Athlete of the Week: Saelym Schmidt
Alhambra High School senior Saelym Schmidt (15) is this week’s Tribune Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Matthew C Rinn of State Farm.
Schmidt was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs in both their wins over Mt. Diablo and Berean Christian last week. On Jan. 31 against Mt. Diablo, Schmidt had 14 points to lead all scorers, and in the Feb. 3 win over Berean Christian she had 10 points in the 57-40 win on the road.
Schmidt has been one of Alhambra’s most consistent scoring threats for the past few years, and has been one of the program’s hardest workers.
“She is averaging double digits in points,” Coach Jason Bautista said. “This is a product of her dedication to want to be a better shooter and offensive threat.
“She stays late and comes into the gym on off days to get a hundred shots up outside of normal practice. That dedication can’t be taught,” the coach said.
Schmidt has been important on both sides of the ball with the Bulldogs, and on many occasions has passed on scoring opportunities to play defense, usually on the opponents best scoring threat. Schmidt has been on the varsity team for three years.