Monte’s Swan signs with Adams State

MONTESANO — Courtney Swan, Montesano High School’s senior catcher, will continue her softball career at Adams State University in Colorado.

The 18-year-old Swan signed a letter of intent recently with the NCAA Division II school. She will receive a partial academic and partial athletic scholarship, according to her father, Kelly Swan.

Swan said she chose Adams State over Concordia in Nebraska and Wenatchee Valley Community College. She noted that the Colorado school’s academic program dovetailed nicely with her career goal of nursing.

“They have a really good nursing program, so it’s a bonus to (play) there,” Swan said Tuesday. “The campus is really beautiful and I think it will be good for me to experience new things.”

Adams State is located in Alamosa, in south central Colorado. The Grizzly softball team finished second in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and will graduate its starting catcher.

A four-year starting catcher for Montesano, Swan came on strong with the bat during the past two years after playing defense only as a freshman and sophomore. She batted .588 this season.

“Countless hours in the cage with K-Swan,” she smiled, referring to her father.

“She’s one of those players that utilizes the off-season really well,” Monte coach Pat Pace said. “She spent a lot of time with her dad working on her hitting skills.”

There’s never been a question about Swan’s defensive ability. Although smaller than the average catcher at 5-foot-3, she blocks the plate well and boasts a strong throwing arm, having allowed only three stolen bases this season.

“Small frame aside, she plays like she’s 5-foot-10,” Pace said. “It was a pretty seamless transition from Aubree Pockington (Montesano’s all-state catcher who recently concluded her season year with Saint Martin’s University) to Courtney Swan.”

Also a standout setter in volleyball for the Bulldogs, Swan played summer fastpitch with the Connell-based Washington Explosion. The Adams State coaching staff, in fact, first made contact with her at youth summer tournaments.