HELENA -- Both Brooke Ark and Jaymee Sheridan will be staying close to home as they head into college. Sheridan signed her letter of intent to play soccer for Carroll College, and Ark signed hers to play volleyball for Rocky Mountain College.
Sheridan said before doing a college visit to Carroll, she never imagined herself staying in Helena, but after the visit, she knew that's where she needed to be.
“Before, I could never see myself staying in Helena. And then when I went to Carroll on the campus tour and the athletic tour, I realized it was way too good to pass up,” said Sheridan, a senior at Helena Capital.
The opportunity of a rivalry was also a bit too good to pass up as well, as her sister Sydney Sheridan signed to play basketball for the Montana Western Bulldogs last year.
“I think that's so cool. A lot of her teammates have also made comments about the rival schools of Carroll and Western. And it's different sports, but it's actually really cool that Montana is able to kind of have that, like, rivalry,” said Sheridan.
Sheridan said alongside playing soccer, she’ll study nursing.
At Helena High, Ark signed her letter of intent to play volleyball and study human health and performance and business at Rocky Mountain College, and in Ark’s mind, playing volleyball after high school was always the plan.
"I couldn't see myself not playing volleyball, you know, after my last match (against Great Falls CMR). I just couldn't see not playing ever again," said Ark. "It's important to me to stay busy and I just don't know what I do with my time, so I'm excited."
The two will now finish up their time in high school and join their future teams in the fall.