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Mariah Mulcahy signs with Idaho State softball

Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - St. Helens senior Mariah Mulcahy begrudgingly accepts a congradulatory kiss from her mother Laurie after signing with Idaho State University softball on Wednesday afternoon.Finally making official her announcement from a year ago, Mariah Mulcahy penned her name into the softball roster at Idaho State University on Wednesday afternoon.

Mulcahy is the first Divison-I athlete to have come through the program, according to former St. Helens head coach Jeff Edwards, who opened the ceremony by telling of Mulcahy's many accomplishments during her time in St. Helens. Most recent and most notably, Mulcahy was named the NW Oregon Conference pitcher of the year for the third season in a row, along with being given the team MVP award.

Mulcahy joins a Bengals' program which has asserted itself as one of the dominant softball programs in the Big Sky Conference after softball was added to Big Sky play in 2013, with Idaho State as the inaugural champions. The program dates back to 1976 with a hiatus between 1983 and 2007.

Before heading to Pocatello, Idaho — which is a little over four hours east of Boise — Mulcahy will have her final shot at the Class 5A softball title as a senior at St. Helens High School, where the Lions have made playoffs runs in each of the last four years. Practices can officially begin on March 2, with the first contest on March 16.

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