Softball


Brooke Buzard
Brooke Buzard
16

Hometown:
Glenview, Ill.

High School:
Glenbrook South

Height:
5-3

Position:
P

B/T:
R/R

2009 - Senior: Earned her final varsity letter ... George Huff Award Recipient ... Fighting Illini Softball Team Scholar Athlete Award Winner ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award Recipient ... All-Big Ten Sportsmanship Award ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2008 - Junior: Lettered in her third season with the Illini ... George Huff Award Recipient ... NFCA Academic All-American ... Fighting Illini Softball Team Spirit Award Winner ... Division of Intercollegiate Athletics Fighting Illini Spirit Award Winner ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2007 - Sophomore: Earned her second varsity letter ... George Huff Award Recipient ... Fighting Illini Softball Coaches Award Winner ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Made first appearance and threw one inning in Illini's 18-3 victory over Sacramento State ... Won the Coaches' Award for the intangibles she brings to the team

2006 - Freshman: Lettered in her first season with Illinois ... George Huff Award Recipient ... NFCA Academic All-American ... Made five appearances and started the first two games of her career against Wisconsin and Bradley.

High School: Named to the Central Suburban League All-Conference team all four years ... CSL conference champions senior year ... Named team captain junior and senior years ... Awarded Glenbrook South High School Athlete of the Year senior year ... Named CSL senior All-Star ... Honored by Pioneer Press to the All-Area North Stars team ... Pitched 167 innings with 167 strikeouts and six shutouts and ERA of 0.54 her senior year ... Played for the Chicago White Sox Training Academy team coached by Erin Gibler and Kathy Young ... Named a United States Army Reserves National Scholar Athlete.

Personal: Daughter of George and Vicki Buzard ... Has a younger brother, George, and younger sister, Mykenzie ... Peer Group Leader ... National Honor Society ... Cum Laude Society ... Co-founder and co-director of the Chicago Union League Boys and Girls Club Youth-Youth Library Project ... Received the Glenview Optimist Club Youth Appreciation Award for Religious Service ... Enjoys watching the Chicago White Sox, reading, going to movies and listening to music.

Getting to Know Brooke: Nicknames: BB, Brookie, Brooklyn ... What do you do to relax: Cooking ... Favorite TV Shows: Baseball Tonight and the O.C. ... Favorite Musical Group: The All-American Rejects ... Career Plans: "I hope to work in the Chicago White Sox front office." ... Favorite Athletes: Paul Konerko and Kaci Clark ... How I started playing softball: "I played park district boys T-ball for a couple years, then I made the switch to fast-pitch softball and I loved it!" ... I chose my uniform number because: "It is my birthday." ... If you weren't playing softball, which sport would you want to play: Hockey ... What is your favorite song to hear before a game: "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC ... What I've learned from Coach Sullivan: Expect perfection and go at championship speed all the time.

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