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Senior Profile: Granados running to reach goals
No player on the soccer pitch runs more than the midfielder and that suits Colusa High senior Felipe Granados just fine.
The 17-year-old gives the RedHawks a boost late in games with stamina born from spending his entire year pounding the pavement and trails around Colusa.
"When I want to get things off my mind I go for a run, or if I'm bored at the house I go outside and go for a run to enjoy the day," Granados said.
Granados is a captain on the Colusa soccer team, which is off to a strong start with a 3-3-1 record and a perfect 2-0 in Mid-Valley League play.
A standout on the cross country and track and field teams, Granados has started on the soccer team since he was a freshman and impressed coach Dan Kiely as his skills improved to match his hard-earned stamina.
"He's one of those players who doesn't give up the entire game," Kiely said. "His ball skills have gotten much, much better the last couple years, he's really become a playmaker for us."
Having that extra step late in games, and the experience of three years on varsity, has Granados primed to make a statement in his senior campaign and so far he leads the team with three goals.
Granados' favorite soccer memory comes from his freshman year when he scored two goals within 40 seconds of each other to force a tie with Durham.
Soccer has been a part of his life since a young age, but the love for running and fitness began to take hold while at Egling Middle School when teachers encouraged him to join the cross country team.
As a junior, Granados was on the cross country team as they dominated the regular season, only to watch Sutter pull out the Butte View League title with a strong showing at the championship meet.
This year, the RedHawks were second to the Huskies all season but earned their revenge at the league championship meet on Nov. 6 in Wheatland.
Granados finished sixth overall with his fastest 5,000-meter time of the season (18:22) and the RedHawks shocked Sutter as their top five runners finished in the top 11.
"Helping each other to do our best — that was what got us to win — just making sure nobody fell behind," Granados said. "The day before the race we went over the game plan and saw we needed to finish in certain places so that's what we tried to do."
With one league title out of the way, Granados has his sights set on winning a league title in soccer and then breaking the 5-minute mark in track. Last season he ran a 5:07 mile at the Roy Crabtree Pirate Classic in Wheatland.
After high school, Granados would like to attend the University of Cincinnati and earn a degree in criminal justice and ultimately become a Federal Bureau of Investigations agent.
"My godfather is in the FBI, I just saw what he did and it inspired me to try to help people," Granados said.
CONTACT Kirk Barron at 749-4789