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When Blue Springs High School senior Kieley Culbertson, The Examiner’s 2010 High School Volleyball Player of the Year, was a youngster, she played basketball, soccer and volleyball.

“If a ball was involved, she played it,” said her father, Dr. Randy Culbertson.

“Naturally, I wanted her to play basketball. She played basketball and soccer when she was in the fourth grade, then she discovered volleyball. She immediately loved the sport.

“When she was 10, she was playing on a 12-and-under team, and was one of the better players.”

Today, in a world of “me, me, me athletes,” she personifies all the good things about student-athletes.

This is just one story in the first part of a six-part series on high school athletes by The Examiner. Other stories:

Fort Osage sophomore D'Vante Mosby grew up in a tough neighborhood but remains on the right track in the school's basketball program
  Claudia Meyers, a counselor in the Blue Springs School District, discusses how she and her husband have handled the athletic career of their son, Shawn
  Sports psycholgist Alan Goldman offers coachs tips to work in partnership with parents
  Bill Althaus offers his reflection on the six-part "Just Say Know" series

We're dedicated to making our subscribers the first to read many of our features and the only ones to read many others. Subscribe to The Examiner to read this story first. Call 350-6302 today to find out more about home delivery.

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  Fort Osage's Alex Greer continues to play the kind of ball that made him 2010 player of the year