Ronald Curry and Nicole Kelly certainly don't fade into the crowd.
If you've never heard of them, you simply do not follow sports in this area.
Curry, the nationally celebrated two-sport Hampton Crabber, and Kelly, a Bruton track and field standout, have spent the past four years delighting fans with athletic exploits above and beyond the norm. After another year of stellar competition, they repeat as the Daily Press male and female athletes of the year.
Curry is the first three-time winner of the honor - yet another first for the star who powered Hampton to five Group AAA state titles. He sparked Hampton to its third consecutive Group AAA football title and led the basketball team to a spot in the state semifinals. On the way, he won a slew of national and state honors. After a season of apparent indecision - and rumors that Curry would jump straight into the NBA - he signed a football scholarship with the University of North Carolina. He will also play basketball.
Curry was named to both the Parade All-America football and basketball teams, only the third athlete in history to pull off that feat.
Kelly out-pointed entire teams in numerous meets, scoring a season-high 70 points by winning seven events in the Bay Rivers District meet.
After leading her team to first place at the state meet in both 1996 and 1997, Kelly led the Panthers to a runner-up finish in the Group AA meet this season. Ever versatile, she showed the ability to compete in all field events and both sprints and middle distance track competitions.
Kelly won the high jump at the prestigious Penn Relays and currently holds 12 school records for track and cross country.
Both athletes also excel off the field, carrying 3.5-plus grade point averages and working to help develop their younger teammates.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun