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Darby decides on Idaho State
by Kayla Dubchansky
May 28, 2009 | 751 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior Courtney Darby signs a letter-of-intent to play softball at Idaho State next year.
Tribune/John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior Courtney Darby signs a letter-of-intent to play softball at Idaho State next year.
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Spanish Springs basketball and softball star, Courtney Darby signed her letter-of-intent Thursday to play softball at Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID.

For Darby, choosing a school for softball was not a very difficult decision.

"I wasn't looking for softball, I was looking for basketball," she said. "I changed my mind really fast my senior year. I just wasn't getting what I wanted out of basketball."

So Darby chose Division I school, Idaho State, which offered her a full ride.

"I always wanted to leave Reno and one of my really good friends is already up there playing softball," Darby said. "Since she's there, it'll be easier to make the move."

That friend is Jen Martensen, a former SSHS softball star who played with the Cougars state championship teams from 2007 and 2008.

Leaving Nevada has its ups and downs for Darby. One aspect that is toughest on her is leaving her older sister, Mallary, who she is very close to.

"It's going to be really hard leaving her," she said. That's one person that's going to be a really hard goodbye."

However, Darby never looked at Nevada to try and continue on her softball career with Mallary, saying she wanted to do her own thing.

"It (moving) doesn't bother me as much as it bothered my sister," Darby said. "That's why she wouldn't go. I'm def going to miss my friends and family but it'll be good to get away."

While leaving loved ones behind is tough, Darby is excited for the comfortable atmosphere she found at Idaho St.

"It was really family oriented," she said. "Right when you get there you just feel really comfortable. It's not a really big town but everything about it just made you feel comfortable. Everyone I met was nice, the team was really cool."

Darby is also obviously excited for the softball aspect.

"I talked to the coach, and she said I'm going to step in a make an immediate impact on their team," Darby said. "I'll be playing first base and she might move me around to other positions."

Along with softball, she will be working through college to become a nurse.

"I'm most excited for the opportunity to get good education and continue playing softball," she said. "I'm excited because it'll probably make me grow up a lot out there having to be on my own."
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