Field Hockey, Basketball, Lacrosse
Having fun was a way of life for Patty Alexander Kellam, who played varsity field hockey, varsity basketball, and varsity lacrosse and was awarded the St. Agnes Outstanding Athlete award in 1983. Coach Marsha Way, head field hockey coach, described her as “an outstanding attack player.” Patty was the gold team captain, leading her team to victories over the green team two years in a row. She also led her lacrosse teams to two lacrosse tournament championship wins.
Patty was described by her coaches as having spitfire-high energy and being small but a very quick player. She set many records during her time as a St. Agnes lacrosse player. She scored 92 career goals in three years, her senior year she averaged 3.6 goals per game for a total of 58 goals. She led the team with an impressive shot percentage of 58 percent and she was the first St. Agnes girl to take 100 shots in a season. Despite being face guarded by opponents most games, Patty always found a way to find the back of the net or to simply occupy defenders so that her teammates could score. In addition to her scoring abilities, Head Lacrosse Coach Kathy Jenkins remembers the liveliness that Patty brought to the team. She was always finding new ways for the girls to have fun, on and off the field, including sneaking into the gym to prepare pranks and even throwing Coach Jenkins in a pool.
Patty was more than an athlete. She was not only a member of the Athletic Association for three years, but she was also heavily involved in many school activities. She worked on the school yearbook the “Lamb’s Tail,” as well as the school newspaper the “Shearings.” She was a member of the Student Council for one year, the French club for two years, and was a student fire marshal for three years. Patty was also inducted into the Cum Laude Society and served on the holiday committee.
Through all of her school experiences, Patty always found a way to be present and focus on the group or team that she was with. She watched her teams develop and grow. Her junior year the basketball team focused on individual skills in order to focus on team strategy their senior year. This team attitude was evident on the lacrosse field as well. An article in "Shearings" attributed the team's success to "the ability of the girls to play together as a team, as well as their speed and stick work." Patty helped her teams come together and together they found success.