Addison Bryant, the 17-year-old daughter of Mitchell and Justine Bryant of Gillespie, committed to play collegiate softball at Lincoln Land Community College where she will also study to become a nurse practitioner.
Bryant is finishing out her senior year at Gillespie High School and awaits the spring softball season with the Gillespie Miners where she will be a fourth-year member. The softball program is very optimistic about the upcoming season after losing only a few seniors last season.
In addition to softball, Bryant has participated in three years of basketball, two years in Miners Preparing and Caring for Teen Driving (MPACT’D), three years on student council and is a member in the National Honor Society.
Her main focus has always been on softball. Although she’s a pretty versatile defensive player, pitching is her concentration and the position where she spends most of her time while playing the field. This year will be her 12th year with the sport.
Bryant has picked up a handful of awards along the way including most valuable player for the Gillespie team her freshman, sophomore and junior years of high school. She was also named the first team all-conference her freshman, sophomore and junior years, plus second team all-state her junior year and State Journal Register’s small school player of the year after her junior year. Thus far, she has tossed two perfect games and been a member of two regional titles at Gillespie.
“I think we will have a great team,” Bryant said of the upcoming softball season which will start in the spring. “We will be capable of going just as far, if not further than we did last year in the post season.”