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Kate Cobb, winner of Catherine Wolf Award, about to trim to one sport, increase spiritual endeavors

Elkhart Central’s Kate Cobb excelled in volleyball, softball and diving for the Blazers. She joins her mom in becoming a Wolf Award recipient.

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:21 p.m.

ELKHART — As competition-loving Kate Cobb transitions from competing in three scholastic sports to one, it’s not like she’ll have trouble finding something to fill the time.

More studying? Perhaps. The National Honor Society student does carry a 3.8 weighted grade-point average at Elkhart Central, ranking 36th in a class of 382, so she takes academics seriously.

More TV, video games, social networking and what have you as well? Maybe, but not necessarily.

“A lot of the club volleyball tournaments I’ve been in have been on Sundays, so I feel like I’ve been missing some of that spiritual part of my life,” Cobb said as a conversation Monday, June 2, shifted toward Christianity.

Cobb was voted the 2014 Catherine Wolf Award winner Monday, an honor given annually to the individual deemed Elkhart Community Schools’ top female senior athlete.

KATE COBB

Who: Elkhart Central senior and 2014 Catherine Wolf Award Winner.

Volleyball: As libero last fall, helped the Blazers win their first sectional in 40 years, their first regional ever and a semistate match to advance to the 4A Final Four. She is a two-time All-NIC second-team pick, a team defensive player of the year and a 2014 North All-Star. Three-year letterwinner, two-year captain. Also a NIVA club player.

Softball: The Blazer shortstop was second on the team in hitting this spring with a .412 average. She has been an All-NIC honorable mention pick, with this year’s selections pending. Four-year letterwinner, senior captain.

Diving: Fourth in NIC, sixth in sectional last winter. High score of 212.45. First place in duals 18 times during career. Three-time Diving Excellence Award winner and three-year letterwinner.

Other: 3.8 weighted GPA (36th in class of 382); National Honor Society; student council, four years; band, two years; orchestra, two years; PEERS; church youth group.

Family: Parents David and Jennifer. Sister Kelsey is a Central freshman.

College: Huntington University. Plans to study exercise science and play volleyball.

A volleyball and softball standout as well as a top diver for Central, Cobb will shift to volleyball only upon heading in the fall to Huntington University, a Christian-based school.

“A very big component in choosing a college was the Christian part,” Cobb said. “Sports have taken a front seat in my life, and I wanted to go to a school where I could still do sports, but also grow spiritually. My mom and dad (Jennifer and David) brought me up Christian, and it’s a very big part of my life.”

It’s Cobb’s mom, the former Jennifer DuBois, who forms half of a Wolf Award first.

When Cobb was named Monday, it made her and Jennifer the first mother-daughter combination earn the award its 36-year history. Jennifer, a 1984 Elkhart Memorial graduate, was the co-winner in ’84 with Central’s Tish Lovan.

“She was a gymnast, and a top-notch diver, made the state finals in diving,” Cobb said proudly of her mom, who also went on to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors twice as a gymnast at Iowa.

“It’s so awesome winning something she won, because she’s been so supportive of me,” Cobb continued. “I just wouldn’t be able to be in this position if not for all my great coaches and my family supporting me. It’s been hard to go from sport to sport, so I’m thankful for all the help.”

Likewise, each of Cobb’s Blazer coaches is thankful for her.

"In all my years of coaching, I would put her at the top of the list as far as attitude, respect and leadership,” Central softball coach Brent Bardo was quoted as saying in materials presented to the Wolf committee. “I personally do not have children, but if I did and they were half as wonderful as Kate Cobb, I would be thrilled.”

“She possesses the character and personality that any coach would be proud and lucky to have (on their team),” Blazer volleyball coach Yolanda Stahl said. “She is a very hard worker who always wants to get better. She is a leader that inspires her team to play their best. She is a talent who can and will do whatever her coaches need.”

“Kate had a great desire to be successful despite not having any formal diving experience prior to coming out for the team,” Central diving coach Tom Adams said. “She wanted to win and wasn’t afraid to smack the water a few times in the process. She was a great team leader and very helpful in encouraging others to try new dives.”

As documented earlier this spring in The Elkhart Truth, Cobb has excelled in athletics despite a heart condition, supraventricular tachycardia.

Cobb said Monday that the condition is not life-threatening and that she has a high level of faith in her doctor.

“I’m very fortunate to not have a very severe case,” Cobb said. “But when it happens, my heartbeat goes up to over 200 times a minute. It’s only a problem if it lasts for over an hour, and that’s never happened. The (increased heart rate) usually only happens when I’m involved in intense physical activity.”

Cobb said the number of incidents was confined to about twice a year until about a month and a half ago.

“Lately, it’s been more like once a week,” Cobb said, “but I’ve seen my cardiologist and it’s being watched. I feel very good that I’m fine.”

 


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