Brooke Conner (seated middle) a senior at Halifax County High School signed her letter of intent on Monday at the high school to continue her softball career at Patrick Henry Community College. With Conner are her mother Brandy Conner and father Joey Conner as well as (second row, from left) Halifax County High School athletic director Allen Lawter, assistant varsity softball coach Jennifer Rutledge, head varsity softball coach Woody Bane and Halifax County High School principal Michael Lewis.

Brooke Conner, a senior at Halifax County High School, made it official on Monday afternoon at the high school by signing her letter of intent to continue her softball career at Patrick Henry Community College.

Conner is a middle infielder for the Comets softball team that primarily plays the shortstop position. In her freshman campaign with the Comets, she earned the defensive player of the year award.

At the age of 10, Conner began playing travel softball for Shockwave after she was invited to play by local coach Troy Strickland. Over the years, Conner has played on several different travel teams because she decided to play as a guest player. “I had interest in learning from different coaches,” Conner said about her decision to be a guest player on travel softball teams. “I learned so much from so many different coaches,” she added.

Some of the more recent teams that she has played for on the travel softball circuit were the Halifax Heat, VA Elite, Thunderstruck and Renegades.

Conner says that her favorite thing about playing softball is all of the friendships that can be made through the sport. “I also love the challenge that comes with playing the game,” she added.

When it comes to those that have had an impact on her life and softball career, the list is long. “I want to thank my parents for always supporting me,” she said. “I have so many coaches who were great role models for me on and off the field that I couldn’t begin to name them all so I would like to thank each and every one of my travel ball coaches along with all of my high school coaches,” she added.

Conner said that playing college softball is something that she has always wanted to do and has worked throughout the years to get to where she is. “I would like to thank PHCC for giving me the opportunity to play also,” she added.

Patrick Henry Community College is part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and located in Martinsville.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV