Brittany Kendall became the third member of the senior class at Paonia High School to commit to play sports in a college setting next year.
Last Wednesday Kendall signed her letter of intent to attend Dodge City Community College in Kansas and will play softball for the Conquistadors.
Dodge City plays at the junior college level and many of the athletes who compete there look to move on to a Division I program after two years.
After friends and family congratulated her for taking the next step, Kendall said that she chose to play for the Conquistadors after visiting the campus at Dodge City and also visiting Utah State Eastern College in Price, Utah.
"Dodge really was the school for me," Kendall said. "It had everything I was looking for. The coach was so respectful and he treated me so well."
Kendall didn't get to play in any game situations with the softball team but she got to know the Conquistadors during her visit.
"I got to stay in the dorms and stay with the girls," Kendall said. "I got to see the school and everything. I did get to go to the indoor facility and threw and hit with the girls. Dodge was the best fit for me."
Like many of the Eagles girls, Kendall played multiple sports in her career and she is a key contributor on the No. 1 Paonia basketball team.
"Volleyball was my favorite sport for a long time, but after my freshman year I went back to softball and it just clicked really well," Kendall said.
Kendall played softball for Cedaredge, where she pitched and played in the outfield for the Bruins. She said she'll play both positions for Dodge City as well.
Kendall faced an unusual situation in Cedaredge, playing with many girls on the softball team that she played against in basketball.
"It's really different when I know them and then have to play against them," Kendall said. "I met a lot more girls that now I know and see on a regular basis that I never would have recognized if I hadn't played softball."
Kendall had some advice for underclassmen who hope to play athletics in college.
"Go with what you know. Don't try to do what you can't do," she said. "Just show what you can do and have fun and don't be nervous to go out on a limb."
Kendall looked back on her career at Paonia with fondness.
"I played with some great girls and I've had some great friends," she said. "Most of those friendships were through sports.
"I'm very grateful for all the teachers and my coaches that I've had," Kendall added. "They've been amazing and nothing less than that. They've really helped me through the years."
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.