Screen named as GSHS student-athlete of the week |

Screen named as GSHS student-athlete of the week

Phil Sandoval

Hard work and dedication has made Jeff Screen’s basketball dreams come true.

As a youngster, Screen, like most of his friends at Glenwood Springs Elementary School, shot baskets on the playground at recess and participated in the city Recreation Department’s Youth Hoops program.

Back then, Screen imagined playing for the high school team when he was old enough.

As the years progressed, Screen continued to work toward his dream, playing for the middle school and the high school’s lower level teams before joining the varsity in the middle of the 2001-02 season.

While his individual scoring totals aren’t the largest among the varsity starters, Screen’s contributions to the team are well-noted by varsity coach Roger Duroux.

“Jeff did a great job,” said Duroux of the junior’s play in the Demons 72-64 win Satuday against Eagle Valley “He might not have scored many points, but he still did a lot of things right.”

Those efforts at Saturday’s game earned Screen this week’s GSHS Student-Athlete spotlight of the week award.

The award is voted on by the school’s coaches and staff and is sponsored by McDonald’s restaurant of Glenwood Springs.

“I’ve always loved the sport, and a lot of people told me where I was younger that I had potential to play in high school. That’s what lead me to play basketball,” said Screen.

Screen also enjoys the camaraderie of his teammates.

“I love the people on this year’s team,” he said. “It’s a great group of guys. We all work together. We all work hard and we like to hang out together away from basketball.”

He said the friendship among the team has created a positive outlook toward this season.

“We feel great. We have more confidence after beating Eagle Valley. Going into league, I think we’re going to be all right,” he said.

“League is going to be tough, but I think we have a good chance of winning.”

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