Once a Tiger, always a Tiger

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Marshall County High School senior and TSU signee Brianna Roberts is flanked by her parents Melissa and Chris Roberts (plus younger brother Braxton on dad's lap). In the back row is MCHS head softball coach Holly Cook and MCHS Athletic Director Kevin McGehee. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

There are a couple of handfuls of athletes that come along, that at a young age, you just know with all their God given talent and drive to succeed that they are going to keep climbing the ladder towards a great athletic career and Marshall County High School senior Brianna Roberts is one of those special talents.

Roberts' hard work and excellence on the softball diamond paid off as she recently signed a Letter of Intent and scholarship papers to play softball next season for the Division I Tennessee State University Tigers (TSU) in Nashville.

"I have been around Brianna since she was in seventh grade and what a talent she is," said MCHS head coach Holly Cook. "A lot of her abilities are God given, but she has worked her tail off to get where she is and I couldn't be more proud of her."

Cook added, "You hear a lot of people say 'when you got it, you got it' and she's got and she's had it, but like I said, it is not something she has not worked hard for."

Roberts was a first team Tennessee Sports Writers All-State and All-District selection last season at third base, and as a sophomore, Roberts earned All-District post-season honors as a shortstop.

"They got a good one," said Cook. "I am going to miss her like crazy, knowing her this long she is like part of my family because I have been with her for so long and it is going to be tough losing her and I look forward to watching her in the future."

Roberts also had offers from UT-Martin, Columbia State Community College, and Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky before deciding on TSU.

"I wanted to be kind of far from home, but not too far," said Roberts, who is projected to play either second base or shortstop for the Tigers.

What Roberts also liked is the tough Ohio Valley Conference schedule that TSU plays, plus several non-conference match-ups with SEC, Big 10, and Atlantic 10 schools.

"I really like that," said Roberts. "If you want to be the best as a player and a school, you have to play the best."

Roberts is just as intense in the classroom as she is on the field, sporting an impressive 3.73 G.P.A. at MCHS.

"I want to major in physical therapy," said Roberts. "But, before I think about all that, we have some unfinished business here."

The Tigerettes have compiled an 77-34 overall mark and 33-9 district record with Roberts in the starting lineup the last three seasons with a Region 5-AA title in 2009 and a District 12-AA title in 2010, but lost in sub-state both times.

Last season, the Tigerettes (24-14) finished second in the regular season District 12-AA standings with a 10-4 mark, one game back of Lewis County, who ended MCHS's season in the district tournament.

"Hopefully, this year we can get past sub-state," said Roberts. "I am excited about this year and I think we will be good. We have a lot of freshman coming in that are all good and I think we will be really good."