Student-athlete works through rehab, returns to court

Feb 14, 2013

SchriberFor Heidelberg student-athlete Molly Schriber, life has been full of twists and turns. Some twists and turns have come and gone with little fanfare.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with her ankle.

“May 2, 2012. 6:25 p.m.,” said the senior, matter-of-factly. “It was the last five minutes of a basketball open gym. I split the lane, my ankle came down, rolled out, then in.”

Schriber, who plays soccer and basketball for Heidelberg, was originally diagnosed with a sprained ankle. She was confident she would be ready to go for the soccer season.

“The day before preseason started for soccer, I got a call from my doctor,” said Schriber. “He said it was a no-go. The ligaments in my ankle didn’t heal properly. I had surgery that week.”

For Schriber, an All-OAC goalkeeper, the news was tough to take.

“I love the competitive nature of sports, so missing that season was tough,” she said.

Schriber’s absence forced women’s soccer coach Nick Spell to juggle his lineup. It pushed freshman Julie Cross into the starting lineup.

“Molly is a true teammate,” said Spell. “Despite being limited physically, she still maintained a mental connection with our team and with Julie.”

Cross responded by finishing second in the conference with 125 saves.

“I was overjoyed with the way Julie played,” praised Schriber. “When I was a freshman, I was scared beyond belief, but I had an upperclassman to lean on. She really stepped up for our team.”

Schriber, a Sidney native, continued her ankle rehabilitation through the soccer season and into basketball season.

After a close loss early in the season, Schriber suffered a hand injury, delaying her return to the court and forcing women’s basketball coach Marcie Alberts to realign her lineup.

“Molly plays with an edge,” said Alberts. “Her tenacity is something that every coach wants to see in her players.”

By the time her hand had healed, Schriber’s ankle was ready to go. She started back with action in junior varsity games.

“It felt so good to get back out there and contribute, I didn’t care that it was JV,” she said.

Schriber’s teammates took notice, too.

“Molly is such an outspoken leader and a great role model,” said sophomore Christina Neal. Like Schriber, Neal plays soccer and basketball for the Student Princes. “Everyone on both teams has total respect for her because of how much she cares about the team.”

While Schriber has only played in a handful of games this season, her leadership on the court is vital to the success of the team.

In the waning moments of a 78-75 win over Muskingum, Schriber was called on to take free throws for an injured teammate. Despite missing the first, she calmly made the second.

“Molly is a presence in our program, just like she is for soccer,” said Alberts. “Her journey through the injuries and rehabs should serve as inspiration for the student-athletes of Heidelberg.”

Schriber will return next fall to complete her degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in finance. Despite not knowing her exact career path, Schriber plans to pursue a career in sales.

“I want to work with a team and interact with people,” said Schriber. “That’s what I’ve learned during my time here at Heidelberg.”