Top Performer: Jayda McNabb

RAPID CITY, S.D. – While some athletes choose to specialize in one sport, Rapid City Stevens senior Jayda McNabb prefers a varied approach to athletics.

McNabb has learned to balance three sports, while blossoming into a terrific leader and role model.

Jayda McNabb is hitting the final stages of a long and successful high school career.

But her love for sports actually started when she was in elementary school.

“My Grandma would take me to the Lady Raider Camps and I just thought that was the best thing ever,” said Jayda McNabb.

Over the years, McNabb has excelled in several different sports including volleyball, track and basketball, her favorite sport.

The 5-foot-10 guard helped the Raiders to a second place finish at the State ‘AA’ Basketball Tournaments in both 2021 and 2022.

“Obviously, losing is not something everyone wants to go through,” said McNabb. “But finishing second is nothing to not be proud of. So I just think we have to keep our heads up. You know, we made two really good runs for it.”

Even when McNabb isn’t leading the team in scoring, Stevens girls basketball coach Adam Dannenbring says just having her on the court has a huge effect on the rest of the team.Jayda Mcnabb

“I think she led our team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals this year,” said Adam Dannenbring. “So there’s not much else you can do. That’s basically the whole deal for a basketball player. Just an outstanding basketball player.”

Now that the basketball season is over, McNabb will turn her attention to track and field.

Last year, she placed four times at the state track meet and was a member of the state champion sprint medley relay team.

“I do enjoy the relays most just because it’s a team aspect and I think it motivates me to run faster to be honest,” said McNabb. “I just like winning that way rather than the individual events.”

Not only is McNabb a strong competitor, but she’s an inspiring role model, as well.

“The little kids in the stands, they saw how she played and how hard she played and they want to be like her,” said Dannenbring. “My daughter specifically really looks up to Jayda. She wants to be a basketball player and play the way Jayda plays.”

Although McNabb plans on taking a different path than a lot of her teammates after high school, she still plans to continue her athletic career.

“I plan to play basketball at the prep school at the Air Force Academy,” added McNabb.

Congratulations to Jayda McNabb on being named a NewsCenter1 Top Performer.

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