Shelby Vaughn to play in football showcase Feb. 19-20 in Memphis

Norwegian sophomore Shelby Vaughn simply tore up the football field last season becoming the region’s best offensive weapon.

From her ability to physically command her presence in the attacking third, to an innate ability to find space and know how and when to finish, her combined attributes make her nearly unstoppable.

When not playing seasonally for the Bobcats, Vaughn balances club soccer for North FC with playing basketball with her sister Savannah for the ‘Cats.

Although on the eve of the state basketball tournament, Vaughn is also eyeing a chance to represent Ohio at the 2022 Memphis ODP Interregional Showcase, to be held in Memphis, Tennessee. She and her teammates will rise to the challenge as they take on the best of the best from across the region on February 19-20.

Vaughn and his team will start against Kansas, then face Missouri, Indiana and finish with Illinois in a showcase sponsored by the Olympic Development Program.

Vaughn was just one of four members of his club to be selected and the only one in his age range. Other states that will be represented at the showcase are Alabama, Iowa and Tennessee.

“It feels really good to be selected,” Vaughn said when asked about the chance to represent Ohio. “Just knowing that all my hard work is paying off and getting me somewhere.”

To get here, Vaughn traveled to another Showcase in Indiana, where she was chosen to be part of a team. After that, players were selected based on their performance for the ODP Showcase and to represent their respective state.

“It’s definitely more competitive because you get a group of great players from across the country on one team,” Vaughn said. “Whereas in high school you play the select few at that school, so the competition is higher here.”

Having played for North FC since fifth grade and being coached at the club by Attila Csiszar, Vaughn said it benefited her on the high school football pitch, that playing at such a high level helped her elevate her game and make him a more complete footballer.

Her high school coach, Jason Zimmerly, was totally supportive.

“She’s a very special player who works so hard, and her ability to attack and break down a defense is unmatched,” Zimmerly said of Vaughn, one of the region’s top college football prospects. “It’s just her sheer will to compete. Some people say they’re competitors and get mad when they don’t win. She finds a way to win when she doesn’t win. That’s her mentality.

“Her drive and desire pushed her beyond what most people can handle. She doesn’t just talk. She walks the talk.”

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