the state championship game. But with a number of the Flames top basketball players involved with the run in state soccer, the team finds itself with the difficult task of preparing for the season in a short span.

"It's put us behind." Flames head coach John Kurtz says after only holding five practices and a pair of scrimmages a week before their opener. "We gave the kids two or three days off after the championship game just to get their legs back under them, then we went hard after that. But we've just been limited in how many practices we could get in."

Sophomore guard Stevie Brown, who was a part of Mansfield Christian's state runner-up soccer team, says he's "already back into the flow of basketball and out of the flow of soccer." But senior teammate Caleb Young, who played goalie on the pitch and forward on the hardwood, says the transition from one sport to the next has been difficult.

"It's actually really hard." Young says. "You go from playing in Crew Stadium for a state championship to just starting a season in less than a week."

Young and company will have extra incentive during the upcoming season however, as the Flames will play for a conference title for the first time in decades of play. Mansfield Christian is one of six members in the restructured Mid-Buckeye Conference and the team is looking forward to the new challenge of a conference schedule.

"In the past year's we've just played basically game to game, trying to win those game's to get ready for tournament." Kurtz says. "This year we have a little something extra to shoot for."

"I think it's really cool." Brown says of playing in a conference. "It's good for the team. I think it's a good opportunity to just make our program better."

Mansfield Christian opens the season with back to back games at Monroeville on November 29, then host Colonel Crawford, the team that knocked them out of last years sectional tournament, the following evening. The Flames begin conference play with Danville at home on December 6.

   
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