Brooke Allen stands guard at first base during Woodmore's opener against Lakota during the 2018 campaign
ELMORE - Whether roaming different positions in volleyball, posting up in the paint in basketball, or stepping up to the plate in softball, Woodmore's Brooke Allen has proven that hard work pays off.
Only a freshman, Allen has made a strong impact on all three sports for the Wildcats while participating in a variety of other programs and clubs in high school.
During this past spring, one of Allen's most remarkable accomplishments to this point of her young varsity career is setting the school's single season home run record with her fifth homer during a game at Genoa as she crushed the ball into the tall evergreen trees.
"To be able to get the home run record for a season in a sense is a relief for me," Allen said. "Now I no longer feel pressured to break it."
Allen said that setting the record also reminded her that all her training and practice eventually pays off.
"It showed me that all of my hard work and effort has payed off," said Allen. "Now, I have a new goal to look forward to achieving next year."
Woodmore softball coach, Scott Smith, praised Allen's demeanor.
"Brooke has a great work ethic," Smith said. "She is a perfectionist. She always works on her hitting with a tee or in the cage. She has an excellent attitude and is very coachable."
Smith also complimented Allen on reaching the home run record.
"(Brooke) broke the school record for home runs with five," said Smith. "Not bad for a freshman. She is not afraid to take charge of a situation in the infield. She is a natural leader. I wish I had a whole team with her passion for softball."
Finishing with a 12-13 record overall, Allen said one of her favorite moments during the season was Woodmore's season opening contests against Lakota on March 28th.
Allen homered and went 2-for-4 during that game as the Wildcats rallied from a 10-2 deficit in the sixth inning to fight back to a 13-10 victory.
Allen also noted wins over Genoa and Lake in the second half of the season following losses to the two teams the first time around in Northern Buckeye Conference action.
Getting involved in softball began at an early age for Allen as she played WYO Tee Ball at the age of six.
"My parents signed me up," said Allen. "I began to play softball because it was my dad's favorite sport and I wasn't drawn to any other sport as a kid."
Since then, Allen has participated in travel softball, going on her third summer, been a part of WYO softball for seven years, and spends a lot of time training with her dad in the batting cage.
Allen's dad, Clark Allen, not only encouraged her to play softball, but also provided her with a nugget of advice that she'll always remember.
"(Dad) has told me numerous times that individual awards are great, but wins and team success are what matters most," Allen said.
That advice has carried over to Allen's approach on the field.
"When I step on the field I have it set in my mind that I will do my part to help my team achieve a victory," Allen said. "I also make sure I keep my motions in check and play the best I possibly can."
In seventh grade, Allen said coach Ryan Beam taught her another piece of advice.
"One of the most impactful pieces of advice I have received was when (coach Beam) told my team to always be humble, but hungry. This made sure our attitudes of how we played were always in check, but it still kept our eyes on the goal at hand."
During Allen's freshman season of basketball, the Wildcats benefited from her team leading scoring average of 10.1 points a contest as she was named to the All-District 7 team as a second-team nominee that also snagged 6.4 rebounds a contest and named to the second-team all NBC.
Varsity basketball coach, Kyle Clair, commented on how unique of an athlete Allen is.
"It is rare to see a freshman come in and be so assertive, vocal, and eager to acquire knowledge about the game," Clair said. "That is a testament to her confidence and willingness to be the best version of herself."
Clair also added that Allen's all around athletic abilities and skills means that the sky is the limit for Allen.
"With playing multiple sports, and excelling in each, her work ethic has to be great in my opinion and continue to be developed," said Clair. "She plays at a high level already, and the scary part is she can play at a level few have seen at Woodmore in a long time."
In volleyball, Allen earned an honorable mention spot on the All-League awards for the NBC.
When not involved in sports, Allen stays busy singing in Woodmore's Women's Chorus, sitting on Student Council, working as the Freshman class treasurer, and participating in Key Club.
Clair praised Allen's work ethic not just in athletics, but also in academics.
"(Brooke's) performance in the classroom is also at a high level and is of utmost importance to her," said Clair. "She understands this plays a huge part in her future, and it is great to see someone of her athletic abilities be so academically driven as well."
While only a freshman, Allen has already learned many valuable lessons which will continue to help form her into a better leader and athlete during the rest of her career.
"In all of my sports this year I have learned that I am going to make mistakes whether I like it or not," Allen said. "What you learn from those mistakes, and how you react to them, is most important."
Allen also learned a truth about softball.
"In softball I learned that the whole game can change with just the swing of a bat," said Allen.
How true, and for the Wildcats, Allen's bat will most likely change a lot of games over the next several years.