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Star Athlete and Scholar Brandie Phillips Recognized for Her Talent
Brandy Phillips at a game last semester in Castleberry against the Arlington High School Colts. Photo courtesy of David Shertzer (

Many student-athletes who excel in academics put their entire soul and being into working hard and dedicating themselves to their goals and what they’re a part of, but many go unrecognized for their hard work. However, for senior Brandie Phillips, this wasn’t the case.

As an academic scholar and multi-sport athlete Brandie has gained a plethora of experiences throughout her high school career and has been recognized by family, friends, and staff for her dedication to school and the playing field. Recently, WFAA, the local ABC news outlet in Dallas recognized Brandie on their “Scholar Athlete of the Week” segment for her scholastic achievements and for her role as a star athlete.

When asked what being on the news was like, Brandie said it was a unique experience that allowed her to gain recognition for her feats and support from her community.

“It was cool,” she said. “I was a little bit nervous going into it, but [sports anchor] Joe Trahan, the announcer, was really nice and he made it easy.” We even went over the questions before so I already knew my answers, and he also let me start the camera. I got a lot of love from everybody in the community. It was awesome.”

Brandie said she began playing basketball at a young age and softball soon after, quickly developing a love for the both sports.

“I’ve played Basketball since the 4th grade and I’ve been around Softball my entire life,” she said. “I didn’t start playing until I was about 10, but my sisters played before me so I was always at the field.”

Brandie said that those who inspired her and helped her become the competitor she is today were her family.

“I would definitely say my sisters are my biggest inspiration,” she said. “My middle sister played basketball and then my oldest sister went to college to play softball, so I’ve always looked up to both of them.”

Softball coach Macy Pruit explained that Brandie is a multi-talented player who can adapt well to any situation.

“Brandie is our starting center fielder right now,” Pruit said. “She’s been on varsity since she was basically a freshman and she’s just always played an important role on our varsity team. She’s quick, she’s smart, she’s fast, she knows the game and she’s very versatile.”

As part of a family that loved sports, Brandie said she had grown to love and admire her friends, coaches, and the experiences she gained throughout her years as a student and competitor.

“I love the people, being around them, the friendships the bonds, love our coaches,” she said. “I love all of it.”

When asked to describe Brandie, Pruit said she was both an incredible player and individual who helped make her team complete.

“Brandie is a superb athlete,” Pruit said. “She is one of those kids that goes above and beyond all the time. She is a great teammate. She’s a wonderful student and a wonderful person.”

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Brooklyn Critchley Gray
Brooklyn Critchley Gray, Photography Editor
I'm a Senior and Staff member of the Sting Newspaper at Azle High School. I'm involved in FCCLA and help with lots of activities we have throughout the year. I enjoy reading, especially murder mystery and romance. I particularly enjoy the Natural Series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Claire. My favorite show is The Walking Dead, my favorite actor is Johnny Depp, and my favorite color is Black. I have two adorable cats named Boots and Tofu, I'm a Swiftie, and my favorite holiday is Christmas!  

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