Another DeKalb County High School soccer standout will be moving on the college level after senior Rainey Tiner signed a letter of intent to play for Southwest Community College in Memphis.
Tiner said she plans to study Criminal Justice, with the hopes of eventually attending the police academy with a future in law enforcement. In high school, she said she likes geometry class, and coding class that where the class programs games.
When asked how she felt about her move to the college ranks she said she is a little apprehensive. “It’s a little scary, but I’m excited,” Tiner said. “It was between Southwest and another college in Columbia. I went to the ID camp at Southwest and just fit really well with the team and got along with the coaches. They showed me around the town and I just felt really comfortable with them.”
Tiner said she has loved playing to the Lady Tigers and for Coach Dylan Kleparek, a coach she has played for even before her high school career. “I’ve played soccer since middle school and Coach K was my coach even before high school. I played rec league for him. I like the team [Lady Tigers]. I grew up with them. I played rec league with them, and even played travel ball with some of them.”
When asked what her favorite memory has been while playing for the Lady Tigers, Tiner didn’t hesitate. “Definitely when I scored against Livingston and we won. We didn’t win against them for a lot of years until that day. I was happy about that.”
Coach K had high praise for Tiner. “She’s a fantastic athlete and soccer player. She’s put the time and work in and has played since she was little. She played rec league for me as a young girl and worked her way up, and has played travel soccer. She’s earned her way.”
“She’s the kind of player you can put anywhere on the field to play,” Coach K continued. “She played defense for us this past season, but has played a lot of positions on the field. As she said, she scored against Livingston to win the game. I could take her out of defense and put her up front, and she could score goals. It’s good to have that kind of player with that versatility. She’s a leader on the field that is very vocal and can direct people where they need to go.”