Lexington Catholic senior Patrick Keller is the winner of the 27th Tommy Bell Award for "Lexington's outstanding high school student athlete."
The award, presented annually by the Lexington Rotary Club, is named in honor of the community leader and highly respected pro football and college football official who died in 1986.
In accepting the award Friday, during the Rotary Club's regular weekly meeting at Fasig-Tipton, Keller said the recognition will serve as motivation to continue to excel.
"I feel like it's saying that I've been blessed with some abilities," he said afterward, "and I feel like I have a responsibility to make the best out of what I have."
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Keller was a four-year member of Catholic's basketball team, winning the team's Academic Award all four years. He was co-captain as a senior, averaging 7.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
He is in his third season of varsity baseball. In seven games this year, the pitcher is 1-1 with one save, a 3.94 ERA, 19 strikeouts and six walks over 16 innings.
Catholic's senior class president, he has a 4.0 grade-point average. He also is a National Merit finalist, belongs to the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Spanish Club, and ranks in the top 5 percent of his class.
Keller is a volunteer coordinator for the Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League and manages his own lawn-care business.
He is the third Bell Award winner from Catholic, joining Justin Burke (2006) and Nathan Novosel (2008).
"It just makes me so proud," Keller said. "To be on this list of names of past winners; just coming here today and having all these (Rotarians) congratulate me on my achievements is really special, and it means a lot."
Keller plans to play basketball next season for Denison University, while studying pre-med and majoring in biology.