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They say point guard is a thinking position in basketball. So it seems to fit that Richland's Kennedy Corrigan is a 4.0 student, and this week's Academic All-Star.

"I think academics is huge in athletics because you have to think on your toes, have to use your problem solving skills that you develop in school to transfer over to the game," said Corrigan.

There's plenty of time to study in the fall, but now that basketball season's here, performing at that level takes extra focus with all that practice.

"Two and a half hours a day, so that's more than 10 hours a week, plus games. School, work, I just have to find time before practices, after practices, just have to put in the extra time, get help when I need to. It ends up balancing out in the end," said Corrigan.

But as any good point guard knows, success is about teamwork, even in the community with National Honors Society.

"[I] do community service projects, we have to put in so many hours but I enjoy doing all the community service projects we plan, get to feel good about myself and contribute to the community," said Corrigan.

And her success doesn't surprise her coaches one bit.

"She is a very driven individual, she's very conscientious about doing the right thing, and doing it well. She puts a lot of focus into things she feels are important. She was one of our leaders last year and she is just really stepped into that role even more this year," said Richland Head Basketball Coach Cindy McCoy.

She's headed to college in the fall, and whether or not she's playing basketball, the school will be lucky to have her.

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