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By Travis Sloat

Perkins-Tryon senior forward Kendrick Bell said he was honored and grateful for anyone who took the time to vote for him in the VYPE basketball poll. 

“It’s a huge honor to know I have so much support and love behind me,” Bell said. “I have always loved this school ever since I moved here in the sixth grade. I am just going out there and having fun and doing what I love. I can never really get enough of it and it never gets old to me, going out there and competing. And there’s really nothing better than sports to get hyped and have fun with, even when you aren’t playing. The celebration parts of basketball and football are fun aspects of both sports.” 

Bell said another fun part of the sports was being a role model to those who were younger and more inexperienced than he. 

“I love it,” he said. “I love that I’m able to help and influence them and lead them in the right direction. Really the best thing I do for the younger guys is be their friend and encourage them. This year we have a really strong and smart freshman class, and all they needed was to be nudged in the right direction which is what I like to do. I’m telling you, in just a few years, these kids will be special.” 

When Bell isn’t on a field or a court, he said he can usually be found working, hanging out with family and friends, or working out and focusing on getting better. He said he’ll be going to Sterling College next year to play football and earn a degree in athletic training. 

“I love basketball and football because you learn so many life lessons while participating in them,” he said. “And some of the best friendships I have are because of these sports.” 


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