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Erie's Kenzie Kudrna (left), Kyle Leahy and Katie Kovets sign national letters of intent Friday.
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Erie’s Kenzie Kudrna (left), Kyle Leahy and Katie Kovets sign national letters of intent Friday.


ERIE — K’s were wild Friday at Erie.

Softball players Kenzie Kudrna and Katie Kovets inked their college commitments as part of the early signing period, as did baseball player Kyle Leahy, who always seems to rack up the K’s when on the mound.

Kudrna, a speedy centerfielder, signed with Northern Colorado and Kovets, a corner infielder and pitcher, is bound for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Leahy, also a basketball, cross country and high jump standout, has signed with a Colorado Mesa baseball program that finished runner-up to Southern Indiana in Division II last season.

“They just called me after how the spring went,” Leahy said. “I guess my name had popped up from around the area. I kept in contact with them throughout the year, went to visit recently and came to my decision.”

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound right-hander also considered Wichita State and Dartmouth. He scrapped an official visit to Dartmouth after his trip to Grand Junction, knowing he was a fit with Colorado Mesa.

While recruited primarily as a pitcher, the Mavericks haven’t shut the door on Leahy being a position player as well. Leahy plays the corner infield positions. The window is also open for Leahy to high jump in the winter at Mesa.

“Little things like that are what kind of sealed the deal for me,” said Leahy, who threw a five-inning perfect game against Roosevelt last spring. “Another of the little bonuses is they said I’ll have the potential to play as a freshman.”

Kudrna began attracting attention from Northern Colorado about a year ago and gave the Bears a verbal commitment in March. Her club coach, Joe Lembeck, said Kudrna stole 178 bases over the past two summers with the Colorado Styxx 18U Gold squad.

Kudrna and Kovets are the latest of Erie coach Bob Bledsoe’s players to move on to the college ranks, a list the coach said is approaching 60.

“It feels so good just to keep the Erie tradition going in college softball,” Kudrna said. “To be the first one to go to UNC and maybe start a tradition there is even more exciting. I’m already talking to girls, telling them to come on over.”

Kovets, who overcame a serious shoulder/collarbone injury from her sophomore season, first met the UW-Parkside coaches while at a softball camp in Steamboat Springs. Located in the extreme southeastern portion of the state in Kenosha, the program is aiming to right the ship after going 8-30 last spring.

Kovets batted an even .400 this fall for a Tigers team that reached the state semifinals. She also went 4-2 in the pitching circle when occasionally spelling ace Rio Sanchez.

“The high school team was great,” Kovets said. “They were very supportive in helping me along in getting back from my injury. It’s a program that really helps you move on with all the drills and techniques that Bledsoe teaches us.”

Apparently, no prerequisite exists at Erie in which one’s name must begin with the letter K to sign a letter of intent. It only seems that way. Erie’s final commitment of last school year was track standout Kevin McClanahan, now at Texas Christian.

Now he has Kenzie, Katie and Kyle set to join him as a college athlete.

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