Athlete of the Week – Sterling Salguero

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The one-month saga of where Sterling Salguero would enroll this fall ended where it started, as the senior running back returned to Birmingham High on Monday as classes began.

Salguero, an All-Area first-team selection, attended practice and is expected to suit up Tuesday as he rejoins the team with which he spent his previous three seasons.

“He felt bad for how it began by not saying anything, but we had a talk and he apologized. This is his home,” Birmingham head coach Jim Rose said.

It was July 10 when news broke that Salguero had checked out of the school and was possibly heading to Calabasas. Yet when Calabasas opened practice on Aug. 3, head coach Casey Clausen told the Daily News that Salguero had not enrolled at the school.

The waiting game continued and rumors began swirling that Salguero would head back to Birmingham. Rose said that he had not spoken to or seen Salguero until he showed up Monday asking to return.

Salguero rushed for 1,837 yards ‑ including 355 in the team’s playoff-opening win against Banning ‑ and 23 touchdowns last season and was the Most Valuable Player in the West Valley League. His play helped Birmingham win its fourth consecutive league title ‑ a first in school history.