Shane Zimmerman has been a staple in South Webster athletics over the past four years. Whether it’s recording his 1,000-career point in basketball, scoring more than a goal a game in soccer, or sporting a career .302 batting average, Zimmerman has reached every individual accolade he could dream of — literally.
“My personal accolades, I think I’ve accomplished most of my dreams growing up,” Zimmerman said.
The only goal he hasn’t marked off his bucket list was a goal his entire class set when recess was still part of the routine curriculum.
“I wanted to be part of an All-State team and I’m All-State in soccer and basketball. But I still haven’t gotten that all-district championship yet. I’ve gotten many sectionals and many district runner ups, but I still haven’t reached that team goal that me and my class set in the fourth grade,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman believes soccer could provide the best opportunity for the Jeeps to reach that ultimate goal, especially considering South Webster has yet to taste defeat on the soccer field.
“We all just understand the game so well,” Zimmerman said. “We’re very good at playing together. We have nine seniors I think. We’ve all been playing since fourth grade. We think that this will be our best shot.”
Zimmerman has been attempting to achieve that feat since he his freshman year — a year that saw him get inserted into the starting lineup in all three sports.
While the senior admitted it was tough to play as a newcomer, Zimmerman was grateful to have that experience.
“I was blessed as a freshman, coming in and not having that many upperclassmen, so I was thrown into the first pretty early in my high-school career, in all sports really,” Zimmerman said. “That helped me get experience in all three varsity sports that some kids don’t. My junior/senior year, I felt like I had an edge over most kids because of that experience my freshman/sophomore year.
“It was definitely harder as a freshman just getting into the swing of things. Everyone expected me to contribute a lot because I was a freshman starting on varsity. It was pretty hard to live up to the expectations but that gave me motivation to practice harder in the gym and to play even harder. It was hard but I don’t think I’d nearly be the player I am today without getting that experience “
One of Zimmerman’s biggest individual accomplishments was scoring 1,000 career points in basketball. Zimmerman followed his grandfather, Mike Rose, and mother, Bradi Rose-Zimmerman, who both also scored 1,000 career points at South Webster.
“I couldn’t put into words after I hit that 1,000-point mark,” Zimmerman said. “Just looking up and seeing my grandpa and mom’s face in the stands. My goal in elementary school was to be just like my grandpa because everyone around South Webster talks about how good Mike Rose was. I always told my grandpa that I want people to talk like that about me. It was just a blessing, especially getting it my junior year so now I don’t have anything to worry about my senior year. I just have to outscore him now.”
According to Zimmerman, Rose scored between 1,500-1,600 points in his high school career — a feat that was accomplished without the 3-point line. Rose often mentions the difference between his accomplishment and Zimmerman’s career mark.
“He likes to rub it in my face that they didn’t have a 3-point line back then,” Zimmerman said. “That’s my bread and butter, so he likes to rub that in a little bit.”
The two like to play a game of one-on-one at a yearly gathering at South Webster High School, but it wasn’t until his freshman year when Zimmerman bested his grandfather. However, once Zimmerman beat that hurdle, the excuses quickly began.
“Now he says his shoes weren’t tied or he wasn’t stretched out because he’s getting old,” Zimmerman jokingly said.
While he’s had a stellar career, the one thing Zimmerman has avoided is the injury bug.
“God has really blessed me by keeping me off the injury list,” Zimmerman said. “I’ve rolled my ankle a couple of times but not enough to keep me out. Knock on wood, but I haven’t missed a game of soccer, a game of basketball and I haven’t missed a game of baseball my whole high-school career.”
Zimmerman does attribute his good health to his year-around conditioning.
“In the summer, we lift about everyday and run about everyday for soccer,” Zimmerman said. “After soccer, we’re supposed to take a week off before playing another sport, but I take about a day or two off and then start working on basketball. I’m never out of shape really. Soccer prepared me for basketball and basketball prepares me for baseball.”
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