Photo by Joel Reichenberger
Soroco senior Brandi Roundtree, center, celebrates her decision to play softball at Metro State with her sister, Amber Roundtree, and father, Lenny Roundtree, on Friday at Soroco High School.
Steamboat Springs Routt County isn’t exactly the ideal place to try to land at a college to play softball, and accomplishing that feat took sacrifice, Soroco senior Brandi Roundtree said Friday as she announced she intends to play for Metropolitan State College in Denver.
Surrounded by friends, family and a giant cake decorated with a ball diamond and a glove, Roundtree realized her seemingly impossible goal of playing softball at the next level after graduating from Soroco High School.
Roundtree long has played softball in the summers, and she played in school as a freshman and a sophomore, when she attended Faith Christian Academy in Arvada. A family move brought her to Oak Creek as a junior, however, and that made things considerably more difficult. Not only does Soroco lack a softball program, so does every other school in the county.
After taking a break from the sport, she dove into her senior season eager to prove she belonged at the top level. That required splitting her year between Pomona High School, also in Arvada, and Soroco.
She played softball in the fall, then transferred midway through the season to finish school at Soroco.
“It was hard,” Roundtree said. “It was hard to leave my friends here in Soroco.”
That may have been difficult, but she said the decision to choose Metro State was easy. She spoke with several other schools, but her older sister Amber Roundtree played at the school, and Brandi said it always felt like home.
“I knew a lot of the coaches, and a lot of the players I knew that’s where I wanted to be,” she said.
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