MBHS October Atheltes of the Month

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

November 4, 2022

Morro Bay High School’s Boosters Club has named their Athletes of the Month for October, honoring a pair of cross country runners and a pair of tennis players in what will be the last Athlete of the Month honors for the Fall 2022 Sports Teams.

Girls Tennis

Lady Pirates’ Tennis Coach Taylor Bennett has named Krupa Patel and Freja Kaas as her athletes of the month.

“They are fantastic tennis players and scholar students,” said Coach Taylor, whose team was off to Fresno last week to play in the CIF quarterfinals. 

Doubles player, Patel’s value to the team is also off the court. “She is hilarious,” Coach Taylor said, “and makes everyone laugh.” 

As for Kaas, who plays both singles and doubles and is an exchange student from Denmark, Coach Taylor said she’s “a great tennis player and has a great attitude.”

Cross Country

Crosss Country team members Noleena Fahey and Otis Kelly were named Morro Bay High School Athletes of the Month for October. 

Pirates cross coutnry Coach Chuck Ogle has named junior Noleena Fahey from the Girls’ Team and junior, Otis Kelly from the Boys’ Team.

“With a strong race at the Roughrider Invitational at Woodward Park (Clovis) on Oct. 14,” Coach Ogle said, “Noleena positioned herself for a big performance at our CIF Championship race on Nov.r 17, also at Woodward.

“Noleena thoroughly enjoys running,” he added, “and has a particular enthusiasm for the sport of cross country. She wants her girls to win a CIF title and talks about it regularly, the veteran leader that she is.”

Kelly is finishing up a strong performance in Ocean League competition.

“Otis finished third overall in the Ocean League mid-season meet on Oct. 1,” Coach Ogle said, “over the rugged Fairbanks course at Cuesta College.” Kelly led the Pirate’s Varsity Boys’ Team to a third place team finish in league, which is quite an accomplishment considering the competition.

“The league consists of nine schools this season,” coach said, “and, with the addition of Santa Ynez, Cabrillo and Lompoc, looks a lot like the tough Los Padres League of yore.”

Like the old cliché, Kelly “came out of nowhere,” 

“Otis is a find,” said Coach Ogle, “he’s a rookie junior, but came to us with a strong background in demanding outdoor activities including mountain biking and surfing. 

“For an individual like this,” he added, “cross country can be a good fit; the sport requires determination and a desire to have some adventure outside, as we train and race in all kinds of weather and over varied terrain.”

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