Manhattan High’s Chelsey Henry couldn’t stop smiling Thursday afternoon.
The senior outfielder/right-handed pitcher signed with Allen Community College.
“I am so excited because I get to do what I love for a couple more years,” Henry said.
She liked Allen because of its small family atmosphere as well as how much her future teammates loved softball.
“I love the school and how it’s a close-knit family,” Henry said. “It’s not as big as our high school or K-State. Also, the team seems to be a big, bonded group of girls which I’d love to join the family of.”
Growing up, Henry was involved in multiple sports like basketball and dance. She loved them but ultimately chose to focus on softball because that’s where she was improving the most.
“I picked freshman year of high school because I didn’t have time to do all the sports,” Henry said.
Softball taught her lessons she can take off the field, too.
“On the field, when I’m pitching in the heat, it’s really hard, so I just have to tell myself, ‘It’s going to be OK, you’re going to get through this,’” Henry said. “Also, it kind of goes into the classroom: I’m taking a test and when I don’t know what I’m doing, I can still get through it and push through.”
Henry will play center field and pitch for the Red Devils. She likes the outfield the best because she loves making diving catches.
“It makes me feel so great after I do catch the ball to know that I helped my team significantly,” Henry said.
The Indians’ season starts March 31 at home against Topeka West.