GREENBRIER — Greenbrier celebrated Autumn on Wednesday.
Autumn Russell, who stars in softball, track and basketball for the Lady Panthers, became the first Greenbrier High School athlete to ever directly sign with the Arkansas Razorbacks. On the first day of the early signing period, she signed to play softball next year at the UA.
Part of the blue-themed Greenbrier cafeteria was decorated with red ballons and red tablecloths. Red cupcakes, razorback-logoed cookies and red punch was served.
"I’ve dreamed of this my whole life," Russell said. "I’ve always wanted to play for the Razorbacks.
Russell, a daughter of Tony and Ginger Russell of Greenbrier, has been a mainstain for the Lady Panthers for three seasons, helping them to two 5A state semifinal berths and one state runner-up finish and three straight conference championships.
A standout sprinter in track, she has stolen more than 60 bases in her high school career and had an on-base percentage from her leadoff spot of near .700. She batted .500 last season.
"I’ve had the priviledge of standing along the third-base line and watching her run by," said Greenbrier coach Brian Butler. "If she got on first, she would usually be on third in two pitches."