Lindsey Brown has never had a problem with knowing what she wants.
From the time she was 3 years old until she was 10, there was only one thing that kept her from playing softball - playing baseball.
A Central Cabarrus senior, there was only one thing that kept her from being a member of the cheerleading squad for a fourth straight year. That was playing softball.
Whether it's serving as Miss Central Cabarrus, leading her school's healthy lifestyles cause, or being an all-state softball player, Brown is at the top of her class in well-roundedness. In the fall, she will attend Francis Marion University in South Carolina on an athletic and academic scholarship.
About 15 years ago, brothers Daryl and Keith Brown were coaching a youth baseball team at Concord First Assembly Church that their respective sons, Ryan and Trey, played on. They needed another player, so 3-year-old Lindsey, Daryl's other child, was tabbed to fill the roster.
Lindsey's mother, Lena, took over the team the following year. Lindsey got so used to playing baseball that when Daryl suggested she transition to all-girl softball, Lindsey objected.
"I just said, 'No Daddy, I don't want to switch over,'" Brown said .
"I wanted to play with the boys. It was a bigger ball and I didn't want to learn to play with a new ball. And they threw underhand. I just didn't understand why I couldn't play baseball with the rest of the boys."
But Lindsey quickly took to the new game and adjusted well. A student at First Assembly Christian School through middle school, she played on the Eagles' high-school varsity team in seventh and eighth grades.
Before her freshman year, Lindsey transferred to Central Cabarrus, partly because of its health-education classes. In her first softball season, she played for renowned coach Monte Sherrill, whom she credits for developing her work ethic and reverent approach to the game.
Lindsey made all-conference in the ME-CA 7 4A in 2007 and 2008 as a second baseman. She switched to shortstop in her junior year and led the Vikings with a .436 batting average and 22 stolen bases. Brown added all-district and all-state awards to another all-conference nod.
Playing this season for Doug Buckwell, Central's fourth coach in four years, Lindsey is again at shortstop. . Another thing Lindsey shares with Ryan is being named by her senior class as "best all-around."
This school year, Lindsey won the Miss Central Cabarrus scholarship pageant and was first runner-up for homecoming queen. She's also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, student council, and National Technical Honor Society, among other clubs.
She takes community service seriously, especially her role as her school's representative on the Healthy Cabarrus County Teen Task Force, committed to promoting healthy lifestyles among high school students.
Lindsey even volunteered to suit up in the "Mr. Ciggy" anti-smoking mascot costume at halftime of Central Cabarrus home basketball games.
This softball season, she is batting .500 and was recently named to the all-tournament team as Central hosted its own Easter tournament. In three games, Lindsey batted .777 with seven RBI.
Now that's one well-rounded individual.