Wells of SHS signs soccer scholarship with ICC

Rainey Wells, seated middle, of Starkville High School signed with Itawamba Community College in soccer on Wednesday.

Sports Editor

It was a "Rainey" day in Starkville on Wednesday and it wasn't all about the weather.

Starkville High School's Rainey Wells signed a soccer scholarship with Itawamba Community College and celebrated the occasion with family, friends and coaches.

Wells wasn't sure she wanted to continue her career at the next level, but the love for the sport and interest from the Lady Indians changed all that.

"I've been playing for 13 years now," Wells said. "Going into my last year (of high school), I thought I may regret it (not continuing to play)."

ICC has had its attention on Wells ever since she attended an I.D. camp in Fulton and coach David Strother of the Lady Indians began to attend some of her matches.

A relationship became to develop between Wells and Strother.

"I just really like him a lot," Wells said. "He's the one that showed the most interested and seems to really care. I love the campus. It's really pretty."

Starkville High School girls soccer coach J.T. Coward said Wells deserves the opportunity to move on to ICC and has earned it.

Wells is a captain for the Lady Jackets and Coward calls her a leader on the team.

"She's a little quiet at times, but leads by example," Coward said. "She works hard, is good in the class room and does all the little things. I know she is going to do great her next two years at ICC."