Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week - Chance Nelson

Apr 16, 2015 8:01 PM by Ross Field

One nice thing about high school sports is that you can stay as busy as you want. From fall to spring you have the opportunities to compete year round and Corning senior Chance Nelson has done just that, playing football, basketball and baseball throughout his prep career, all while staying on top of his game in the classroom. Action News Now's Ross Field filed this report.

Every year from August until May, Corning senior Chance Nelson stays busy. You can catch him on the gridiron, on the court, or on the diamond.

"All three sports have been a big part of my life and it's so hard to choose at times," said Nelson.

His favorite sport is whatever's in season, and right now that's baseball.

He bats lead-off for the Cardinals, batting .353 with a team-high 17 runs scored.

"If I start off my at-bats aggressively, I usually find a way to get on base and that always helps my team out," said Nelson.

He says he likes stealing bases and is able to do so thanks to what he says is his biggest athletic asset, speed.

"I'm not the biggest guy in the world so I have to be quick," said Nelson.

Nowhere is that speed more prevalent than on the football field. As a two-year varisty running back, Nelson rushed for 2,162 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also played the positions of safety, punter, and holder, all while providing an example for the next generation to follow.

"Always try and give 110-percent no matter what, just for the kids, because they're always looking up to us and they feed off what we do," said Nelson.

It's not just on the field where Nelson leads by example. In the classroom, he carries a 4.0 GPA.

"You definitely have to keep your mind and focus on school. Once you get all your work done, that's when you have time to think about sports," said Nelson.

Athletics play a large role in this three-sport star's life, but at the end of the day he knows what's most important.

"I've always been taught that grades will get you farther in life than sports," said Nelson.

Corning High School's Chance Nelson is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.


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