Sobnosky Journey Close to Completion

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes. Recently, Texas Prep Insider was present at the TD Club of Houston annual awards dinner. Today, we feature the defensive winner from Santa Fe High School, Shane Sobnosky. This is a free TPI feature.

Since 1988, the Touchdown Club of Houston has awarded offensive, defensive and coach of the year honors at its annual dinners. And in many cases, the winners come from schools that participate in the Class 5A Division. 

But, in a year where the TD Club widens its spectrum from a geographical standpoint, a player was nominated from a program that has not been mentioned in recent years. So when Santa Fe defender Shane Sobnosky earned a nomination for the defensive player of the year, it was pretty much a big deal.

"I think an award like this puts us (Santa Fe) on the map. This is the first time for us to be even nominated," Sobnosky said.

But that is only half of the story.

"To be here is a big deal for us to be here, but then to win it is even better," Sobnosky said. 

And so it is. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound defensive lineman etched his name into TD Club's history books, as his name will be listed as the winner for 2009. Of course, he was on the stage with some of the city's well-known top players. But make no mistake, Sobnosky did, by all means, have the resume to stand head to head with every player on stage.

In his senior season, he recorded 137 tackles (36 for loss), 21 sacks and two touchdowns returned from fumble recoveries. The Indians finished the season 6-5 and were the bi-district finalists.

"It (the 2009 season) felt great and it was a successful season. We played hard as we could and got to the playoffs like we wanted to," Sobnosky said. "We didn't have the story book ending, but we did our best."

It was the start of the Indians' season that caught some attention. These boys hit the ground running starting the season off 6-0, including a shocking 29-28 victory over Friendswood. Though that was the last win Santa Fe pulled out, Sobnosky sees the bigger picture.

It's not always about the end result, as the ride will hold fast in his mind for years to come.

"The ride was long. When I started playing varsity, things didn't go so well. Then when I started my senior season, we came out of nowhere and everything was going up and getting better," Sobnosky said.

At the TD Club event on Wednesday, December 9, Sobnosky was one of the 10 standing before thousands getting recognized. Of the athletes who were on the defensive side of the ball, six of them have already made commitments to Division I programs, while the others are still looking.

That includes Sobnosky.

On the next level, he is not looking to get back on the defensive line. But rest assured, he wants to make that roster.

"There is not a lot going on right now, but I talked to Eastern New Mexico State. They seem like they are interested," Sobnosky said. "I have interest in college, but nothing really solid. It's still early you know."

Sobnosky, who is projected to play outside linebacker, also said that Texas State has been in contact as well. There are no visits lined up for the moment, but believe that Sobnosky is in no way looking for this journey end this quickly.


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