Basketball, Golf Standout to Try Rowing at Dayton
After a standout high school career split between golf and basketball, Megan Grospitch is hanging up her sneakers and, at least for the time being, trading in her clubs and golf swing for a new kind of stroke.
The recent North Royalton graduate, who also starred in the classroom, is headed to the University of Dayton this fall, where she will major in exercise science with an eye on graduate school in physical therapy, and compete on the rowing team.
With a 4.2 grade-point average in high school, and veteran of seven varsity athletic seasons, Grospitch still wants to be a student-athlete. She just needed to find a new sport.
“My dad was looking things up and found out the rowing team was looking for one more girl,” she said. “They look for girls who have been athletic in high school. I’ll see how it goes. Hopefully it will be something I can continue. I haven’t really done it before. I’m a little nervous for it.”
Grospitch is certainly athletic. She was the Bears’ No. 1 golfer on a conference championship team that qualified for the district tournament, and she played the No. 1 spot in basketball, running the North Royalton offense as its point guard.
In golf, the Bears rolled to a Suburban League championship, winning the league postseason tournament by 19 strokes. Grospitch shot a 79 to finish third individually. Grospitch led the Bears to a team berth in the Massillon Division I District, where she shot an 81 at The Legends in Massillon to finish 25th overall.
During basketball season, Grospitch was the starting point guard on a team that finished 10-15 overall, 5-9 in the SL National. The year was punctuated by a pair of tournament victories, including an upset of Normandy to advance to the district game.
That combination is why Grospitch, for the second consecutive year, is The Post’s North Royalton Female Athlete of the Year.
Potentially being part of the rowing team isn’t a novelty act. Grospitch still wants to compete. She could have played golf at Dayton, but wasn’t ready to make the time commitment Division I golf calls for.
She wanted to do something with her basketball playing days definitely over.
“My last game it was like crazy,” Grospitch said. “I was thinking, ‘This is like the last time I’ll play basketball. Some girls said you can play for fun, but it’s just not the same as the competitive nature of the 11 or 12 years that I played. I’m sure I’ll try to keep it up in college, with intramurals.”
Golf will never go away. It’s one of those things players can keep doing as long as they can stand up.
“That’s the greatest thing about golf,” Grospitch said. “I play it still once or twice a week with my sister and my dad. It’s a sport I know I can always play because I’ve done it so long. It’s a great thing with my dad and my grandpa. We just always have it to go and do.”
By Todd Stumpf, The Post Sports Editor
Updated August 4th, 2018