Senior Taylor Whitehead will be taking her volleyball talents to Otero Junior College, while senior softball standout Lindsay Yearman is headed to Lewis & Clark College.
Both Whitehead and Yearman said it was a dream come true to play their respective sports in college.
Otero Junior College, located in La Junta, Colo., is a small school with an enrollment of just over 1,500 students.
“I just wanted to go someplace I could play,” Whitehead said. “I like Colorado, and a lot of their liberos transfer out. They‘re also like the fifth-ranked Junior College in the country.”
Whitehead said the campus feels a lot like Fallon, which may or may not be a good thing. She was always looking to go out of state for college and expects it to be fun even though she doesn‘t know anyone and there isn’t much around campus. After two years, she plans to transfer to a bigger school and study pediatrics.
Lewis & Clark is a four-year school in Portland, Ore. Yearman said she liked how “it’s in a city, but has a small community feel.”
Yearman will either play the outfield or second base for the Pioneers, who just completed their best season in 12 years with a 16-22 record.
Yearman wanted to find a school that would challenge her academically and still allow her to continue her softball career.
“I like how it focuses on academics instead of athletics,” Yearman said.
She plans on studying chemistry.
Yearman is one of the Raiders’ leading hitters with a .391 batting average. She also has driven in 13 runs.
Last year, she was named a first team all-league outfielder after Yearman batted .337 with 16 runs and 18 RBI.