Ralston Valley's Svejcar dubbed Defensive Player of Year

The jack-of-all trades may trade in pads for hardwood...or glove


ARVADA - You ever know one of those guys that are just really good at anything he tries? If you don't, there is one in Arvada who goes by the name of Spencer Svejcar.

The Ralston Valley senior is currently the leader of Mustangs varsity basketball team, but his extraordinary efforts on the football field earned him Colorado Community Media's 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Award, announced this week.

“It's awesome and a great honor but we had a great defense and I was just a part of that. It's easy to make plays when you play with a bunch of real talented guys,” Svejcar said.

Svejcar, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound safety/receiver/running back/return man, was a three-way leader for Ralston Valley who fell just one win shy of a meeting with Valor Christian in the 5A state championship.

Although he shined as numerous positions on the football field, he was the best safety in 5A football intercepting five balls and accumulating 108 tackles.

“He's just a great football player, a great athlete,” Ralston Valley coach Matt Loyd said. “He was not only one of our most talented guys but one our hardest workers.”

And while some teenager's biggest choices are Taco Bell or McDonalds, or which mall they will go to, Svejcar has to decide which sport he is going to play in college.

Svejcar initially thought he would play basketball in college but his tremendous season as a safety put him on the radar of multiple college football programs, both D-I and D-II. He also has the option to play baseball in college as a shortstop.

“It's 50-50 if I'll play football or basketball (in college). I talked to New Mexico (recently) and I am just trying to be patient and make the right decision,” Svejcar said.

Whatever decision Svejcar makes, where it's to play safety, guard, shortstop, or Taco Bell, he is sure to get it right.



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