Over the past few years, whenever there has been success in Washburn, Brett Schreiner, has probably had a hand in it.
"He's one of those kids that will do what you need him to do," said Cardinals baseball coach Kip Erickson.
Throughout his high school career, Schreiner was not only a symbol of consistency but also versatility.
"Brett does everything for me. Defense-wise he's a mainstay there. You can notice the difference when he's not at short and he's on the mound you lose a little bit of defense," Erickson said.
While his positions at shortstop and on the mound are concrete, some of Schreiner's other responsibilities have been fluid. The Cardinals have always relied on Brett to produce on the court and in the field, but as a senior he adopted the role of mentor to a couple inexperienced teams.
"He talks to a lot of the younger kids, got them to really understand the game and where to be and you notice he's always talking and communicating on the field with those kids," Erickson said.
This past basketball season was a similar experience. After being part of a veteran team as a junior, Brett was the lone returning starter as a senior.
"Starting two freshmen right away is a hard thing coming up from junior high. Just coming to practice every day and push ourselves to get better and to get to that region tournament we had to play our best ball. We lost to a good team in Shiloh but it was a good run."
While the Cardinals didn't experience a ton of success this season, Schreiner is looking forward to a couple years from now when those young players he helped mentor are upperclassmen.
"They're going to be good ball players, especially the two freshmen, Caleb and Zach. It's going to be fun watching them grow up."
Next year Schreiner will be watching from Jamestown where he will join the Jimmies baseball team. Just like in high school, Brett will be asked to embrace change.
"He wants me to move to second base. I kind of knew that was going to happen cause second base, you're kind of versatile."
Which happens to be Schreiner's specialty. Schreiner was also versatile on the football field. He was Southern McLean's quarterback as a junior and then moved to running back this past fall.