MADISON — A Scott High School star athlete has signed to continue her softball playing career at Pikeville (Kentucky) University.
The official signing took place last week in the Scott High library, where Sara Browning inked a deal that will give her a scholarship to attend PU.
Pikeville Coach Robert Staggs was on hand for the event, along with Browning’s SHS teammates, coaches, family and friends.
Browning’s high school coach, D.A. Harless, was a few minutes late for the event. He laughingly told those in attendance he had been “working on the field” for that evening’s sectional tournament showdown with Chapmanville Regional High.
The Scott star was accompanied at the front table by her parents, Delmar and Michele Browning. Members of the Skyhawk team sat together and there were few dry eyes as Browning offered thanks to all who have helped in her career. Actually, Browning initially forgot to thank her parents but quickly recovered. “They’ll never get over this,” she said to laughter from the crowd.
Browning has been a four-year starter at Scott, leading her team this season to a fourth-place ranking in Class AA. The evening’s contest with CRHS did not prove positive for the Hawks, though, as they fell 6-5 to end Browning’s high school career.
Her parents said after the signing that she began playing tee-ball when she was four years old. “She’s played ever since,” said her beaming mother. With the signing, Browning became the fifth Skyhawk girl to sign a college scholarship for athletics.
Harless acknowledged that Browning will leave “some really big shoes to fill.”
Her new college coach said he looks forward to seeing Browning compete for his team but most of all will be “excited to see her walk across the stage and get her diploma from Pikeville University.”