— By GREG WEBB
BROCK — Though student-athlete Krysten Marr has only been at Brock High School for a couple of years, it was apparent on Friday in the high school’s media room (aka letter-of-intent signing facility), that she has an impressively extended family, judging from the several dozens attending.
The gathering was to celebrate the senior’s signing commitment to attend and play softball at Williams Baptist College, which is located in Walnut Ridge, Ark.
Signings are characteristically a festive affair, as one would imagine. Understandably, no one was looking forward to this day more than Marr.
“I have been working really hard for a long time,” she said, “and I am so happy I am finally getting [to sign my commitment].
“I am so glad and I feel really blessed going to [Williams], because it was where I really want to be.
Krysten, who has been playing select ball for much of her life, knew she wanted to continue her career at the next level, but wasn’t really sure where.
Choosing a Christian-themed recruiting site, she posted pitching and hitting videos and a contact from WBC began the process. A campus tour and private tryout later, the match was made.
“They wanted me there, and I love that school and love the [softball] program,” she said. “I wanted to attend a Christian school because I wanted to pursue ministries and felt like this would be a good way to carry that work.”
Marr intends to concentrate her studies in pediatric physical therapy.
The WBC softball program, a member of the American Midwest Conference, is an attractive team to join. The Lady Eagles (sounds familiar) advanced to the NAIA championships last season.
Krysten acknowledges that Walnut Ridge is a formidable distance from home, laughingly mentioning there will not be many immediate-family “random stops,” but has family in the area, as well.
With the future inked, Marr is concentrating on the rest of her scholastic duties at Brock, and has another item on her to-do list.
“With this team, I would love to go beyond [last year’s] regional finals and go all the way to state,” Krysten said. “Brock has been an awesome place to play and I would love to finish my high school career like that.”