Girl power: South Tahoe track star Brosch, softball standout Conard ink with Division I programs during early signing period
Maya Brosch and Kendra Conard have long set their sights on competing at the next level. On the first day of the early signing period Wednesday, Nov. 9, the standout seniors at South Tahoe High signed National Letters of Intent to make it official — and did so together.
“Girl power,” Brosch said. “That’s what I think about it.”
Brosch signed to run track at San Diego State and Conard committed to play softball at South Dakota State during a ceremony last Wednesday at the school’s Viking Strength and Conditioning Center. Both athletes celebrated heading to Division I schools with the same initials — just in different parts of the country.
“It’s awesome that we’re both SDSU,” Conard said. “We’ve been talking about it, and we’re both so excited.”
On the track, Brosch owns South Tahoe records in five events — the 100, 200, 400, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. The hurdles star has won the I-A State title in the 300 hurdles each of the past two seasons, defending her crown with the top all-time mark at a Nevada state meet — and will run for the Aztecs after her final season as a Viking.
“I’m really excited about this — it’s actually happening and this is the next step in my life,” Brosch said.
Brosch’s older sister attends San Diego State, which sparked her interest in the school even before her college search began. She went to the campus for a visit in October, which cemented her desire to continue her track and field career there.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Brosch said. “Meeting all the girls secured that it was where I belong.”
For her upcoming senior season, Brosch plans to take aim at the Vikings’ 800 record while dropping a second from her 300 hurdles time. And the standout will likely add more first-place finishes and record-setting performances along the way.
“I have to work on form and starts — those are the biggest things,” Brosch said.
Conard committed to South Dakota State in October 2015, and waited more than a year to sign her letter. Still, putting pen to paper Wednesday was a thrill for the standout pitcher that has been the Vikings’ ace since her sophomore year.
“I’ve been waiting for this day for a while and I’m very excited,” Conard said. “Thirteen years of playing has finally paid off. It’s finally official, and there’s no going back.”
When Conard began looking at college programs, she looked only at schools on the West Coast. South Dakota State saw her at a travel tournament in Colorado, and after lengthy conversations and a visit that all changed.
“I love South Dakota so much. Everyone is so nice and the town is small, which I like,” Conard said. “The campus is so pretty, everyone is so nice and the team is cool.”
Conard has played varsity at South Tahoe for three seasons, and shined both in the circle and at the plate while leading the Vikings back to the playoffs. The right-hander went 14-4 with a 1.91 ERA as a junior and has totaled 463 career strikeouts — to go along with a .634 career average, 121 RBIs and 19 home runs.
“Playing for the school, there’s a lot of pride involved,” Conard said about her senior year. “And I’ve got a new pitch, so it’s going to be more awesome.”