Sportsmanship still important in high school sports

Seymour softball player Sophie Wery (pictured in middle) was helped around the bases by Bay Port players Maddy Ehlke (left) and Kyleigh Schuette (right) after she was injured rounding second base after hitting a home run on April 5. – Submitted photo

By Sara Tischauser

A Seymour sophomore was having a good softball game as she was rounding the bases after she hit a home run when things drastically changed for her.
Sophie Wery, Seymour sophomore softball player, said she hit a home run during the second game of a double header against Bay Port on April 5.
Wery said she was rounding second base after she hit the home run when she fell down and couldn’t get back up. While Wery was embarrassed at first she was relieved when two members of the Bay Port softball team stepped up to help.
Seymour softball coach Karri Vanden Langenberg said that it was so hard to see her player on the ground and not be able to help her. Vanden Langenberg said that no one on Wery’s team was allowed to go on the field an help her get around the bases so they had to stay on the sidelines and watch. But then Vanden Langenberg said the Bay Port softball coach Amber Francour told her players to go out and help Wery.
Maddy Ehlke, Bay Port junior, and Kyleigh Schuette, Bay Port junior, picked Wery up and carried her around the bases so her home run would count.
“I just thought that Bay Port’s coach told her girls to come help speaks volumes for their team and sportsmanship,” Vanden Langenberg said.
Schuette said at first her and Ehlke were unsure what their coach meant when she yelled from the dugout for her team to help the Seymour player. But then Schuette said her and Ehlke realized what they had to do.
“We knew we had to help the girl get her victory lap going,” Schuette said. “Her hit was so good and I knew she needed help with her victory lap.”
Wery said she was very thankful for Ehlke and Schuette helping her get around the bases.
“I was relieved that the girls came and carried me so I wouldn’t have to crawl around the bases,” Wery said. “I think it says that sportsmanship comes above competition.”
Shelley Ehlke, mother of Maddy Ehlke, said this moment shows what type of team her daughter plays for.
“We are very proud that my daughter plays for a coach and a team that supports good sportsmanship,” Shelley Ehlke said. “It’s great to see.”