DICKINSON, ND- The Dickinson State University Volleyball and Women’s Track & Field team is pleased to announce the signing of Jade Derby from Lead-Deadwood High School.
Derby has been an outstanding three-sport athlete for the Lead-Deadwood Golddiggers for the past four years. On the volleyball court, Jade was a 4 year letter award recipient, Team MVP, and a two-time 1st Team All-Conference Award Winner. In her final season as a Golddigger, she reached the milestone of earning her 1000th Career Dig.
Following her volleyball season, Jade quickly transitioned into her senior basketball season. As an 8th grader, Derby was moved up to the varsity team, and was awarded Rookie of the Year that season. Over the next 5 years Jade became Team MVP, Secretary of Assists, 2-year team captain, and a three-time All-Conference award recipient. This past season, Derby received Offensive Player of the Year, and reached the 1000 Career Point Club. Jade ended her basketball career with a total of 1,145 points.
Jade Derby didn’t stop there. Jade is currently competing for the Golddiggers women’s track and field team. She has been on the varsity team since she was a 7th grader. Jade competes in long jump, triple jump, pole vault, and the sprint relays. She was awarded MVP Jumper, and is an 8-time State Medalist in these events. Currently, Derby holds two school records. The first is in long jump with a leap of 17’ 2 ½”. The second is in pole vault, and it occurred just two weeks ago at her first outdoor meet. Jade shattered the former record with a vault of 10’9”. Currently that vault is the top mark for all classes in the state of South Dakota.
Academically, Derby has managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA throughout high school, and is set to be Lead-Deadwood’s Class of 2016’s Salutatorian. Jade is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Seton Award. The Seton Award is given to an individual athlete who exemplifies leadership, sportsmanship, citizenship, and academics. She is a four-year Honor Roll student, and is actively involved in the National Honor Society and Girls State Delegate.
"Not only is Jade extremely athletic, but she is also a great student. As a volleyball player she is very versatile and can play in a number of different positions. On the field we will continue to fine tune her technique so she can continue to reach in the vault and jumps,” stated head coach Jennifer Hartman. “It’s obvious that Jade has a bright future ahead of her. Her coachable demeanor is what sets her apart from other athletes, and she will be a great role model for the community. We feel very fortunate that she chose to continue her education at Dickinson State University.”
Jade plans to work towards a degree in Exercise Science. She is the daughter of Breon & Tom Derby and Lisa & Rob Leonard.