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Decorated Heritage athlete Beaver signs volleyball scholarship to Bob Jones

Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 1:38 pm

By Ken Jackson
Sports Editor

Likely the most decorated athlete to graduate from Heritage Christian, male or female, is headed to South Carolina this fall to reap the benefits of her success.

Brooke Beaver, who’s spent nearly her whole life wearing the blue and red Eagles’ colors, has signed a scholarship to play volleyball at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.

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The Bruins play in Division II of the National Christian College Athletic Association, and are coming off a 25-15 season and a second regional championship in just their second year competing in the NCCAA; Bob Jones reached the Final 4 in 2017.

If the Bruins’ volleyball continues that success with Beaver on the roster, it will be pretty routine for her. Heritage won nine Florida Christian Conference softball and volleyball (they’ve won the last five in a row) state championships during her seven-year Eagles varsity career.

She was an FCC All-Conference varsity volleyball selection for the first time in sixth grade, softball team MVP in seventh grade, conference MVP and Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman and played on volleyball teams that were runners-up in Christian school national championships in 2016 and ’17.

Brooke Beaver signs her scholarship to Bob Jones (S.C.) University as Heritage Coach/Athletic Director Jim Estrella, brother Dallas (standing) and parents Karla and Jeremy Beaver look on.

She did all this while compiling a 4.5 weighted GPA and earning valedictorian honors for the HCS Class of 2018, leaving the school with 60 college credit hours already tucked away. It all makes for a very envious academic and athletic resume heading into the next level of competition.

Jim Estrella, HCS’ athletic director and Beaver’s volleyball coach for much of her Eagle career, said Beaver’s internal drive is the reason she graduates as one of the school’s biggest athletic stars.

“I’ve never seen a more dedicated and driven athlete. She’s a born leader and a coach’s dream,” he said.

And Beaver deflected that back toward Estrella.

“It’s definitely an honor to be considered that in conversation. A lot of great athletes can played here in the past, and are still playing here. My coaches need to take the credit for that,” she said. “Heritage has been a second home for me, I’ve been there since age three, and it hit me that I was leaving in two moments: the last day of school, and during my valedictorian speech.”

And now it’s on to Bob Jones, to where Bruins’ Coach Vickie Denny began recruiting her during last year’s national Christian high school tournament in Kentucky.

“She saw me play and we started talking, which led to a visit, and since then everything has pointed toward going there,” Beaver said. “It has the Christian college environment in a small school size, a great nursing program and I’ll be able to play college volleyball at my size (5-8). I know I have to work on my vertical and get stronger so I’ll be able to compete at that level.”

After years of in-house competition — Brooke’s brother Dallas, who played baseball at Heritage and his senior year at Osceola, just completed his sophomore season with the UCF Knights — she said playing college sports, despite playing at a small private school, became less a dream and more of the inevitable.

“Watching Dallas grow up two years ahead of me, I’ve seen the hard work first hand, and it’s been both of our goals to play college sports,” she said. “Growing up our parents (Jeremy and Karla) would take us to college games. I feel like we’ve been working forever toward this.”