SHEBOYGAN — Time to get your game face on.
Each week, we will chat with an area high school athlete about why they got involved in sports, what their favorite sports memories are and much more.
Get to Know: Abigail Tagel
School: Sheboygan North High School
Sport(s): Cheer, soccer and volleyball
Favorite sport of those?
I do think soccer is my favorite, and it's been the one I've been doing the longest.
Why did you get involved with sports?
I started in soccer when I was probably four. My older brother was playing soccer, and that's where it all started—I wanted to be like my older brother. So, I started playing in preschool ... I got involved with cheer in the fall season of last year and then volleyball was in eighth grade.
What do you like to do outside of school/sports?
This summer I'm going to get into skateboarding for sure. I also like to clean actually. I like to cook and workout, and I also play piano and guitar.
Why do you want to get into skateboarding?
I started longboarding when my brother did when our family went to Virginia. I got my first longboard in Virginia, and I've been longboarding for about five or six years now. A lot of my friends skateboard and my brother also did before he went into the army. He left me his skateboard, so all I have to do is get the rest of the stuff, and I did that last week.
Any pre-game rituals?
Not really, just making sure I'm drinking a lot of water, getting myself all stretched out and getting enough protein in my body for the work I'm about to put in.
Favorite sports team or athlete?
My brother used to watch Brazil's soccer team, but I'm not super into watching. There's Packers football of course, that's about the one thing, but not really with my sports.
How's this season been for you with the changing of the fall seasons?
This year has been messed up because the fall season got pushed back to the end of spring, so I don't really know when our seasons will be (for soccer and volleyball) ... I was going to do cheer again in the fall season because last year I just did the winter season and wanted to join for fall. I decided I would take a break from volleyball for a year and do that, but by the timeI signed up for cheer, the volleyball season was moved. I'm going to see if I can do all three of them, otherwise next year when everything hopefully goes back to normal, I'll most likely do volleyball in the fall, take a break and do cheer in winter and then soccer in the spring.
What's it been like this season for cheer with no cheerleaders at games?
We've just started getting into our competition routine and learning our stunts and dances for that. I haven't been able to cheer for basketball yet, but around April 11 is when we'll be cheering in competitions. We have one competition and then regionals and state this year. Usually we'd have six or seven, but since we can't be in person, they've been doing competitions over Zoom and there haven't been as many scheduled. It's tough for sure not being able to be in front of crowds and show what we can do—the hard work we have put in. I definitely feel more confident and "powerful" when I have a crowd cheering me on. I feel like I'm invincible, and I can do anything.
Any plans yet for after graduation?
I'm potentially thinking about joining the Navy because my great grandpa was in the Army, my grandpa was in the Navy, my dad was in the Navy and my brother is in the Army. I have a lot of generations before me that have done that, so it's something I've been keeping in the back of my mind. Then after that, I would look to go to school for law enforcement or something like that. But I've also been keeping marine biology in my mind just because I think that topic is really interesting, and I love the beach and being outside.