Shane McCallom just makes people happy.
The Marysville freshman is everyone’s friends in the hallway at school and the JV soccer team’s encouraging, funny manager after class gets out. Really, you couldn’t ask for a better guy on the team than Shane.
“He’s just an awesome person,” freshman Mason Damman said. “I got in a car accident over the weekend and he was saying in the team huddle ‘I’ll pray for you Mason’ and he’s always supporting us. He just makes us all happy on the team.”
On Wednesday, it was only right for Shane to have his shining moment to smile from ear-to-ear.
In their game against Roseville, Shane – who has Down syndrome – raced by the defense to start the second half. He broke into the box, evaded a diving goalie and brought the ball to the goal line before sending it in – a goal that had the players and fans from both sides cheering wildly for him.
“It was definitely an emotional feeling,” Marysville head coach Scott Parker said. “I think (Roseville was) just as excited about the whole thing as we were, and that was great to see.”
The goal to make it 5-0 was a moment to remember, especially considering it was Shane’s first game action with the Vikings.
“He was so excited,” Talynda McCallom, Shane’s mom, said. “He kept saying ‘I did it, I made a goal.’”
The sportsmanship didn’t end there either. As the second half went on, Roseville’s lone goalie went down with an injury and was sidelined for a few minutes. Instead of having Roseville replace him with an inexperienced goalie, Marysville sent out goalie Denver Detary – who played in the first half for Marysville – until the Panthers goalie was good to come back.
While Marysville won 8-1, the entire Roseville team was honored for their sportsmanship the following day at school as they were all named Hallway Heroes.
“It was amazing to be able to see the team work like that and show good sportsmanship,” Talynda said. “Just to give him the opportunity to play with the other kids was very exciting.”
Shane could see more time on the field as the season winds down, but the impact made on the field by him and his teammates has already been felt. When the soccer season ends, that friendliness from Shane will still be covering the classrooms with the happiness felt on Wednesday.
“Everyone is his friend,” sophomore Brendan Carroll said. “He doesn’t really stand out, he’s kind of amongst all of us.”