Mitchell star Shelby Wright headed to Nova

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Tue. November 10, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

Shelby Wright, a talented midfielder for the Mitchell soccer team, has committed to Nova Southern University.

Wright, who is graduating next month, will enroll in January.

Nova is a Division II school that competes in the Sunshine State Conference, along with programs such as the University of Tampa, St. Leo and Rollins.

“I had interest from other schools but I picked Nova because of the location and concept that academics came before soccer, unlike many Division I teams,” Wright said in an email.

Wright is a four-year starter and two-year captain.

She was team MVP as a 10th-grader.

Entering her final season, Wright has 38 goals and 45 assists.

She has played club soccer with Tampa-based RSL, and helped that team win a state championship last year.

When Wright isn’t playing soccer, she certainly stays busy.

Wright is dual-enrolled at Pasco-Hernando Community College, is a member of the National Honor Society and Interact Club, is a Special Olympics coach and has lettered in cross country, tennis, Track and Field and volleyball.

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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