Jeremy Ureche earns GSHS student-athlete spotlight |

Jeremy Ureche earns GSHS student-athlete spotlight

When it comes to football, Jeremy Ureche has two personalities.

On the field, the Glenwood Springs High School senior and Demons starting linebacker is a fierce competitor who enjoys hitting an opposing player.

“That’s why I like football,” he said. “Because of the contact.”

And when it comes making contact, Ureche, is almost always on top of the play.

Ureche is the team leader in individual tackles, and according to Glenwood head coach Craig Denney, is a big part of the Demons’ success in the first four games of the season.

“Jeremy is the core of our defense,” Denney said. “He makes the (defensive) calls on the field and our defense wouldn’t be what it is without him.”

Away from the action, Ureche said the best thing about the sport is the camaraderie it builds between his teammates.

“Football builds friendships,” he said. “That’s what makes football a great thrill. It’s fun being able to have 20 of your friends with you in a war for two to three hours.”

Ureche said the team’s bonding process started months before the official day of football practice in early August.

“There was a lot more kids working out in the weight room this summer than there’s been before. And that carried over into the season,” he said.

Ureche said weekly team dinners, hosted by the football parents, have helped break down barriers among the team’s upper and lower classmen.

“The seniors and sophomores have intertwined,” he said. “Now, we all eat lunch together.”

The team’s unity and Ureche’s leadership have produced a winning season for the Demons.

Despite a tough 27-20 loss in Craig last Friday, Glenwood is 3-1 heading into Friday’s homecoming game against Montezuma-Cortez.

Team unity, Ureche said, is the reason why he thinks this is the year the Demons will win their homecoming game – an accomplishment a Glenwood team has not done in 12 years.

“Homecoming week is a lot different,” Ureche said of the added events that will take place up to Friday’s game.

“But we practice the same and we’ll have the same mind set of winning we always have.”

“There’s going to be a lot of pressure on us because we haven’t won homecoming in 12 years,” he added. “But the community is behind us and I think the team will do it.”

“Homecoming can be a distraction, because you have to juggle a lot of things,” said Denney. “But the kids are excited to play in it. They want to win it and they have a great shot.”

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