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Hard work pays off for Halle Schoen

By JOE CENTERS • Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 8:58 AM

When Halle Schoen came to St. Paul High School as a freshman she couldn’t even lift the 45-pound bar in the weight room.

How times have changed. Schoen went right to work and never looked back. Now, the soon-to-be graduate can look ahead to her volleyball career at Cleveland State University. Schoen made it official Wednesday morning by signing her letter making her a preferred walk-on. 

“I hope to work hard enough to earn playing time and just have fun with it,” Schoen said.

She will major in health science and hopes to be an orthodontist. 

“It’s a big step,” St. Paul volleyball coach Nancy Miller said. “The passion Halle has to play at the next level is key. I’ve gotten to watch her go from a girl who couldn’t even lift the bar to where she is today. If you could see what she can do today it is amazing. Sports are so demanding on kids today.

“There is so much to it. There is explosiveness and foot speed. ... Not just strength. It takes a lot of work.”

And that work has paid off.

“Being in a Catholic school was big for me,” said Schoen, who attended Bellevue ICS before coming to St. Paul as a freshman. “I knew St. Paul has a great volleyball program. They pushed me both academically and athletically.”

How about coach Miller?

“She pushed me physically and mentally,” Schoen said. “Even in the classroom as a math teacher. She brought the best out of me.”

Schoen looked at a number of schools, but CSU stood ahead of the rest.

“Coach (Chuck Voss) was a big part of it,” she said. “They made me feel like I already was part of the team when I visited.”

She is the daughter of Marc and Marianne Schoen and is the youngest of four children. She has two sisters, Devin, 25, and Sydney, 22, and a brother, Clay, 23.

“It was a long process,” Marc said. “Halle feels comfortable. ... She looked until she found the right fit. It’s been a dream to play D-1. Like Nancy said, she will have to work hard.”

“She has a good work ethic,” her mom said.

This past season Schoen helped lead the Lady Flyers to Firelands Conference, sectional and district titles. 

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