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Local college athlete of the week

Sughey Cervantes, for Athlete of the week from Manteca.
Sughey Cervantes, for Athlete of the week from Manteca. Modesto Bee

Modesto JC basketball

Cervantes scored a season-high

30 points in an 86-63 victory over American River on Jan. 25. The freshman guard, who was 6-of-8 on 3-point attempts that night, leads the Pirates with 14.5 points per game.

PARENTS: Augustin and Maria Elena

HOMETOWN/HS: Manteca/Manteca

ON HER NIGHT: "My shot was going in, but I didn't know I scored that many points until the game was over. I don't really keep track of the points I score. I just play the game."

ON HER SEASON: "When (Pirates coach Mike Girardi) would talk to me (in high school), he'd say there's all these good players coming in (to MJC). I kept that in my head. I didn't expect to play that much. I knew I had to play well to keep up. We all get along. We don't have any problems whatsoever. We just have fun. I don't think people expected us to do that well in the Big 8. I think we did so good in the first half of the season. We only lost two games and Friday we get to start over again."

GOALS: I really want to keep playing basketball. Playing at a four-year college, that's my dream. That's all I wanted to do. I don't even try other sports. I've been playing since I was small, 4 or 5. I'd try to shoot it, get the ball again and try some more. I want to be a kindergarten teacher. I love kids."

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Michael Jordan. I remember watching one of the Bulls' championships. I was outside on the waterslide because it was so hot. I'd run over to the garage to watch part of the game and go back and slide."

JERSEY NUMBER: 5. "I like the one single digit and I like having the lowest number on the team. I think in junior high I grabbed a jersey and it was 5 and I just said 'Oooh, that's my number.' "

NAME GAME: "My name comes from a Spanish soap opera. I only know two other girls with my name and one spells it a different way. I don't really have a nickname, but now everyone says 'Sue-Heeey!' "

FAMILY TIES: "My sister Analy is a freshman at Manteca High and on the weekends we go to a park to play basketball and I help her out. I speak English and Spanish, but my grandma hates it when we speak English. All my cousins, when we go to her house and start talking to each other in English, she says 'No, no, no.' "

-- KELLY JONES

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