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Posted: May 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Weaver signs letter of intent

Local softball player chooses Albany State

Xavier McKnight/The Covington News/

Brishanti Weaver is surrounded by relatives, teammates, Newton High School Principal John Ellenberg and Lady Rams softball head coach Virginia Waters as she prepares to sign her scholarship to Albany State University.

Brishanti Weaver finished up her high school athletic career with the Newton High School Lady Rams on Monday when she officially signed her national letter of intent to attend Albany State University. She was awarded a full scholarship on athletics and academics, and she will continue her career with the Great Danes.

“It was not surprising at all about her (Brishanti) because she excels in everything she does,” Lady Rams head softball coach Virginia Waters said.

As a senior, Weaver was on the All-Region team for softball and tennis. Weaver also excelled in the classroom, where her coach said she expected nothing less of her than on the field.

“Bri’ has always been a really hard worker, but she’s not one that you really have to push,” Waters said. “She’s self-driven; she’s self-motivated, so all you really had to worry about with her was what you could help her with athletically.”

In fact, it was the school’s success in academics that attracted Weaver the most to choose it over the athletics.
“Even though it is a big school, it still gives me the education that I need and it helps me stay on the right track and right path that I want to go into,” Weaver said.

Weaver said that in her four years as a varsity softball player, her favorite moments were the team’s first year tournament when the Lady Rams received first place in the Silver Bracket and her first play of her senior year when she made a diving catch in the outfield.

Weaver said that even though she is about to graduate and depart from Newton, she does still expect to hear and see great things from her underclassmen teammates.

Weaver said, “I hope that they all just stay on the right path and that they keep in mind that grades are more important, but you still have to practice to work hard in what you believe in and persevere to keep on pushing.”sports

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