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South Haven’s Tanner Kelly – Athlete Spotlight Presented By SCCDAT

By Hayden Swope

Tanner Kelly, a student athlete at South Haven, knows a little about balancing a busy schedule. Kelly, preparing for the upcoming football season, is also in countless clubs. The SCCDAT club member doesn’t have a lot of time off, but finding the time to adjust to a crazy schedule is something he loves. 

“It’s definitely tough being a student,” Kelly said. “With the pressure of getting your work done, being able to practice after school, giving the clubs an equal amount of time and effort, and then going home to your family and then having to repeat the next day can be tricky.” 

With football season right around the corner, Kelly has been preparing as much as possible before the busy school year begins.

“This offseason I’ve been working hard and hitting the weights and getting quick footwork to help me stay in my ground to block boys bigger than me to help my team get to where we need to be this season,” Kelly said.

Kelly wanted to improve his decisions on the field, and spent the workouts and camps drilling exercises with coaches and teammates. 

“I hoped to improve on my vision and alignment to lead blocks for my guys and help them understand the defensive set,” Kelly said. “I worked on that this off season with football camps the team has gone too.”

While still fully deciding on what is best for him, Kelly has aspirations to continue his education, and possibly even play football at the next level. 

“My future plans are to attend a four year college and either become a businessman or a mechanic,” Kelly said. “Maybe in that time I will play more football. I just got to put a lot of work into these next two years and get recognized.”

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