St. Joe star signs with Ky. college for soccer

April 18, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON — Playing college sports runs in Haven Lochow’s family.

The Huntington St. Joe High School soccer standout will continue that tradition after signing to play at Georgetown (Ky.) College.

“I really liked the atmosphere and the team,” said Lochow, a coaches selection as a first-team all-stater in Class A. “They’re really dedicated to soccer. I like the coach and really like the area. I like Lexington (Ky.) and have family there, so I felt it was the right place for me. It’s a really nice school.”

Lochow’s parents were star athletes at Russell High School before embarking on college careers and becoming physicians. Her dad, Steve, was a standout linebacker at the University of Dayton. Her mom, the former Amy Ditty, was a tennis state champion and then an All-American tennis player at Furman University. Haven Lochow’s aunt, Julie Ditty, played professional tennis and teaches the game in Lexington.

“My parents have shown me what hard work looks like and they let me try every sport I’ve tried,” Lochow said. “I really like tennis, but I like running, too.”

Lochow has played five varsity sports and also captained her swim team. She was part of St. Joe’s state champion 4x800 relay track team. Her passion, however, is soccer. A midfielder/defender, she helped St. Joe hold its status as one of the premier teams in the state the last four seasons, starting every game of her career. St. Joe’s captain has played since she was age 4.

“I love the team aspect, getting to play with people who love a sport as much as you,” she said. “I love to compete. I love being on a team.

“My teammates and coaches at St. Joe are some of the best. Ben (Eng) and Nick (Turner) are some of the best coaches I’ve ever had, and the team here is the best team I’ve ever been on.”

Georgetown went 11-6-2 last season and suffered heavy graduation losses. Lochow said she knows she won’t be handed anything but hopes for an opportunity to contribute early.

″ They ’re losing eight seniors, so there will definitely be a good chance for me to show myself and maybe start,” said Lochow, who also considered Ohio Wesleyan University and Marietta College.

Lochow said she will major in biology, with a goal of becoming a pediatric dentist, following her parents’ lead in the medical professions — her father is an orthopedic surgeon, her mother a pediatrician.

Off the field and out of the classroom, Lochow enjoys baking, playing with her dogs and doing things with her three younger brothers.

Lochow, a gymnast in her younger years, also was a world record holder in her age group in power jump roping from 2012 through 2015.

“One of the weird things I always tell people about is, when I was younger, I was on a competitive jump rope team,” Lochow said with a giggle. “We lived in North Carolina and jump rope teams were big down there.”