Hayfield’s Kyllo honored as academic all-state selection
There are thousands of high school football players in Minnesota, but only a select few from each class are chosen as individual academic all-state selections.
One of the 14 players chosen to represent Class A is Hayfield running back and punter Carter Kyllo.
“This is a huge honor for me to be receiving this award and to be representing Hayfield High School, not only for academics, but also athletics as well,” he said.
He mentioned that playing football helped him become a better student and earn this award.
“The lessons I learned on the football field translated into the classroom. Lessons like putting in extra time not only in the weight room but in and outside the classroom,” he said.
In addition to that extra time practicing and studying, Kyllo said another reason he earned this award is because his teammates push him to keep improving.
“I’ve been playing with the same group of guys since fourth grade. They have helped me achieve this award by their hard work, commitment, and dedication to this sport and by pushing me,” he said.
He noted that the bond with his teammates was strengthened by overcoming the adversity of barely having enough football players to field a team a couple years ago.
“We’ve been through many ups and downs, including my tenth grade year when we had very low numbers [of players] and needing to forfeit a game due to not having enough healthy players. I am so humbled and proud of my teammates and coaches for not giving up on us and the sport of football for Hayfield. Since then, our program and numbers have been up, resulting in growth of our program,” he said.
That determination to not give up and keep playing to preserve the football program was bolstered when Kyllo learned how fortunate he is to be playing football.
“Another big motivation for me to succeed is my twin brother [Brady]. Since he wasn’t able to play tenth grade due to medical issues, he inspired me to give it my all in everything I do. I realized how lucky I am to have the opportunity to play football and go to school. He truly was an inspiration not only to me but for our community,” he said.
Now that he knew that football and school could be stripped at a moment’s notice, he re-committed himself to playing harder and studying harder.
However, he says that even with that extra focus this award wouldn’t have been possible without his support system.
“I’d like to thank my coaches, teammates, teachers, friends, and family for supporting me in the classroom and on the football field,” Kyllo said. “It wasn’t just my hard work, a lot of it is because of my teammates pushing me on the field and teachers encouraging me to do better and always try my best.”