BY MELANIE BUCK –
Lexi Brooks, a senior at Mena High School, held an official signing Wednesday, November 9th, as she accepted a double scholarship from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Brooks will receive athletic and academic scholarships to further her education and her athletic career.
Lexi is the daughter of Bobby and Staci Brooks. She has been a three-sport athlete during her high school career, which includes volleyball, basketball and softball.
Lexi was a member of the 2014 Volleyball State Championship team, 2015 Volleyball State Runner-up team, 2014 Softball State Runner-up team, and the 2015 and 2016 Softball State Championship Team.
She has received several individual awards in volleyball and softball including Volleyball All-Conference and 1st Team All-Conference. Her softball awards are Honorable Mention as a Freshman and ranked 5th in the Arkansas Democrat among all Arkansas high school pitchers. As a Sophomore, she received All-District and ranked 4th in the Arkansas Democrat among all Arkansas High School Pitchers. Her Junior year, she was awarded All-Conference and 4A State Tournament Team, ranked 3rd among Arkansas High School Pitchers and was Wendy’s High School Heisman School Award. Lexi ended her junior year with a .400 batting average and a 1.096 pitching ERA. Lexi is still in the midst of her senior year but has already been named as an All-State Volleyball player
Lexi has participated on a summer travel-ball softball Gold team as a pitcher and has a USFA World Series Championship in Orlando, Florida, USSSA World Series Runner-Up Championship in Panama City, Florida, Pikes Peak Colorado Sparkler Championship in Denver, Colorado, and three Texas State Titles.
Although Lexi has had offers from other colleges, she chose to play softball at Ouachita Baptist University. “I am very excited to become a Lady Tiger at Ouachita Baptist University. OBU has a beautiful campus, a reputable nursing program, which is my career choice, and Coach McGee believes in me! Everything about OBU is a win-win situation for me and I can’t wait to start this next chapter in my life. I want to thank my family, friends and coaches for their support and a special thank you to Larry Wood and Shane Medlin, my trainers at Ouachita Fitness Center for pushing me to be the best! But above all I give all the credit to my success to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”