By Josh Beavers
It’s been a busy summer for recent Minden High grads. Shakayla Carter is the latest in a string of former Tide athletes to accept a scholarship to play their sport at the collegiate level.
Shakayla signed with Wiley College of Marshal, Texas, on Tuesday. She will run track for the Wildcats and is interested in majoring in kinesiology. She wants to become an athletic trainer.
“I want to thank my family and coaches,” Shakayla told The Journal. “I couldn’t have gotten here without them. I’m excited about this.”
Shakayla qualified for the state track meet in the 200 meter sprint. Her best time was 24.49. She also ran the 100 meter with a best time of 12.71. At Minden she competed in the 100m and 200m as well as the 100, 200, and 400 meter relays.
She also was a skilled athlete on the basketball court. She was second team All-District and first team All-Area her senior year. She put up 14 points per game, five rebounds per game, and three steals per game last season.
Jacob Brown coached Shakayla in basketball. He said the school was proud of her on and off the court and track. “She’s a great person and athlete,” he told The Journal. “She’s a good role model for all the young athletes at our school.”
In addition to her coaches, Shakayla was joined by her friends, family, and Minden administrators Nathan Richardson and Tia Damond for Tuesday’s signing.