Information is taken from the Rexburg Standard Journal
Sugar-Salem's Kayla Luke signed to play at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake Washington. She said her collegiate decision was also heavily affected by her visit. Luke just came off of an exciting season that saw her team clinch the 3A State Title.
"I went on a visit there and I really liked the girls and the coaching staff," Luke said. "It really felt like home. I guess, which was really nice."
Luke got a taste of what it will be like to be a student-athlete at Big Bend CC the night before her official tour.
"I went and I got to hang out with the girls the night before my campus tour and stuff," Luke said. "I got into their apartments and stuff. So, that was really nice to see how they live and kind of what they do around town."
The next day, Luke toured the campus and facilities.
"I practiced with the team, which was way cool," Luke said. "Then the campus tour was way fun. I got to talk with the coaches, the athletic director, and the institute director."
Luke enjoyed meeting her future coaches including head coach Preston Wilks.
"I love the coach so much," Luke said. "I'm so excited to play for him. He's an awesome guy."
Luke said her parents were involved in the process of helping her select a college but left the decision completely up to her.
Big Bend is no stranger to Upper Valley prospects with Madison's Leah Dougherty starring on the team this year as a freshman and Hannah Wilson also committing to play for the Vikings.
Last year Big Bend CC made it to the final four of their division's tournament.
"I wanted to go there before I knew how far they were in the playoffs but that's definitely an attractive feature knowing how successful they've been," Luke said. "To make it back to the playoffs next year would be an awesome thing to continue there."
Luke has enjoyed her journey to becoming a college athlete so far.
"It's been a super fun process," Luke said. "I'm excited I got to sign somewhere I that I'm excited to go to and that I love. It's been a blessing."