Joel Pospisil is a gamer.
The Brookside senior has run cross country since eighth grade and played varsity soccer since ninth grade. One would think it would be enough for one season, but Pospisil felt inspired to add varsity football to his resume.
“We had a pretty good kicker (Owen Rozanc) for varsity football last year who also played soccer,” said Pospisil. “For soccer, I’ve been kicking the ball pretty well since I was young so I decided to go out and give it a shot. I had a couple short kicking lessons with Owen. He has taught me a lot.”
Pospisil has played soccer since age four. He added track in seventh grade, the same year he tried middle school football at running back, where hespent most of the time on the bench. The football experience didn’t totally dispirit Pospisil, however, as he moved on and replaced football with cross country.
His running career took off in high school. He earned All-Patriot Athletic Conference honors three in cross country, placing 14th in 2015 (17:59.7), fourth in 2016 (17:14.24) and 10th this season in 17:40.9.
Pospisil has also excelled on the track. He was a 2018 PAC runner-up in the 1,600 and 800 meter runs, as well as a member of the 4x800 and 4x400 relays. In addition, Pospisil was a Division II regional track qualifier as a member of the 4x800 and 4x400 relays.
“He’s been our No. 1 runner for cross country since he was a freshman,” Brookside coach Kevin Landis said. “He’s a good teammate. He’s super supportive of his teammates. He’s there and positive and doing whatever he can. I just hope he doesn’t get into too many tackles before our meet. He’s hardworking. He’s very focused at what he does. He sets high goals for himself and works towards them.”
He no doubt has a lot of running ability, but Pospisil still loves to multi-task.
In soccer, he can cover every position except goalie and outside back. The varsity soccer team has a 10-4-3 record this season, following Brookside’s 2-0 sectional win Tuesday over Lutheran West.
The Cardinals own a 39-19-12 record during Pospisil’s four-year career. It’s the best four-year stretch since the soccer program began in 1996.
With things flourishing so well in cross country and soccer, why add football?
“I first started thinking about kicking for the football team last fall,” Pospisil said. “I knew Owen was going to be graduating, so I started thinking about doing all three.
“Honestly, I love sports. I have a passion for anything I do with sports or anything in life you could say.”
Pospisil’s daily high school practice schedule includes cross country practice from 3-5 p.m. and soccer practice from 5-7 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, he cuts over to join football practice immediately after cross country practice to work on his kicking game for about the last 30 minutes of practice.
This weekend things will be no different, as it will be as busy as ever. Pospisil traveled with the football team to Wellington. This morning at 11 a.m., he has the Division II district country meet at Lorain County Community College. This afternoon, Pospisil has a second-round sectional tournament game as sixth-seeded Brookside visits third-seeded Fairview at 3 p.m.
Playing three sports takes its toll on the body. Pospisil has missed three soccer games, two cross country meets and a football game this season due to injury.
“I really appreciate my parents the most,” he said. “They are always trying to help me out. With doing three sports, it takes a great toll on my body. They always make sure I’m all good and make sure I make my doctors appointments to help me stay as healthy as I can. They do whatever they can to help me out, making sure I get dinner as soon as I get home and then get right away into my academics.”