Multiple Teams · Committed to Excellence — Connecting with Olivia Hearth


Today we are going to check in with sophomore Olivia Hearth.   Hearth is a four sport athlete for Kent City.   Last fall, she played on the very successful junior varsity volleyball team.   This past winter, Hearth played junior varsity basketball for the Eagles, moving up to the varsity team during postseason play.  Against Kenowa Hills, Hearth exploded for 31 points, including seven triples.    In the spring, Hearth planned to play soccer and run track and field, two sports she was unable to participate in last year because she was sidelined with an injury.

1. How have you kept yourself busy?
I have kept myself busy by going on bike rides, walking my dog, golfing, playing basketball, and fishing.

2. What do your at home workouts look like?
My home workouts consist of doing basketball drills everyday, biking with my family, and lifting in my garage.
3. What do you miss most about school?  Why? 
I miss many things about school.  However, my top two are friends and soccer.  It’s not the same texting my friends and teammates compared to seeing them and playing with them everyday.
4. What book are you reading?   Would you recommend it to a friend?  Why or Why not?   
Currently, I am reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky.   I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading a coming-of-age story told in a unique perspective.
5. Who in Kent City has made a positive impact on your life?   What have they done for you?
A person from Kent City who has made a positive impact on my life would be my junior varsity basketball coach, Aleah Holcomb. She has supported and encouraged me during every practice and game. No matter what, I know that she will be by my side. She has taught me to have confidence in myself and remember how far I’ve come.

6. What is something you will never forget about the 2019-20 volleyball/basketball seasons and what were you looking forward to in softball?  
Something I will never forget from the 2019-2020 basketball season was beating White Cloud. We went into the game with our heads  high, thinking it was going to be easy. But, little did we know, they were after us. At halftime, we went into the locker room fuming. We were letting them control the game. None of us were ready to let them run away with a win, but it was happening. We went back out and stepped up our defense and offense in the third and fourth quarter. We shut them down and played our game. We ended up winning, and it really taught me that no matter what we have to give our all every game. I was proud of us for not giving up.  Something I was looking forward to this soccer season was being a leader for my teammates and helping them get better.

We are encouraging all student-athletes to remain active during this time of social distancing due to the coronavirus.   A valuable resources for all Kent City students is our online strength and conditioning program, PLT4M.   PLT4M has created a Remote Fitness workout that can be done at home without any equipment.   Many of our student-athletes are already on PLT4M and simply need to log in.  If you are not on PLT4M, here is a link you can use for more information: PLTM Workouts 4-26 — 5-2.    Other questions can be directed to Coach Gropp at zach.gropp@kentcityschools.org and he will get you up and running — literally.