Sadie Harrington is a girl who knows what she wants.
The Butte Central senior plans to study radiology in college. As it just so happens, that education choice will also help Harrington continue her volleyball career in college.
Harrington signed to play volleyball at Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D. She took a five-day trip to the college, which is in northeastern South Dakota, with her mother, Peggy, during spring break.
She was offered a scholarship and signed on April 16, the third day of her visit.
“I decided to sign after meeting the team and practicing with them,” Harrington said. “I really enjoyed them. I like the team chemistry.”
Harrington already has her class schedule for the fall. She also already knows her roommate in the dorm at the private Catholic college with less than 1,000 students.
The Presentation College Saints play in the North Star Athletic Association of the NAIA.
Harrington said she checked out some schools in Montana before talking to Presentation coach Chelsey Albrecht and deciding to take the trip to South Dakota.
“I like the smaller schools,” Harrington said, adding that she was prepared to give up volleyball for the best education opportunity. “I knew I wanted to play volleyball, but I was more worried about my degree.”
Harrington, who has a large extended family in the Mining City, also said she wanted to experience college outside of her hometown.
“I wanted to go out and experience things on my own,” she said.
Harrington was a three-year starter for the Maroons in volleyball. The Academic All-State player started at right-side hitter before moving to middle blocker.
Last season, Harrington earned All-Conference honors despite playing on a young team that struggled putting up wins.
The year before, Harrington was a force for the Maroons as the BC squad qualified for the Class A State tournament for the first time in school history.
The plan is for Harrington to play middle blocker for the Saints. Albrecht, though, told her she might see time in the backcourt as well.
“She said I am athletic enough to play in the back row,” Harrington said. “I never really played in the back row at Central.”
During her first two years at Butte Central, Harrington played basketball and volleyball. She decided to give up hoops after her sophomore year because she kept aggravating a knee injury.
She broke her kneecap playing basketball in the eighth grade. That injury doesn’t bother her anymore, she said.
As a junior, Harrington decided to go out for the track team so she could compete in a sport with her younger brother, Kyle, who is now a sophomore at Butte Central. She jumped and threw for the Maroons.
This spring, Harrington, whose father is Shawn and her older brother is Johnny, decided to focus more on her job — she works at John’s Pork Chop — and her higher education.
The Saints open two-a-day practice on Aug. 8. Harrington said how those practices go will decide whether or not she will redshirt as a freshman.
“I’m pretty excited,” Harrington said.