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On the Court with Kris Vuittonet – Presented by Jackson County Orthopedic Clinic

By Derrick Smith

There are moments in every athlete’s life that they will never forget. It could be a personal milestone or a team achievement, but either way, the moment was so big that it made a permanent impression on them. 

Kris Vuittonet, who is a senior at Altus High School, says that the biggest moment in his career so far would have to be a personal achievement. 

“The highlight of my career is my first start of high school,” he stated. “I was fourteen years old and I scored fourteen points, which led the team. Nothing could compare to the nervousness in the leadup to the start of the game, but as soon as it did start every butterfly in my stomach disappeared and I felt at home.”

Playing both basketball and baseball for the Bulldogs, Vuittonet is a four-year starter at point guard on the basketball court. 

Throughout his life, Kris has had different people that have influenced him at times. But out of all of them, he says that there are two people that have had the biggest impact on him.

“My father, Trey Vuittonet, pushes me to be the best me at each and everything I do and blesses me with the resources to do so,” he said. “My mother, Christena Reyes, keeps me down to earth and plays a big role in keeping a balance of humbleness and knowing when to better myself.”

Becoming the athlete he is today has also required a lot from Vuittonet, who says that he knows the work is worth it. 

“It has taken so much sacrifice and work to get to the level I am today,” he said. “I never truly believed that anything is possible for a good chunk of my life, but never could I have been so wrong. If anyone is motivated to something, there is no reason they shouldn’t strive at whatever they set their mind to. Sometimes you have to put your pride to the side to focus on your goal and not care what others think.”

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