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Star in the making?

by Jenni Carlson Modified: April 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm •  Published: June 11, 2007

Hope you had a chance to catch our scholar-athlete package on Sunday.

Every year, these kids amaze me. Talented athletes. Dedicated students. None were more impressive this year than Leigh McCoy of Casady and Steven Perry of Bishop McGuinness.

Here’s a little leftover tidbit about Perry, who’s going to play soccer at Notre Dame:

“He’s got a great attitude, a very positive attitude,” said Notre Dame soccer coach Bobby Clark, who Perry first impressed at camp two summers ago. “When you see he’s got speed and a good attitude, not everyone has that.”

Clark likens Perry to Joseph Lapira, who will be a Notre Dame senior next fall. Lapira, a speedy, skilled forward, came to South Bend somewhat unheralded out of Louisiana. Last year, he won the Hermann Trophy, the Heisman of college soccer.

Could Perry be one of the nation’s best soccer players in the next few years?

He definitely has the work ethic.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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