Softball: MacKenzie Dunlap transferring from Kankakee Valley to Crown Point
Kankakee Valley softball star MacKenzie Dunlap announced Tuesday she’s transferring to Crown Point.
“I loved my first year (at KV). It was definitely one to remember,’’ Dunlap said. “All the girls on the team were just outstanding. They kept me going and they were just awesome — hearing them in the dugout all the time and just seeing the intensity they have. I’m going to miss them. There’s some really great people down there — some I’ve known for 13 years or so — that I’m really going to miss. Friends and players.’’
Dunlap’s home in DeMotte was put on the market at the end of April. Her parents, Jennifer and Jon, are building a new house in Crown Point and expect to move in August.
“My mom wanted to be closer to her job (in Beecher, Illinois) than she was,’’ Dunlap said. “She was about 50 minutes to an hour away. Now, she’ll be about 30 minutes.’’
The addition of the Northwestern University commit gives Class 4A Crown Point coach Ginger Britton and her Bulldogs (29-1) another quality player, one who plays the infield well, has a potent bat, good speed and is an excellent leadoff hitter.
“I’m excited about it,’’ said Dunlap, who carries a 3.79 grade-point average. “Going somewhere new — it’s going to be great. I think I’m definitely moving up — both academically and athletically. I think (softball-wise) it’s really going to be good. They have a really great program there, and they condition year-round, so I think that’s great. Academically, it’s one of the top schools. With me going to Northwestern, I think it’s definitely going to help me a lot.’’
If the numbers from her freshman year are any indication, Dunlap’s transfer will make CP even more powerful.
The All-Northwest Crossroads Conference pick batted .441, scored 43 runs, knocked in 33 and smacked eight homers. She also had 41 hits, including 11 doubles, and swiped 16 bases in 17 attempts.
“You hate to see any kid leave your program,’’ said KV coach Brian Flynn. “We’re disappointed to lose Mac. She was a good player for us and she’s a good kid. I really enjoyed coaching her. Hopefully, she’ll continue to be successful. Obviously, this is a big blow to our offense, but it’s something we really don’t have any control over.
“I’m sure Mac and her family are pursuing what’s going to make them happy, and that’s fine. That’s one of the great things about our country. We’re all entitled to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I think right now, Mac’s trying to pursue her happiness. Here at Kankakee Valley, we’ll move on and attempt to pursue our happiness as well.’’