Sacred Heart has lost some top-notch female athletes to graduation over the last three years, like Laura McMullin, Erica Stone, Claire Dover, Devin Wadley, Kelsey Baldwin, Claire Fischer, Keli Lamb and Johannah Hohne.
However, there is a group of new, young and talented players on the verge of emerging onto the scene.
Kelsy Keele, 16, is one of those. She has already played two years of both basketball and soccer at Sacred Heart.
Keele, who will be a junior this fall, is an excellent student She has a 3.98 grade point average on a a 4.0 scale, scored a 23 on the ACT the first time she took it and plans to take it again this coming school year.
College is still two years away for her, but Keele is considering going to the University of Missouri to major in sports medicine-physical therapy. At this pont, she doesn’t pan to play sports in college Students can’t take weighted courses until their junior year at Sacred Heart. Keele will be taking English Composition I and II along with psychology and College Algebra/Math Analysis her junior year.
“Academics are more important,” said Keele, “because they will give you a better chance to succeed more than sports will.”
Her freshman year, she was on the Math Team and is a member of the National Honro Society.
She started playing soccer in the Paul Klover Soccer League at age four and played through fifth grade. She started playing at Sacred Heart her freshman year.
She began playing basketball at age seven on an Upward team at First Baptist Church and played on a traveling team coached by John Swearingin and Mark Cox before playing at Sacred Heart.
Her favorite sport is basketball but the highlight of her high school career came when the Lady Gremlin soccer team won their first-ever district title and won the state sectional round last spring.
Keele enjoys spending time with friends and family and shopping in her sparetime.
Keele is the daughter of Kay Keele, Sedalia, and Donny Keele, Warsaw.