Choosing which college to attend is normally one of the toughest decisions a high school student-athlete has to make.
But not for Knox Central’s Hallie Gambrel, who found the task rather easy when she picked Union College as her destination to continue her studies and softball career.
The Lady Panther senior had multiple reasons to choose Union, including the all important proximity to home.
And for Gambrel, getting to play locally while keeping close contact with her family, including mom Annette, dad Steve and sister Sadie, was a huge factor in her decision.
“Union is really close to home and they have a friendly staff that is really willing to help anytime,” commented Gambrel. “And Coach (Nicole) Faulkner is doing great with the softball program.
“I could not imagine going anywhere else with such an amazing college right here,” continued Gambrel. “I really liked Union and didn’t feel the need to look anywhere else.”
While she is looking forward to donning the orange and black of Union College, there is still plenty Gambrel wants to accomplishment before her career is over at Knox Central. With two district championships already under her belt, a third is at the top of her list of goals. A strong showing in the 13th Region tournament is another high priority.
Gambrel began playing softball before she was old enough to go to school. Her first experience with the high school team came as an eighth grade and she has not slowed down since.
As a member of the Lady Panthers, Gambrel has struck out over 400 hitters during her career and is batting .372 with 68 RBI, and counting.
She was a member of the All-SEKC team each of the last two seasons, and was the district tournament’s Most Valuable Player as a freshman and junior. She has been a member of the All 51st District and All 13th Region teams every year of her high school career.
While she views playing in the ISA C-Class Little League World Series and her time as a member of the Vipers travel ball team, coached by Les Dixon, as career highlights, Hallie knows exactly who gets the credit for always being the positive influence during her career.
“The person who has always been there for me has been my dad,” she said. “I would not be the player I am today without him. He’s not just my coach, but he always pushes me to be better. He’s always been there for me and I wouldn’t be here without him.”