After playing for one of Columbia County’s top softball programs the past four years, Greenbrier High School’s Lee Anne Rees will have the opportunity to play for one of the best collegiate programs next year.
Monday, the Lady Wolf-pack’s catcher signed her letter of intent to play for Division II Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga., a team that went 40-20 in 2013, winning its second consecutive Peach Belt Conference Tournament in the process.
While there were a number of considerations factored into her decision, leadership at the top was one of the main ones.
“The coach (Brad Hus-kisson) reminds me of coach (Garrett) Black,” said Rees. “And when I went, there were a lot of the sayings up in the locker room like ‘In the moment’, ‘Control what you can control,’ all of those things were similar. They have the same coaching styles and that’s what I wanted to find in a coach.”
The Lady Wolfpack were state runners-up in Rees’ freshman year and the team won 117 games during her four-year stint at Greenbrier. Black said his catcher was one of the players he came to rely on without hesitation.
“That’s three years of she’s called every pitch,” said Black. “That’s the trust factor. There was never any question, it was her game to call.”
After her visit to Colum-bus State, her mother asked for her cons and Rees couldn’t come up with any. It all was a good fit for her.
“When I first started looking for colleges and stuff like that, I was like, Division I let’s go,” said Rees, who was 2013 First Team All-Region 2-AAAAA and First Team All-County.
“After a while I realized that I was more of a smaller school kind of person, that’s why I think it fits me better. The campus is big, like 8,000 students or something, but it’s spread out enough to where people aren’t running into each other, and I like that.”