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A true showing of teamwork

Edward Granda Contributing writer
Park City prep hoopster Rosa Salguero has come a long way in her recovery thanks to community support. She hopes to continue her success by starting on varsity next year and eventually attending college.
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In a matchup against the Granite Farmers last year, Rosa Salguero, defensive stopper, suffered a major knee injury. Salguero watched her team win from the sidelines while she nursed her knee. After the game she was carried to the emergency room by both team coaches. After that initial visit Salquero was released and went back to practice that next week. "I had to stop running at practice that day because my knee really hurt," said Salguero. Her next visit to the hospital they found she had torn her ACL and would be out the rest of the season. "This was our first major injury in the six years that I’ve been coaching here," said Head Coach Steve Crandall. Salguero, now a junior, started playing basketball in the sixth grade. Since then, she said, "I knew that basketball was something that I wanted to do." After taking a break in the seventh grade, she came back strong. "Rosa is a huge part of our team. She brings great energy and spirit, and she’s always so positive," said teammate Ali Winkleman. According to Crandall, Salguero stood out as a sophomore. "She’s confident and aggressive, exactly the kind of kid you want in your program," said Crandall. Salguero comes from a family of nine where she is the second youngest. Her parents are from El Salvador and Mexico. Her family has been in the United States since she was six years old. "Before I started playing basketball I really didn’t care too much about school, because of my status here in the U.S.," said Salguero. She is working on gaining citizenship. Through basketball she has made a lot of changes and will continue to do so. She plans to be the first member of her family to finish college. "From the examples I’ve seen, I don’t want that. I want to be something more," said Salguero. When asked about her injury Salguero couldn’t say enough about how her team and her coaches rallied around her. Matt Mapstone, Assistant Coach, was integral in bringing the community together to Salguero aid. He organized the entire surgery and rehabilitation at no cost to Salguero or her family. "Matt told me not to worry about money from the beginning, so I didn’t. But my mom still worried," said Salguero. Mapstone was glad to see how willing the local community was to help. Mitch Bailey, an anesthesiologist and father of Liz Bailey, one of Salguero’s teammates, donated his time as well. So did Vern Cooley, surgeon, Andrea Terwilliger, Alpine Sports, and many others. "There were a lot of people who I haven’t had the opportunity to thank," Said Salguero. "I was surprised to know that people cared and were willing to help," said Salguero. With all the players in place, the surgery was schedules for April of 2005. During the surgery Tracey, the assistant coach’s wife stayed with Salguero’s mother, "so she wasn’t alone," said Salguero. After a successful surgery, rehabilitation didn’t slow Salguero down. Roque Ortiz, one of Salguero’s mentors, helped her with homework and moving around when she couldn’t do it on her own. "People that care about my future playing basketball and little things like that are what keep you going," said Salguero. Salguero spent her summer playing catch-up with her grades and working as a counselor at the Lou Hudson Basketball Camp. Since, she had brought her GPA to a 3.0 for the last two quarters. Still, Salguero says that she is taking things one step at a time. According to Salguero, she still has some catching up to do on the court, but that she will make it up next summer. This season she plans on playing as hard as she can. "I want to thank my whole team, Coach Crandall, Matt Mapstone and everyone who helped with the surgery and getting me back on my feet," said Salguero, "Doing well in school and basketball is the best way that I can think of to repay everyone and what they have done."


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