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Seniors in Kansas: Holly Brockmeier

Holly Brockmeier had quite the high school career despite missing senior season. (Kim Sanford)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Jun 17, 2020

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Senior Holly Brockmeier has had a decorated career at Hope HS (Rural Vista) as a four year starter in both volleyball and basketball. 

Brockmeier helped lead her volleyball team to a 123-34 record in high school that included all-league all four years, all-state, and the 1A all-tournament team. She is the schools all-time leader in career kills and blocks as her team also had a state runner-up finish over her career.

In basketball, she was a four-year starter that earned all-league two years. The Rural Vista (Hope/White City Co-op) also made the state tournament twice in her four years. They were 80-13 with a 46-2 record over the last two seasons.

In track, Brockmeier really shined as she had the schools record in both the shot and javelin. She had expectations to do big things this year and was one of the top javelin throwers in Kansas with a PR of 137'7". The five-time all-state athlete didn't get a shot to further her career records or compete for a state title last month due to the cancellation of the season because of Covid-19. In addition to her record breaking throwing, she is also a member of the schools 4x100 relay time with her two sisters. 

Brockmeier is one of the most active kids we have came across in quite some time. She is also a softball player over the summer with the Flint Hills Wind (Council Grove) and is a three time state champion power lifter from KEMFA. She has the state record in the clean with 185 in the 156 class and the overall lifting record of 610 in the 156 weight class. She also squats over 300 lbs.

In addition to all of the sports she suceeds in she is also a very accomplished and active student in her community and school. She is a class officier, FFA officer, FBLA officer Yearbook editor, Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, KU Honor Scholar. Holly has a perfect 4.0 GPA and is the class co-Valedictorian. 

Holly has been quite accomplished over her career and will continue her athletic and academic career for the Hornets of Emporia State University where she will throw for the track team. 

We caught up with her below in the latest Q&A edition of Seniors in Kansas. 

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How did you get involved in sports?

                My parents have always been involved in sports and I have grown up watching them. I have been involved in them ever since I was able too.

Biggest accomplishment off the field/court?

                My biggest accomplishments would have to be that I was named a Kansas Honors Scholar and that I’m my classes Co-Valedictorian.

What were your goals this season?

                Make it to state in volleyball for the first time, make it to state in basketball for the 4th time, make it to state track for the 4th year, and just play to my best ability.

What makes you such a force as an athlete?

                In all sports, I play bigger than I am due to my strength and jumping ability.

What’s it like to play multiple sports?

                It is amazing because It allows me to continuously do what I love. Each sport allows me to bring something different to my team.

Explain the heartbreak it was like to hear that the senior season in sports is cut short?

                It was really painful to hear that my senior sports season was cut short. Track is one of my favorite sports and I had been looking forward to it all season but now I don’t get the chance to compete. Also KEMFA Powerlifting had been canceled and I have worked so hard over the last 4 years in high school to be where I’m at today. Also my summer softball season is currently on hold and that is really sad because I love playing softball and that’s my only time too. In all of these sports I was looking forward to my last season but now I don’t get that opportunity.

What now?

                Plans include trying to find our new normal with online school and no sports. I am part of a farm family so farm demands may take up more of my time.

What is your best sport?

                Volleyball or Track because I have always had more success at these and these two are my favorite sports so that may play apart in that as well.

What’s the atmosphere like to play for your school and town?

                I grew up in a small 1A school and community. My volleyball and basketball teams are combined with White City to form Rural Vista. We are located 25 miles apart. We have home games at Hope and White City and I feel that both communities do a great job of supporting us. We do not have a large student body at games due to the fact that most of our students are athletes. We are both K-12 buildings so we have support from our elementary kids who give us high fives or draw us pictures before big games.

Who were other key players on your team(s)?

                In volleyball we played a seven girl rotation with Hannah Riedy, Camille Jacobson, Kelci Sly, Erica Linder, my sisters Meghan and Amber Brockmeier, and myself. Hannah has been a starter with me all four years and is also an All-State honoree. Hannah was also our co-captain in both volleyball and basketball. In basketball our team thrived on our defense and pressure.  This involved us running a 7-8 rotation most games.  Hannah Riedy is an all-state 1st team selection for basketball and our leading scorer.  Kelci Sly is another senior who received all state honorable mention honors and brought energy to the court.

Favorite thing about sports you play?

                My favorite thing would have to be the team aspect. I have played with the same girls since I was in 6th grade so we all get along great. We know how to have fun but we also know when it’s time to get serious and get things accomplished. This makes the season enjoyable and exciting.

What is it like to play for your coaches?

                Our coaches are fun to be around. They are serious when needed and they also know how to make things fun and enjoyable.

How much preparation had you put into sports?

                I have been playing sports since early elementary and I was a high school manager in elementary as well. I believe that by watching and interacting with the high schoolers early on increased my knowledge and love for the game. Again I play sports year round so that includes practices, weightlifting, and watching game film. My summers consisted of playing volleyball, basketball, and softball through summer leagues, team camps, and softball tournaments and practices.

What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?

                I signed my Letter of Intent with Emporia State University for Track and Field this past fall. I plan to major in elementary education while there.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?

I would say that my favorite thing to do when I’m not playing sports would either be hanging with friends or just relaxing.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

                Ten years in the future I see myself working in a rural community, close to my hometown, as an elementary teacher. I see myself having a husband, a few children, and helping out whenever needed on the family farm.

Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?

                I would say that P.E. and English are my two favorite classes. I am a 4.0 student and Co-Valedictorian.

Who is your role model?

                I would say that my role model would have to be my mother. She has taught me so many lessons throughout my life. She has been my teacher, coach, and mother. In all of these positions, she has taught me many different and important life lessons.

Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?

                Hope and White City are two small communities so there aren’t many options. You can get pizza at the gas stations or you can eat at the GridIron in Hope and the Dub C in White City. If you are looking for other places to eat, you will have to travel a little farther.

What would you say to the underclassmen out there right now reading this?

                You can achieve anything you set your mind too. Even though you may come across challenges and obstacles, learn from them or make the best of them.

One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?

                My twin sisters and I are 13 months apart. Not many people get the chance to play most of their high school career with their siblings.

 


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