Crosby Schemenauer is one of the top Division II pole vaulters in the state, but he's also proved he's pretty adept on the soccer field as well.
The senior defender at Eastwood, who placed second at last year's state track meet in Columbus, was named the Suburban Lakes League Player of the Year this season in leading the Eagles to the league title with a 5-0-3 mark.
Schemenauer was a first-team All-SLL and all-district pick as a junior and senior. He earned player of the year honors this season despite modest numbers — five goals and four assists.
"It is a little bit out of the norm for a defender to get player of the year," said Eastwood coach Frank Schemenauer, Crosby's father. "Last year and this year he was first-team all-district, and with us winning the league title, that helped sway some of the coaches' votes in picking player of the year. I was somewhat surprised."
Crosby's efforts helped the Eagles finish 14-2-4 this season and outscore the opposition by a 70-15 margin. Eastwood also shared the MSSL title with Liberty-Benton, both finishing 7-0-1.
"I thought I had a pretty good year," said the 6-0, 150-pound Schemenauer. "I didn't make as many big plays as the year before. A lot of our defenders were really good, too, and I didn't need to help out. I didn't have as much of a field presence as last year, but it still worked out as a team. Everybody else came and played really good every game."
Schemenauer was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter. He played forward/midfield his sophomore year and moved to defense last season.
"That was because of the team's needs, and he stepped up to play that," coach Schemenauer said. "We were in need of someone at that (defender) position. He's got good foot skills with both feet and can use his hand and his head very well. He's got decent speed and good quickness and an ability to just win the ball however necessary."
Crosby praised fellow senior defenders Todd Haas, Jon Sanders and Tyler Brogan for helping him win the player of the year award, and for Eastwood's success.
"Sanders was good with his head and if we got out of position, he could kind of help me out," Schemenauer said. "We played more or less really good every game and didn't make any stupid errors. We're all friends and we hustle really hard every game. Most of us are the leaders out there."