National Signing Day Recap Part 2: Rapid City Central
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Three student-athletes at Rapid City Central signed national letters of intent this week to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level next year.
Emma Avery plans to compete in women’s soccer next fall at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.
The Central senior wrapped up an exceptional high school career with 32 goals and 24 assists.
Last season, Avery was a First Team All-State selection and a was a nominee for South Dakota Soccer Player of the Year.
“Well it was always pretty important to me to stick with a school close to home so my family can come and watch all my games,” Emma Avery said. “I really had a good experience on my recruiting trip and all the girls are really good players. So I’m just excited for that.”
Nora Nelson signed a letter of intent to play softball next year at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell.
Nelson, who has been competing in softball for 11 years, plays both catcher and third baseman.
This past season, she finished with a batting average of .435 and helped the Cobblers to a third place finish at the state tournament.
Nelson is excited about competing at the next level.
“You know it was just a really good fit for me,” Nora Nelson said. “From the beginning, even just starting to talk to them, it really just felt like a good place and it feels like family because they’re so welcoming.”
Rapid City Central senior Rob Weber is also taking his talents to the next level.
Weber signed a letter of intent to play football at Northern State University in Aberdeen.
Weber was a three-year starter at tight end, as well as, a two-time team captain.
He chose Northern State because of its strong academic programs and outstanding athletic facilities.
“Well they have a very passionate coaching staff,” Rob Weber said. “I had the pleasure of meeting coach Schmidt for one of my basketball games. We talked of a couple of hours and it just seemed like the right fit for me.”
In addition, Kelby Olson from Belle Fourche signed a letter of intent to play football at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.