ARIMO — At her signing ceremony Monday, Jensyn Gibson’s past, current and future softball coaches all mentioned one thing — her work ethic.
“If there was a weakness in Jensyn’s game, or anything that she felt she needed to do better at, she’d stay and work at it,” former Marsh Valley coach Joel McQuivey said. “She works harder than any girl I’ve ever coached.”
The Marsh Valley catcher signed to play Walla Walla Community College at a ceremony Monday in Marsh Valley High School’s gym.
“I was a little nervous at first, but I’m feeling a lot better now,” Gibson said. “I’m calm now that it’s over, but super excited for what’s coming.”
Gibson, a two-time Idaho State Journal All-Area selection, follows in the footsteps of former Marsh Valley pitcher Carter Thornton, who signed with Walla Walla last year.
Thornton’s decision made things easier for Gibson, who accompanied her older battery mate on several recruiting trips when Thornton was going through the process.
“It was an easy path to go, because I just kind of followed her to see where I would maybe want to go,” Gibson said. “Walla Walla was the the best fit for me. I felt the most comfortable there.”
Gibson picked Walla Walla over Treasure Valley Community College and Utah State-Eastern, giving Warriors coach Logan Parker a ready-made battery with Thornton when she gets there next year.
Parker, like McQuivey and current Marsh Valley softball coach Kenzie Van Sickle, praised Gibson’s off-the-field qualities.
“I noticed her blue-collar work ethic and hardworking style of play,” Parker said in a statement. “Those are two tendencies that really can’t be coached.”
McQuivey remembered when he put Gibson, who had always played catcher, in right field as a freshman.
“She said, ‘Coach, I’ve never caught a fly ball before,’” McQuivey said. “She’d stay after practice, we’d hit her fly balls. ... That year, she made numerous game-winning catches, but it was because she was determined.”
Gibson plans to study occupational therapy at Walla Walla.