With a full plate as a senior, Shiner senior softball player Bethany Nevlud had not given too much thought to next year in college.
Bethany Nevlud inked with Texas Lutheran University last week to play softball for the NCAA Division III school in Seguin. Seated, from left, is Doug Nevlud, Bethany Nevlud, Melanie Nevlud.Standing (back row) from left is Alois Nevlud, Virginia Nevlud, Hunter Nevlud, Gerrie Pohler, Donald Pohler. Right side of photo from left is Caitlin Pohler, Amelia Pohler, Jenna Pohler and Tripp Pohler.
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photo by Mark Lube
Despite a late start on nailing down the chance to play at the collegiate level, Nevlud’s softball days will not end just yet as she signed to play for nearby NCAA Division III school Texas Lutheran University in Seguin.
“My decision process was a little shaky,” she admitted. “It was kind of up in the air. I am involved in a lot of things. I wanted to focus on my high-school softball and was not really thinking about my future. I let it get late in the process where my options were a little limited.”
Nevlud got exposure to TLU through highschool games and camps.
“My freshman and sophomore years, we had some playoff games played at the TLU field. (Shiner Head Softball) Coach (Steven) Cerny has recommended for me to attend some camps there with Coach (Wade) Wilson, the TLU coach.”
The playoff games and the camps saw Nevlud take a liking to the school.
“Immediately, I was attracted to TLU. I really like the smallness, the family-oriented people. It is such a loving campus,” she said.”I do not feel washed way and I feel like I am a special part of TLU. It is a different feeling than any other school I visited.”
With Nevlud having already gotten acquainted with the program and liking what she saw, Wilson did not need to sell her on the school; it just came down to her making her decision.
Nevlud just really wants to help out and see action anywhere on the field but as she has mainly pitched during high school,she would like to be outside the circle in college.
“I told coach Wilson I don’t want to pitch in college. I have been pitching since I was eight,” she said. “College pitching is a whole different job; I love the sport in general and I told him I will play outfield, catcher. My role there will be anything to just play the game of softball.”
The Bulldogs have won four consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships and have made four straight trips to the NCAA Division III regional tournament.
“TLU is very competitive program. They are ranked No. 2 in the nation in Division III. My job will be to work as hard as I can,” Nevlud said.
Nevlud’s coaches believe TLU is acquiring a great asset and some help in reaching the next level.
“They are getting a leader right away,” Cerny said. “Her work ethic alone is going to set the tone for them; She has a great personality with a smile on her face and loves the game.”
Nevlud’s character and work ethic has been a great help for Shiner ISD athletics and will help TLU.
“She has meant everything for this program. On day one, she stepped in and played solid at third base and has evolved into our top pitcher,” Cerny said.
Proximity to Shiner was another factor Nevlud chose TLU.
“My biggest thing is being close to home. I could have gone to a junior college or a bigger program if I really worked at it but I wanted to stay close to home. I felt TLU was the best place. I have a big family that can come and watch me.”
With three state game appearances and two state titles coming into her senior year, Nevlud has had a great time as a Lady Comanche and will cherish these memories. “It has been unforgettable; it has been amazing. I will tell my kids someday how I will cherish these memories,” she said.
She has had full support from family and friends to compete at the next level. Nevlud said she plans to major in Business Management.
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