Sport Shorts: Jan. 4


Blue Valley Southwest junior David Hu is a well-rounded high school student.

David Hu

He was a starter for the Timberwolves soccer team, plays the violin in the KC Youth Symphony and is an excellent student.

“David is a modern Renaissance man,” Soccer coach Jason Pendleton says. “He is a driven young man who excels at everything he does because he has a tremendous work ethic. He is able to balance a hectic academic schedule with participation in an elite symphony and the responsibilities of being a varsity starter at BV Southwest. He is an outstanding young man who sets the standard for what a student-athlete truly is.”

He started playing soccer at the age of five.

“I began playing premier soccer starting around the fifth grade,” Hu says. “I really liked playing it and have continued to enjoy it even as I am older now.”

Hu started playing the violin in fifth grade.

“Even though my parents encouraged me to start earlier, for some odd reason I wasn’t that interested in playing music,” he says. “After listening to a few orchestra concerts, I decided to give it a try and I am glad I made that decision.”

He plays the violin for the school orchestra and he plays in the Symphony Orchestra with the Youth Symphony of Kansas City.

“Youth Symphony has taught me a lot about musically and it’s been a wonderful experience to be around kids who share the same interests as me.”

In addition to soccer and playing the violin, he is taking five AP (advanced placement) classes and one honors class this year.

“Sometimes it is tough to balance the two activities and my school work,” he says. “However, it definitely keeps me occupied and it has been beneficial in improving my time management skills. I love both of the activities, so I am alright with having to balance the two intersects.”

Hu said that his parents have helped him with all his endeavors.

“My parents have been very supportive of my musical endeavors, as well as playing soccer,” he says. “That has a factor in my success.”

He would like to play collegiate soccer.

“As for the violin, I want to continue playing it, but I’m not looking to major in anything that music related,” he says. “I’m not completely sure where I want to attend college yet, but I still have a bit of time to focus on that since I’m only a junior.”



Blue Valley Northwest junior basketball player Clay Custer has made a verbal commitment to attend Iowa State after his graduation in 2014.

The 6-0 junior has been a starter for the Huskies since the first game of his freshman year.

He is rated by as the 100th best junior in the United States.

Clay Custer

A verbal commitment is not binding. That comes with the signing of a letter-of-intent. The first signing period that Custer can sign a letter of intent is November of 2013.

The junior broke the school’s all-time scoring record in the second game of the season.

And he still has the majority of junior season and his senior season to establish a record that will be hard to beat.



“It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”
– Alfred Adler