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Local Softball Standout Kyrie Denny, From Historic Athletic Family, Commits to Cornell


Class of 2022 standout pitcher and hitting sensation Kyrie Denny announced today that she is committing to Cornell.

Denny, who stands at 6-foot, struck out 164 batters and walked 33 as a freshman and sophomore at Pusch Ridge. She also batted .439 with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs.

“I chose Cornell because of the high academic standards, the beautiful campus, and the amazing coaches,” Denny said. “The coaches have invested so much time into the recruiting process with me and we have built a super strong relationship. I know that it is a school where I will have an incredible academic and softball experience and where I will be set up for my life after softball.

“Cornell also set itself apart from the other Ivy League schools because it is a little bit bigger and has so many unique academic programs and course options. I also fell in love with the town of Ithaca (N.Y.), its welcoming and supportive community, and the natural beauty that surrounds Cornell.”

Kyrie Denny is one of the state’s top Class of 2022 prospects (Denny photo)

She said she will conclude her high school career at Catalina Foothills, where her mom Lore (Momaday) Denny was a standout basketball player alongside Julie Brase (Lute Olson‘s granddaughter).

Her father John Denny Jr. played football and baseball for Arizona. He was an all-region tight end and defensive back at Cholla as a senior in 1997. He went on to play linebacker at Arizona for Dick Tomey before finishing his college athletic career playing baseball for Jerry Stitt. After playing professional baseball, he became a trainer and consultant for young baseball and softball players.

Former Cy Young Award winner John Denny Sr. is her grandfather. He won the Cy Young in 1983 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Kyrie Denny will attend Ivy League school Cornell starting in 2022-23 (Denny photo)

“I have a lot to live up to I feel like, and it’s a good reminder that I just have to keep working hard so I can live up to what my grandpa and my dad got to,” Kyrie said in a previous interview with AllSportsTucson.com. “My parents have set such good examples for me what they have done in their life. I’m very happy to be their child.”

Another valuable source of preparation for the rest of her high school career and on to college is former Arizona pitcher and assistant coach Alicia Hollowell-Dunn, one of the most esteemed personal pitching trainers in Tucson.

Hollowell-Dunn trains most of the top pitching prospects in Tucson.


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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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