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For the NDL

A crowd gathered Thursday, July 25, at 3 p.m. in the R21C Center to "catch" the viewing of Miss Brooklyn "Bam" Ray as she signed her letter of intent to play softball at Vol State.

A 2019 graduate of Russellville High School, Bam was an overall athlete. She was a major contributor for soccer, basketball, and softball, and was viewed as a great leader in all the activities in which she participated. She is an outstanding young athlete that wants to be the best in everything that she does.

Coach Ryan Davenport shared, "I became the Lady Panthers softball head coach two years ago, and we were an extremely young team. I challenged Bam to be a mature leader, and she accepted that challenge. The girls had great chemistry, loved playing together, and developed great friendships outside of the game. That year the team won more games than any other team in Russellville history with 19, and the following year they were 20-8. We also won our schools first Class-A Regional title. Bam has helped lead us to 39 wins the past two years, batting over .450, making some spectacular plays in the outfield, and belting 12 home runs!"

Coach Davenport added, "As Cocoa would say, 'Nobody better.'"

During the 2019 season Bam made the 13th District All-District team, 4th Region All-Region team honorable mention, Western Kentucky High School All-Star team, and the Kentucky All-Star team. It was an exciting day for Bam, her family, friends, and the Russellville softball program. She will be missed, we are extremely proud of her accomplishments, and look forward to seeing what her future holds as she begins her next steps, academically and athletically.