Senior spotlight: K-M softball team
There are five seniors on the K-M softball team that lost their last high school season. To do our part to help make up for that loss we are going to give each of them the spotlight one more time.
Third baseman Kayla Schubert has played on varsity for four years and has earned HVL All-Conference and All-Section1AAA honors.
“Kayla is a competitor and knows what it takes to get the job done. She can have fun playing the game and knows how to do it the right way,” said Head Coach Paul Mann.
He also said she is a good role model for her teammates.
“She is a leader by example and has a knack for coming up big in clutch spots,” he said.
Her senior teammate, Olivia Mathias, also described her a leader.
“Kayla is quiet but very funny. She is a leader through her actions and always works 110%. She pushes others to do their best, and will help you learn and grow from your mistakes, as well as others,” she said. “She is a confident player but not arrogant, and she always inspires teammates by showing them what they are capable of as an athlete.”
Left fielder Malia Schubert has also played on varsity for four years and has earned All-Section 1AAA.
“Malia, like her sister, is a competitor and why they were both ready to play as freshmen,” Mann said.
Playing varsity as freshman could lead to some complacency, but he said that was never the case with Malia who continually improved in all areas of the game.
“She plays a solid left field and has been known to show some pop in her bat, but is willing to put down the sacrifice when needed,” he added.
Her senior teammate, Kayla Head, said that Malia and her sister demonstrate strong work ethic, but can also add levity to practice.
“Kayla and Malia Schubert are both such hard workers and they always make practice fun when they argue or joke around with Coach Mann,” she said.
Mathias agreed that Malia has a good sense of humor and, like her sister, is a leader by example.
“She is always so kind to others and always makes others laugh. Malia shows others through her actions that it is okay to not be a perfect player, players make mistakes,” she said.
Right fielder Kayla Head has played on varsity for three years.
While she may not be the flashiest player, Mann said she has a way of making good things happen for her team.
“Kayla has a quiet ability to make big plays,” he said.
He also commended her for her energy and softball IQ.
“She leads by her hustle and ability to always be looking one base ahead,” he said. “Kayla has a strong arm and would have been a vital leader in our outfield.”
He mentioned that she also demonstrates leadership off the field.
“She has the ability to make the positive out of difficult situations with her ability to make us laugh,” he said.
In addition to creating a light-hearted environment, Mathias said Kayla also helps the KoMets through her hard work and unselfishness.
“She works hard on the field as she does off the field. She is willing to help play any role that will help the team. Kayla Head is a very strong player and her personality is infectious,” she said. “You can always tell who the strongest players are on the team because they are the ones building each other up instead of tearing them down, and that is Kayla Head. She is the first person to congratulate you when you score.”
Second baseman Olivia Mathias has played on varsity for two years.
Mann said Olivia shows her teammates what it takes to keep improving.
“Olivia leads by never giving up and always wanting to get better. Her want to be the best brings out her competitiveness, but in a quiet way,” he said. “I know she was due to have a big year because she had worked too hard not to.”
Kayla Head said Olivia also does a good job of keeping her head up and encouraging her teammates.
“She’s a really good motivator and has a positive attitude, which I think is a really important quality to have when you’re on a team. She always makes sure I know I add value to the team,” she said. “If we would have played softball this year, I know she would have encouraged everyone to do their best and keep up a positive attitude.”
Outfielder Hannah Kersting has played on varsity for two years.
Coach Mann said Hannah hasn’t let her late start stop her from being a key member of the KoMets.
“Even though she did not start playing softball until eighth grade, she has picked up on the game fast and is a good student of the game,” he said.
After picking up the game quickly, she was off and running, figuratively and literally.
“Hannah has great speed and can cover a lot of ground fast. She had the ability to lead the team in stolen bases and runs scored,” he said.
In addition to her speed, Kayla Head likes the positive attitude and hard work that Hannah brings to the KoMets.
“Hannah Kersting has a really positive attitude that I admire and she’s always working really hard in every practice,” she said.
Olivia Mathias has also noticed Hannah’s positive approach to softball and hard work.
“Hannah listens and is coachable. She respects her teammates and coaches. Every practice she works hard and gives it her all,” she said. “She is becoming a better player and improving everyday. She commits herself everyday to her work and will continue to strive for her goals.”