Brookwood two-sport star signs with Judson
Thu. February 21, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Bethany Williams will play volleyball and basketball at Judson College. (Photo by Andrew Carroll | Tuscaloosa News)
BROOKWOOD | Bethany Williams, a senior at Brookwood High School, plans to be a two-sport athlete in college.
The 6-foot Williams signed Monday to play basketball and volleyball for Judson College in Marion.
"It’s a big step in my life, and I realize who was actually there for me, seeing who all came today," Williams said. "I’m just proud of myself that all this hard work has paid off by giving me two sports scholarships. I can’t thank God enough. I can’t just thank anybody enough for just staying with me.
"Two sports will not be a problem. I’ve handled it since my freshman year of high school. I’ve actually done it throughout middle school. This means the world to me. I’m blessed."
Williams wants to major in nursing and minor in Spanish.
"I’ve known since the first second I stepped on the Judson College campus that it was my school," she said. "It’s just the surroundings, and everybody there was so welcoming. Judson is an amazing school. This has been an awesome experience, and I can’t wait to start college."
Williams said she found out that she is the first Brookwood player to sign a volleyball scholarship since Rachel Roberts received an offer. Roberts is an assistant coach at Brookwood.
Williams said she is the first Brookwood girls basketball player to sign in about eight years, and she believes she is the school’s first two-sport scholarship recipient.
She was an outside hitter for Brookwood volleyball coach John Hooper.
"It’s somewhat bittersweet," Hooper said. "We’ve relied on her for the last four years to be a key part of both our offense and defense in the volleyball program.
"This is the first of my volleyball players to move on to the next level. We’ve had some success in softball, but Bethany is blazing a new trail for us in volleyball, so we’re excited about that."
Williams played the center position for basketball coach Ricky Bush.
"Bethany did an outstanding job for us this year," Bush said. "She gave us a lot of quality minutes, and she played big in a lot of key games for us. We were very glad to have her in our program.
"Any time a kid gets an opportunity to move on and advance their career and do something they love while they’re in college, you’re proud for them."
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