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Kane strikes his Heisman pose for Boonsboro

November 15, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

BOONSBORO - On the field of play and in the classroom, Boonsboro senior Kyle Kane takes care of business without dramatics.

He tends to his academics studies while having a hand in three sports - baseball, basketball and football. This fall, he's been an integral part of the success of the Warriors football team, which hosts Allegany on Friday in the Maryland Class 1A West semifinals.

"(Kyle) is not a fiery individual, it's just not his personality," said Boonsboro football coach Clayton Anders. "He leads by the way he does things. He's an outstanding young man, one of the best students and has one of the best minds."

Kane recently was chosen to represent Maryland in the national selection in the Wendy's High School Heisman Award for boys. The announcement of finalists, who will be flown to New York City next month, is expected this week.

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The Heisman program, in its eighth year, recognizes the nation's most esteemed high school seniors for their excellence in academics, athletics and community and school involvement.

Kane, the son of Gregory and Vickie Kane, was nominated by the Boonsboro faculty. He also volunteers his time as president of the National Honor Society and many of its umbrella programs, such as tree planting, clothing drives, book sales and athletic camps.

"The athletics are only part of the honor," said Kane. "It's a pretty big honor with the schoolwork and the community and civic involvement, especially to be honored statewide."

Kane carries a 4.14 grade point average and has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Mount St. Mary's.

Kane said his scholastic involvement would help pave the way for his college days.

"I'm already thinking about things for college," he said. "You have to have the drive to do better."

Kane originally planned on studying engineering, but said he changed his mind about two months ago.

"Everyone tells me that I would make a good lawyer, that I've been able to argue in that manner," said Kane. "I'm going to start in business and legal studies. I'd like to look at law school."

Kane said baseball is his favorite sport, and he had motivation from his parents when he was younger to follow the sport.

"I watched baseball always growing up, and I couldn't watch it unless my room was always clean," said Kane. "I know the game better than any other sport."

In fact, he had reason to celebrate this year as a fan of Albert Pujols and the world champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Now, he wouldn't mind finishing off his prep years with a football championship and a trip to New York.

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