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Four Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Play at Collegiate Level

US Girls Soccer, US Boys Football, US Boys Soccer

Posted: February 1, 2017

Franklin Road Academy Athletes Sign Letters of Intent
Jack Doherty, Maeve Kelly, Ryan Madondo, and Sydney Malham sign to play at collegiate level

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 1, 2017)— On Wednesday, Franklin Road Academy seniors Jack Doherty, Maeve Kelly, Ryan Madondo, and Sydney Malham signed their letters of intent to play at the collegiate level. Doherty will play football at the University of Richmond, and Kelly, Madondo, and Malham will play soccer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, East Tennessee State University, and Ohio University, respectively.

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Doherty has made his mark on the football field after deciding to play his junior year. “Jack was a guy that the football coaches have had on their radar since fifth grade,” said FRA football coach Bill Whittemore. “His size and athletic ability gives him an advantage on the football field. However, many players blessed with size don’t have the mentality to play at the next level. His aspirations to play college football have been visible through his work ethic on and off the field, in the film room, and in the weight room. I am excited and eager to watch his path continue to unfold at the University of Richmond.”

Doherty has also been an instrumental piece to the FRA basketball team, leading the Panthers to a state runner-up finish last year. He has twice been named All-District, All-Region, and to the All-State Tournament team. Doherty recently became a member of the exclusive FRA 1,000-Point Club.

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Kelly has been a key player for the FRA girls soccer team throughout her high school career. She has been named All-District and All-Region, as well as FRA’s Defensive MVP twice and Offensive MVP this year. Maeve led the team in scoring from midfield with 18 goals and four assists in her senior season.

“Maeve is an outstanding central midfielder, acting as the point guard for our soccer program the last two seasons. She is a team-first player who is willing to play multiple positions in a game to allow FRA to be successful. She leads by example and is always a positive influence on the team. I am so proud of Maeve, and she will be a great asset to the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga program,” said FRA girls head soccer coach Ken McDonald.

Kelly is also a leader off the pitch, serving others on mission trips to Honduras and Uganda as part of the 147 million orphans service project. She is also a member of the FRA Dean’s List and member of the Best Buddies program.

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Madondo has been a valuable player on the FRA boys soccer team for four years, leading the Panthers to the Final Four in 2016. As team captain last year, he was named All-District and All-Region. Madondo has also played for an Olympic Development team since 2011 and has been a team captain for that team since 2012.

“Ryan represents the FRA mission so well. He has been a Turner Fellow, played football, and is a strong student in the classroom. On the soccer field, he is a leader in words and action. He has committed so much to be the best human and soccer player he can be. ETSU will be lucky to have Ryan,” said FRA boys soccer coach Chris Price.

Madondo has also been a member of the cross country and football teams during his time in high school.

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Malham has excelled as the Panthers’ goalie for the last four years. She was named to the All-District team twice, All-Region team, and is a TSSAA 2017 Hall of Fame Honoree for her play as part of the National Champion U18 travel soccer team. At FRA, her career goals against average is 1.27 with 37 career shutouts.

“I am so proud of Sydney for this great accomplishment. Her discipline to balance academics, soccer and the arts has been impressive and a good example for our team. Our program has been blessed to have Sydney as goalkeeper. Her consistent play and determination to improve each day was admirable. I have no doubt Sydney will be successful at Ohio University and can’t wait to watch her progress,” said Coach McDonald.

Malham is also active outside of the soccer pitch. She has earned Magna Cum Laude honors for her performance on the National Latin Exam and has been a member of the FRA band since 2013.

Congratulations to these four student athletes and their families as they move on to play athletics at the collegiate level.

About FRA

Franklin Road Academy is a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, coeducational independent school offering the unique combination of a challenging and supportive educational experience in an inclusive Christian environment. Students are inspired to joyfully pursue their academic and co-curricular passions and to love one another well. FRA is a place where students are encouraged to think critically, act with integrity, and lead in service to others.

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Last Updated: February 1, 2017

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