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KOAA Athlete of the Week: Vista Ridge's Caleb Kelley

Vista Ridge senior shooting guard broke the school record for most 3-pointers in a game (nine)
Posted at 7:15 PM, Jan 12, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-12 21:15:55-05

The high school hoops season is well underway and Vista Ridge boy's basketball has had a hot start, with a 10-2 record so far. Our KOAA Athlete of the Week is Caleb Kelley, the senior shooting guard is having a breakout season that has landed him in the record books.

Last Friday, Kelley knocked down nine 3-pointers is Vista Ridge's victory over Lewis-Palmer. He now holds the school record for most threes in a game while also reaching a career-high 37 points against the reigning State Champions.

“The basket felt huge for me that night, but it felt great," Kelley explained. "It wouldn’t have happened at all without my screeners, I mean if you watched I barely dribbled the ball.”

Kelley has already scored 235 points this season and leads his team in points, steals and blocks per game. Vista Ridge Head Coach, Joe Hites is proud of his team captain for leading the way for others.

“He's talented and he’s grown up over the years and he’s one of our true leaders," Coach Hites said. "He cares about what we do, and he wants his brothers to be successful and he knows he’s got some skills.”

Becoming a leader is an important part of Coach Hites basketball program. He offers leadership classes to his players every Friday.

“It helps a lot, it shows you different types of leaders and all that," Kelley said. "Everything coach has done has really made me a better person on and off the court.”

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