Athlete Spotlight on Yuri Salvidrez
Yuri Salvidrez’s favorite high school subject is chemistry, and she seems to be doing a pretty good job of applying those skills on the basketball court as the point guard for the Glenwood Springs girls team.The Demons didn’t have the chemistry at times this season, but Salvidrez and her teammates found it in time for the Class 4A state playoffs with a pair of upsets and a spot in Thursday’s round of 16.Glenwood (12-12) is the only team still alive in the playoffs with fewer than 15 wins. If the upsets continue, Salvidrez may be able to upgrade her best memory of high school sports from a double-overtime win to a Cinderella run through the playoffs.Name: Yuri Salvidrez
Nickname: ShortieSchool, year: Glenwood Springs High School, seniorSport: basketballPosition(s): point guardMost memorable moment of high school sports career so far: My most memorable moment was when my team went double overtime at Palisade (last season), and I remember I had four fouls. Amanda Whiting and I were the only varsity starters left in the game. I will never forget the feeling of that game. (Glenwood Springs won the contest, 75-73).
Favorite class: ChemistryFavorite athlete: Earl Boykins (Denver Nuggets)Favorite band/musician: Maroon5Most inspirational person: Glenwood Springs girls basketball coach Deb HendersonWhat do you do in your free time? I’m an aide for ELL (English Language Learning) or I play basketball.
What is the one thing you would like to accomplish before graduation? I would like to know my classmates more and have great memories of the times I spend here.Plans after high school: I plan to get into nursing school and become a registered nurse.Tell us one thing people might not know about you: I live in Rifle, but I go to school at Glenwood Springs High School and drive every day just to go to the school here. So it’s like living two lives – here and there.A quote from coach Deb Henderson: “Yuri has given three dedicated years to this program, and every day she shows up at practice and gives 100 percent to her teammates, to her coaches and to herself. That’s probably one of most amazing things about her. She just has a great spirit about her.”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 firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what makes the nominee special.
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