HELENA -- It's not often that a junior in high school gets an opportunity to sign a letter of intent to play college sports, but Elizabeth Heuiser broke that mold Tuesday in Helena.
In front of friends, family, and former, present and future coaches, Heuiser put pen to paper to become a member of the Carroll College Fighting Saints volleyball team.
Heuiser isn't the only member of her family to don the Saints' purple and gold, carrying on a slight bit of a family tradition, while staying close to home.
"I wanted to stay close to home," said Heuiser. "I kind of wanted a smaller school and I feel like I'll really fit in with the team. I wanted a welcoming program that I could really make an impact on."
As for how Heuiser will make that impact? Fighting Saints head coach Moe Boyle knows that Heuiser still has a season left in the high school ranks but thinks she'll be a quality addition when the time comes.
"Her play speaks for itself, but as an individual her character is just unwavering," said Boyle. "To know Elizabeth growing up, it was fun to watch her throughout the years and to be able to watch her grow in the last couple of years -- not just in stature, but her maturity is incredible on the court."
Heuiser still has one more year left in the high school ranks as both she and the Helena High Bengals volleyball team will try to improve on a runner-up finish in the 2019 Class AA state volleyball tournament.