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Thornburg signs with Brevard

Katie Thornburg began playing tee-ball when she was just three-years old and growing up dreaming of one day playing college softball.
Those dreams were realized in February when she signed a national letter of intent to go to Brevard College and play for the Tornadoes.
Her choice came down to Western Carolina and Brevard, after she dismissed Appalachian State from her final two schools.
The reason for choosing Brevard was simple in Thornburg’s eyes. From the moment she stepped on the campus she felt it was the perfect fit.
“I really liked the campus, and the girls and the coach were real nice. I just seemed to fit in real well with everybody,” she said.
The senior second baseman, as smart as she is on the field and off the field, is just as humble off it.
“I’m a better defensive player. I am competitive and show good leadership,” she said.
Thornburg, who was the recipient of the Delta Kappa Gamma scholarship for future teachers and Legislature School nominee, was named to the Midwest 2A’s All-Conference team last season.
Getting to chance to play college softball is an opportunity she looks forward to.
“It’s a really great feeling because this is something I’ve dreamed of since I was little. I’ve always wanted to play on a college team,” she said.
Her parents, Cathy and Calvin, are full of pride when it comes to their daughter’ accomplishments on and off the field.
“We’re certainly very proud of her character, her strengths and her ability on and off the field,” said Calvin. “She shows leadership on and off the field.”
First-year Lady Rebels’ coach Mia Cooke raves about Thornburg, saying she’s as solid a person away from the diamond as she is on it.
“Katie does whatever she’s told to do without complaining, puts the team before herself and she gives well over 100-percent at practice, as well as in games. Whether we’re up or down, she never gives up,” Cooke said.
The infielder is known for always staying positive and encouraging her teammates when they’re down.
She knows new challenges await her playing for the Tornadoes.
“I know I’m going to have to work harder to earn my playing time and to show the coach what I have,” Thornburg said. She listed earning a starting position as her number one goal.
Thornburg, who has a great work ethic, has worked hard and has had solid coaching over the years, knows none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for God.
Still, playing the game she loves, especially after two surgeries on her shoulder, has given her that perspective.
“I think God played a big part because He’s helped me get through that while playing,” she said. “My parents and my brother, Cale, and all my softball coaches that I’ve had have supported me.”
They’ve been there for her whenever she needed somebody to talk to and have helped her through the tough times, she said.
by John Mark Brooks

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