Erick Robles signs for Soccer

Anthony Ford, Athletics Editor

Yet another student-athlete has been added to the list of Shadow Ridge students earning great opportunities to play their respective sport at the next level. Shadow Ridge soccer player Erick Robles is headed to Spokane Falls Community College! Robles has been playing soccer for 13 years and plays the center mid position. Robles is a senior this year at The Ridge and, like everyone else, missed out on a school year that was being looked forward to by many. This did not discourage Robles, though, as he continued to stay on “the grind” and pushed forward each day and night to get to where he wants to be in the future, and that would be a professional soccer player.

Robles spoke about his main motivators off the field and how they helped him push for greatness.

My parents have been great, man, and I know this goes without saying, but I hope to one day pay them back for all that they have done for me by being the best me that I can be, wether I make it to the big leagues or not.”

— Erick Robles

“The people doubting me, I really kept them close to my heart. People always would preach that big-time players do not and will not come out of Shadow. There were those who would constantly laugh in my face when I told them that I was going to play soccer at the next level. And, as it should have, that sparked a big fire under me, and I pushed myself to overcome any obstacle thrown in my way, including not being able to have a senior season to further showcase my talents on the field.”

Robles worked hard outside of school, perfecting his craft and making sure that he put himself in the best position possible to play college soccer, a lifelong dream of his. Robles also believes that his signing along with those of Dion Washington, Mackenzie Murdoch, Zedekiah Henderson, and all other athletes at the Ridge who signed with their respective sports will help put a lot of Shadow student-athletes on the map in terms of getting recruited to play at the next level.

“I know we have some absolutely amazing players who I feel have potential with my scholarship along with others and there will be plenty of chances to play Divison 1 or 2 sports. I think a lot of kids at Shadow will get looked at and get the recognition that they deserve based on their individual skills and talents.”

Robles went on to thank his parents for being strong motivators for him throughout his high school days, and he knows that he would not be where he is at today without them.