One thing to know about the Holleran family of River Run in Davidson – they all love sports.
All through middle school and high school, dad Dan said, he played football, wrestled and ran indoor and outdoor track. At the University of St. Thomas, Dan played two years of football and wrestled for a year, but he had to stop playing as a result of knee injuries.
Mom Shannon started ice skating at age 3, and from fifth to 12th grade competed in figures and freestyle. In the spring, she played softball. In college to keep up with her skating skills, she was a hockey cheerleader.
Their son, Connor, 17, plays golf and basketball. “I like playing golf better because I feel more relaxed when I play,” Connor said. “I started playing when I was 3, when my dad put a golf club in my hand.
“My dad told my to address the ball. So I bent down and said, ‘Hi ball.’ My mom has it on video.”
Connor said, “What I like most about golf is that I can’t ever reach perfection. I have to always keep working at it.”
Last year, Connor won seven high school matches.
He averaged one over par, went to regionals and missed going to the state competition by two strokes.
Dan and Shannon’s daughter, 15-year-old Riley, plays soccer and basketball, “But my main thing is soccer,” Riley said. She plays center forward.
Like her brother, Riley also started playing when she was 3.
“I like everything about soccer. My team is my second family. I think I’m an aggressive person anyway, so soccer lets me play aggressively on the field. The game’s a stress reliever. Hey, it’s called the beautiful game for a reason,” Riley said. “I even love to play soccer in the rain.”
Both Connor, an 11th-grader at Christ the King High School, and Riley, a 10th-grader, want to go on to play their favorite sports in college.
Science Olympiad update
Also a River Run resident, 17 year-old Alex Mielcarek sent a follow-up after she and her team competed in the Science Olympiad. (I wrote about Alex a few weeks ago.)
The team won the Spirit Award, in memory of Julian Brown, given to the team that best exemplifies the spirit of the event and the qualities of Julian. Mielcarek said, “We had great teamwork, clearly studied for our events, were helpful and respectful to the staff, other teams and the families, and had really nice T-shirts, too.”
Mielcarek said the team won three medals: fourth place in Entomology and in Wright Stuff and fifth place in Write it Do it. The team placed 16th overall.
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