Delta’s Brooklyn Green Takes Express Lane to Play Basketball in College
Fresh from finishing her four-year high school basketball career by helping her team reach the OHSAA Regional Tournament for the second time in three years, Brooklyn Green of the Delta Lady Panthers, has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her education and basketball career at Owens Community College (OCC). Brooklyn considered offers from other schools in the area but decided OCC offered the best overall package of financial aid and educational choices.
“A goal of mine has always been to graduate debt free,” she explained. “I’ve gotten a lot of offers (to play basketball) but to decide this gives me the best of both worlds.” Owens has a program with the University of Toledo which will allow Brooklyn to enroll in both schools and get her degree at a fraction of the cost of a typical four-year university.
Playing basketball at the next level while earning a college education will definitely be a challenge for Brooklyn but she has put in the work to be fully prepared for both. Academically, she is ranked first in her class with a 4.0 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and is very active in several student organizations.
Athletically, Brooklyn is equally accomplished as a four-year letter winner in volleyball as well as basketball. Her basketball accolades include being named the NWOAL’s Player of the Year for the past two years, First-Team All-District twice and Special Mention All-Ohio once and recently joined a very exclusive club when she broke the 1,000-point career scoring barrier.
In Brooklyn’s career, the Lady Panthers have won almost 80% of their games with a 77-20 record and have captured two NWOAL Championships and two District titles. She has had the good fortune of playing alongside very talented players over the years including four other starting seniors this past season.
“It’s been nice coming up with all five of us. We’ve been playing together since third or fourth grade and in the Mini-Panther Basketball Camps,” said Brooklyn. “Then coming into high school we had great influences like Abby Freeman and Maddie Mattimore. And watching our older sisters like Brigan Wymer and my sister play and watching all their accomplishments influenced us all.”
To Brooklyn’s point, she and her fellow seniors, Ella Ford, Reagan Rouleau, Braelyn Wymer and Brooklyn Wymer were inspired to add to the legacy of the Lady Panthers basketball program under head coach Ryan Ripke. “It’s been a team effort and you don’t win without talent,” remarked Coach Ripke. “I believe they are the winningest class in school history. They have definitely left their mark on Delta High School.”
In joining the Owens Express women’s basketball team, Brooklyn will become part of another highly successful program. In the 2018-2019 season, just prior to devastating impact the pandemic had on the sports world, the Express finished as runners-up in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament.
In the OCC classrooms, Brooklyn plans to study Human Resource Management and Marketing. On the court, with Owens located in Toledo and the Express playing in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC), her family and friends will have many opportunities to watch her compete without having to travel long distances.
Pictured: Front Row (L to R) – Delta Coach Ryan Ripke, Brooklyn Green, OCC Coach Stephen Perry. Back Row (L to R) – Braelyn Wymer, Rich Green, Kim Green, Brooklyn Wymer.