Sunday, May 3, 2015


     Before the Mid-South Conference Softball Tournament got underway, the Mid-South hosted the annual softball awards banquet at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.

     The Patriot softball team had a strong showing at the event. Kelsey Brooks took home one of the most prestigious awards given at the event, the Champions of Character award. The award is voted on by the conference athletics directors and is based on her academic and athletic achievement, campus and community leadership, future ambition and a demonstration of the five core character values of the NAIA.

     The Bloomfield, Ky. native has a long list of achievements that would be hard for any person to match. She has volunteered countless hours out of her free time to help those around. When called upon, Brooks will eagerly assist her time. She continues to volunteer her time at her church, her former high school, as well as local sports programs.

     Not only is Brooks a valuable asset on the field, but an even bigger asset in the classroom. She has carried a 3.93 cumulative GPA (grade point average) over her four years at St. Catharine. She is a three-time member of the Dean’s Lists and has been named to the President’s List three times. She is also a two-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Brooks has been majoring in both sports leadership and psychology in her time at St. Catharine.

     “You can’t put into words what her enthusiasm, energy, effort and presence does for St. Catharine softball and what her impact will have on the future of the sports leadership as well as the psychology program at St. Catharine College. She is leaving a big academic shoes to fill,” stated Patriot softball head coach, Holly Smith.

     Smith continued saying, “She puts forth such an enormous effort in both softball and her academics that it shows how dedicated she is. She works extremely hard to pursue her goals and her dreams.”

     Brooks wasn’t the only one to take home hardware for St. Catharine. Two Patriots were named to the Mid-South Conference first team All-Conference that included Krystal Cammuse and Kelsey Gravens. A trio of Patriots were also named to Mid-South Conference second team including, Brandi Hood, Tiffany Wickline and Shelbi Thornhill.

     The team not only excelled on the field, but they also excelled in the classroom. Five players were named to the Academic All Mid-South Conference – which requires the student-athlete to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved at least sophomore academic status. The list included, Caitlyn Blair, Kelsey Brooks, Krystal Cammuse, Emily Fenwick and Meghan Wolford.

     “I am extremely proud of all the girls and their achievement. They have put in countless hours of work to be where they are now, they are definitely deserving of everything they have received,” said Smith.