Thursday, November 10, 2016

Where Are They Now: Shelly Rhein-Rowedder

Who is she? Shelly Rhein Rowedder, a former star catcher, outfielder, and hitter for the North Dakota State Bison.

Photo:  (c) NDSU Athletic Communications
What is she known for? As Shelly Rhein from 1998-2001, Rhein-Rowedder starred for then-Division II NDSU. She earned all-region first-team honors in each of her four seasons in Fargo, as well as all-American honors in her junior and senior campaigns. Part of the 2000 Division II national championship winners, Rhein-Rowedder ended her career as the program's all-time leader in home runs; doubles; RBIs; and total bases.

Here's something interesting... Rhein-Rowedder was inducted into the Bison athletics Hall of Fame earlier this year, becoming just the seventh softball player in school history to be enshrined thusly. In addition, most of the 'fun facts' that are usually published in these articles come straight from the featured individuals themselves. Shelly's may be one of the greatest in the 4+ years this series of articles has run. She says, "During college, one of my summer jobs was milking sheep at Shepard’s Pride Sheep Farm in Lake Elmo, MN."

Quotable quote: "I would tell the younger generations to toughen up. You have to work and work hard for good things to happen. Not everything in life will be given to you. It’s ok if people are hard on you; they just want the best out of you. There is no room for crying on the ball field. It’s ok for coaches to scream and yell on the field. It makes for great stories later on down the road. Everything isn’t going to be sweet pretty roses for you! Hard work pays off; the discipline you get playing college ball will pay off later in life. It makes you a more respectable, well-rounded person for the adventures you will face later in life. Enjoy your time in college; the years go by fast. Take a step back and really reflect on each year and be sure to make the most of every day. Play [hard] each day, practice, or game; you never know, it could be your last!"

What's she up to now? After college, Shelly played a season of professional softball in Italy. After coming back stateside, for the past thirteen years, Shelly has worked for the city of Oakdale, Minnesota and continues to play competitive slowpitch softball to this day.

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