Josye Miller was 6 when she teamed up in volleyball with Josi Remick, who was 7. They’ve played together since.
The former Ridgeview stars will move to the college level together, signing April 3 to play next season at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.
Remick admits that she and Miller were not very nice to each other when they started playing club volleyball.
“But, as the years progressed, we became more social with each other and grew as people and as teammates,” Remick said after the signing ceremony at Ridgeview.
The two have helped each other come out of their comfort zone, Miller said.
“Josi has always been the weird one, and that gets me to enhance my weirdness,” she quipped.
Remick had an uncomfortable moment during the ceremony when Redmond School District Athletic Director Kevin Bryant raised the possibility that the pair might not be able to be roommates in college, something she hopes will be resolved.
Either way, she looks forward to making seven hour drives to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school on the Washington border with her longtime teammate and friend.
They also plan to enjoy the remote atmosphere.
“It’s a very small town; it’s very old,” Remick said. “There are a lot of hills so we can go hiking. There’s Dutch Bros., so we can get our coffee.”
Lewiston is a good fit for Miller, who said she is a small town girl.
“I don’t do big cities,” she said. “You’re far enough from people, but you’re still right there. It’s a beautiful area to drive through, it’s gorgeous.”
Miller and Remick played together in club and school volleyball into their senior years. In 2017, Remick was named second-team all-Intermountain Conference, while Miller was honorable mention in helping Ridgeview to a No. 7 state ranking and appearance in a Class 5A play-in game.
They only recently had to separate when Miller and Remick went to different squads within the Rimrock club. But they look forward to joining again at Lewis-Clark.
Remick plans to major in physical therapy at Lewis-Clark, while Miller will study toward becoming a lawyer.
In 2017, Lewis-Clark went 11-14 overall and 5-7 in the Frontier Conference, finishing fifth of seven teams.
Many quality players come out of the NAIA level in various sports, Bryant told the players.
“That level of competition is very high,” he said. “Your league is very tough, and I know you will represent well.”
Remick and Miller liked the players and coaches they met at Lewis-Clark. Miller said she even received texts from other players welcoming her to the team.
The Ridgeview duo doesn’t expect to see too much playing time in its freshman season in college, but Remick and Miller look forward to learning from older players and cheering them on.
“I think that will be a learning experience,” Remick said.
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