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UHigh's Brittany Connor is April's Student Athlete of the Month

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© Brittany Connor has a 3.88 GPA at University High and plans on attending Whitworth next year (Photo: SWX) © Brittany Connor has a 3.88 GPA at University High and plans on attending Whitworth next year (Photo: SWX)

by Paula Salzano
SWXRightNow.com

Brittany Connor, a standout softball player at University High School in Spokane Valley has earned a lot of individual honors. But she will be the first to admit that success is all about building a great team.

Connor, the Greater Spokane League batting champion, will use all of her weapons to get on base.

"Speed is her main weapon of choice," said coach Jon Schuh. "She's a natural right hander who learned to slap at the end of her freshman year, so she can bunt, swing away and slap."

Brittany's position as the lead-off hitter gives her team an advantage.

"When she gets on base she typically can steal second and pass the ball to third," said Schuh. "She just makes things easier on the rest of us when she's on base."

When it is time to hit the outfield, Brittany prefers to play center field.

"They have priority over the other outfielders, so anything that's hit I can get it if I want… even the diving plays," said Connor.

"She is probably one of the best outfielders that UHigh has ever had, and she rarely makes errors and works to her fullest potential," said teammate Alyssa Hull.

Brittany performs well in the classroom. She has s 3.88 GPA, takes AP class and takes a pottery class to develop her artistic side. When it comes to balancing school and sports, every minute counts.

"We have practice every night, and with AP classes you just have to stay on top of things," she said. "You get less sleep, but at the end the payoff is better."

That payoff just happens to be an invitation to play softball for Whitworth next year at the collegiate level..

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