Plainview’s Brinkley Campbell – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Carter County Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM

Plainview High School sophomore Brinkley Campbell has made an impact on the Plainview softball team this season. The catcher/outfielder is willing to do whatever the team needs to be successful.  “From both positions I get the opportunity to see the whole field and be active in the game.  As an outfielder I like the amount of field I can cover and being able to read the ball off the bat.  As a catcher, I enjoy being able to keep the team focused and positive. Getting to know the umpires and joke around with them is always interesting. I have gotten to know some really cool umpires over the years,” said Campbell. 

She started her playing career when she was three, playing at the local YMCA. “After years of going and watching my brother play baseball on a traveling team, my dad and a few other dads put together a traveling softball team at the age of seven. I have been playing in tournaments since then and started school softball in seventh grade,” said Campbell. 

Her passion for the game and her teammates comes through when you watch her play.  “I love my teammates, they are some of the most goody and fun girls I know. Even in times when the tension is high you can always count on one of them to make you laugh. There is never a dull moment,” said Campbell. 

In the classroom, Campbell gravitates to science and math. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Academics always come first for Campbell.  “Academics are very important and have to be my top priority. After I graduate I want to attend college and study forensic science. If I get the opportunity to play softball in college, that would be pretty great as well,” said Campbell. 

Campbell is inspired by her parents and two softball players she models her game after.   “Katie Schroeder and Brianna Turang have both influenced me as a slapper in softball.  Brianna was also a great outfielder and taught me how important being an outfielder is to the game,” said Campbell. “My parents have also influenced me by pushing me to be a better player and person. They have always made sure I practiced, went to lessons and have been at every game encouraging me to play up to my personal best. The have taught me the importance of being humble, yet confident, fun yet determined and most of all a supportive team member.”

Plainview High School is lucky to have a student-athlete like Campbell. Her love for the school and her community helps drive her to succeed.  “I love PHS, it is not too big and not too small. Plainview has a good mix of academic and sport opportunities for students. I also love that I have close relationships with most of my classmates as we have grown up together going to Plainview since pre-K.”