Trojans standout to play for Webster University

Trojans standout to play for Webster University
Community R-6 senior guard Brianna Beamer gets a last word of encouragement from her mother, Danielle Halterman, before signing a national letter of intent to play basketball for Webster University. [Dave Faries]
Dave Faries

Brianna Beamer can score. She can distribute the ball around the court. She is almost fiendish in Community R-6’s defensive press.

If her brand of basketball had a spirit animal, it might be a Gorlok. And if you must ask, the Gorlok is a mythical creature that serves as mascot for Webster University’s athletic teams.

On Friday, Beamer signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for the school starting in the fall.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “I think it’s going to be good – Webster is ranked number one.”

Coming off a 20-8 campaign last year, the Gorloks have been voted by coaches as the top team in the NCAA Division 3 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this time around. And they’ve made it to the Division III tournament twice in the last three years.

Community head coach Bob Curtis sees Beamer as a good fit for a title team.

“She’s been a leader,” he said. “Her basketball IQ is really high. I’m super proud of her.”

But Beamer was drawn to Webster more for its atmosphere than the women’s basketball squad’s winning ways.

“Whenever I went up there it felt like home,” she said.

The signing ceremony was fittingly held on the Community basketball court, with parents Brian Beamer and Danielle Halterman on hand, along with family members, teammates, coaches and much of the Community student body.

It wrapped up a recruiting season that she called “crazy.” It turns out a lot of schools were looking for a point guard who doubles as a shooting guard.

“I had offers coming out of nowhere,” she said. “Here would come another one.”


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