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It is the dream of most every athlete to continue playing the sport he or she loves beyond high school.

Owen High School’s Alivia Brigman is living her dream. On March 18, she signed to play softball for Piedmont College, an NCAA D-III school in Demorest, Georgia.

Brigman is a “smart player” who “knows the game very well,” Warlassies head coach Jenny Johnson said.

“She played first base for us last year,” Johnson said. “She’s got a really solid glove, and this year we’ve played her some at first (base) and some in right (field).”

The senior’s defensive skills were on display at home against McDowell last week when she made a running catch into foul territory. Brigman came up ready to make a throw and kept a base runner from advancing.

The play was “exactly the kind of play you expect from her defensively,” according to Johnson.

Offensively, Brigman possesses the ability to drive the ball deep at any given time, Johnson said. The coach said Brigman gets on base consistently - yet another strength.

Brigman said that she is “super excited” to have the opportunity to play at the collegiate level the sport that she has been playing since she was 5-years-old.

“I’ve always wanted to play this game beyond high school,” she said.

Brigman welcomes the challenges that will come.

“It will be really cool to see the level of competition increase,” she said. “I’m excited to see faster pitching, better bats, better fielding and just experience softball at a level that I haven’t experienced it before.”

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