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Grospitch Always Puts Team First
Even In Golf, Bears Standout Thinks Of The Group

Megan Grospitch, a golf and basketball standout, is The Post‘s 2016-17 North Royalton Female Athlete of the Year.   Photo by BRUCE BILLOW
Megan Grospitch, a golf and basketball standout, is The Post‘s 2016-17 North Royalton Female Athlete of the Year.

Playing the most individual sport possible, golf, Megan Grospitch nonetheless puts team first. That’s part of what sets the incoming North Royalton senior apart.

In golf you’re isolated. It’s you against the course and yourself. If you factor in the opponents, maybe it’s you against them. Either way, your teammates, scattered about the vast expanse of the course, can’t help you.

Still, that’s who Grospitch thinks about when charting accomplishments she’d still like to check off her list.

“One of my main goals is as a team to win conference,” she said. “My coach has never had a team win conference.”

The Bears came close last year. They finished second in the Suburban League National Conference. Grospitch shot a team-best 87 in that event, slicing 10 strokes off her effort from the prior season. Grospitch earned first-team all-conference honors for the second consecutive year as a result.

She went on to shoot another 87 at the Division I sectional at Ellsworth Meadows, earning a district berth in the process. At the Legends District in Massillon, Grospitch was solid, shooting an 89. Playing in a loaded field, she would have needed a 76 to make it to the state tourney.

During basketball season, player defections and injuries opened up all kinds of opportunities for Grospitch and she seized the moment. Moving into the starting point guard spot, she helped North Royalton post an 8-15 record, despite playing with a mostly rebuilt team.

Grospitch didn’t put up gaudy numbers, but gave the Bears some needed stability in a backcourt that was gutted when two would-be starters decided not to play.

The two-sport standout, whose best in both sports is most likely still ahead of her, is The Post’s North Royalton Female Athlete of the Year for 2016-17.

“Megan is a great competitor, always pushing herself to meet her own high expectations,” North Royalton girls golf coach Nick Neumeister said. “She came into the high school as an exceptional athlete, and has worked hard year-round to continue to improve.”

Grospitch is not without individual goals, especially in golf. She would like to set the school records for 9- and 18-hole rounds. Those marks stand at 35 and 75, respectively. She’s come within a couple strokes of each.

She’s already helped the Bears set team records in each category. It’s a team full of returnees, so those could be reset a few times in her final season.

“On top of all that, she is also a great team leader, always supporting her teammates and pulling for them to do their best,” Neumester said. “Because of these qualities, she will be a team co-captain for her upcoming senior season.”

In basketball, Grospitch learned on the fly a bit. She had to adjust to the speed of the varsity game, which is a bit more tasking than adjusting to speed of greens. Eventually, she came around and this coming season should be among the best guards in the Suburban League.

After high school, she may keep playing golf, but that depends on her school of choice, which she says will be a school-first decision. Owner of a 4.1 grade-point average, she said she is thinking of pursuing physical therapy or speech pathology.

“I think I’m more looking at schools that have my major, then I’ll make sure I love the school,” she said. “If I can play sports that’s an added bonus. I still have a lot to take in.”

By TODD STUMPF, The Post Sports Editor
August 5th, 2017