(Editor’s note: University of Providence media release)
GREAT FALLS – Providence softball announced the signing of McKenna Montgomery to its 2019-20 roster, announced by head coach Joey Egan on Friday.
Montgomery, from Fernley, Nevada, was a three-year letterman at Fernley High School. She was a three-sport athlete, competing in basketball, golf, and softball as a Vaquero. With softball, Montgomery was a three-time league champion, two-time regional champion, state runner-up as a senior, and won the state championship her sophomore year. During her junior year, Montgomery was named 3A League MVP, first-team all-league, and first-team all-state.
As a senior, she earned first-team all-league and first-team all-state honors for the second-straight year, in addition to producing the lowest ERA in 3A Northern with a 2.08, earning the most strikeouts in the state for the 3A division with 136, batting .431 with 10 doubles and six home runs, leading the team in RBI with 48, and owning a .496 on-base percentage.
“McKenna is going to bring our pitching staff to a new level. She is a triple threat with speed, control and movement,” said Egan.
Prior to her high school career, Montgomery competed at the club level with the 12U Nevada Comets for a year and the 14U Nevada Lightning for a year. She continued playing club softball throughout her high school career, competing with the 16U Reno Heat for a year and finishing with the 18U Reno Heat following a two-year stint.
While attending Fernley High School, Montgomery was also taking classes through Western Nevada College (WNC) and eventually earned her Associate of Arts degree prior to graduating from high school. She was a member of the National Honor Society for three years at Fernley and was also named to the WNC Dean’s List.
In addition to her studies, Montgomery was also involved in her community. She helped with youth softball, laid wreaths for Wreaths Across America, volunteered at Lyon County Special Olympics, visited assisted living homes, and adopted a senior citizen for Christmas and exchanged gifts during the holiday season.
Montgomery will pursue a degree in Forensic Psychology at the University of Providence.
“I am excited to watch McKenna grow as a student-athlete here at the University of Providence,” said Egan.