Kelsie Bryant has a second address. It’s the same as Carpinteria High School.
With all the activities she’s involved in, the junior student probably spends more time at school than at her family home. She is the captain and No. 1 singles player on the reigning two-time CIF-champion girls tennis team, co-captain of the soccer team, plays clarinet in the marching and concert bands and carries a course load that includes advanced placement courses in English, Spanish, pre-calculus and history.
And she does it all while maintaining a GPA of 4.42.
Kelsie was the ideal candidate to receive the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award. She was presented the award at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon.
Athletic success runs in the Bryant family. Kelsie’s grandparents were both highly successful and respected prep coaches in Southern California. Grandmother Maureen Bryant guided the San Marino High girls tennis team to several Southern Section titles and grandfather, Roger, won CIF titles as the boys soccer coach at South Torrance and is one of the winningest coaches of all-time. He also is one of the pioneers of AYSO.
Kelsie’s father, Charles, coaches the girls tennis and soccer teams at Carpinteria.
Dad and mom, Laurie, were in attendance Monday to see Kelsie receive the award from Phil Womble himself.
Kelsie is also active in the community. She has volunteered at the I Can Shine Bike Camp, helping children with developmental disabilities learn to ride a two-wheeled bicyle.
Said Carpinteria Athletic Director Pat Cooney about Kelsie: “She is an elite athlete with the humility, sportsmanship and spirit to match. She is an absolute reliable teammate while extending maximum respect and courtesy to her opponent. Kelsie’s positive energy is infectious and without boundaries.”