Horvath shining in Division I girls hoops in Columbus

The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Mark Horvath was a superb athlete during his St. John Central prep days in the mid-1980s. He was a stellar quarterback, leading the Fighting Irish to a 9-1 mark as a senior, the lone blemish coming at the hands of Linsly.

He also averaged nearly 20 points a game on the hardwood. Horvath played for Bob Eaton in both sports.

Mark’s daughter, Morgan, has established herself as one of the premier prep hoopsters in the Columbus area. The Olentangy High point guard enjoyed a tremendous junior campaign.

Horvath led the Braves to the Division I Central District finals last month, losing to Dublin Coffman. That district features a whopping 47 teams.

Olentangy finished its campaign wiht a 17-9 mark.

She established a new school record for points in a season with 457. Horvath is a multi-dimensional playmaker. She averaged 17.8 points and 5 assists per game. Amazingly, she grabbed 9.4. rebounds per start. The Braves’ captain set a school record for assists in a game (12) this year against Delaware Hayes.

For such lofty body of work, Horvath was selected as District 11 and OCC Capital Conference player of the year. In addition, she was voted MVP of the KSA Holiday tournament in Orlando, Fla.

Her worth ethic is peerless. That was reflected after her team’s return from the Florida tournament.

Horvath called her coach, John Feasal, on New Year’s Day morning, asking to get into the gym in order to get some work in. She doesn’t take days off.

“Morgan is a great kid and a great student who wants to be in the gym all the time,” Feasel said. “Her work ethic is amazing.”

Horvath averaged 6.5 points for a senior-laden team a year ago, before assuming a more prominent role this winter.

Her excellence also surfaces in the classroom. The National Honor Society member carries a 4.0 GPA and has achieved all A’s since sixth grade.

She is hoping to play basketball collegiately while studying either biology, dentistry or optometry.

Her dad and mother (Jamie Rico) are both optometrists. Jamie is a Martins Ferry native and also a St. John Central graduate.