By Murray Gleffe
Name: Josie Hilbert
Parents: John and Jan Hilbert
Josie Hilbert was part of an Ashwaubenon softball team that went 21-4 and won the Fox River Classic Conference in 2019.
The Jaguars received a No. 1 seed in the WIAA Division 1 playoffs.
Hilbert was recently named first team all-conference as an outfielder.
What characteristics were needed to play one of those three positions in the outfield?
“Hard work and good communication are very important when playing in the outfield.”
What was your most embarrassing moment in softball?
“I am a very clumsy person, so I have definitely taken quite a few falls during my career. The worst was at a practice earlier in the season. My team was waiting for me to come out of the dugout, and I was running out in my metal cleats and they slipped on the concrete. I fell right on my stomach. The team and coaches were watching, so it was even more embarrassing but very funny.”
What has been your most memorable moment?
“Winning the national tournament in Kansas with my summer team was very memorable because it just felt like all the hard work paid off. It was a very cool experience and opportunity.”
What was the hardest part about playing softball?
“The mental toughness. All the coaches told us how important it was to have that mental toughness during a game or during a slump – it can be hard at times. You can’t always have the best game offensively, so you have to go out on defense and make up for it, or vice versa.”
If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be?
“Aly Raisman, because she makes a great impact on people all around the world and has an Olympic gold medal. She has a very strong personality in which so many people look up to and respect.”
Which would you rather be able to do – pitch 70 mph on a consistent basis or hit a 275-foot blast once in your lifetime?
“Hit a 275-foot blast once in my lifetime.”
Do you have a nickname?
“Jo or Jos.”
What is one thing that other classmates or teachers didn’t know about you?
“I took a sign language class at Southwest High School and really enjoyed learning about the deaf culture and how they communicate.”
Other than Pioneer Park, what is the best softball field you have played on?
“During the fall, I played at Hawkeye Softball Complex which is where the University of Iowa softball team plays. It has heated dugouts and is a really nice facility.”
What are your college aspirations?
“I plan to go into elementary education at Winona State University.”
Where do you plan on living after college?
“Somewhere in Minnesota.”
What three words describe you?
“Caring, outgoing, energetic.”
Waterskiing or beach volleyball?
If you didn’t play softball, what other sport do you think you could have excelled in?
Madison for a state softball game or the College World Series in Oklahoma City?
“Madison for a state softball game.”
Ice cream or coffee shops?
“Ice cream shops.”
Favorite summer activity?
Two cities you haven’t been to that you would love to sightsee in.
“Venice, Italy, and Patras, Greece.”
Where do you see yourself in 25 years?
“I see myself teaching elementary students and being happily married with three kids. I also love watching sports, so I hope my kids are active so I can watch them play.”
Restaurant in Green Bay: The Drift Inn
Subject in school: Math
Current movie: I don’t have a favorite movie, but I love romantic comedies
Trail to bike, walk or run: City Deck