RC Central student-athletes commit to play college sports
RAPID CITY, S.D. – As high schools continue to adjust to a spring without sports or classes, that didn’t stop student-athletes at Rapid City Central from celebrating one of the biggest days of their athletic careers.
As a matter of fact, three seniors recently signed national letters of intent including Isaak Williams.
Isaak Williams, Minnesota West
Williams plans to play basketball next year at Minnesota West in Worthington, Minnesota.
He participated in football, track and basketball during his high school career.
Williams was injured for much of the 2019-20 basketball season.
But the 6-foot-6 forward says he’s ready to compete at the next level.
“Last year I broke my leg and this year, I fractured by back,” Isaak Williams said. “But I’m feeling a lot better now. I’m trying to strengthen that.”
Taegen Wells, South Dakota School of Mines
Meanwhile, Taegen Wells is staying closer to home and will compete in track and field for the South Dakota School of Mines.
Wells placed fourth last year in the 110 meter hurdles at the state track meet.
Wells said he was looking at a couple of different colleges before deciding that the School of Mines was the best choice.
“So actually I was looking at NSU before I was going to go to Mines,” Taegen Wells said. “They were both texting me and asking me if I wanted to go there. I visited Mines and I played basketball there a few times and I just really like the campus. I wanted to stay close so that’s why I chose Mines.”
Katie Paris, Martin Methodist College
Katie Paris signed a letter of intent to compete in bowling at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee.
Paris was a standout softball player for the Cobblers.
But she decided that she wanted to compete in bowling at the next level.
“It came down to I had a few decisions between the number one ranked team in the country or Martin Methodist,” Katie Paris said. “Which they both do extremely well at bowling. So it came down to where I felt most comfortable. Where I felt like home. Where I was going to be successful in the classroom and on the lanes. And that’s why I chose Martin Methodist.”