GLADWIN – When you talk to Lauren Seebeck in person there is little to indicate that she is one of the deadliest scorers in Gladwin Girls Soccer history. Behind her humble, smiling persona was the heart of an assassin. She was the most physically dominant player I watched this year. Her relentless drive to the net left many defenders wondering what they had gotten themselves into. It is not surprising that she concluded her high school career with 110 points, second only to Melanie Smalley in the Gladwin record books. When she got an assist on Maty Witt’s goal against Standish-Sterling back on May 2, she became the second member of the 100-point club at Gladwin High School. She finished her career with 84 goals and a school record in assists with 26.
Her early experience with soccer both prepared her for the rigors of the high school game while hiding her talent for scoring. She got her start in the Gladwin Youth League in fourth grade before eventually moving on to Midland for a higher level of competition. She played defense with her older brother Brendan on co-ed teams coached by her father Ernie. Playing defense against boys helped her develop the physical style that served her well in high school. When she got to high school, Coach Smalley needed scorers and after a short period of adjustment she certainly grew into the role. “Lauren is one of the best players I’ve ever coached,” said Smalley. “She is a great offensive player who has a keen understanding of the game. She will be sorely missed. “
Lauren is sort of an anomaly in today’s hyper competitive sports climate. She never played travel soccer, but still excelled at the highest level in high school. Beside her points records she has been All Conference and All District for the last three years. The All State team has not been released, but it seems like a good bet that she will be somewhere on the list. By avoiding the demands of travel leagues the entire family including mom Lisa and younger sister Katie could see her games and vice versa, a much healthier approach to youth sports.
Soccer is her favorite, but basketball was her first organized sport. She got started at a young age playing for her future high school coach, Emily Cote. She said that she enjoyed it because Mrs. Cote made it fun. She continued to play basketball and volleyball throughout her high school career. An injury midway through the volleyball season this year caused her to miss a good portion of both seasons. She was mostly a post player in basketball, but did hit the winning jump shot against Tawas in the opening round of district play from the wing.
Like all of our local athletes, Lauren is also a well-rounded student. She is a member of the National Honor Society and played Baritone in the Gladwin High School Band. Her future plans include attending Saginaw Valley State University to study Nursing. She will be rooming with Morgan Vasher and Gabby Airbets while away at school. Seebeck mentioned that she grew up with high school Coach Jerome Smalley and that, “he is a really great coach who made sure that everyone had fun.”