Johnny Wilson Award - Girls: Blaine Kelly

Johnny Wilson Award - Girls: Blaine Kelly
Posted on 06/19/2018
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The final competitive athletic event of Blaine Kelly’s high school career did not provide the type of on-court ending she would have preferred.

But off the court, there was no more appropriate way to cap her four years at Alexandria-Monroe High School.

She made history on two counts Tuesday night, becoming the first Alexandria athlete to win the award and the first athlete to sweep both the Johnny Wilson and Red Haven awards.

“It is truly the icing on the cake,” Kelly said. “The Red Haven is such an honor, being an All-Star is an honor, but the Johnny Wilson award is something great to have under my belt. It means so much.”

Kelly, who starred for Alexandria basketball, volleyball and tennis, was slated to play in the ICGSA North-South Tennis All-Star matches last week on the campus of Marian University, but the event was rained out. She will not play college sports, instead studying medicine at Indiana University in the fall, meaning her athletic career has come to an end.

But, she is at peace with that.

“With the whole sports being over, I’m good,” Kelly said. “It took up way too much of my summer, I never had one during my high school career, so I finally get one and I’m enjoying every second of it.”

That hard work over her summers has certainly paid off on the courts of competition at Alexandria.

She was a four-year varsity letter winner for the tennis team, earning three first-team all-CIC honors, was named All-District in 2017-18, and led the Tigers to two Madison County titles and a sectional championship. She compiled a 51-30 record and ranks 10th on the school’s all-time win list, playing as No. 3 singles her freshman year and No. 1 singles the last three years.

“For tennis, I feel like calm, cool and don’t let things go to my head on the court,” Kelly said. “That’s totally unlike me, for the most part.”

Her first love was basketball. She was named the team’s MVP the last three years and is a two-time All-CIC selection. A 1,000-point scorer, she was Honorable Mention All-State as a junior and All-State as a senior when she averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals and led the area with 7.6 assists per contest.

“I’m real intense and up in your face,” she said of her basketball style. “Definitely high intensity.”

During the volleyball season, Kelly made Alexandria history as a senior when she recorded her 1,000th kill, becoming the first Tiger with 1,000 kills and 1,000 points. She was a 3-time All-CIC and All-County player and was twice named second Team All-State. She was part of three sectional and three county champion teams and was a major cog in the team’s run to semistate in 2017.

For Kelly, volleyball was all about enjoying herself.

“Volleyball is fun, just best friends playing together,” she said.

Written by: Rob Hunt at The Herald Bulletin

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