School: Herbert Hoover High School
Primary Sport: Football
Adversity is a part of athletics and Herbert Hoover junior Jamie Hurd has endured his share, starting with an injury on the football field.
"Last year was a little rough, I broke my fibula and I was glad to get back out on the baseball field," said Hurd. "It's hurting me but I've kind had fun. We've been young in baseball and football both. Next year in football I think we're going to be pretty tough."
Hurd displayed his toughness by coming back.
"I did everything I could," he said. "I rehabbed constantly, anything I could do. I actually didn't think I was coming back to baseball. My doctor kept telling me, 'You'll be fine, you'll be fine.' I had everybody telling me, 'Well you know, I did this before, I broke this.' It's rough, but my coaches helped me a lot, especially my football coaches. (Head) Coach (Steve) Stoffel kept me in there."
The Husky baseball program is just two seasons removed from winning a Class AA state championship. Hurd says he's tried to be a leader for a relatively young team in 2009.
"Football has helped me a lot with it," he said of the leadership role. "I've learned a lot of things, we're young as a team. We had a group of seniors last year that left us. We're pretty young but I think all of us are trying to get it together."
He shows off his true leadership in the classroom with a 4.2 GPA.
"It's rough you know, especially baseball (season) wears me out," he said. "I can't say I miss some of the classes at the beginning, but I come back and get my grades up. I come back. I've got to get them up and keep them up."
With his academic and athletic excellence, the future for Jamie Hurd is bright. He's a young man we'll be hearing about for years to come.
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