Franklin Angelos weighing options

Within the next day or so, 14-year-old Franklin Angelos and his dad George could be on a training run in Athens.

Wait a minute…not the university town in southeast Ohio but the one in Greece on the other side of the world.

The Angelos family of Parkersburg is currently on holiday in Europe, and are expected to visit the islands of Mykonos and Santorini. They’re also planning to tour Israel.

During that time, the younger Angelos will probably make a decision as to where he will be enrolled as a freshman next school semester. It’s a tough, emotional call, because he just finished up his eighth-grade year at Wood County Christian School in Williamstown. There, he excelled in cross country, track, and soccer.

“Excelled” might be an understatement.

Last fall, Angelos captured the County cross country championship in a meet record of 9 minutes, 20 seconds at Mineral Wells. Just three years ago when he was in the sixth grade, he began running. In his first cross country race at Blennerhassett Island, he finished sixth. Not bad, but he’s gotten a whole lot better since then.

Last season at WCCS, he set six course records.

Angelos also helped the Cats claim the WVCAT Middle School Soccer Championship. A couple of weeks ago, the standout midfielder/winger competed for the Belpre Fireballs U15 club team in the 27th annual Marietta Soccer Classic in Devola.

The Fireball booters are coached by Williamstown boys boss Jason Hill and George Angelos.

“Franklin will be a ninth grader next fall,” said the elder Angelos, a 2015 Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Famer, “and plans on doing both cross country/soccer until he decides which to specialize in, or if he will stay dual sport.”

Next spring, that won’t be an issue with track being the name of the game. As a Middle School Wildcat thinclad, Angelos was a nine-time County track champion and undefeated in three years of Wood County track with new records in the 800, 1600, and 3200 in the WVCAT.

“His times are all ranked in the Top 10 nationally according to athletic.net,” George Angelos said.

When Franklin Angelos ran a record 4:45 in the 1600, his dad became a little teary-eyed.

“I set the 1600 county record as a Van Devender eighth grader in 1983,” George Angelos said. “In 1997, my record was broken.

“Then, this past season, Franklin broke that (1997) record, and now it’s in the family again.”

Know that the elder Angelos starred as a runner at PHS, and also coached there (187-10 record from 1994-1997), winning two Class AAA titles.

Oh, yes, the Big Reds also have an elite boys soccer program, which is guided by the legendary coach Don Fosselman. No school in West Virginia has won more state championships.

Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

As to where Franklin Angelos will be competing in the fall…stay tuned.

Ron Johnston is a Marietta Times sports writer, and can be reached at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com