Glenwood Springs High School graduates learn the college athlete life
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Basketball, classes, homework and friends ” somehow, this all has to be balanced when you’re a freshman in college and on the basketball team.
Making the jump from high school to the collegiate ranks requires some time management. No, it takes a lot of time management.
Freshmen Sharaya Selsor, 18, and Kelsie Hert, 19, have made the leap from the Glenwood Springs Demons squad to the next level.
“It’s definitely a lot harder,” Hert said comparing high school to college basketball life. “In high school everything is a lot more laid back. School and practice, it’s just the same pattern. In college, the classes are spread out and practice can change at a moment’s notice. It’s a lot crazier.”
Hert has it all under control, though. She likes the extra effort it takes to keep her grades up and stay crisp on the court.
“Even though it’s a physical game and requires a lot of athleticism, it comes down to will and mental toughness,” she said. “It’s by a sheer will of force, a game of desire. Who’s willing to sacrifice more to get the end result that they want?”
She’s had to make some sacrifices of her own. She’s cut back on television and computer time because, “You have to make yourself do the homework or write that paper. If you don’t do it, no one else will. You’re fine if you focus on one thing at a time and try not to get overwhelmed.”
Selsor is finding out the same thing. College life is a lot more time consuming. The team might have practice for five hours, and that’s on top of school and homework.
“It was hard the first couple of months,” Selsor said. “Your social life takes a damper. You have to learn when to say no. I think that’s the big difference. You have to get used to saying no.”
Selsor, a 5-foot-9-inch shooting guard starting for the Metropolitan State College of Denver Roadrunners, is seeing upwards of 30 minutes of playing time a game. She’s even had a few games of 38 minutes, with only two minutes on the bench.
The 6-foot-1-inch Hert plays inside as a “running post” for the Colorado Christian University Cougars and started the first few games of the season. Since then she’s been one of the first girls off the bench and plays around 20 minutes each game.
These girls were friends on and off the court in high school. They both wish they could still be playing together.
“Those were some of the funnest times playing basketball,” Hert said of plating with Selsor. “She can shoot, drive and pass. We had good chemistry because we were friends off the court.”
Selsor also cherishes her friendship with Hert.
“Kelsie is, by far, one of the most amazing people I’ve met,” Selsor said. “I miss playing with her. I think that says how much you care about someone, when you want them on your team.”
For them, high school is now in the past. Hert is studying business administration with an emphasis on management and a minor in Spanish. Selsor is working on her associate degree in business management.
Both girls really like the steps they’ve taken to push themselves at the next level. The college game is a lot faster and more physical than what they were used to in high school.
“It’s definitely a change. It’s an adjustment to get used to,” Hert said. “I love how intense it gets. It’s a different level between the two. This requires a lot more attention to detail and focus. It pushes you mentally, and I really like that.”
“I like the quickness,” Selsor said. “With the shot clock you see each side of the court much more.”
Hert plays the in paint and runs the floor well, just like she did for the Demons. Selsor’s role has changed, however.
For Glenwood, Selsor was the team’s offensive focus and had plays drawn for her. Now, her role has changed from offense to defense.
“I’m the one who guards the best player on the other team,” she said. “I like it because it’s a different challenge. It changes up the game for me. It’s nice to be more relaxed on offense and not feel so pressured.”
Both girls are home over Christmas break and since their schedules are so full, they haven’t been home much since starting school in the fall. It’s actually just the second time Selsor has been back to Glenwood.
With Santa’s arrival just a few days away, the girls have hopes and visions of what they’ll get under the tree.
Hert is a big music fan and asked for some iTunes music cards and some new books, anything from historical fiction to fantasy.
Selsor was short and to the point.
“I want a lot of clothes,” she said, but specifically, “I really want a pair of all-white Nike Shox.”
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