Concord Monitor 2017 Fall Sports Awards Colin Plante Bishop Brady

  • Concord Monitor 2017 Fall Sports Awards Colin Plante Bishop Brady

Friday, December 15, 2017

What was the highlight of your season?

I would personally say the highlight of my season was definitely the back-to-back wins against Hillsboro-Deering and Mascoma Valley. Going into these two games we knew that we would need to win three of our last five, so they were pretty big games. My brother was home from Colorado for a week and was at both of those games. It was nice to score two goals in each game and win both games because he hasn’t gotten to see me play since my freshman year.

Who was the unsung hero of your team?

I would say the unsung hero was definitely SkylarBaumer. He didn’t get much credit, but he really held it down in the defensive end of the midfield. He and I were always on opposite sides of the field for goal kicks and punts, so it was really nice to have someone else that wasn’t afraid to challenge for a header against someone bigger than him. With a team as young as ours, with only four returning varsity players, Skylar really stepped up big time and proved that he deserved to be on the field with those other teams. He always gave his all, even when we were getting beat pretty badly. That was huge.

If you could improve high school soccer in New Hampshire, what would you do?

Honestly I would change the way that the game is refereed. I personally think that the games are being called more like basketball than soccer. Soccer is a contact sport, and we should be allowed to play more physical. I have played many seasons on teams that travel out of state, and every team we play has been extremely physical, and the refs allow it. The consistency of the calls that they are making and the fouls that they are calling aren’t the way soccer should be played. Watch a professional game, or even a college game, and look for the physicality. It is completely different from the physicality that is allowed in high school soccer in New Hampshire.

Do you have any sports superstitions? If so, what are they?

Before every game, I would listen to music and just dribble the ball around. I like to get into my own zone away from everyone else. I also like to juggle the ball from one end of the field to the other without dropping it. That really gets me focused and warms up my touch.

Who is the funniest person on your team? What makes them funny?

I think everyone would agree that it is Bryce Johnson. He is just a goofy person. He doesn’t have to try to be funny, he just is. I think the funniest moment from this season was looking back at him in net and seeing him dancing. There was no music playing.

If someone was going to make a movie of your season, who would play your coach? Who would play you?

For my coach, if it were a real soccer manager I think it would be Jose Mourinho because just like Mr. Ling, he came into a pretty strong team but they just couldn’t finish the job. Mark Harmon from NCIS would definitely play him if it were to be a real actor because they look so similar. For me, if it were to be a real footballer I would say Andrea Pirlo would play me because we have a similar play style, but if it were to be a real actor I would definitely want it to be Leo DiCaprio. He’s just awesome.

What are some misconceptions about your sport?

A lot of people say that soccer players are weak and it isn’t hard to play soccer. I guarantee that people like football players wouldn’t talk as much trash about soccer if they were to try to play an entire 90 minutes without a break. Soccer takes just as much strength as football, it just requires it in different ways.

What movie can you watch over and over without getting tired of it?

I could watch every single “Fast and Furious” movie over and over, especially “Fast 5.” I don’t know what it is about those movies but I just never get tired of them.

When you are old, what do you think children will ask you to tell stories about?

I think they will most likely ask me about my travels. I have been fortunate enough to go on vacation in multiple tropical places with my family, and this summer I had the opportunity to travel to Spain and France while living with a host family for two weeks.

Where do you get your news?

I usually get my news from the news channel on TV, but sometimes I find out about some big events in my Model United Nations course.

What movie quotes do you use on a regular basis?

“Bye Felicia” - Ice Cube in the movie “Friday.” One of the teachers that I am really close with’s name is Felicia and it has become a joke to say that every time I leave her class at the end of the day.

What would be the best thing you could reasonably expect to find in a cave?

You could find a geocache. It’s a little box that people set out to find.

If you could go to school in a foreign country, which country would you pick and why?

I would say Spain, because I got to visit over the summer and I really enjoyed it there.

What’s the opposite of a koala?

An alligator. They aren’t quite as friendly and cuddly as a koala.

What questions would you like to ask a time traveler from 200 years in the future?

I would probably ask him what sports are like in the future.

If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like where you live, what would you show them / have them do?

I would definitely bring them skiing on the icy slopes of New Hampshire. Most places other than New England that have skiing have much more powdered slopes.

What’s the most boring superhero you can come up with?

Jumpman – the man who jumps

What’s the best thing about being a teen? What’s the worst?

The best part is the freedom that comes with it. Being able to go places like Boston or the beach without needing a parent there with you is really nice. The worst part is realizing that in 5 years I’m going to be living on my own, paying my own taxes, and worst of all buying all my own clothes, food, and shoes. Usually my parents help with at least some of the cost for my new clothes when I go shopping, but in a few years that won’t be the case.