Competitive spirit drives Schubert to excel

Multi-sport athlete looks back on great EL-G career
by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

SONIA SCHUBERT earned many medals during her outstanding athletic career at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School. 
photo by Greg Ceilley SONIA SCHUBERT earned many medals during her outstanding athletic career at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School. photo by Greg Ceilley ELKHART LAKE – Sonia Schubert’s fierce competitive spirit and outstanding work ethic helped drive her to an impressive athletic career at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School.

Schubert, a 2017 EL-G graduate, competed in five sports in high school (volleyball, basketball, bowling, softball and track) and was a rare dual-sport athlete in the spring when she played softball and participated in track the past four years. Even though she split time between softball and track, Schubert was a standout in both sports.

“Parents and coaches can push you to an extent but it’s all in you to succeed. When you’re sprinting you have to dig deep to sprint out that last 10 meters. If you want to win, you know it’s all inside you to win,” she said.

“I have a lot of competitiveness. I can’t settle for last or losing. I don’t like it. When you lose you take what you did wrong from where you lost, work on it and make sure it doesn’t happen, so you come out with a win next time.”

As a senior last spring, Schubert earned two medals in state Division 3 state track meet – a silver in the 100-meter high hurdles and a sixth-place medal in the long jump – and was named to the Wisconsin Fast-pitch Softball Coaches Association all-state second team for Divisions 3-5 as a shortstop. Schubert helped lead the Resorters to the first sectional softball final in school history.

As a junior, Schubert won a fourth-place medal in the 100 hurdles and a silver in the long jump at state. She was a state track competitor all four years at ELG. She was a three-time all-conference first-team softball player. In basketball, Schubert was selected all-conference second team the past two years.

“I was proud [of my athletic career]. I wanted to make it to state [track] all four years. I thought I would do better in basketball but I still had fun. Softball was an amazing experience too,” said Schubert.

“All four teams [volleyball, basketball, softball and track] were like a family. Everybody is open with each other which makes it easier to communicate with each other. All of my friends, family, spectators, coaches and teammates were all very supportive.”

Schubert pointed out the keys for her to be an outstanding athlete.

“What helps me be successful is believing in myself and knowing I have the ability to be successful. That’s the key to being successful is for you to be confident, and me having the drive when I was a junior and senior that I do want to be a Division I softball player or I do want to run Division I track [in college],” said Schubert.

Schubert’s dream of playing D-I college softball was realized when she decided to play at UW-Green Bay this school year. Schubert said she doesn’t have a set position on the field but is considered a utility player where she can play several positions.

Schubert will major in human biology with an emphasis in sports science.

“Sonia leads by example on the field with her hustle, hard work and knowing the game of softball,” said Resorter head softball coach Brian Feldmann.

“I think she will do well at UW-Green Bay. She had an outstanding career in softball at Elkhart Lake and had a career batting average of .507.

“I think she was one of the best all-around athletes at Elkhart Lake in a career,” said Feldmann.

“Softball and basketball are my two favorite sports. Softball is a fast-paced game and makes you think ahead. In basketball, I just like being aggressive and I like stealing the ball,” she said.

“The coaches really attached me to the sport [softball] itself growing up and they helped inspire me.”

Asked what she is most proud of looking back on her Resorter athletics, Schubert answered, “My senior year was one of the years that stood out. We made it far in softball – one game away from state. In track, coming in second in the hurdles [at state].”

Schubert explained how she was able to excel in the hurdles and long jump even though she is only 5-feet-2.

“To be a good athlete period is to work hard, and hit the weight room and I did that and that’s probably what strengthened my legs, so it was easier to jump farther and jump over the hurdles that way. And then the push and motivation of your family and coaches and teammates, and their support helped me with my sports,” said Shubert, daughter of Mike and Amanda Schubert.

“My speed helped me a lot too in track. I went to a speed camp which helped,” said Schubert.

She said participating in softball and track during the spring was the best decision she ever made.

“When I was I freshman it [being a dual-sport athlete] was all new to me coming in, so I was very unsure because of my grades-wise and I also worked at Anchor Lanes [in Elkhart Lake]. My coaches said, ‘You can do it, you can handle it, and you’ll get plenty of help from the teachers, the faculty and the coaches,’ so I said I’ll try it.

“It was surprisingly easy to balance it if you know how to balance your school work with the athletics,” she recalled.

“You just have to balance doing your school work before having fun because grades are the most important thing. I’m always very organized.”

Schubert made the National Honor Society and honor roll in high school.

Schubert said the track and softball coaches were very cooperative in working it out so she could get in her practices for both sports.

She encourages others to try to compete in two sports in the spring.

“I definitely talked to some of the track middle schoolers and said do dual sports if you like to. Let’s say you like track and golf, then do it. You might miss some track meets or some golf meets but it’s worth it because you still get to play the two sports you love but still get to compete and have fun,” she said.

Schubert was asked if she is surprised about her athletic success.

“My freshman year I was surprised when I made it to state in track and then as I made it to my senior year it wasn’t just a goal but an expectation I had for myself to make it to state and place on the [medal] podium” she replied.

“As for softball it was a huge surprise on how successful we were to make it to the sectional finals. I was super proud of our team and was proud to be one of many amazing team captains with Mandy McLaughlin, Holly Zorn, Claire Feldmann and Raechel Grunewald – some other fellow senior leaders.

“It meant a lot to me to be a leader. When it comes to a team sport you have to work together to make the team better.

“Overall, my experience at Elkhart Lake was one I will cherish forever and I have definitely left my footprint on the ELGHS grounds,” said Schubert.

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