Local Two-Sport Star Among Best in U.S.

With letters from schools like Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan State filling up his mailbox, Ottawa Hills High School Junior Michael Geiger, will have some tough choices to make.

Where he wants to go to school is just one of the decisions the other could be which sport he wants to play.

Geiger is the starting goaltender on the Green Bears soccer team. The number-1 ranked team in Division III in the state of Ohio.

He is also the kicker, punter, wide receiver and free safety on the Green Bears football team.

The 5'9'', 178 pound Geiger started playing soccer at 4 years old and football in pee-wee and has continued to play both ever since.

"In high school I had to negotiate with both coaches," said Geiger. "Luckily, I've been able to do both."

A soccer player playing football is nothing new but playing and starting on both offense, defense and special teams is a rarity.

" He starts for us both ways," said Ottawa Hills football coach Chris Hardman. "I wouldn't take him off the field at all, except we're very aware he's important to the soccer team."

Ottawa Hills soccer coach Stephen Francis would agree.

"He's one of the best players I've coached in a long time," said Francis. "I've never seen a kid who can blance both football and soccer the way he does, he's fantastic at both."

Geiger is getting looks from Division I schools for soccer but coming into this season, he was ranked as one of the best kickers in the United States.

"I'm trying to play college football as a kicker," said Geiger. "It's just been interesting to feel my way through the process."

Coach Hardman thinks that's the right choice and could be a lucrative one.

"We'll see him kick on Saturday's," said Hardman. "And to be frank, we'll also see him kicking on Sunday's."