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She’s a Freshman!

But Lauren Keleher is off to a great start

May 2, 2017

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Lauren Keleher '20

Lauren Keleher '20

Mikayla Littman for the Green Wave Gazette

Mikayla Littman for the Green Wave Gazette

Lauren Keleher '20

From the time she began playing softball at the age of five, Lauren Keleher has excelled at the sport she loves. Now that spring is here, she is taking advantage of her first chance to play softball at the varsity level.

My dream is to play for the Duke Blue Devils.”

— Lauren Keleher '20

Earlier this school year, she began her high school athletic career by earning a spot on the girls varsity basketball team. As a freshman, she averaged 6.4 points per game, and receiving all tournament recognition at the Mansfield Roundball Tournament. The Green Wave won the South Shore League Tobin Division by going 19-3 and then making a strong playoff run, losing to Fontbonne in the Division III South Sectional Semi-Finals.

But now, in addition to academics (she is a member of the student council and hopes to eventually qualify for the National Honor Society and advanced placement classes), Keleher is firmly focused on softball. In the past, she played for the Rhode Island Thunder Gold, a travel softball team that plays all over the country. Keleher has played for the Thunder since 2013. Her favorite memory with the organization is winning the National Tournament in 2014. But now, she is ready to play for the Green Wave. 

Softball has always been such a vital part of her life. “Ever since a young age, my goal has been to play softball in college. My dream is to play for the Duke Blue Devils and be a part of one of their first teams in the program,” said Keleher. 

She has high hopes for her high school athletic career. “I’m hoping both the softball and basketball teams make it to the tournament all four years, and have a strong tournament run. Maybe (we can) even get a ring along the way,” said Keleher. The future looks extremely bright for this freshman, and the softball and basketball teams.

So far, the outlook is great for the softball team. As of May 2, they are undefeated and ranked second for all divisions in Eastern Massachusetts by the Boston Herald and 12th by the Boston Globe.

 

(Athletic Department Photo by Bill Marquardt
Lauren Keleher at bat.

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