Basketball may be her favorite sport, but it's her talent and leadership on the volleyball court that has helped lead Days Creek to the top of the Mountain View Conference standings. Douglas County Sports Online is proud to shine the Avista Athlete Spotlight on senior Mishelle Saucedo.
The three-sport star grew up in Days Creek and has been a starter in volleyball and basketball since her sophomore season. She sat out the 2010 softball campaign, but plans on returning for her senior year.
"I love competing in all of the sports, but I've played basketball since I was little," Mishelle said. "It's always been my favorite with volleyball a close second."
As a junior, Mishelle earned second-team all-league honors as a setter and the Wolves made it all the way to the second round of the 1A state playoffs. This season, Days Creek has moved up a classification as a member of the 2A Mountain View Conference. Through the first half of the league schedule, the Wolves are unbeaten in conference play and in the driver's seat for a league championship.
"The competition is better, but we like a challenge and we're having fun," the senior team captain said. "Our goal is to win the league title and go to the state playoffs."
"She is a workhorse and our leader on the court and I rely on her for so much," head coach Ron Dunn said. "Mishelle is the type of kid that's the first to arrive and the last to leave and she makes my job a lot easier."
After graduation, Saucedo plans to attend Western Oregon University in Monmouth and become a history teacher.