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Woodward’s Jesus Cano – Athlete Spotlight – Presented by Great Plains Bank

Throughout the span of an athlete’s career, they experience any number of memorable moments. These could be personal achievements or a team accomplishment, but either way, the memory sticks with the athlete for a long time. Jesus Cano says that his favorite memory from sports happened on the basketball court.

“The highlight moment of my career so far would have to be when I scored twenty-secen points in a game,” he recalled. “Although it was in an AAU game and not school ball, I am still proud of that achievement.”

Jesus, who is a senior at Woodward High School, plays center for the Boomers on the basketball court. He has played basketball for Woodward schools since he was in the seventh grade. Over that time, Cano has seen himself grow, not only physically, but also on the court.

“It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication to get where I am today,” he said. “Apart from team practices, working out and practicing on my own time has helped me become more successful.”

Cano’s basketball coach at Woodward, Jonathan Roper, says that Jesus plays a big part for his team under the goal.

“He has a strong presence in the low post,” said Roper. “He has the ability to make everyone around him better.”

While he has put in a lot of time and effort over the years to become the best player and person that he can be, Jesus says that there are a couple of people that have helped him along the way.

“I would have to say that the biggest role models and influences in my life are my parents,” he stated. “They have always worked hard to provide for me and believe in me since I first started playing sports. They always support and love me, there is no doubt that I would not be the person that I am today without them.”

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