KALISPELL — Kynzie Mohl was selected as a first-team all-conference and all-state utility player and defensive MVP for the Kalispell Glacier softball team. She has been representing the 406 as a leader since she started playing softball, and now that Montana representation continues in a Griz uniform.
“I'm originally from Missoula so I'm really excited to get back to my hometown," Mohl said.
Competition has been in Mohl's blood since she was 6 playing both softball and volleyball, but even back then she had been thinking about this moment.
“I always really wanted to play for the Griz so as soon as they got a program that's where I wanted to go," Mohl said.
Getting recognition as a female athlete hasn't always been easy in the past, but Glacier softball coach Abby Connolly and Mohl both said they felt that could be turning the corner in the recruitment.
"We have had some great success with our girls," Connolly said. "We have two that are currently playing college, one at Providence (in Great Falls) and then one at Walla Walla Community (College) and then Kynzie who's recruited for the Griz and we got a couple more that are being looked at right now.
"Five years ago, a player like Kynzie wouldn't have been able to play at a really quality program in her hometown and now that's a reality and so we get to watch her and all these young fans who watched her grow up get to go be Griz softball fans so it's huge."
Mohl said getting the call that she’d represent home didn’t even feel real.
“I did like a Zoom call because I couldn't really go visit campus because of COVID," Mohl explained. "So when we had our Zoom call and they showed me a video and then at the end of the video it said we want you on our 2021 team it like felt like a dream, like I didn't think it was real."
It's not just Mohl riding this momentum as the Glacier High School softball team finished the regular season 19-2 overall and 12-2 in the Western AA and is on an eight-game winning streak. The State AA softball tournament will be held in Kalispell on May 27-29.