Canby senior Bailey Shorter signs with PCC
Another Canby athlete will make the leap to the next level. On Monday, May 21, Canby senior Bailey Shorter signed with Portland Community College (PCC) to play on the basketball squad.
"I am very excited about signing to play basketball at Portland Community," Shorter said. "I am ready for the challenge and the different kind of play. I feel like it will be good for me to be pushed to new levels."
Shorter was a part of both the Canby basketball and softball teams her senior year. Both teams made it into the post season, but were eliminated before reaching the quarter finals. Heading into her senior year, Shorter was most likely to end up playing softball in college, but a change of heart came about when she interacted with PCC's coaching personnel.
"My goal originally since I was little was to play softball," Shorter said. "But after meeting with these basketball coaches I knew I would want to play for them. They have goals already set for me and they made me realize I could play at the next basketball level."
While good enough to play softball in college, Shorter felt the need to challenge herself and prove that she could. She fielded an offer from another college to play both sports, but felt the chemistry more with PCC coach Tony Erickson.
"I never clicked with the coaches like I did at PCC," Shorter said. "After my first visit I knew I belonged there."
While at Portland Community College, Shorter will be studying in the nursing program that is tied with OHSU. Shorter expects to stay at small post, the position she played in high school, but is also ready to change positions if needed, most likely to shooting guard.
Canby's basketball team finished in the second round of playoffs with a record of 16-10. The softball team finished with a record of 15-13.