Schmidt produces athletic excellence throughout the school year

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Thursday, January 13, 2011
— The impact of the three-sport athlete continues to diminish at the high school level.

Specializing in one sport is not only the rave, but also the norm.

Yet, Meggie Schmidt is bucking that trend. The Edgerton High School senior is proving that there still is a place for the three-sport athlete. She’s also proving the naysayers wrong that insist that the “elite” high school athlete has to concentrate on just one sport.

Schmidt started for four years on Edgerton’s three-time Rock Valley Conference championship volleyball team, earning first-team all-conference honors the last three years. She’s in her fourth year as a starter on the basketball team, and will cap off a remarkable high school career this spring as a four-year starter in softball.

“The three-sport athlete is a dying breed,” Edgerton girls volleyball coach Jason Knott said. “You still have your three-sport athletes here and there, but none that have had the impact like Meggie has had. She is the only girl in the history of our volleyball program to rank in the top 10 in four different categories.

“When people ask me about Meggie, I tell them that she is not a volleyball, basketball or soffball player. She is an athlete. And a very special one that doesn’t come around too often.”

Schmidt is the point guard for a Crimson Tide basketball team that is 9-1 overall, including 6-0 in the Rock Valley North. Edgerton has never won a conference girls basketball title, but with the state’s No. 5 ranking in Division 3 and Schmidt leading the way, the drought could end for the Crimson Tide this season.

Schmidt’s father, Mike, is the girls basketball coach. He has gotten a first-hand look at his daughter’s assault on the school’s record book. Meggie is first all-time in steals, second in assists, third in points scored and fourth in rebounds.

“Meggie’s a ‘gamer,’ ” Mike said. “The better the competition, the better she plays.”

Meggie hopes to make a college choice soon. She wants to play basketball, with hopes of also being able to play volleyball.

“I’ve just told her to do whatever is the most fun for her,” Mike said. “And right now, that’s basketball.”

For now, Meggie is concentrating on Edgerton basketball. She is averaging 17 points a game and is trying hard to not look ahead to a Jan. 27 Rock Valley North showdown with unbeaten East Troy.

“I’ve learned to focus on one game at a time,” she said. “I’ve been on teams where we’ve looked past an opponent and we shouldn’t have.”

Edgerton softball coach Tony DeWar believes Meggie also could be a solid collegiate player in his sport. She has started and earned first-team honors at shortstop the last three years after starting in the outfield her freshman year. Schmidt has led Edgerton to three straight conference titles, including the 2008 championship that signaled the end of the original Rock Valley Conference.

“I know Meggie is going to go and play where her heart tells her to go,” DeWar said. “But softball-wise, she could certainly play at the next level.

“She is probably the best base runner I have ever seen, and she would be a terrific outfielder in college because of her speed and arm.”

Overall, Meggie Schmidt might be part of a “dying breed,” but she’s the poster child for the three-sport athlete.

Last updated: 4:06 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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