YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) - Ursuline senior Jordyn Kenneally is one of the best high school softball players in the Valley.
She's played year-round for the past eight years and now, it's all paying off. Last November, she signed a scholarship to play at Division 2 Alderson Broaddus. Plus, Jordyn is a straight-A student, earning her the honor of our "33 Student Athlete of the Week."
Softball is a way of life for Ursuline's Jordyn Kenneally.
"It's something that gets me up every day," said Kenneally. "It gets me through school. Like, 'oh I have softball after school'. It gets me through the day."
Jordyn is a natural on the softball diamond. She throws, on average, 60 miles per hour.
She's one of the best to come through Ursuline with well over 500 career strikeouts.
"People tell me I look mean when I pitch," said Kenneally, with a smile. "I'm just out there all calm, just trying to be myself, trying to motivate everybody, people say I look mean."
Jordyn's smile tells the real story. But make no mistake, she's a relentless competitor and team leader. She's a four-year captain for the Irish, only the 2nd player in program history with that distinction.
"I mean, I give a 110 percent in everything I do, so I think girls look up to me for doing that," she said. "I think just always being supportive and picking each other up, that's pretty much my role on the team."
Jordyn is just as impressive on the soccer field at Ursuline. Her 43 wins as a goalkeeper are the most in program history. Off the field, she carries a perfect 4.0 GPA and is a 4-year member of Student Council. She's also volunteered her time with over 100 service hours over the past four years.
"It is student-athlete, so student always comes first to me. I've stayed up long nights to do my homework after practice and everything. Grades are definitely a big part of an athlete that I am."