Feb. 27, 2013; Scholar Athlete; Lily Brose

Feb 27, 2013 10:33 PM

The ultimate goal for many high school athletes is to continue their career at the next level.

For Red Bluff high's Lily Brose, that dream has come true.

Although it's not exactly what she had intended when she first stepped on campus as a freshman.

Fate had other ideas.

Brose tore her ACL late that season and she did it again to the same knee as a sophomore.

"It killed me inside, basketball was something I always loved," said Brose.

Rather than dwell on the unfortunate incidents, Brose rehabbed and found a new athletic outlet.

She joined the track team as a junior and realized her knee didn't hurt when she ran straight.

She only felt pain performing lateral movements.

Amazingly, three months later, Brose sprinted her way to the 100 and 200-Meter Northern Section titles.

Then, her performance at the state meet caught the attention of the Naval Academy, so much so, they offered Brose a scholarship and she recently accepted.

"I've always dreamed of going somewhere and playing sports in college, never thought it'd be track but I'm glad it is. For me that lifestyle, the order, the way they run things, it's perfect for me," said Brose.

Interestingly enough, Brose, who carries a 4.3 GPA, wants to be an orthopedic surgeon, something she's all too familiar with when you consider her past injuries.

But all that is in the rear view and Brose is now sailing full speed ahead to a bright future.

"I'm so excited, I'm so incredibly blessed and I can't wait for the next chapter of my life," said Brose.

She also can't wait to see what this track season has to bring.

When Red Bluff high senior Lily Brose was a freshman, she looked like the next basketball sensation in the Northern Section, averaging 18 points per game on the varsity squad.


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