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Junior Yuri Smaltz makes an amazing catch.

Junior Yuri Smaltz makes an amazing catch.

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Junior Yuri Smaltz makes an amazing catch.

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Junior Yuri Smaltz makes an amazing catch.

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Ever since the eighth grade, Yuri Smaltz has been playing football for BDHS and grown into a Tiger super athlete. Smaltz has earned the reputation of being a “versatile” player and one of the star athletes on the team. This stardom is because Smaltz has made several amazing catches and plays during the season, but especially in the recent playoff games.  In the last game of the season, he made six tackles, a notable feat.

Smaltz’s coaches describe him as “one of their overall best players offensive and defensive.” Coach Hayes said “he’s got a nose for the ball; he’s always around the ball.”

Coach Mullinax remarked that “He is aggressive, explosive, and a very versatile player.”  Smaltz’s coaches agree that he has grown as a player this year by proving himself out on the field.  Now more than ever, Smaltz’s coaches feel he improved and understands his role on the team. 

“An excellent blitzer…and controlled chaos.””

— Coach Mullinax

Smaltz’s teammates chimed in about his finesse on the field.  Senior Isaiah Thomas said “he’s flashy… always trying to do one handed catches… and he can make plays when we need them.”   In addition, Thomas quipped, “Yuri is one of our strengths on defense… really athletic.”

Tyler Talavera commented that “Yuri has been a part of the football team for four years, but this year he has really excelled.”  Talavera also noted that Smaltz was a huge part of the team and his efforts helped push the team to playoffs this season.

In an interview, Smaltz shared with staff that his “strength is offense.”  When commenting about his football career, Smaltz says he hopes to play football in college.  Reflecting  back on the season, Smaltz remained modest, responding that he felt he did “alright this season,” feeling he “still needs to work on some things,” recalling “dropping the ball a few times.”  All in all, Smaltz was humble, thinking back on the season for what he needs to improve, yet showing his enthusiasm to put those things into action next season.

 

 

 

 

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