Franklin High Schools soccer program has 5 sets of brothers and sister playing on various teams. Back row L-R. Freshman Lexy Montgomery, 14, sophomore Josh Cox, 16, sophomore Tyler Cox, 16, freshman Caitlin Booe, 14, junior Ashley Booe, 16, senior Hannah Kinsey, 17, and sophomore Grace Kinsey, 15. Front row L-R Sophomore Dylan Montgomery, 16, freshman Jacob Eberg, 14, sophomore Shelby cox, 16, and senior Josh Eberg, 17. STAFF PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSONfirstname.lastname@example.org
As the parents of sophomore triplets involved in soccer at Franklin Community High School, Eric and Shannon Cox spend hours on end at Grizzly Cubs practices and games.
Their daughter, Shelby Cox, is a defensive player for the Franklin girls soccer team. Son Joshua Cox is starting sweeper for the boys squad, and son Tyler Cox is the team’s student-manager.
“We eat, live and breathe soccer,” Shannon Cox said with a smile.
But the Cox clan isn’t alone in coordinating a crazy family schedule focused on the soccer field. This year, there are five sets of siblings participating in the Franklin soccer programs.
Sisters Ashley and Caitlin Booe and Hannah and Grace Kinsey all play on the Grizzly Cubs’ girls soccer team.
Freshman Lexy Montgomery also is on Franklin’s girls team, while older brother Dylan Montgomery, a sophomore, suits up for the boys.
Senior Josh Eberg plays stopper on the boys varsity team, and younger brother Jacob Eberg is a freshman on the Grizzly Cubs’ junior varsity squad.
Franklin’s soccer culture is a definite family affair, and pulling it all off offers unique challenges and rewards for everyone involved.
Because the Cox children don’t have their driver’s licenses yet, much of their parents’ time is spent driving to and from the various girls and boys team practices and games.
“(My husband and I) get up, we go to work, then bring food to the soccer field afterwards for the kids,” Shannon Cox said of her family’s routine. “Usually we don’t have time for much else because we’re either following a bus to a game or are here (at Franklin) waiting on one.