As a high school sophomore, Molly Bellmore was selected all-conference as RHAM High School’s girls’ soccer team won a Central Connecticut Conference (CCC) title in 2019.
Two years and two more All-CCC selection later, Bellmore will play at the next level.
“I am so excited to announce my commitment to play soccer and continue my education at Plymouth State University. Go Panthers,” Bellmore posted on Instagram.
Bellmore looked around to a variety of schools at all levels of competition before deciding that Plymouth State was the perfect place.
“It came down to balancing school, sports, and life,” Bellmore said of her decision. “I met some pretty awesome people up at Plymouth and the coach and the team were super welcoming.”
Soccer success was just part of Bellmore’s achievements at RHAM. She previously played basketball and was part of the Student Council and National Honors Society.
This spring she was named a 2021-2022 Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Each year the Scholar-Athlete program recognizes two high school seniors from each high school whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary and whose achievements are a model to others. Bellmore joined Liam Calhoun as the school’s recipients.
“I’ve made some of my closest friends here,” Bellmore said of the high school. “There’s so much positive energy here and so many supportive people that help you get to where you want to be. [The school] provides us with so many opportunities.”
It was the conference title in 2019 that Bellmore recalled as being the best memory at RHAM and she hopes for more moments like that at her next stop in Plymouth, New Hampshire.
The Little East Conference (LEC) program is led by Ryan Joy, who is entering his ninth season with the Panthers.
Bellmore said Plymouth State gave her the best opportunity to play right away and was the right distance between being close enough to home, yet far enough away to create some independence.
"I like going into knowing I have people to look up to and creating that team bond,” added Bellmore. “I’m going into nursing, so I wanted somewhere where I could have a balance between academics and athletics and Plymouth was perfect. I’m super excited for it.”
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