Class: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Claim to Fame: Is one of seven seniors that have led the Lady Buffaloes to an 8-3 record to start the season.

Why has the team been successful this season?

“We have just been working hard in practice and we have seven seniors and every year we want to make the playoffs and if it is going to happen this is going to be the year.”

Florence has had some lean years recently, how does it feel to have started to turn that around?

“It feels really good especially having a team that can click and work together.”

What is your role on this team?

“I try to be the best leader I can. I feel like when people get down, being positive is what keeps our team going.”

Why did you start playing basketball?

“I started playing basketball in sixth-grade. I always wanted to be the athlete my brother (Michael Gutierrez) was and basketball was my favorite sport. He was the star athlete and thought I can be the star too, but that has not been the case.”

What does this team have to do to keep its current hot streak going?

“I think we really need to focus on our defense and continue to work as a team. If we do that there is no doubt we can make it to the playoffs.”

How did you choose your number (21)?

“When I was in eighth-grade, I looked up to Megan Alexander. She was a really good post and I told her ‘When you graduate I am going to get your number.’ The next year, when I was a freshman on varsity, I got the number.”

What was the last movie you saw and did you like it?

“The last movie I saw was ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’ and yes, I loved it.”

Team Edward or Team Jacob and did you read the books?

“Team Jacob and no, I hate reading.”

What is the most-played song on your iPod right now?

“‘No Lie’ by 2 Chainz and Drake.”

What is one thing people do not know about you?

“The only thing I can think of is that I hate grape drinks. No Kool-Aid and no soda, since I can’t drink soda anyway            — athletes aren’t really supposed to drink it.”

What is your favorite drink then?

“It is probably sweet tea.”

Contact Nick Talbot at or (254) 501-7569

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