Braves senior has led volleyball, track programs

It’s not hard to see why Brooklyn Snodgrass has enjoyed playing volleyball and competing in track and field at Brownstown Central the past four years.

Snodgrass has gained statewide attention for both sports while also setting some school records along the way.

“I’ve had a great career here at the high school,” she said. “The coaches are super supportive, and the community… I can’t say enough how supportive how everybody is here at Brownstown,”

Snodgrass said she began playing volleyball in fifth grade, and competing in track in sixth grade.

This spring she has been running the 100, 4×100 relay, and competed in pole vault and long jump.

In the MSC meet Tuesday night Snodgrass was a champion in both the 100 and 4×100 relay.

During meets, Snodrass stays busy.

“I’m running around like a mad women because I’ve got about an hour time frame for all four of my events,” Snodgrass said. “I’ll go from pole vault to the 100, then back to pole vault, then long jump. It’s crazy.”

She holds the school record in the 100 (12.37) and has been a state qualifier in that event the past three years. If she qualifies for state in the coming weeks, she will be just the third female BCHS athlete to accomplish the feat for all four years.

“The start is the key in my race,” Snodgrass said. “Since my stride is so much shorter than everybody else’s my main part of the 100 is getting out of the blocks, and I’ve worked on that for years.

“In the relay I’ve ran anchor four years. Lane 3 is probably my favorite. Where it’s positioned you can kind of see everybody on both sides without having to turn.

“There is a lot of things I enjoy about pole vault. It’s really a thrilling event, because you have to get everything perfect or else it can go real bad real quick. It’s scary, but once you get up there its fun. The work you put in is very rewarding.”

Her bests are 9 feet in the best pole vault and 16-3 in the long jump.

She has high goals for the remainder of the season.

“I’d like to break the 100 (record) again,” Snodgrass said. “I want to say I broke (the record) all four years, and I’d really like to make it back to state in the 100.”

She said one of her favorite memories in track came in the regional.

“I leaned to beat a girl and I advanced to state,” Snodgrass said. “I barely out-leaned her. That few inches got me to state.”

Her favorite away track is at Lafayette Jefferson High School where she competed in the sprinters showcase.

Not only is Snodgrass busy on the track, but also in volleyball where she was a back row specialist for the Braves.

Outside of the high school season, she also played club volleyball with teams in Brownstown and New Albany.

“Basically, I kind of read the hitters because everything starts with the pass,” Snodgrass said. “That sets the tone for every offensive possession that we have. I tried to be as scrappy as possible and pick up any balls that would go stray since I have best view of the court from the very back.

“I saw everything so I would get anything I could possibly see and anticipate. Most of the time I would get everything from line to line, so basically I had the entire back row.”

Snodgrass, who received the serving award last fall, said that takes a lot of concentration.

“I actually struggled with serving throughout my years and I finally figured it out my senior year with club and everything with a lot of practice,” Snodgrass said. “Communication was probably one of the most important things in volleyball. If a team lacks communication that’s probably where they’re going to fall short in most of their games if not all.”

Snodgrass was named an All-Star for Class 3A as both a junior and senior.

The senior enjoyed playing at home.

“I loved the community and the support they provided for us, and really, the atmosphere of our gym,” Snodgrass said. “It was just very special, and every player on our team holds it special.

“I enjoyed the relationships that we built on our team because even in practices we have fun. We have fun but we get work done. It’s just the bonds that we form, and the sport itself.”

Snodgrass said the two biggest wins the Braves had last fall was beating Silver Creek and winning the conference outright.

She enjoys attending BCHS.

“I love being a student here,” Snodgrass said. “Again, the relationships I’ve built with the teachers, and our small class sizes, it’s really special because I’ve gotten to know so many people. I’ve had a lot of great memories.”

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Name: Brooklyn Snodgrass

High school: Brownstown Central

Parents: Chris and Bobbie Snodgrass

Sports: track and field 4 years, volleyball 4 years, basketball 2 years

Athletic highlights: volleyball-Academic All-State, Junior South All-Star team, Senior 3A All-Star, Team MVP 2017-18, ICGSA 3A All-State team, 2017 Jackson County player of year, 4-time All-County team, leading passer award 3 times, outstanding defensive player award 4 years, leading server 2018, All-Conference 4 years, 2018 MSC champions, All-District team 2 years; track-school record 100 (12.37) 200 (26.67), 100 state qualifier 3 times, All-Conference 3 times, 2-time MVP, academic all-state honorable mention 2018, MSC champions 2017, outstanding sprinter award 2016, sectional champion and regional qualifier 100 2 times, sectional champion and regional qualifier 200 2017, sectional champion and regional qualifier 4×100 relay 2017-18, 2-time regional qualifier in pole vault, regional.

Organizations: National Honor Society-secretary 2018-19; lettermen’s club president 2018-19, VP 2017-18; student council-secretary 2018-19; Fellowship of Christian Athletes, student government, booster club, prom committee, class president 4 years, Riley Dance Committee, Schneck Medical Center junior volunteer, Medora Goes Pink Breast Cancer Awareness, Inc. volunteer, Medora Christian Church vacation bible school volunteer, Hoosier Christian Village volunteer, Community Thanksgiving dinner food server volunteer, community outreach program, food server volunteer to low income families tutor to student athletes, high honor roll, BCHS academic excellence award 2017, VIP award (project lead the way engineering), homecoming queen 2018, distinguished young women of Jackson County 2019 Warren/Silver Spirit Award, Fitness award, People’s Choice award, BCHS class recognition: most outstanding female senior, most involved senior.

Plans after high school: attend University of Indianapolis, study exercise science

Favorite food: ice cream

Favorite TV show: Friends

Favorite: Ed Sheeran

Favorite movie: Insurgent

Favorite athlete: Kerri Walsh Jennings