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September 1, 2013

Around the Horn with Haverhill soccer star Kelleigh Cokely

Returning Eagle-Tribune All-Star Kelleigh (pronounced Kelly) Cokely is a senior captain for the Haverhill girls soccer team.

“She has an incredible passion for the game and work ethic. I believe players become great because of the amount of hours they have invested in the game and Kelleigh is great. She has athleticism, ball skills and complete knowledge of the game,” said Hillie coach Fred Tarbox.

Most of her family prefers tennis. Her mother, Lynne, played at Indiana. Her sister, Meghan, was a four-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star and her younger sister, Christina, was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star last year as a freshman for the Hillies.

All the Cokelys are scholar-athletes with Kelleigh ranked seventh in her class of 435.

In this week’s Around the Horn, Cokely talks about why tennis isn’t her sport, her recent trip to Costa Rica and what colleges she’s considering.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming season? “We have a really good team this year. It’s going to be a good year, I think.”

What are your personal goals? “I want to be Player of the Year again (in the MVC Small) and have the most goals in the league. I was tied last year.”

What’s your favorite personal athletic achievement? “Winning Player of the Year. I worked really hard in the offseason. It was nice to be recognized.”

Where does your drive come? “My mom always told me if we work hard we can get what we want. She said don’t try to be normal.”

Do you play any other sports? “I dive for Cedardale during the summer.”

How good are you? “I got second this year in the Summer Aquatic League.”

What’s your best dive? “A front double flip.”

Have you ever hit your head on the board? “I’ve done that a couple times.”

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