The late Terry Todt was fond of saying that high school athletics are an extension of the class and few athletes prove the WSMI broadcaster’s point better than Litchfield’s Bri Jeffers.
“Athletics made my whole high school experience better,” said Jeffers, who played volleyball and softball at Litchfield before graduating this May. “It taught me how to be a leader and it gave me the chance to be a part of a family.”
Now Jeffers has the opportunity to lead at the next level, both in the classroom and on the field as a member of the Greenville University softball team.
“I chose to go to Greenville university because I felt welcomed and safe on campus,” said Jeffers, who plans to study nursing at Greenville.
A fixture on the high honors list at LHS, Jeffers was awarded with Greenville’s McAllaster’s honors scholarship, which recognizes a student’s commitment to academic excellence, high character and determination to succeed.
As a player, Jeffers’ career was sidetracked by COVID last year and cost her the 2020 season, but the traits that earned her the scholarship also helped her in her athletic pursuits. In 2021, she was stalwart in the outfield, committing just one error and gunning down two runners while posting a fielding percentage of .955.
At the plate, Jeffers showed some pop, hitting Litchfield’s only home run of the season, a solo shot against Pawnee on May 11.
“I would like to thank every one of my coaches for never giving up on me and for always wanting to help me succeed,” Jeffers said.
While her coaches never gave up on her, Jeffers also never gave up on herself, despite any lows she may have encountered in her four years at Litchfield. Her commitment to her team and her teammates shone through during the toughest circumstances, allowing her the opportunity to get her education and continue her passion at Greenville.
In a post by her future team, Jeffers gave her favorite quote, one that was fitting for her path.
“Do what is right, not what is easy.”
Words to live by for anyone, but definitely words that will continue to take Jeffers far in the future.