Athlete Spotlight on Jamie Vance |

Athlete Spotlight on Jamie Vance

Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox Grand Valley High School senior Jamie Vance maneuvers the ball pat DeBeque High School senior Tori McDaniel during Tuesday's game at DBHS. GVHS won the game XX-XX.

Jamie Vance has a little unfinished business in her final girls basketball season at Grand Valley High School.The Cardinals fell five points short of advancing to the Class 2A girls basketball tournament last season. Vance lists getting to the state tournament, and doing some damage once there, as one of her top goals for her senior year. And the goal is within reach for Grand Valley. Vance, who averages almost 18 points per game this season, and the 16-4 Cardinals were fifth in Class 2A when they started the District 5 tournament with a win over Soroco on Saturday.Name: Jamie Vance

Nickname: “Mantis”School, year: Grand Valley High School, seniorSport: girls basketballPosition: guardMost memorable moment of high school sports career so far: Regional basketball of 2004. We were so close to making the (Class 2A) state playoffs, it pushes me to work harder this year. (The Cardinals lost, 35-31, to Dolores County in last season’s regional round).

Favorite class: college governmentFavorite athlete: Earl Boykins. He’s so incredibly short, yet he can throw it down against the monsters.Favorite band/musician: Martina McBrideMost inspirational person: My mom, Cathy Smith: She’s always pushed me to do my best in everything, and she’s my biggest fan.What do you do in your free time? work on improving my shooting range and hang out with Danny

What is the one thing you would like to accomplish before graduation? our team to dominate at the state games and bring home the gold ballPlans after high school: play college basketball in Colorado and study psychologyOne thing people might not know about you: My wingspan is 6 feet, 2 inches, but I’m only 5-11 – that’s how I’m able to block so many shots.A quote from coach Mike Johnson: “Jamie is a great kid who has improved a ton over the past four years. Jamie has a ton of talent and has worked hard to develop it.”Do you know an area athlete you would like to see in the spotlight? Let us know. To nominate someone for the “Athlete Spotlight.” Send an e-mail to and tell us what makes him or her special.

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