PREP SPOTLIGHT: Shelby Jones
By JORDAN ANDERS
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, June 15, 2017
J.H. Rose midfielder Shelby Jones made the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state team after scoring 40 goals in her senior season. With her high school days behind her, the Manhattan College signee talked with Reflector prep sports beat writer Jordan Anders this week about looking ahead to college, as well as her success in the classroom.
Q: Graduation has come and gone. What’s going through your mind knowing that high school is officially behind you?
A: I’m excited. I’m going to miss my friends, but I’m ready to go to school and move on, and play soccer in college.
Q: You played at D.H. Conley your first two years of high school before transferring to Rose, then set the Rose record for career goals (65) in only two years there. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your time playing at JHR?
A: It was a great experience and something that I would definitely do again. It’s something that’s really meaningful and overall, it’s one of the things that I think I will remember as one of the defining moments of my high school experience. It was just great from all different angles.
Q: Take me back to two years ago when you made the jump across town. What was the experience like of changing schools, coaches and teammates?
A: The soccer team part was very easy. (Head coach Tim) Dameron was so welcoming, and I had him as a teacher so I knew him by the time we went into the season. Plus, I play club soccer and I knew all the girls on the team because if you play soccer in Greenville, it’s not that big of a community. Two of my best friends were also on the team, so it made the transition really easy.
Q: Rose went 29-9-3 in your two years there and you guys won a conference championship this past season. Is there a favorite moment or accomplishment from that time?
A: This year, beating Conley at home was really cool because last year, we lost 1-0 and then (in the second matchup) we were up and they came back and tied with 17 seconds left. That was really meaningful, and then beating New Bern for the conference championship was really cool.
Q: You’ve also had some pretty cool success on the academic side of things this year. What’s that all about?
A: I did History Day this year. It’s an international competition where they have a theme and you do a project in a category, like a documentary or a paper. So I did a documentary this year, and I won at states. That was cool. I got a little money, which was very much appreciated. [laughs] Then I’ll go to National History Day in Maryland. They have a special awards category, and there’s an Irish award. You get two tickets to Ireland, so that’s been my aim. That’s why I did it.
Q: What was the documentary about?
A: The Gaelic Athletic Association and their role in the Anglo-Irish War of Independence.
Q: Wow. That was a way more in-depth response than I was expecting.
A: It’s very obscure, but it’s pretty interesting. [laughs]
Q: That’s a pretty big undertaking and kind of drives home the point that you and other athletes still have to focus on the “student” part of your lives. How difficult is that balance?
A: Well, last year was more difficult because junior year, you have to take more core classes. This year, I had a pretty easy schedule with just two classes, but definitely, balancing the academics is something not everyone thinks about.
Q: Now you’re going to be making the jump to college and having to juggle those things at the next level. How prepared are you for that?
A: I’m pretty confident. I don’t feel like it’s going to be too big. I’m excited, and I only have to take four classes instead of five or six, because of AP credits. So it’s not going to be too horrible.
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