Student-athlete spotlight: Eaglecrest senior lives for competition

Schuyler Wilcox includes baseball and tennis amid packed schedule

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It seems like Schuyler Wilcox is burning the candle at both ends.

The Eaglecrest senior is taking three Advanced Placement courses this year, and he's taken several already. He's an AP Scholar with Distinction. He's in the National, Science and French honor societies. In a couple weeks, he'll be performing weekly service through a local church program, which teaches “life lessons and life values,” he said.

But under such a tight schedule, he seems to be thriving as one of Eaglecrest's team captains. He picked up tennis in his sophomore year and has played baseball since his freshman days. He plans to do baseball in college and was recently practicing for a tryout with the Colorado School of Mines — he'd like to go into mechanical engineering.

But he says tennis offers a kind of competition that he lives for.

“You hold yourself to a higher standard,” Wilcox said. “It's a gentleman's sport — you can't outlash when you make a mistake. You've got to be calm, cool, collected … it's one point at a time.”

Coach's take:

'He brings a positive attitude every day. I don't know if I've ever seen him get to a negative place with teammates, with teachers — with really anyone I've seen. When he plays someone, it's like they're best friends after the match.'

— Alex Moore, Eaglecrest head tennis coach

Q&A with Wilcox

Who's your favorite athlete?

DJ LeMahieu. I wish he had stayed in Colorado. I can see a bit of me in him. He shows that you don't have to just be humongous and muscular to succeed — you can be consistent and just keep playing what the game's about.

What would be a perfect performance in tennis?

A 6-0, 6-0 win, but there's always something you can improve on. Perfect would be you keeping your calm and your composure and recover and maintain your integrity, even if you fail one shot.

What's your favorite class?

Basics of manufacturing, right now. Learning how precise things can be made — you really get deeper into the process.

What do you like to do away from sports and school?

It's hard to find time away from sports, trying to go far in both tennis and baseball. When there is some free time, I play video games with people I've found through classes, through baseball and tennis. People who you never thought that you'd be doing things to connect with.

Is there something about tennis people seem not to know about?

How much really small things can make a difference and how hard it truly is. You can't learn it in one day. When balls are coming in at 80 mph … the precision you need is something people don't notice.

What's something that stands out about this part of town?

The competition is everywhere. With tennis and baseball, you're surrounded by schools like Cherry Creek and Grandview. You'll find flaws, they'll find flaws, but it'll make you better. This division and this area are full of amazing players, and I love it.

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