Athlete to Watch- Saylor Warren

LeighAnne Johnson

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      Taking on a rigorous schedule and excelling in three varsity sports is no easy task, but senior Saylor Warren seems to accomplish this without difficulty.  Sports and academics are two significant aspects of her life, and she strives to succeed in both.

    Warren competes in varsity volleyball, basketball, and track. She has been playing these sports since elementary school. Warren’s parents were athletes growing up. She has an older sister and a younger brother, both of whom play sports as well.

    Warren states, “I think the fact that my family members play sports did influence my decision to play sports, but my parents have never been forceful about it.”

    Athletics have always been a part of Warren’s life, but this year proves to be more stressful as the reality of college approaches. Senior year is challenging enough without having much of your time consumed by practices, games and tournaments.  

    Warren says that she copes with her schoolwork and sports by “Taking advantage of study halls, learning time management, and finding the balance between my academics and athletics.” Warren works extremely hard to make sure she succeeds in the classes she takes and the sports she plays.

    Kehau Rust, the new volleyball coach at Glenwood Springs High School (GSHS) has only coached Warren for one season but already recognizes the effort Warren puts forth.

    Rust says, “Saylor gives everything 100 percent. She strives to get better at a skill she isn’t the best at; she always works hard to make sure she is on top.”

    In addition to her motivation, Warren’s optimism sets her apart from others on the court. Rust says, “She always has a positive attitude. When she is down, she never shows it.”

    This cheerful and even tempered personality that Warren displays results in her being one of the most liked players on the team.  

    Maddie Bolitho, a senior who plays volleyball and basketball with Warren, says “Saylor always knows how to lighten the mood, has never gotten into any drama, and is easy to get along with.”

    Warren’s hard work and positive attitude paid off, as the varsity volleyball team went 19-4 and made it to Regionals.

    Despite this success and many other accomplishments, Warren remains modest. Bolitho says, “She is very humble. You never see her bragging; she just wants the team to do well and she really cares about the girls. She has a team mentality, not a self mentality.”

    Warren was recognized for her attributes at the volleyball banquet on Tuesday, November 15 where she won the Player’s Award. This is the only award that the athletes vote on and it is given to an athlete who is a team player and who stays motivated and always tries their hardest.

    After high school Warren plans on going to college. Her main focus will be academics, but she might try out for the sports teams of the university she chooses.

     Warren’s work ethic, optimism, and humility have taken her far on the court, on the track and in the classroom. These characteristics will continue to benefit her and contribute to her future successes.  


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