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Hard work paves way for Campolindo’s Schmidt

Joey Schmidt competes against Acalanes on March 26, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Joey Schmidt competes against Acalanes on March 26, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Hard work is just how Campolindo senior receiver Joey Schmidt got here.

Whether it’s his teammates, family, coaches or anyone else, they all motivate Schmidt to become the best version of himself on and off the field.

“My parents, my team, working for my friends on the team,” Schmidt said.

That work has certainly paid off for Schmidt, who is a big play threat every single time the ball is thrown in his direction.

Schmidt has 248 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 12 catches, highlighted by a 128-yard effort and one touchdown in a 28-13 win against Acalanes. One of those plays was a 77-yard score when he bobbled the ball a few times and took it to the house.

Last year, Schmidt tallied 410 receiving yards and three touchdowns – with one 100-yard game sprinkled in there. 

“I’m more confident and know the playbook much better now,” Schmidt said. “Coach Schofield really took me under his wing and I’m grateful for that. I definitely think I’ve gotten faster and more aware on the field. That’s really helpful.”

Over the offseason, Schmidt was part of a lifting group at 5:30 a.m. every morning in addition to his on-field training. 

“I really tried to work on my speed, my hands, which is a big part of being a receiver for me,” Schmidt said.

As Campolindo is 5-0, just clinched a league championship and rated as one of the top teams in the Bay Area, Schmidt wants to keep the success going.

What he wants is for the undefeated record to remain.

“I want to go 6-0,” Schmidt said.

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