Local athletes honored
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington/Vernon - posted Fri., Feb. 25, 2011
At the Ellington Lady Knights’ away basketball game at Stafford High School on Feb. 17, junior guard Kelly Conley scored her 1,000th career point.
At the start of the game, she was 17 points away, and her coach, Lauren Lovetere-Beeler, and teammates kept that fact from her until earlier that day.
Conley had 15 points at halftime of that game, and tried a late shot that did not fall. Three minutes into the third quarter, Conley shot two free throws, making both.
“She was very excited,” Lovetere-Beeler said. “She was nervous going into the game, but in the face of adversity, she always steps onto the big stage.”
Lovetere-Beeler added that Conley was embarrassed from the attention she got at the game, but was also very humbled and proud.
“She is a fantastic player - one that always gets up when she gets knocked down,” Lovetere-Beeler said. “You always want the ball in her hands in the end of a close game. She is only a junior and I look forward to this post-season and next year with her.”
Also, Rockville High School's Melissa McCann was honored at the Rams' Senior Night at the final home game on Feb. 14.
McCann, the team’s only senior this year, has played varsity all four years, serving as captain for the past two.
“Melissa has always been among team leaders in assists, steals and points,” coach Craig Archambault said. “She has been a solid defender and team leader who works hard every minute she is on the court.”
McCann has also played varsity soccer for four years, and has excelled there, as well. She is also vice president of her class, a member of the National Honor Society, and has made the CCC All-Academic team in both basketball and soccer for all four years. McCann is a member of the Rockville High School Marching Band, Symphony Band and Pops Ensemble.
“The Rockville Rams girls’ basketball community would like to congratulate Melissa McCann for her four years of hard work and dedication on the court, in the classroom, and beyond,” Archambault said. “Melissa is currently deciding on which college she will attend, and we wish her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors.”