‘Do what you believe in’: Brooke Hill reflects on her Holly Pond days

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Holly Pond’s Brooke Hill. (Martha Needham/The Cullman Tribune)

HOLLY POND, Ala. — In this interview, I talked to Holly Pond first baseman Brooke Hill who will be continuing her academic and athletic career at Oakwood University.

Brooke made some really fun memories on and off the field during her high school days.

“My favorite sports memories were winning area, hitting a walk-off home run, bonding with the girls on my team, and decorating the school for our senior prank,” Hill said. “Some of my favorite high school memories were just always being around the people I loved, decorating for our senior prank, being on homecoming court, and as well as dressing up for the homecoming week.” 

Hill got to play for some great coaches at Holly Pond and learned a great amount from them.

“The coaches I had this year were great. Emily and Erik Ryan, and Jason Widner pushed us to where we needed to be and I couldn’t thank them enough,” Hill said. “But there is one person I learned everything from: Destry Stone. He has been my coach since I was 12 years old. Others had him longer, but from the time I’ve had him, I learned so much. He was the one who taught me to hit, dive, slide, and etc. I also learned that the sport was family. Family was every girl I have had on my team since I was 12. I will continue to abide by that and keep that with me forever, thanks again to Destry Stone.”

Brooke added, “Emily Hayles was also one of my biggest supporters. She came in to coach my senior year. She pushed us so hard and always gave me the best advice. She cares for us so much and treated me like her own. She treated everyone like her own. She truly made me loved and feel like family. I just appreciate everything she’s done for me.”

Hill will take away so many memories that she made at Holly Pond, and she also gave some advice to the students that will start high school in August.

“I will take away all of the memories made with my teammates and friends with me,” Hill said. “I will miss softball and my teammates. My advice to the students that are fixing to start high school in August is do what you believe in and follow all of your dreams. Make every moment last; it goes by so fast.”

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