Osterbind signs with UAB
by Lori Tippets
Sharon Osterbind put ink to paper last week and signed a scholarship on National Signing Day to play soccer for UAB.

Osterbind, a senior at Jacksonville High School is one of the top athletes to ever play for the Golden Eagles.

A two-star athlete Osterbind excelled in both soccer and basketball and could have chosen to play either sport in college but in the end it turned out to be her first love, soccer, that won out.

“I’ve been playing soccer since I was five and basketball since the fourth grade,” explained Osterbind. “I’ve been playing my whole life and it was a hard choice. Coach Chambless (JHS girls basketball coach) has had a big impact and I almost wanted to go basketball because of him but soccer is what I like the most.”

Osterbind helped lead her basketball team to the Class 4A State Championship last year and has been named All-State, All-County, and to just about every tournament team she has played in. Recently she led the Lady Eagles to the Calhoun County Championship, being named Most Valuable Defensive Player and Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Her achievements in soccer have been just as impressive. JHS girls soccer coach, Sam Cain said, “Everything that’s available, she has gotten,” of the awards she has achieved in soccer. Among those awards are being named All-State twice, MVP of the area, county and section, Area Player of the Year and County Player of the Year.

Osterbind also played in the North/South All-Star game last summer.

While in high school Osterbind has helped the Lady Eagles soccer team go to the Elite Eight the past three years.

Of his star forward Cain says, “Of course most people understand that when someone wants to succeed at something they do whatever it takes to get there.

“Sharon sets herself apart from others because she is willing to work hard every single minute of practice to get better. She has the intrinsic gift of always achieving excellence. Because of her commitment to being the best she will always excel in all she does.”

An outstanding student, Osterbind chose UAB over other offers because of their excellent reputation in the field of medicine. Osterbind is thinking of going into the medical field.

“Plus, said Osterbind of her choice to go to UAB, “it’s close to home but far enough away. I like the campus a lot and the coaches and the program are really good.”

Sharon is the daughter of Kelly and Carter Osterbind.
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