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Schmid earns honor

West Fargo's Braden Schmid (right) scores a second-period goal despite getting knocked to the ice as Fargo South's Alex Olson tries to stop the shot during a game last season. Dave Wallis/The Pioneer

When Braden Schmid was younger, he was quite the sports aficionado.

"When I was a little kid, I kind of just got into everything," he said.

Now years later, not much has changed.

During his high school prep career, Schmid, currently a senior at West Fargo High School, has excelled at not one, not two, but three sports: soccer, hockey and baseball.

Although the season ended in October, it's soccer that has brought Schmid the most attention lately. The Packers keeper was named Gatorade North Dakota Boys Soccer Player of the Year on Feb. 23. He's the third North Dakotan out of West Fargo to get the honor, and now is a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May.

"My coach told me that I'd been nominated for it," Schmid said of the award. "I was surprised, honestly. It's not one of the things I was really going for my senior year. Mostly, we (the team) were shooting for a state championship."

A goal the Packers achieved for the first time in school history Oct. 16, by defeating Bismarck Century 2-1 in overtime of the title match.

Schmid was an integral part of his team's postseason success, stopping 20 shots and getting named to the All-Tournament team. He also was honored as Co-Senior Athlete of the Year and was a First-Team All State selection after leading the Packers to a 13-5-3 record.

He likewise was a major player during the hockey season, which just wrapped up with West Fargo's best finish to date: third place at state. For the season, Schmid was sixth on the team in points after racking up 7 goals and 18 assists.

But while his hockey teammates may take a slight reprieve during the spring season, Schmid is trading his ice skates for baseball cleats. West Fargo's prep baseball season kicks off April 5 for a doubleheader on the road against Grand Forks Central.

Thinking ahead to his collegiate career, Schmid is uncertain where he'll be, but plans to focus on soccer in lieu of hockey or baseball. Though he's undecided on a college, Schmid said it could come down to the Division III-affiliated colleges of Gustavus Adolphus, Augsburg or the University of Minnesota Morris.

Schmid certainly has the brains to back up his other talents. He has maintained a 4.17 grade point average, and is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as West Fargo Principal Gary Clark's Advisory Committee. Schmid also volunteers with local youth baseball and soccer programs.

But there still are a few months to go before college begins. Until then, Schmid at least gets to enjoy one more spring high school baseball season.

His attitude heading to his last season as a Packer: "I don't know. Just go out to have fun - and obviously, we'll compete."