Where are they now? Brownstown Central's Hillary Toppe

Name: Hillary Toppe

Age: 30

Hometown: Brownstown

Current residence: Austin

Occupation: Customer service representative at The Peoples Bank

Family: Husband, Dustin Toppe; daughter, Harley Toppe, 7; son, Hunter Toppe, 5

High school: Brownstown Central, 2002

Sports: Volleyball, four years; basketball, four years; track and field, one year; softball, three years

College: Indiana State University, one year; IUPUC, two-and-a-half years

Sport in college: Softball at Indiana State for one year

Major: Elementary education/general studies

What drew you to sports?

"I grew up in an athletic family. My father, Kevin Otte, played BCHS baseball."

What is your favorite memory of high school sports?

"The friendships. No matter win or lose, all of us girls stuck together whether during a game or outside of sports."

What is your biggest accomplishment?

"Being a mother of two wonderful children, best award/accomplishment I could have ever asked for."

Why did you choose to do a sport in college?

"Softball was my favorite sport, so I thought I’d try it in college. Then some difficult things in life happened to me, and I couldn’t play anymore."

What did you get out of that experience?

"Working hard at something you really love pays off in the long run. Just keep your goals in your sight and always push toward them."

Are you still involved in sports today?

"I play summer volleyball at Brownstown with some of my best friends since high school."

Are your children involved in sports?

"My children, Harley and Hunter, play baseball at Brownstown during the summer."

How did sports affect your life?

"My teammates were my second family. We all were always supporting each other no matter what."

What would you say to encourage kids to get involved in sports?

"Sports are more than sports. You obtain longtime relationships, respect from others and for yourself, growth in mind and spirit."

Do you have any hobbies?

"Harley and Hunter."

Do you have a favorite sports team?

"Louisville Cardinals basketball #L1C4."

Do you have a favorite athlete?

"I don’t have a favorite, but I admire hearing stories of athletes that have barriers in life and overcome them and succeed in college athletics and life in general."

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