Purdy's Brooke Swadley signed a national letter of intent to play softball for Missouri Southern State University last Monday. Swadley chose Southern over William Jewell and Missouri Western.
"Seventy-two hours before I signed with Southern I was still unsure where I wanted to go," said Swadley. "I prayed and thought about it, and over the next three days, it became clear that Southern was the best fit for me."
Swadley has complied a long list of accomplishments during her softball career at Purdy. She was a two-time All-State Class 2 selection as well as first team All-Area Joplin Globe choice. In addition, Swadley was named to the first team All-Region, All-District and All-Conference for four years running.
Swadley batted .514 her senior season. She also had 25 RBIs, nine doubles, two triples, two homeruns and 23 stolen bases. She had slugging, on-base and fielding percentages of .716, .557 and .942 respectively.
"I have been blessed to coach my daughter," said Purdy Head Softball Coach Jeff Swadley. "I thought Southern did an outstanding job of recruiting her."
The Swadleys said they had a family rule; they would not bring negative emotions from the softball field home with them.
|"We always tried to keep softball separate from our family life," added Jeff. "There were some nights we had to stay at the ball field an hour after the game to sort out our differences."|
Jeff also said he and his wife, Angie, plan to attend 80 percent of Brooke's games, which helped make Brooke's decision even easier.
"I love the fact that my friends and family will be able to come see me play," said Brooke. "When no one else supports me, I know my family always will. I enjoyed playing with my father. He was a tough coach, but I wouldn't have wanted to play for anyone else."
Brooke plans to major in occupational therapy. She would like to work with children with disabilities.