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The Lancaster High School softball connection to Columbia College added another solid link on Friday, Jan. 11.
Lady Bruins’ softball standout Claire Brown signed with the Lady Koalas and will join former LHS ace Erin Walker in the Columbia College softball program next fall.
“I’m excited to have Claire join us,” Columbia College softball coach James Morrison said. “Columbia College is an academic school and we’re elated to have a true student-athlete. Her coaches can’t talk enough about Claire as a hard worker and we’re looking forward to having her. She’s a hard worker on the field and in the classroom.”
Brown, with the 2013 season, will be in her fifth season with the LHS softball program, which has been in the Class AAAA playoffs each year. A year ago, she earned the team’s Defensive Award and reaped all-region honors for the second straight season.
“It’s great to have a person of her character, academic background and athletic ability,” said Morrison, who noted Brown is the Lady Koalas’ first signee this year. “She is also a coaches daughter and that is a plus. She knows the terminology and drills. She will be able to adapt fast to what we’re trying to do.”
Brown’s father, Ricky, is an assistant coach in the LHS softball program.
Brown, a member of the LHS Beta Club, was also a standout in volleyball where she played four seasons.
She won the Lady Bruins volleyball Coaches Award as a junior and the Most Improved Player Award as a sophomore and a freshman.
“I’m proud of her and very excited for the opportunity which Claire has worked so hard for,” LHS coach Kim Perry said. “She has a great attitude and is a pleasure to coach. She’s going to step up and be a leader for us this season. When she leaves, she will be missed because Columbia College is getting a quality athlete and quality young lady. She would be an asset wherever she went.
“I think a big plus for Claire is that she can play so many positions and that’s going to help her work into the Columbia College lineup off the bat,” Perry said. “She will give it her best shot no matter where she plays.”
Brown, in addition to softball and volleyball, served as a LHS football student trainer.
“Claire is an outstanding competitor and one of the finest athletes as for as competing goes,” said LHS principal Dr. Joe Keenan. “She comes from a quality family who has been very supportive of her. She’s a quality person and student and a fiery athlete.
“I look forward to following her over the next four years,” Keenan said.
Brown noted several reasons for picking Columbia College.
“I’m excited about the academics and athletic programs at Columbia College,” Brown said. “I like the campus atmosphere and look forward to being a part of the school.”