By GREG WEBB
BROCK — The senior athletes at Brock high school turned a hat trick on Wednesday, celebrating the third of its student-athletes extending respective careers at the college level in as many weeks. Again, friends, teammates, classmates, coaches, faculty and other well-wishers populated Brock’s Media Center to give kudos to yet another athlete headed to the next level.
Shambry Sanders was the target of attention on this day. The Brock senior celebrated her intent to attend and play softball at Western Texas College, located in Snyder.
Sanders’ recruiting process got off to a ‘late’ start, considering college coaches take note of prep talent as early as freshman and sophomore years. Sanders time to shine during select ball after her freshman and sophomore years was inhibited, and even into junior year.
“I didn’t get to play much during my junior summer either, because I had surgeries,” Sanders said. “I decided not to play basketball this fall because I wanted to play softball in college and they recruit very heavily during the fall.”
As chance meetings go, Shambry had a really good one, striking up a brief conversation during a game when she was asked to catch a pitcher who needed warming up. The senior’s natural tendency toward being friendly, and her talent of course, steered the course of events.
“I didn’t even know who Coach Rome [McNary] was when we were talking after I had warmed up the pitcher,” Shambry said, “I was just being friendly.
“Shortly after I went back to the dugout, someone asked the coach to put me in the field.”
Apparently McNary, the WTC head softball coach liked what he saw, as subsequent conversation led to a visit invite. In turn, Sanders liked what she saw, as well.
“I loved WTC,” she said of the Snyder-based campus. “I loved [McNary] as a coach, as well.