SPORTS - "Farnsworth and Nelson sign letters of intent for college softball"


Haylee Farnsworth and Kynlei Nelson, May 21, 2021 - Photo by Todd Burton

BEAR RIVER HIGH - By Cari Doutre, Headliner Publisher, March 7, 2022


Two seniors on the Bear River High softball team will soon become Golden Eagles on the college softball field – but for two different universities in two different states.


Haylee “Bob” Farnsworth and Kynlei Nelson, both returning state champions for the Bear River High softball team, are taking their talent to the collegiate level and recently signed letters of intent to do so. But first they need to finish their senior year of high school and the 2022 Bear River High softball season which has just begun.


Farnsworth, a catcher on the softball field, started playing softball when she was 9 years old. When she isn’t busy winning state championship titles during the high school softball season, she plays with her competitive team Bad to the Bone based out of Salt Lake City.


On March 4, Farnsworth officially signed her letter of intent to play softball at the College of Southern Idaho in front of friends and family in the presentation room at Bear River High. She will don black and gold as a Golden Eagle this fall where she will join her former Bear River High teammate Olivia Taylor (Class of 2021) in Twin Falls, Idaho on the CSI softball team.

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Haylee Farnsworth, March 4, 2022 - Courtesy photo

I have wanted to go to CSI since I decided I want to play college softball about three years ago. I've been to a few of their camps and fell in love with the team and the coaching styles. The campus is beautiful and the softball field and facilities are truly something,” Farnsworth said.


“When I received my offer, I was ecstatic and ready to sign the papers right on the spot. It's a dream come true. I'm so excited to further my education and continue my softball career as a Golden Eagle,” she added.


Haylee is the daughter of James and Danielle Farnsworth of Tremonton.

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Haylee Farnsworth, April 2021 - Photo by Todd Burton

Kynlei Nelson is an accomplished outfielder not only for the Bear River High softball team but in the competitive softball world too. She’s not only a national champion in competitive softball but last year she earned her first high school state championships title with the Lady Bears.


As a three-year starting varsity outfielder (LF, CF), Nelson, a left-handed slapper, was also last year’s leadoff hitter for Bear River High. Her career on the softball field began when she was just 8 years old. Most recently she played with the southern California competitive softball team OC Batbusters based out of Orange County.


And now she’s taking her talent and championship titles to the collegiate softball level when she joins the team at Utah State University Eastern for the 2022-23 school year. Nelson signed her letter of intent with USU Eastern on February 17, at the Bear River High presentation room in front of friends and family members.

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Kynlei Nelson, February 17, 2022 - Courtesy photo

Nelson is looking forward to becoming a Golden Eagle at USU Eastern in Price, Utah this fall and putting on the blue and gold softball uniform. She chose the school for many reasons.


“I liked the smaller town & the number of majoring opportunities they have to offer, along with the community support they’ve shown to have,” Nelson said.


Kynlei is the daughter of Sven and Megan Nelson.

Kynlei Nelson, March 2021 - Photo by Todd Burton

Haylee Farnsworth - Courtesy photo

Haylee Farnsworth, May 22, 2021 - Photo by Micah Capener

Kynlei Nelson - Courtesy photo

Kynlei Nelson, May 21, 2022 - Photo by Todd Burton