Milder signs with Seattle University.

Will play softball at Division 1 level

PASO ROBLES — Wednesday afternoon friends, students, teachers, media and family gathered in the Paso Robles High School performing arts center to watch Bearcat senior student-athlete Brooke Milder sign her National Letter of Intent to play softball for Division 1 Seattle University.

Milder has been a star for Paso Robles High School over the past for years not just on the hardwood or on the diamond but also in the classroom. She embodies what it is to be a student-athlete as she currently carries a 4.5 grade point average and has a class rank of five all while being an integral part of two different sports at the high school.

Milder has not only started for both the Bearcats volleyball team and softball team in the past two years but has also taken home honors in both. As a junior last year, Milder earned second-team all-league honors in the fall for volleyball and followed it up with an honorable mention in softball in the spring as she helped the Bearcats to a 17-9 record, a second place finish in league and a home playoff game.

In her senior season so far she already earned another honorable mention for volleyball in the fall and has her sights set on a league title in softball to end her high school athletics career.

There comes a time in all athletes lives when they must choose just one sport to focus on and to Milder, it was no decision. She is going to play softball.

“I started playing when I was 5 and by 7 or 8 I knew that I wanted to play in college,” Milder said. “And I knew I wanted to pursue that in the future so it has always been softball. Volleyball has been fun, trust me, but softball has always been my first love.”

During the 20-minute ceremony, coaches, administrators, family and even peers took time to express their gratitude towards Milder for not only being a great athlete but also a great leader.

Milder looked at a number of different schools including Tennessee State and Concordia University in Irvine but says she, “just felt at home” on campus at Seattle University when she made her visit in September.

“Seattle is kind of like the city I want to be in,” she said. “I want to get out of Paso and do something big, go somewhere big and Seattle has the program for academics that I want to go into and has the athletics that I want to pursue so it was really just the best package I could as for. Even though it is two states to the north there is a direct flight now so I will feel closer to home than I would have.”

Milder will be studying Biology with an emphasis in pre-med.

“I want to end up going to medical school afterward,” she said, “but I haven’t decided what I want to do yet but I know that much so far.”

Seattle University plays in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and will be playing the biggest and best schools across the country. Last season the Red Hawks finished 33-23 overall and third in the conference.

You can watch the ceremony on Facebook, it is posted on the Voice of Paso page.


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