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Versatile Spartan thrives in spotlight

Jenny Borschel's speech slows when she talks about the end of the season and her career at Lakewood.

She gives the impression that if she could, she would delay college and come back for another year with the Spartans.

"It's been so much fun," she said.

A varsity player for four years, Borschel, 17, was voted team MVP the past two. As a sophomore she led the team in scoring, and last year was one goal behind team leader Erica Williams.

One of her fondest memories is last year's ride to the Class 2A state semifinals. She'll especially miss playing at night under the lights.

But it is not over yet. The season has just started, and despite a few key losses, the Spartans are as quick as ever.

Much of the team's success comes from playing Borschel at almost any position on offense.

"It depends on who we're playing and where we need her strength," Lakewood coach Darlene Lebo said.

Borschel's versatility is the key to her effectiveness. While she is often marked by an opposing team's best defensive player, she confuses them with her activity.

"You can tell that they're getting lost as to where she's supposed to be," sophomore forward Abbie Harms said.

Borschel, whose usual position is center-midfield, doesn't mind the attention.

"I ignore them and I play my game," Borschel said. "The only time it would work is if they fouled me and knocked me down."

The only position she hasn't played is goalkeeper, but Lebo said if she put her back there "she'd probably do her best."

"Her ball skills, her effort on the field are always exceptional," Lebo said.

But Borschel wasn't always a starter. Trying to make a name for herself as a freshman on a talented veteran team, she found herself coming off the bench for the first time.

"It was weird," said Borschel, thinking to herself, "Maybe these girls are better than me."

She doesn't doubt herself anymore.

"I think I control most of the game," Borschel admitted. "I think I have a lot to give this team."