Ponca City’s Adele Dilbeck – Blake Shepard Athlete of the Month – Presented by Darren Dyer OK Farm Bureau

Darren Dyer

This month’s recipient of the Blake Shepard Award goes to Adele Dilbeck, a varsity soccer player at Ponca City High School. 

Dilbeck started playing the game of soccer when she was nine years old and ever since, soccer has been the sport for her. She loves the comradery of her teammates and representing her school is something she loves to do. 

“I love my team because we have a special bond and the girls push me to be my best every day,” said Dilbeck. “If we work hard I think we have a shot of going to playoffs.”

For Dilbeck, academics are always at the top of the priority list. She is involved in several clubs at school, all while working and competing to help her team achieve success of the field. 

“Academics are the number one priority,” said Dilbeck. “I’m in student council, DECA, Robson Rowdies, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a Wildcat football Manager.” 

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Her plans after a high school college and more soccer. 

“My plans after high school are to hopefully play collegiate level soccer and major in athletic training with a double major in ministry,” Dilbeck said. 

As a student-athlete, Dilbeck said there are several people that have influenced her over her high school career.

“Some big influencers in my life are Bubba Smethers, Wendy Terrazes, Marcelo Aguilar, Jonathan Hooper and JB Bohon. They have pushed me in my soccer career and have taught me life lessons,” Dilbeck said. 

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And representing the Blake Shepard Award is something she is proud to do.

“It’s an incredible honor to receive the Blake Shepard award because he was an outstanding Wildcat athlete but more important was a great role model for all of us to follow,” said Dilbeck. 

PoHi athletes work hard to be the best on and off the field. Dilbeck is no different. Her passion for the game and appreciation for what the school does for its athletes does not unnoticed by Dilbeck and her teammates. 

“I love being part of a team at a school that cares about our success!”

In her free time, Dilbeck enjoys going to Young Life and going to youth at St. Luke’s every Wednesday night. 

In the past, Dilbeck has competed in cross country and track and she currently plays competitive soccer for PC United.