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Kelsey Hora held a partial scholarship offer from the University of Northern Iowa, but on Friday the Highland senior signed a letter of intent to join the softball program at the Des Moines Area Community College instead.
“It’s really exciting, it’s a big relief to know where I’m going this next year,” Hora said. “I know the program that I’m going in to is a good one, and I know they’re going to help me improve a lot.”
Hora said that Northern Iowa planned to limit her use to the running game.
“I wanted to play the game,” she explained. “I talked to the UNI coach and he suggested DMACC.
“Visiting the campus, seeing how they ran practice and seeing how the coaches were, really helped my decision to go to DMACC.”
Hora joins a program that has been in the NJCAA World Series in four out of the last five years. Coach Bob Ligouri has a record of 230-62, and coached the team in all five years of its existence. He explained the program’s interest in Hora. “Obviously her athletic ability is just outstanding,” he said. Her stats, her record, her achievements speak for themselves. An all-state athlete with great speed. We run a lot of speed game and we’ve had really good history with speed athletes, so we know she’s going to fit in there.
“But I think with Kelsey, the thing that really stood out was that great combination of athletic talent along with being a great student and how she interacted with her teammates. That’s what our program is built on, and when you combine all three, its just a can’t miss.”
Hora has stolen 146 bases over the past four years and finished last season with a batting average of .585. She has scored 177 career runs, just four shy of last season’s team total.
Her plan at DMACC is to, “definitely improve my hitting skills, not just being a slapper and short game player, but being able to stroke the ball when I need to and improving my defense.”
Hora will join former teammate Cheyann Adamson, who has had an outstanding fall season according to Coach Ligouri.
Hora is in line for immediate playing time with the graduation of the 2015 team’s center fielder, and she has plans to transfer to a division 1 program after a year in Des Moines.
Huskies coach Carrie Wieland said Hora will be successful because of, “everything that she’s done, her dedication to being an athlete, not just a softball player.
“Wherever she goes, she’s just going to be a successful person with whatever she chooses to do. If she chooses to stay two years or stay six months, she’s going to be very successful.”