It was three years ago when Kolin Schulte graduated from Anamosa High School as one of the most decorated athletes in Raider history.
To me it seems like just yesterday, because I’ve known Kolin since he entered school at the tender kindergarten age. Even then I knew, this kid was special. Little did I know however, he would accomplish what he did at the youth, middle and high school and AAU levels in Anamosa, not only on the athletic stage, but academic as well.
Football, basketball, soccer and track, Schulte earned All-State honors. That’s four sports, and first-team All-State honors in all of them during his mind-boggling senior year.
The last athlete to accomplish such an incredible feat? Colten Kelly back in the late 2000s, who was a football, basketball, track and golf standout.
Schulte was a major contributor to Raider football, basketball, track and soccer teams reaching near unparalleled success in 2015-16.
The Anamosa football team set school records for wins reeling off 11 in a row to start the season and reached the class 2A quarterfinal playoff round (picking up the program’s first-ever post-season wins, too) before being handed a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of a Mount Vernon team they had beaten earlier in the year.
The basketball team set a school record for wins (21) and advanced to the state tournament for the first time in program history, reaching the 2A semi-final round before having that amazing run ended inside Wells Fargo Arena against Western Christian.
The soccer team reached the regional final, a mere win away from the state tournament while Schulte was also a three-time track state qualifier making numerous appearances on the Drake Stadium Blue Oval.
Oh, Schulte was an Academic All-Stater as well.
To call Schulte’s high school career a mere success almost seems like a massive understatement.
Now, he’s is doing it again, only this time at the collegiate level at Wartburg College and with the Knights’ football program.
Last fall Schulte joined his brother Josh (a Loras College standout) as a coveted Academic All-American, and was a second-team All-Conference player for the Knights as one of the top receivers in the league.
Schulte has gotten right back to work this fall, and in his senior season at Wartburg is putting up video game-like numbers as the D-III 15th-ranked Knights have rolled to a 4-0 record to this early point of the 2019 campaign.
In a 60-21 season-opening rout over Greenville Sept. 7, Schulte hauled in a phenomenal four touchdown passes amongst the eight receptions he had in the game, and totaled receiving 159 yards.
In a week-two 38-9 win over Monmouth College, Schulte had four more reception for 56 yards. Against rival Luther on Sept 21, Schulte helped the Knights to a huge 62-10 rout by totaling 134 yards after grabbing 10 passes, with one going for a 13-yard third quarter touchdown.
Last Saturday, the former Raider was at it again, this time hauling in six passes, with two going for scores, in amassing 114 receiving yards as Wartburg crushed the University of Dubuque taking a 42-25 final.
To date, Schulte has 28 receptions for 463 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s averaging 115.8 receiving yards per game and 16.5 yards per catch.
And guess what?
Schulte had never played the wide receiver position until he got to Waverly three years ago. Ever. Not at the youth, middle or high school levels.
As a Wartburg freshman he had hoped to be a quarterback with the Knights’ program, but was smart enough to make a position change in order to get himself on the field as quickly as possible.
To make that kind of switch at the collegiate level takes some serious talent. And for those of us who have watched Kolin for so long, to us it comes as no surprise.
Last season Schulte broke through becoming the Knights’ top receiving target. Now, he’s going where few have boldly gone before, quickly becoming one of the best receivers in Wartburg history. And, he’s not done yet.