Senior Kaylie Isaman signs with Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, SD

For a Pelican Rapids Viking, blue and white isn’t exactly the most prominent color scheme in the neighborhood. 

But Pelican high school senior, Kaylie Isaman, will be trading Viking orange and black for a new look next year. 

The standout basketball, volleyball and track athlete will be attending the Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, in fall of 2019.  Isaman earned a basketball and academic scholarship to play ball for the “Tigers.”  

Odd, but she’ll be trading Pelican orange and black, the natural color motif for a tiger–for the blue and white “Dakota Wesleyan Tigers.” 

Kaylie Isaman, with her grandparents Rich and Suzy Isaman, who have been 45 year residents of Pelican Rapids–and have followed her career as a Viking athlete.

There will be a bit of golden, corn kernel yellow in her orbit of color as well. Mitchell is the home of the legendary “Corn Palace” venue, which was built in 1892 and has been an internationally known facility and tourist attraction.  

Kaylie will be studying accounting at Dakota, a small, picturesque college campus on the Dakota Plains that is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It was established more than 130 years ago. 

She is very likely the first Pelican Rapids graduate to have ever attended the school–which prides itself with a small college, 13-1 teacher-student ratio. 

Kaylie has been a five-year letter winner and a four-year starter in basketball for Pelican. She has been  an All-Conference recipient for three years.  She was named to the Holiday Classic All-Tournament basketball team in 2018.  She is currently in the top 10 of Pelican Rapids girls basketball players, historically, for scoring and assists. 

Signing a letter of intent to play for Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD, is Kaylie Isaman, Pelican Class of 2019. Pictured with her at the Jan. 31 signing ceremony are her parents, Jesse and Heidi Isaman.

Kaylie was on the verge of scoring her 1,000th career point when she signed her “letter of intent” with Dakota Wesleyan last week, Jan. 31.  She was surrounded by not only friends and family; coaches and teachers; but the entire girls basketball team dropped in for the festivities. 

Isaman had been weighing options between three schools that topped her list–University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Jamestown College, North Dakota, and Dakota Wesleyan.

She is the daughter of Heidi and Jesse Isaman; and was well-coached on the volleyball court by her mother Heidi, a Pelican elementary school teacher. 

She will play under head coach Jason Christensen in Mitchell. The team won a national title in 2018, and are currently 21 wins, three losses for the 2018-2019 season.  

The school is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics  Division II school that is a member of the Great Plains Alliance Conference.