Fighting Back: Butte softball player Kiley Mansfield overcomes adversity

Aug 8, 2015 2:13 AM by Ross Field

For any athlete, nothing is scarier than suffering a serious injury. However, throughout the history of sports, players have beaten the odds and fought back to continue playing. Chico's Kiley Mansfield is a good example of just that as she is a great comeback story. Action News Now's Ross Field filed this report.

In 2010, Pleasant Valley High senior Kiley Mansfield was nothing short of dominant on the volleyball court, racking up a state-high 684 kills and area MVP honors while helping the Vikings capture a section title.

Her success and hard work paid off as she landed a full-ride scholarship to New Mexico State. But her stay down south did not last long.

After one season with the Aggies, Mansfield transferred to Sacramento State in the 2012. She was closer to home and excited to continue playing volleyball, but that's when she says the injury bug bit, and it kept biting.

"I had two tears in my shoulder prior to the season. I rehabbed, started playing again, but half-way through the year, I tore my knee, fully blew it out, I had surgery, then was recovering, had another surgery, it was all bad," said Mansfield.

She ended up having three surgeries to repair her knee, enough to force most athletes to hang it up for good, but not Mansfield, she's a warrior at heart.

"My body definitely wanted to throw in the towel, but I've been an athlete my whole life and not playing sports wasn't an option for me," said Mansfield.

She decided to leave Sacramento State and head home to Chico. It wasn't long before she got the itch to compete again.

"I always wanted to keep fulfilling my dream of playing a college sport," says Mansfield.

Mansfield enrolled at Butte College and found the answer through softball, a sport that's not as hard on her knee as volleyball.

It's important to note that while in high school Kiley was no slouch on the softball diamond. As a senior she hit .413 with two doubles, three triples, one home-run and 19 runs batted in.

She had not played in four years, but shaking off the rust would not be a problem.

Mansfield hit .504 in her first season with Butte. She became an All-American and led the Roadrunners to a 31-9 record and a Golden Valley Conference title. Pretty amazing when you consider what she's been through.

"It was really unexpected, I was not thinking going into a season that I'm going to get All-American, especially after not playing for years. But I just played and had fun and it helped being with a team and coaching staff that were all so supportive, especially after everything I've been through," said Mansfield.

Kiley Mansfield's athletic journey has been full of ups and downs, but she's a fighter and will do all she can to overcome any obstacle thrown her way.


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