On Dec. 18, 2019, West Liberty softball player Austyn Crees signed to continue her athletic career at Kirkwood Community College. Crees became the second West Liberty softball player to sign to play in college after Haylee Lehman signed to Drake University in November.
While at West Liberty High School, Crees earned many awards, including the 2018 High School Team MVP and 2019 High School Team Defense Award. Crees also placed on the 2019 3A All-Tournament Team, 2019 All State Second Team, and the 2017 River Valley Conference South Team.
Crees’ coach, Chad Libby, also spoke highly of her skills as a softball player. “Her catching kept other teams from taking extra bases and her hitting ability was something other coaches needed to address in the way they pitched her. However, she is an even better teammate. She exemplifies all that coaches hope for in a player. She’s extremely hard working with a positive attitude who leads by example and doesn’t complain. She had a lot to do with our success as a Comet Softball Team,” he stated.
After visiting Kirkwood, Crees found the school appealed to her and none of the other schools she looked at measured up. “I decided to sign with Kirkwood because when I was there on my first visit, I really loved it. After that, I kept comparing everywhere else to Kirkwood. I love the coaches, team atmosphere, and that it is close to home,” she shared.
As Crees finishes high school and prepares for college, Libby and her teammates wish her all the best. “We are looking forward to seeing just how far Austyn’s softball career can go,” said Libby. He encourages her to stay true to herself and, “continue to be who you are, a great teammate and person.”