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Sydney Kennedy signs with DMACC: from left, Joe Kennedy, Alana Kennedy, Sydney Kennedy and DMACC assistant coach Molly Bolibaugh.

Western Dubuque senior Sydney Kennedy signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in a ceremony at Western Dubuque High School, Nov. 9.

Kennedy, a Mississippi Valley Conference first-team all-conference honoree in 2020, went 8-4 with a .167 earned run average and 103 strikeouts in 84 innings last season, and led the Bobcats at the plate, hitting .469 with 11 runs batted in.

Kennedy heads to NJCAA Division I DMACC as a pitcher, but will have an opportunity to be on the field when not in the circle.

“They recruited me as a pitcher, but I’m also able to play another position when I’m not pitching, and I get to hit,” she said. “This is an awesome opportunity for me.”

As Kennedy looked at potential schools to continue her softball career, DMACC became the obvious choice.

“A few factors impacted my decision,” Kennedy said. “Some teammates from my travel team are there, DMACC has a great program and competes for a national title every year, and it is close to home.”

DMACC is coached by former Des Moines East and Dowling Catholic coach Bob Ligouri, who has guided the Bears to seven NJCAA World Series appearances in eight years at the school.

“I knew I wanted to play at the next level and felt DMACC would take me on the best path,” Kennedy said. “It was important for me to stay close to home for my parents and grandparents. I enjoyed the recruiting process and DMACC was amazing.”

Kennedy credits her parents, Joe and Alana Kennedy, for playing a major role in her development.

“My parents are the reason I am the pitcher I am,” she said. “They have spent countless hours taking me to games, tournaments, practicing with me and all things in between.

“They have supported me through my softball journey and I appreciate them more than they will ever know.”

As Kennedy looks ahead to her senior season, the level of competition at Western Dubuque while playing in the Mississippi Valley Conference has her feeling good about stepping up to the college game.

“Moving to the MVC allowed me to face amazing hitters and pitchers, and has prepared me for what is ahead,” she said. “I’d like to thank the entire Bobcat family. I appreciate you all.”