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Twin-sport Demons athlete Abby Scruton inks to dive, play soccer for St. Francis Terriers

Glenwood Springs Excessive Faculty senior and twin sport athlete Abby Scruton has signed to play soccer and dive for St. Francis Faculty in Brooklyn.
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Whether or not she’s diving to save lots of objectives on the soccer discipline, or doing a twisting dive into the pool from the spring board, Glenwood Springs Excessive Faculty senior Abby Scruton has been turning heads for a number of years now.

After commencement this spring, she’ll be taking her skills to the Division I collegiate degree, having signed on to compete in each sports activities at St. Francis Faculty in Brooklyn, New York Metropolis.

Scruton is the beginning objective keeper for the GSHS Girl Demons soccer crew this spring, and took fourth place within the 1-meter diving competitors on the 3A state swimming and diving championships in March.

After shedding the 2020 spring soccer season to the COVID-19 shutdowns, Scuton mentioned she wasn’t certain if it was going to come back collectively for her to play faculty soccer.

However, after agreeing to dive for St. Francis earlier this 12 months, she spoke with the respective coaches about doubling up and doing each sports activities, soccer within the fall and diving within the spring.

“As soon as I used to be capable of decide to each, it actually made me wish to go there,” Scruton mentioned. “I knew I needed to be proper within the metropolis, and when my dad (Mark Scruton) and I visited St. Francis I actually favored it.”

Scruton mentioned she is leaning towards finding out enterprise, and is wanting ahead to the worldwide taste of a big-city faculty.

Soccer had all the time been Scruton’s first sport, by which she typically performed alongside her older sister, Celia, who signed to play this 12 months for Evergreen in Washington state.

“Diving actually solely began for me as a freshman,” she mentioned. “I by no means actually considered it till I went to a camp with my teammate (Libby Claassen) and I mentioned, ’OK, I can do that.’”

It was Claassen’s mom, former collegiate diver Lara Claassen, who had the dream of beginning a dive crew as a part of the GSHS women swimming crew 4 12 months in the past when her daughter and Scruton had been beginning highschool.

It doesn’t shock her in any respect that Scruton is taking it to the following degree.

“She was a gymnast, which is a pleasant basis to work from,” coach Claassen mentioned. “From the get-go, she simply had a pure love of diving. To enter a program the place she will be able to practice year-round, will probably be enjoyable to see how far she will be able to take it.”

In an odd method, diving could be good cross-training for soccer goal-keeping, Claassen mentioned.

“Diving creates an amazing sense of foot power, steadiness and physique consciousness, and I believe when she began diving it solely improved her soccer,” she mentioned.

Longtime Glenwood Springs youth soccer coach Ben Peery, who coached Scruton as a part of a state touring crew when she was youthful, would agree.

“She’s simply fearless, and one of the brave objective keepers I’ve ever seen … very agile, and fast,” he mentioned. “Warrior is a phrase that will get used lots, however she actually is that form of participant. She’s like a bouncing flea on the market, and can sacrifice herself to make these ridiculous saves.”

Scruton recalled that she was attempting out for the ladies basketball crew her freshman 12 months, when the Claassens talked her into taking on diving as an alternative.

“It was a very good selection,” Scruton mentioned.

She mentioned she seems to be ahead to including the 3-meter springboard to her diving repertoire in faculty.

Each Abby and Celia Scruton had been on the Demons dive crew in winter 2020 together with Claassen and Juliet McGill; a season by which they loved unprecedented success. Then got here the pandemic and the misplaced soccer season, which was to be the final for the Scruton sisters to play collectively as highschool teammates.

That was powerful, she mentioned. However she’s thrilled to be again on the sphere this season with fellow senior teammates Maddie Moser, Maya Elias and Tatum Lilly.

“I actually wish to assist the underclassmen construct the crew again into that place we was in, the place we had been making it to the playoffs yearly,” she mentioned. “That’s been loads of my motivation this season.”

After the season, Scruton mentioned she seems to be ahead to coaching over the summer time along with her sister.

Collegiate degree soccer and diving would require loads of focus and dedication, she acknowledges.

“I do know I’m going to need to work actually arduous in the summertime … simply to raised my expertise, as a result of it’s a unique degree. I need to have the ability to go in prepared,” she mentioned.

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud could be reached at 970-384-9160 or

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