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Scholar Athlete Leads Both On and Off the Field

By Kathleen Foote, 07/06/18, 1:00PM MDT


Connor Kelly Looking To Have Big Senior Season

 Castle Rock, CO

As Connor Kelly enters his senior year at Castle View High School, he already has proven himself both on the football field and in the classroom.  As a junior Sabercat, Connor earned First Team All-Conference honors for his performance as an Inside Linebacker.  Additionally, his current GPA of 4.1 supported his Academic All-State recognition last fall.  Not one to rest on his laurels Connor continues to work hard to build upon his past achievements.  Already a leader on the field serving as co-captain for 2018, Connor was elected president of the National Honor Society at Castle View.  In that position he hopes not only to improve his leadership skills but to give back both to Castle View High School and the Castle Rock community. As president Connor will help guide the honor society in that mission.

            Connor has ambitious individual goals on the football field for his final year as a Sabercat. He hopes his work ethic and 2018 performance will be strong enough to gain him recognition on the state level as First Team All-State and help the Sabercat team earn a spot in the playoffs.  Looking beyond high school, Connor hopes to pursue football on the collegiate level as well.  He has no strong preferences on where he would play but prioritizes finding a university that fits his academic needs.  Currently he is interested in studying Economics or Political Science.  Connor’s older brother Ryan plays baseball at Point Loma in San Diego, so his family has experience managing the unique challenges of combining sports with the rigors of college academics. 

Obviously, a young man like Connor Kelly could not have achieved the impressive levels of academics and athletic success that he has without the support of family, friends, teachers and coaches.  His mother and step-father, Tracey and Chuck Bell, deserve recognition in raising a son who works as hard in the classroom as on the field.  Connor credits his former coach, Steve Shefferly, for not only teaching him how to play and love football but teaching him “how to be a man.”  Additionally, Connor’s youth pastor, Eric Nicholson, has helped Connor learn “how to live my life through faith.”  When Connor has time away from the classroom and football field he likes to fish, go to the beach and enjoy his grandmother’s mashed potatoes which be brags are “the best mashed potatoes ever.”