PORTSMOUTH — Widely regarded as one of the best and brightest to participate in athletics at Shawnee State, Jill Kelly pulled off a rare feat by not only earning academic all-MSC honors three different times in two different sports, but also becoming the first student-athlete in school history to be named as a Mid-South Conference Champions of Character Team honoree in two different sports as well.
Kelly, who has maintained a 3.97 GPA in mathematical sciences, played in 68 contests and started 64 games for the women’s soccer program in the fall — and was on her way to contribute to the women’s tennis program at a singles slot until the circumstances resulting from COVID-19 canceled the season.
She already earned CoSIDA Academic All-District and Second-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American honors for her work in the classroom and on the field of play as a backline player, and tied for 21st all-time in games appeared.
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