Rebel off to next level

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Courtney Bray helped Randolph Southern High School athletics reach new heights.

Her softball game, too, is now headed to the next level.

Bray officially committed Friday to play college softball at Ancilla College in Donaldson, Ind.

“I’m really excited about continuing my education and fulfilling my dream of playing softball,” the Rebel senior said. “I’m really glad that I can continue playing for two more years, hopefully even more after that. Even when I’m gone I hope the best for my teammates.”

Bray led the Rebels with 17 stolen bases as a junior while, hitting .400 with 16 RBIs and playing shortstop.

The Rebels went 12-13, winning the first team regional in school history — in any sport — and softball’s second sectional.

“I really don’t expect anything less than our complete best,” she said of her upcoming senior season. “… I really expect us to pull through and push it out and hopefully go all the way this year.”

Her father, Steve Bray, was a baseball player at Richmond High School when the Red Devils made it to the State Finals in 1993, and he coached Courtney Bray for two years.

“It’s something she’s really worked hard for,” he said. “It was a goal of hers she’s worked really hard to reach. To see her sit there and sign that national letter-of-intent was so exciting and so fulfilling.

” … She is just the kind of player that she’s really good at evaluating herself and being true to herself and knowing what areas she needs to improve on. Her freshman year she had an outstanding year defensively playing third base but she struggled at the plate. She put a lot of work in her hitting during the offseason, which moved her up to one of the top hitters in the area.”

Ancilla is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and competes in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.

Courtney Bray said she plans on majoring in physical therapy.

“I liked that it’s a small school, so I’ll have a lot of one-on-one time,” she said. “I really liked the coaches, how supportive they were with me. They just really wanted the best for me.”

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