Kristian Quiros almost quit soccer three years ago.
It’s a good thing the Rocky Mountain boys soccer player didn’t. The senior earned one of the state’s highest honors Thursday morning.
He was named the 2018-19 Gatorade Idaho Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Quiros is the third Rocky Mountain athlete to win the award in as many weeks.
“It is a great feeling to be recognized highly in something that I’ve worked on for so long,” Quiros told the Idaho Press. “That was one of my personal goals from the beginning of the season. It motivates me to keep working and try to get better.”
Quiros didn’t make varsity as a freshman. He barely played on the junior varsity team that season for that matter. It carried over into the U-13 Boise Nationals Club team as well.
“I felt fairly useless because of my small size,” Quiros said. “It was very frustrating because I knew that I had the ability to be better, but physically was behind a step from everyone else.”
A growth spurt the following year took care of that problem and he started the next three years. Quiros was a All-5A Southern Idaho Conference first-team pick last year.
But it was this past season where the 5-foot-11, 185-pound midfielder really shined. Quiros scored 21 goals with 18 assists to earn All-SIC first-team and 5A state player of the year honors.
He also led the Grizzlies to a 16-2-1 record and three separate championships. They won the SIC, the District III and state championships. The district and state titles were firsts in program history.
“This year Kristian started to realize that he could affect the outcome of games and had a confidence that allowed him to take things over,” Rocky Mountain coach Bill Taylor said in a press release. “He had a drive about him that he was just not going to lose.”
Quiros graduated with a 3.63 grade-point average and will continue his career at Yavapai College in Arizona.
Quiros joins recent Idaho winners such as Borah’s Ahmed Ibrahimovic (2017-18), Rocky Mountain’s Jonah Dalmas (2016-17), Timberline’s Alain Murhula (2015-16), Borah’s Josh Szuch (2014-15) and Rocky Mountain’s Tyson Fox (2013-14).
RIDGEVUE’S KEMPER WILL RESIGN: Dave Kemper told the Idaho Press he will step down as the Ridgevue softball coach next week.
He started the program in 2016 and took his team to the state title game that very same year. Kemper went 68-16 (80.9%), won a district title, qualified for state all three years and placed second twice.