issue215dharma

 

With a ten year history of success on the softball field, it was only natural for Marvin Ridge High School senior
Dharma Rosbrugh to set a goal of playing college softball. The daughter of Carlos and Tonyia Rosbrugh
recently accomplished her goal by making a verbal commitment to play softball at Tusculum College in
Tennessee. Let’s go Beyond The Game to learn more about this outstanding player.

 

How long have you played softball and why do
you enjoy it so much?

 
“I have been playing softball for 10 plus years, I
started when I was 7 at the Steele Creek Recreational
league in South Charlotte and soon moved into Travel
ball playing for the 8U MSA Cobras out of Matthews, NC. I then played for
Coach Adam Martin from 10U through 16U (Starting with the Charlotte Blaze
and ending with The Lady Blues). Last summer I joined a new team from
South Carolina called the 18U Carolina Elite coached by Brad Norton. I plan
to be with them until I go off to college next fall.”
“I enjoy playing so much because of the girls that have the same passion that I
do for the game and are willing to put it all on the line week in and week out.
I’ve meet and played with some of the best and most talented softball players
in the country right here in my own back yard. I enjoy getting to travel and
play in places all over the southeast that I otherwise may not have gone to,
through softball. I love how when I step on to the field with my team nothing
else matters.”

 

 
What position do you play?

 
“Through the years I have played every position on the field, but my passion
has always been pitching. During my freshman year in high school I was
introduced to my current pitching coach Sharon Bailey out of Davidson, NC.
Without a doubt, she has gotten me to the level I’m at today and was instrumental
in making me believe I had what it takes to be recruited as a college
level pitcher.”

 
Tell me about the last year of softball?

 
“This past year of softball has been great. After committing to Tusculum
College in January, I was able to focus on my high school season, leading the
team from the mound with a 17-6 winning record. Making it to the 2nd round
of the State playoffs. I finished the season with a 1.93 ERA and 106K’s. From
the plate I had a .278 batting average, with 20 hits, 14 RBIs, five doubles and
a home run. I was named MVP for my team and I received All District, All
Conference, and First Team All-County for Union County, NC and All State
honors for the season.”

 
What are your top three athletic accomplishments?

 
“Committing to play in college for Tusculum University. Going 17 wins and
6 loses from the mound as the starting pitcher for my high school. Being
named MVP by my high school team and earning All State recognition this
past year.”

 
Did you play other sports growing up?

 
“When I was little I played basketball and cheerleading for “Upward” at the
Pineville Church of the Nazarene. After my first rec season of softball, I was
hooked and didn’t play any other sport until my 8th grade and freshmen
year, when I tried to put my height to use by playing basketball and ran track
also, but the passion was not there, so I stuck with softball.”

 
What are your goals for this season?

 

“My goals for this season are to go further into the state tournament and win
a state championship and to show that we are one of the best teams in the
state. For my travel ball team, I want us playing the best teams out there, in
the best tournaments, so we can show the country that us girls from the Carolinas
can compete with the best, any time any place.”

 
When did you first hear from Tusculum?

 
“I first heard from Tusculum back in November of last year, they had been
watching me play the previous two summers. Several of my teammates from
the Lady Blues softball organization were already committed to and playing
for Tusculum and the coach got to see us as a team. Then in January I went
up for an unofficial visit, I ended up staying the night with some of the girls
from the team (who were all former teammates of mine) The next morning
Coached Huebner asked if I wanted to become a part of the Pioneers softball
program. And I haven’t looked back since.”

 
What led you to choose Tusculum for your college education?

 
“I chose Tusculum College because of the campus, located in Greeneville, TN
surround by the gorgeous Smokey Mountains, in addition they have several
majors in my area of interest to choose from. I also love Coach Huebner and
what she has done for the softball program. Tusculum also is a block system
school which means that I will be taking one class for 18 days and once that
class is finished I move on to the next class. I love this idea because it will allow
me to focus on one subject at a time and only having one class a day will
allow for more time on the ball field.”

 
How well do you perform in the classroom?

 
“In the classroom, I carry a 3.8 unweighted/ 4.2 weighted grade point
average.”

 
What is your favorite subject and why?

 
“My favorite subject would have to be history, I love learning about the past
and how life was different just 20 years ago, let alone 120 years ago. I love
learning about wars and what caused them so we can learn how to hopefully
prevent them in the future. I love learning about influential people that
change and shape our world from the early days to present day.”