Brittany Brannock commits to Rio Grande

March 13th, 2008    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Brittany Brannock, Bethel-Tate High School soccer star, has recently signed a letter-of-intent to attend the University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Ohio.

Brannock is a three-sport letter earner competing in soccer, basketball, and track and field. In addition to an outstanding soccer career, she will be a returning Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-star this spring on the track.

During her stellar career as a Fighting Tiger she has earned a special soccer award as the Rookie of the Year four years ago for her performances on the soccer field and shares the school track record in the 400-meter relay.

The most memorable game of her soccer career she pointed out as being against Williamsburg her junior year during the sectional tournament.

Brittany Brannock (front and center) at her letter-of-intent signing with, front row from left, parents Kathy and David Brannock; back row, coach Chad Willhoff, sisters Staphany and Bethany Brannock, and Rio Grande coach Amber Oliver.
"It was really muddy, but we all had fun sliding around and getting wet and muddy. It was a really good time," she said.

Brannock plans to major in radiology.

She chose Rio Grande because, "The girls soccer program is good and everybody I met when I visited there was friendly."

Her parents, David and Kathy Brannock, are pleased with her choice of higher education.

"This is going to give her a chance to play soccer beyond high school and get a good education," said Brittany's mother, adding, "I like the school."

"We're very excited about her choosing Rio Grande," said Brittany's father. "We are extremely impressed with the atmosphere there. We're certain she'll receive a good education there."

"I've coached Brittany since she was in the eighth grade in several different sports," said coach Chad Willhoff, himself a former BTHS sports star. "She is very athletic and a hard worker. She has great ball skills and great speed. It has always been a joy to coach her. She'll do well at the next level.

Brannock singled out several people very important to her overall success.

"Chad Willhoff has always been there for all of us. He makes us all happy no matter what situation were in. . .

"Blake Woodward (high school friend) has become a close friend to me. I really like her. We have a lot in common...

"My parents have supported me in everything I've ever done. They have always been there for me. . .

"My grandpa (Jim Brannock) knows how to make people laugh. He has been a great supporter of everybody."

Amber Oliver is the head women's soccer coach at Rio Grande. She said, "Brittany's enthusiasm and her style of play was what I was looking for. Plus, she's a scrappy, hard-nosed player. We expect her to do well."
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