TWIN FALLS — The Canyon Ridge High School-Treasure Valley Community College pipeline remains strong.
Canyon Ridge held a signing ceremony for senior Kennedy Sorenson on Monday afternoon in front of her family and friends. Sorenson is the latest Riverhawk to join the TVCC softball program.
“I love TVCC. I love the area. I meshed with the girls super well,” Sorenson said Monday. “It’s gonna be great.”
Sorenson said TVCC was one of two schools she explored for softball. The other was College of the Redwoods, a community college in northern California. But only TVCC offered any money — tuition credit, she said. That plus the relatively short distance from Ontario, Ore., to Twin Falls made her decision easy.
Sorenson plays first and third base for the Riverhawks. She isn’t sure which position she’ll focus on with the Chukars, but it will be one of those two.
In October, Sorenson contacted a pair of TVCC softball players: infielder Jenna Gray and catcher Jordan Henley. Gray graduated from Canyon Ridge last year, and Henley was a 2016 grad.
“I reached out to them, told them I was really interested in TVCC,” Sorenson said. “They got me in touch with the coach, and it kinda went from there.”
She visited the TVCC campus in mid-February. A couple weeks ago, she verbally committed.
Gray and Henley aren’t the only local connections on the TVCC softball team. Lynsey Hudelson also graduated from Canyon Ridge in 2016, fellow infielder Tessa Conrad graduated from Gooding High School last year and Twin Falls High School senior Caroline Casdorph signed with the Chukars in February.
Sorenson would love to move on to a four-year program after her two years in Ontario, but she wasn’t thinking about that on Monday. She was too focused on the crowd, the table, the pen and the letter of intent.
“I’ve played ball since I was 5 years old, and I remember growing up watching CSI play and wanting to be one of those girls on the field,” she said. “So it was definitely a surreal, dream come true type of moment to finally be the one signing and getting to move on.”