Brethren’s Richardson signs with Lansing Community College

BRETHREN – Halle Richardson showed what hard work and good character can achieve when the Brethren senior signed her national letter of intent to play college softball for Lansing Community College in front of her entire school on November 1st.

To be able to represent their school in this way and be such a great role model was a huge thrill for Richardson.

“Seeing all this hard work pay off really means a lot,” said Richardson. “I really hope that the younger girls look up to me and see that this is possible from a small school like Brethren.”

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Richardson’s future college coach Marc Kibby traveled upstairs from Lansing to attend the signing.

He called this a very important day for Richardson and all high school athletes who pledge to take the next step to college.

“This is a great day for these young women. I don’t care where to go. It’s her day, ”said Kibby. “It is a great honor for you to sign in front of your friends. It’s just special. I will travel to every place in the state to sign children. “

Before Kibby coached Lansing Community College, Kibby coached high school softball for 16 years, and that showed him the value of finding players at smaller schools like Brethren.

Kibby said he found Richardson to be exactly the player he was looking for for his team.

“We are looking for children who are good students. We’re looking for the athletic kids who can play many positions and this is where Halle falls with her catching ability, field strength and the versatility she brings to our program, ”said Kibby. “What I’ve seen from watching their leadership and their love of the game is what we’re looking for.”

Richardson’s softball coach at Brethren, Jason Kemler, said Lansing Community College is getting a great leader and competitor in Richardson.

“I’ve been around her for a while and she’s a competitor,” said Kemler. “She loves the game. You know her you can count on, and she plays because she loves the game so much. Your mind also brings everyone to this level. “

Richardson plans to spend two years at Lansing Community College, but this may not be the end of her softball career.

Kibby said his team is planning many of the Division 1 and 2 schools in the state during the Stars’ fall season, and during the spring season he will play against many of that school’s JV teams, as well as some larger schools in the south.

He said that this timetable offers girls like Richardson hoping to keep playing a great opportunity when they move to a bigger school to continue their education.

Regardless of how long she can play college softball, Richardson said that she always wants to keep softball as part of her life.

“I’ve had a lot of great coaches from this school and my travel league. I am very grateful to you for everything you have done. And I’ve been a leader in a lot of my sports, ”said Richardson. “After college, I want to teach and coach in a high school, so I’ll never quit the sport.”

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