Athlete of the Week: Olivia Campbell


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Fruita Monument women’s basketball is on a four-game winning streak. It’s one of the top 10 teams in all of Colorado. The Wildcats have a ton of experience, with seven seniors on the roster, but it’s a freshman who’s taking the team to new heights.

Our athlete of the week is Olivia Campbell.

After losing two of three games at the start of the season, head coach Michael Wells has fine-tuned the Wildcats roster. His first move was to place Campbell in a starting role. She immediately took over Fruita’s offense, now averaging the second-highest points per game on the team.

“She’s a kid who was both physically and mentally ready for the varsity game as a rookie, which is something you don’t see very often,” Wells said. “It’s not something that happens every year. It’s a once-per-class type of deal, maybe a few times per decade.

This weekend, Campbell led the team in points in two straight games. She scored 13 on Friday, 18 on Saturday and the Wildcats easily won both games.

Campbell credits the team’s leadership as the key to his success on the field.

“It definitely pushes me to improve every day, to have that seniority around me since they’ve already adapted to the program,” Campbell said.

The Wildcats are back at home for their next three games, all against Western Slope teams. With Delta, Montrose and Durango to come, it will be a tough test for the next two weeks. But Fruita Monument is fearless, led by their fearless young guard Olivia Campbell.

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