Racking up varsity letters: Brianna Hill


Cindie Hill

Senior Brianna Hill, a shortstop for the Lincoln softball team, swings during a game this spring.

If anyone can be considered a legend in the sports world at Lincoln, it is senior Brianna Hill.

Hill has earned a total of 12 varsity letters in her four years at Lincoln, the most a student can receive. This means Hill has been on varsity since her freshmen year in volleyball, basketball and softball. Further, throughout high school, Hill has been an active member and leader of all three teams.

There are many pros and cons in playing a sport every season during high school, Hill says. It is difficult “trying to balance hanging out with my friends, schoolwork and time to relax,” Hill says. But she enjoys playing three sports saying, “I’m always busy and I have made a lot of friends.”

Hill grew up playing club basketball and softball. Hill’s older sister, Brandie Hill, had played volleyball growing up and inspired her to try  volleyball. She tried out for volleyball her freshman year without playing the sport  before and made varsity, showing her incredible athleticism.

Hill plays the libero position. Liberos can only play the back row. This year was Hill’s first time winning PIL in volleyball. The team made it to playoffs, but lost in the first round.

In basketball this season, Hill was a captain and played guard. She helped the team make the playoffs and win its first playoff game against Sherwood.  

However, Hill has always favored softball over the other two sports. She  plays shortstop and last year hit .415 with six home runs, four doubles and two triples.  

Hill has been recruited for softball since her sophomore year. She knew that she wanted to play softball in college because she knows she is good enough. She  talked about all of the different schools she looked at for softball, saying, “I visited Seton Hall, Montana, Seattle U, Oregon State, and University of Pacific.”

During her sophomore year, Hill’s club softball team traveled around the country playing in national tournaments. At one tournament, the head softball coach at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) watched her play. Thecoach, Tobin Echo-Hawk, had coached Hill when she was younger. Echo-Hawk was softball coach at Portland State University at the time. Hill’s relationship with Hawk inspired her to take a deeper look at UTEP for college.

Next year, Hill will be attending UTEP, and is ecstatic about playing softball for the Miners. She spoke about her decision to choose UTEP saying, “I feel like I fit in here. I love the coach and I like the feel of it.”

Hill’s athletic success at Lincoln stands on its own, and she hopes to continue it in college.