RC Central seniors ink their Letters of Intent for college sports
RAPID CITY, S.D. – With the school year winding down, 15 seniors from Rapid City including six from Central High School, have decided on where they want to continue their athletic careers in college.
Josie Hill, Chicago State, Basketball
Josie Hill plans to play Division I basketball next year at Chicago State.
Hill was selected 1st Team All-State.
Plus, she currently holds the Central school records for career blocks and the most rebounds in a single season.
Hill averaged 11 points and 8 rebounds per game this past season.
“I chose Chicago State because of the atmosphere and stuff and how they’re trying to make a difference at their school,” said Josie Hill. “Kind like when (Allen) Bertram came to our school to make a difference. I wanted to be a part of that because I just feel like it’s going to be something special.”
Amarae Rinto, Mount Marty University, Basketball
Amarae Rinto also signed a letter of intent to play women’s basketball next year at Mount Marty University in Yankton.
Rinto, who was voted the Defensive MVP this past season, was planning on attending College of St. Mary’s in Omaha.
But when former Central coach Allan Bertram became the women’s basketball coach at Mount Marty, Rinto decided to sign with the Lancers.
“(Allen) Bertram was like the big factor because I was thinking about other schools,” said Amarae Rinto. “Then when he told me he was the coach, I kind of knew right then that I need to go there. He’s developed me as a player so much and I just want keep continuing to get better and I know that he can do that for me.”
Denna Smith, Mount Marty University, Basketball and Softball
Denna Smith is also heading to Mount Marty University to play women’s basketball and softball for the Lancers.
Smith averaged 5 points and 3 rebounds for the Cobblers last season.
Plus in softball, she had 46 hits, 25 RBI’s and a .511 batting average during her senior year.
Smith said the coaches were a big factor for her in deciding to sign with Mount Marty.
“Both of the coaches, definitely Kayla from softball,” said Denna Smith. “She’s really felt like a coach that fit me well. As well as, Shelby Davis. She was my coach for Central here obviously. She’ll be going to Mount Marty with me. And we all know Bertram. He’s like a dad to me. I love him. That’s where I felt like going. It felt like home.”
Kylea Becker, Cal Poly Humboldt, Soccer
Meanwhile, Kylea Becker put pen to paper and plans to play women’s soccer at Cal Poly Humboldt in Arcata, California.
Last season, she was selected First Team All-State, Team MVP and led the Cobblers in assists.
Becker plans to major in marine biology.
“The location was a different environment than here,” said Kylea Becker. “The people, the coaches, and just the location in general was so much different. It was a good change and it just felt like home so.”
Lindsey Nelson, Dakota Wesleyan University, Volleyball
Two student-athletes from Rapid City Central also plan to play volleyball next year at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell.
Lindsey Nelson was a 2-year starter for the Cobblers.
Nelson had 447 digs, 227 serve attempts and 32 aces during her senior year.
“I went with my best friend Kaitlyn and we just thought it was a good school,” said Lindsey Nelson. “A good program. Everybody was just so nice. So it was a good choice for us I think.”
Joining Nelson at Dakota Wesleyan is Kaitlyn Thormahlen.
She was also a two-year starter for Central.
During her senior year, Thormahlen had 106 kill attempts, 40 kills and 12 blocks.
“As soon as I went to the college, I felt very at home,” said Kaitlyn Thormahlen. “Everyone was really personable and all the girls made me feel excited that I was joining them for volleyball. I’m really looking forward to their strength training and their spring season. So that they stay in shape and it’s not just like a fall thing. They want to keep continuing to get better throughout the whole season.”