Women’s soccer star named Scholar Athlete of the Year


Dani Novoa

Women’s soccer player Brandie Harris has been named 2013-2014 Scholar Athlete of the year at Santa Barbara City College. Her 30 goals this last season broke the school record and she is headed to Cal State San Bernardino in the Fall.

WYLEY WELCH, Channels Staff

Along with her success on the field came success in the classroom for sophomore soccer player Brandie Harris, who was named Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2013-2014.

Harris is honored to receive the award and admits she wasn’t sure it was something that would actually happen. Coming from only being viewed as a player, she knew it would take a lot of effort to put the “scholar” in scholar athlete.

“I feel honored winning this award,” said Harris. “Especially because I am getting recognized for my accomplishments in the classroom and not just on the soccer field.”

Harris, a Dos Pueblos High School alum, broke the school record with 30 goals in 2013 and was named WSC North Player of the Year.

“I didn’t think I would ever be acknowledged for my grades since I wasn’t the best student in high school,” said Harris. “I have definitely pulled myself together and have worked non-stop to receive the grades and GPA I obtained.”

Although academic success starts with oneself, Harris acknowledges that it would’ve been much harder without the help of her Coach, John Sisterson, and support of her teammates.

“My Coach John helped me greatly with my academics by keeping on me about my grades and going to class,” said Harris. “He does a good job of making sure all the girls are doing what they have to do to get the GPA and units they need.

Harris and teammate Heather Rivera have accepted scholarships to California State University, San Bernardino, to continue their soccer careers.