Shoreline freshman infielder Kacey Hvitved to join Ole Miss University Softball in 2019
SHORELINE, WA- Shoreline Community College Athletics has become a breeding ground for student- athlete development. Student-athletes are being awarded a tremendous opportunity to jump start their academic career in the city of Shoreline. Shoreline Community College is in a close knit community with a positive academic environment that’s adjacent to a thriving metropolis. Shoreline is a place of great resources where student-athletes are discovering their potential and the chance to get a quality education, also while accomplishing their athletic goals. Kacey Hvitved is a softball student- athlete that exemplifies that notion.
Kacey just completed her freshman year at Shoreline Community College with a GPA of 3.08 as a member of the softball program. Hvitved, a native of Monroe, WA was a talented high school softball player looking for the right fit to start her collegiate career. Hvitved is a “confident player,” Head Coach Ben Reindel says.
“Kacey needed an opportunity to prove to four year programs just how talented of a student- athlete she was,” Reindel explained.
In her solo season at Shoreline Community College, Hvitved was a Third Baseman, Co-Captain and led the Dolphin softball program in many categories. Kacey finished the season with a .414 batting average, 9 home runs. 18 doubles, 31 RBI’s, 13 stolen bases, an OPS (combined slugging and on base percentage) of 1.294 and was voted second team All NWAC North. When asked a secret to success Kacey talked about time management as a helpful tool. “With working a job, commuting to campus back and forth you have to use your time wisely,” she says.
Time management is an important tool for all SCC students to learn but even more vital in the world of community college athletics. Homework, class, part time jobs, 20+ hours of practice and training per week, and a two hour long commute was something she learned to succeed through. Kacey chose Shoreline because it was the utmost belief SCC would help her accomplish her goals, making the commute a lesser deal.
“No matter how hard things were, it was all motivation to get past the adversity. You can find lessons in things that aren’t easy,” Hvitved said.
In sports, failure is the best teacher because it teaches you that is okay to fail, often times its how you learn and do better. On the field something Kacey took from Shoreline Softball was to, “Stay within yourself.”
Kacey said she learned, “Don’t always try to be the flashy player, trust your skill and let your talent come out.”
Kacey will take all that talent and all that she’s learned to Oxford, Mississippi. Kacey has agreed to attend Ole Miss University to play softball. Kacey was diligent in finding the right school for her and has been relentless in her journey to make it to Division I. Ole Miss is a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) arguably the best softball and overall athletic conference in the country. Ole Miss most recently in 2017 reached the Super Regionals before losing to UCLA.
We can’t wait to watch you make us proud. Phins Up!