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From left: Garrett Brannan, Tim Brannan, Britni Brannan, Jo Brannan, Bobbi Brannan and Hershey coach Jeremy Thomas.
Hershey senior Britni Brannan accepted a scholarship Tuesday to continue her basketball career with the Hastings College Lady Broncos this fall.She said that it has been her dream to play in college and is excited about the opportunity to play for the Broncos and Coach Jina Johansen.
“I went on a visit to the campus and talked to her,” she said. “She told me to send some film so coach Thomas did that for me.”
After viewing the film, they offered her the scholarship March 20.
“I am hoping I fit in as a point guard,” she said. “It will take work, I will have to work my way up in order to contribute.”
Her mother, Jo Brannan said although college basketball has always been a goal for Britni, she had not seriously considered trying to go on until right after the season.
“Things just kind of fell together and this chance worked out for her,” she said.
Brannan did not seek or receive any other offers. Hastings was the school she zeroed in on and it worked out.
“I chose Hastings because I really like the school,” Brannan said.
She has played organized basketball since grade school and said coaches along the way have helped her develop her skills.
“First of all, Coach Greg Miller really helped me by letting me play with the third-grade team while I was a second grader,” she said. “And Coach (Jeremy) Thomas coached me through high school. He has helped me along the way.”
She also thanked her family for their support.
Along with basketball, Brannan was a four-year member of the volleyball squad.
She said she has fond memories from her high school career.
“I will always remember playing in the district basketball finals and even more so, all the friends on the team that I made throughout high school,” Brannan said.
“I am very excited for Brittni to get this opportunity to go and play for Hastings. It always has been a dream of hers and I am glad to see it has come true,” Hershey coach Jeremy Thomas said. “She has been a pleasure to coach these last four years. It has been great working with her and her family. I wish her nothing but the best.”
Brannan plans to major in biology with a minor in coaching studies. “After that I want to be a pediatrician,” she said.
She has no future plans to coach, but does not rule it out.
“Right now, I just want to take some of the coaching classes," Brannan said.