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Hernando High

Ex-Lady Leopard Mobley signs with Judson College


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Stardom in the prep ranks doesn't necessarily guarantee a paved road to offers at the next level.

More often than not, role players are the backbone of many successful high school athletic programs.

Brooksville native and recent Hernando High graduate Bresha-Monique "Bre" Mobley, fits the above billing.

The multi-sport Mobley, 18, recently signed to play collegiate soccer with National Christian College Athletic Association's Judson College in Marion, Ala.

Judson College, originally named Judson Female Institute, was founded by members of the Siloam Baptist Church in 1838.

Judson College is the fifth oldest women's college in the United States.

The 5-foot-9, defensive-minded Mobley had narrowed her choice of college to either NAIA's Southeastern Fire in Lakeland or Judson College.

On one hand, Mobley thought of joining another ex-Leopard defender, Ainsley Halliday, on the Polk County squad.

Mobley visited both campuses.

"Judson is way smaller than even Hernando," explained Mobley, detailing the school's 322 students. "The girls were like they were back home. The girls were real friendly and real chatty. I receive a text from one girl every day."

On what Mobley was searching looking for, "I was looking to go to a smaller school," she replied.

The decision to go out of state was balanced with possibly going just over an hour from Brooksville to Lakeland.

"Southeastern was closer to home and closer to Brooksville," noted Mobley on weighing her options. "We do have some family near Marion - so that helped (in the final decision). And mom being all right with Judson kind of sealed the deal."

Mobley, who graduated from HHS with a 2.99 grade point average, is aspiring to have a career in criminal justice. She has set her sights on becoming a lawyer.

On the Eagles' sales pitch, "They (Judson) were straightforward with me," recalled Mobley. "I'll play anywhere they want me on defense."

Mobley explained what she brings to the table for the 5-year-old soccer program.

"I was a former team captain at Hernando, so I bring leadership," detailed Mobley. "I'm an open person, people can talk to me all the time and I'm focused when I'm between the lines."

On her greatest concerns before playing for the Eagles, "I have to continue getting faster," she said. "And I have to continue building relationships with my new teammates."

Mobley's athletic roots trace back to playing with the Brooksville United Soccer Association (BUSA) at 4 years old.

She recalls playing "mostly defense" with the league for seven seasons.

Upon matriculating to Parrott Middle School, Mobley participated in three different sports: volleyball, softball and track and field.

Across three seasons on the diamond, she alternated playing shortstop, center field and left field.

In track, she concentrated on the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay as a sixth- and seventh-grader. As an eighth-grader, she ran in 100 and 4x100 and did long jump.

She also played volleyball as an eighth-grader.

Once she matriculated to the Bell Avenue campus at Hernando High, she earned three varsity letters under Rick Ahrens in soccer (freshman, junior and senior years) and played four seasons of softball under Kevin Bittinger.

In softball, Mobley was a member of the back-to-back Hernando County champion Lady Leopards.

This past spring, HHS captured its first district championship in nine years.

Mobley, who hit a career-high .204 this spring, finished as a career .190 hitter.

"Softball was special this year," smiled Mobley. "I couldn't be prouder of the season we put together. We played hard right until Creekside knocked us out (10-0 in a regional final at Tom Varn Park)."

Despite her team's success in softball, Mobley's passion lies on the pitch.

"Soccer's always been my favorite sport," described Mobley. "One play can't get you down for the rest of the game. I've always had fun out there."

On her preference to play defense, "I tell everybody the same thing, offense sells the tickets," noted Mobley. "But defense wins the games - that's what I like."

Though HHS' soccer program never captured a county crown or even reached a district final during her stint, she steadfastly backed the program.

"Knowing everything I know now, I would have done everything the same way," remarked Mobley. "I liked playing for all the other girls. I really didn't want to be staying home with nothing to do."

Mobley made it clear that she enjoys the competitiveness of the sport.

"As a player I improved the most in communicating with more of my teammates and making sure to get the ball wider to our midfielders," she said.

Mobley has total recall regarding her finest moments on the pitch. One involved her only prep goal - on a penalty kick at Eustis.

"I remember Eustis playing a little chippy and someone fouling me in the box," Mobley said. "Coach called my name to take the PK," she recalled. "I was so nervous, I was shaking so bad - I had never scored before.

"I remember I hit it just above the goalie's head and it went in. I said, 'Oh, my gosh; that was great!'"

Her second memorable moment was playing forward against Dunnellon on Senior Night and passing up a shot in the box to dish to another teammate.

"I could have taken a wide-open shot," recalled Mobley. "But I wanted to pass the ball, so I did and we missed the opportunity. Oh well."

Before reporting to Judson on Aug. 11, Mobley will journey over eight hours and cover nearly 476 miles from HHS to Marion.

Prior to her departure, she paused for a moment to describe her legacy in a purple and gold uniform.

"I really don't know," said Mobley. "Even though we didn't win a lot in soccer we all believed in each other - that's life's most important lesson.

"I have to thank my parents, my family and all my coaches for this opportunity."

By the numbers: Hernando's Bre Mobley in soccer

- Compiled by TONY CASTRO

YEAR G A TP

2009-10 0 0 0

2011-12 0 0 0

2012-13 1 1 3

TOTALS 1 1 3

By the numbers: Hernando's Bre Mobley in softball

- Compiled by TONY CASTRO

YR GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI .AVG

2011 07 00 00 00 0 0 0 00 .000

2012 09 09 02 01 0 0 0 01 .111

2013 23 54 12 11 1 1 0 05 .204

TOTALS 39 63 14 12 1 1 0 06 .190

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