Future is now for Cubs freshman

Ethan Pheifer doesn’t know how many goals he’ll have scored by the time he graduates from Franklin Community High School in 2021.

The first two will always be special.

The freshman’s first goals as a varsity player were in an 8-1 victory against Mooresville earlier this season. Pheifer is among the Grizzly Cubs’ leaders in assists with six, including two each in Mid-State Conference decisions over Decatur Central and Martinsville.

He has started every one of Franklin’s 15 matches at left wing.

“I felt really excited about getting the goals that I got. I also had an assist,” said Pheifer, who has five goals this season. “Owen Atkison and Garrett Snyder had the assists on my first goals.

“I would like to score at least one goal in sectional.”

Franklin took a record of 11-3-1 into Tuesday’s home contest against New Palestine in what is the final regular-season match. The Cubs then hope to defend their home field when the program hosts a Class 3A sectional.

Captains Joe Nerding and Atkison, upperclassmen who have paid their dues, receive most of the attention from opponents.

Pheifer is a glimpse of the future.

“Ethan has been having a great season and has been phenomenal in the air,” Franklin coach Tony Harris said. “His work ethic is unmatched at practice.

“He just has an air about him that he is not going to let anyone stop him. His future is very bright in our program.”

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Mike Beas is a sports writer for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at mbeas@dailyjournal.net.