Shiner junior named all-area MVP
July 1, 2017 at 9:15 p.m.
Updated July 2, 2017 at 6 a.m.
SHINER - Bethany Nevlud didn't look far for inspiration when she was growing up.
Watching her uncle, Matthew Pohler, play basketball, baseball and golf at Shiner High School and golf at UHV has always been a source of motivation for the Shiner junior ever since she could remember.
"It was crazy to see him at the high of his life," Nevlud said. "He was 6-foot-4, and everyone remembers him making a half-court shot in the district championship game against Yorktown, people remember him as the stud on the golf course and people called him Inspector Gadget at first base in baseball."
When her uncle died at 20 from acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2014, Nevlud was determined to follow in his footsteps.
"It's actually more about the concept of life. It motivates me to work hard every day because you never know what can happen and when something can be taken away from you."
Nevlud accomplished that this season, helping Shiner reach its third-straight UIL Class 2A state championship game.
Nevlud was named the Most Valuable Player on the Victoria Advocate's 2017 All-Area Softball Team, becoming the third-straight Shiner player to receive the award.
"I'm honored and blessed to receive this award," Nevlud said. "I have put a lot of hard work in, and it has paid off. There are a lot of great athletes in the area and on my team as well. I wouldn't be where I'm at now without my teammates pushing each other every day."
Shiner's season ended after Bells completed a seventh-inning comeback to stun the Lady Comanches.
Nevlud, a pitcher and a third baseman, was named the District 28-2A Most Valuable Player, finished the season with a 16-1 record with a 0.88 ERA with 116 strikeouts while posting a .511 batting average with six home runs and 45 RBIs.
You have had time to reflect on the UIL Softball State Championships. Do you dwell on the loss?
It was something to think about every day for about a week and a half after the game, but then it starts to hit you that it's something you can't control, and you have to give credit to the other team. It was a big learning lesson and now it's the biggest motivation we can have for next year. Our goal is to get back and get it all.
How special was this season for your team compared to the last two years?
It was probably one of the best and most interesting years I have had. We had a few more leaders this year with five seniors. We really jelled together and that's how you become a better team with great chemistry.
What are your plans for the team now that you will be heading into your senior year?
Now that I will be a senior, I have to find the right words to tell the underclassmen. This is a once in a lifetime experience, and you can share these memories forever with your friends.
Do you plan on pursing softball at the collegiate level?
I feel like I have the capability to compete at the next level. Right now, I have offers from Northwestern State and Texas Lutheran University. I just want to find the right fit for me. I love my hometown of Shiner and don't want to go too far, but I do want to experience the college life somewhere else.
Who do you credit your success to?
I want to give credit to my parents, Melanie and Douglas Nevlud. Without them, I wouldn't be the person I am today. They gave me the mentality and stability that I need. They have been there through the ups and downs, and I'm gratful to have them in my life.