South Charlotte

Broome, MCA moving to the next level

Metrolina Christian is Union County's largest Christian school and has come a long way since it opened in 1992.

As the school grows, so too does the athletic program. This year, the school, which draws students from Union and Mecklenburg counties, has moved from 2A to 3A because of increased enrollment.

The Warriors have opened a new outdoor sports complex that houses their soccer, football, baseball and softball teams and have seen success in many sports.

Although it will stay in the Metrolina Athletic Conference, repeating last year's softball season - the Warriors' best - will mean playing against larger, better teams.

The softball team won the regular season and conference tournament titles and finished with a school-record 22 wins. A big reason for the Warriors on-field success was star senior pitcher Mallory Broome, a two-time captain and all-conference, All-state and All-Observer performer last year.

Broome helped lead the team to its fourth straight trip to the NCISAA 2A state title game, where they lost a season ago to undefeated Arendell Parrott Academy from Kinston, 3-2.

This year Metrolina Christian returns most of the players from that team and will be looking to win the conference title again.

Last month, Broome became the first Metrolina Christian athlete to sign with a Division 1 college program when she signed a national letter of intent with Western Carolina University.

"I've worked really hard all through my softball career, since I was 7, and just knowing I'm the first to sign as a D1 athlete and to be able to play at Western for coach Jim Clift, I am honored," Broome said.

Broome said she's accomplished what she has through the support of her faith, family and teammates.

Ricky Broome, her father and Metrolina's head coach, helped her understand the game. Jeff Stovall, her summer coach, helped fine-tune her skills, and Jennifer Banas, her pitching coach, played important roles in her development.

She said that once she saw the facilities and talked to some of the players about Clift, she knew it was the right choice. "I like his style of coaching and the way he motivates players," Broome said.

She signed her letter of intent during the early signing period, which takes a lot of pressure off her to perform.

Despite her contributions on the field, she hopes that when people look back on her career they remember the kind of person and teammate she was.

"I try my best to be a good role model, leader and great athlete, so I hope that when I graduate from MCA I will be thought highly of by students and teachers," Broome said.

"I set some records, and in my opinion did the best I could all throughout my high school ball, but I want to be remembered not only for what I accomplished on the field, but the kind of person I am."