Top Performer: Kyah Watson
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Stevens has had a number of talented athletes pass through its doors over the years.
It’s fair to say that Kyah Watson is one of those athletes.
Not only did she find success, but she leaves behind a lasting legacy at Stevens.
Kyah Watson’s senior season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like many others, she didn’t get a chance to compete for a state basketball title this year or run in the state track meet one final time.
“For both of those it was just sad because it was my senior year,” said Kyah Watson. “I’ve done it all throughout high school. So not getting to finish it how it would normally be done is just sad.”
But Watson definitely didn’t miss out when it comes to an accomplished high school athletic career.
Watson burst onto the high school athletic scene as a seventh grader when she competed in the state track meet.
Since then, she left her mark in big way in volleyball, basketball and track and field.
“I would say my parents,” said Watson. “They just like really encouraged doing more than one sport. So I did a variety of sports growing up.”
Her credentials speak for themselves.
She was a member of the 2018 state championship volleyball team.
Plus, Watson placed 16 times at the state track meet winning one state title in 2017.
But basketball is her true passion.
Watson was a key factor for the Raiders who went 73-20 during her four years as a starter.
In addition, she was a Miss South Dakota Basketball finalist this year.
“I probably enjoyed doing it the most,” Watson added. “I’ve always grown up playing it and it was our main sport in our family I guess.”
But it hasn’t always been easy for the 18-year-old.
When she was a sophomore, Watson’s mother, who was a also a standout basketball player at Bennett County, lost her battle to cancer.
“It was really hard just because we were really close,” Watson said. “Having to go on throughout high school and obviously the rest of my life without her is sad to think about. But just like grow from it.”
Now Kyah is carrying on her mother’s legacy by continuing her basketball career next year at the University of South Dakota.
Congratulations to Kyah Watson for being named a NewsCenter 1 Top Performer.