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Brewer to be a Mountain Lion

By DAVID GRAVELY

sports@southwesttimes.com

 

Since she was just a little girl, Pulaski County Lady Cougar Josie Brewer has been determined to succeed. It doesn’t matter if she’s swimming for the Pulaski County swim team, taking pictures as a part of her new photography page or playing as a member of the Lady Cougar softball team … Brewer wants to win.

 

Another goal she had was to play sports at the college level. After years of hard work and dedication, that dream will now come true as she joins an impressive line of Pulaski County athletes who have taken their talents to Concord University to become a member of the Mountain Lion softball team.

 

“My sister and brother-in-law went to Concord and I’ve always just felt at home every time I got on campus,” she said. “It’s called ‘Campus Beautiful’ and it really is. Everyone there is always so welcoming and positive. My decision was an easy one.”

 

The Mountain Lion softball team is led by Head Coach Alisa Tasler. They are a member of the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference and are located in Athens, West Virginia. The Mountain East Conference includes Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Shepherd University, the University of Charleston, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, Wheeling Jesuit University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Notre Dame College, Urbana University and UVA at Wise.

 

Last season the Mountain Lions finished with an overall record of 18-27 and 14-18 in conference play. Currently in 2019, they have a record of 19-14.

 

Brewer will get some scholarship money for softball, but a larger portion of her college experience will be paid for thanks to an outstanding performance in the classroom. Brewer currently has a grade-point-average (GPA) of 4.0. She plans to study business administration.

 

When asked about the importance of classwork, Brewer was quick with her reply.

 

“My dad has always told me ‘you’re a STUDENT-athlete.’ The student part comes first, then you get to go out and be the athlete and play the game you love,” she said. “You have to do well in the classroom and on the field to succeed. You have to be prepared for both of those tests.”

 

Years of recreation league, AAU and high school ball have given Brewer the chance to make plenty of memories, but a few stand out.

 

“I remember when we knocked Salem out of the conference playoffs my 10th grade season,” she said with a smile. “That one was nice. Every game you lose hurts, but there not one that we lost that really stands out more than the others. I just really don’t like to lose. Being able to play with the girls that I’ve grown up with and just having fun on and off the field together is really the best memory I’ll take away from this part of my life.”

 

The next question for the youngest Brewer was a little more serious.

 

“Somewhere in Pulaski County right now, a little girl has just bought her first softball glove. She is getting ready for her first season ever of rec league sports. That little girl will play on the same fields that you played on and eventually, if she sticks with it, could be a Lady Cougar one day and in the position you find yourself in. Looking back at all of your experiences, would do you tell that little girl?”

 

“First, always try to have fun,” she said. “You also always have to try to be better than you were yesterday and always remember to play for the other kids that aren’t able too. I’m proud of my time as a Cougar and will always remember it.”

 

“Josie has always just been a great kid to have on the team and in our program,” Lady Cougar Head Coach Jeff Linkous said. “She comes to practice every day ready to work. She’s really helped out with the younger players we have this season as well. With her work ethic I’m sure she will shine at Concord.”

 

Brewer is the daughter of Shannon and Kim Brewer of Dublin.

 

“I am so proud of all Josie has put into her education, as well as her sport that has influenced her decision to go to Concord University,” Kim Brewer said. “I really feel she found the right home away from home for her and can’t wait to see what she can do as a Mountain Lion.”

 

“A dad is always proud of his daughter, but she’s earned what she’s getting now through years of hard work,” her father, Shannon Brewer said. “She’s had some coaches that helped her along the way. Natalie Parsons, her pitching coach, has been really helpful. We’re all just really proud of her and excited to see her realizing her dream.”

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