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Timeout with ... Brendon Wheeler, Snohomish soccer

  • Brendon Wheeler, of Snohomish, during Thursday night's game against Lake Stevens at Snohomish High School.

    Purchase Photo Reprint Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Brendon Wheeler, of Snohomish, during Thursday night's game against Lake Stevens at Snohomish High School.

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By David Krueger,
Herald Writer
  • Brendon Wheeler, of Snohomish, during Thursday night's game against Lake Stevens at Snohomish High School.

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Brendon Wheeler, of Snohomish, during Thursday night's game against Lake Stevens at Snohomish High School.

Herald writer David Krueger sits down with the Panther senior to discuss school, soccer and The Hunger Games:
Q: So, how's life going?
A: Pretty good senior year. Just been enjoying it.
Q: What's been the best part so far?
A: Um…I don't know. It's been a pretty easy year academically. So I have more time to hang out with friends before they go to college and stuff.
Q: Do you enjoy school? At all?
A: I enjoy school but I'm getting senioritis pretty bad.
Q: Did you enjoy the sun two weekends ago?
A: I did. I washed my car.
Q: What are your goals for the soccer season?
A: We have a pretty good team this year. I hope to win the league, I guess. And just have a good last season.
Q: How are things going for you so far?
A: Pretty good. We're (undefeated). We have a lot of good guys on the team and real good players too. So, I've been enjoying it so far.
Q: You guys are ranked first in the state in soccer? Do you guys talk about that a lot or try not to think about it?
A: Yes we are. We try to not really think about it because we don't want it to go to our heads. We want to keep it.
Q: Is there any added pressure with teams gunning for the first-ranked team?
A: Um. I don't know. Not really. It's just rankings. It doesn't really mean anything. It's just something we'd like to keep.
Q: So what's the end goal this year? State championship? Or is it too soon to talk about that?
A: It's kind of too soon. That's always every team's goal. I think that's something we could accomplish.
Q: Are you guys an older team or kind of on the younger side?
A: I don't know. We're pretty balanced. We've got a few good older guys and then some really good younger kids coming in as well.
Q: How long have you played soccer?
A: For like 15 years. Since I was three.
Q: What was your best moment ever in soccer?
A: I won a state championship in 2007 (with my club team) and then we got to go play in the regional championship in Las Vegas. That was pretty cool.
Q: What do you enjoy most about the sport?
A: I don't know. I guess…It's a very articulate kind of thing to do. There's a lot of skill involved and you have to be athletic. I like how I can help the team play. I don't really know how to phrase it.
Q: Do you have a favorite professional soccer team?
A: Yeah. Liverpool, in England, is one of my favorite teams. I watch their games every weekend. I kind of grew up liking them. My dad's a huge soccer fan too.
Q: Have you ever been to a soccer game in Europe?
A: I've been to a couple high-end games. When the Sounders played Manchester United I got to go to that. A couple other good games. I've been to a national team game.
Q: What are your plans for after high school?
A: I'm going to Northwest University (in Kirkland) next year.
Q: What do you want to study?
A: I'm studying business there. I got to go there off a soccer scholarship and a singing scholarship.
Q: So you get to play soccer beyond high school?
A: Yeah. I signed with the team a couple months ago. It's pretty exciting.
Q: Where there other schools that wanted you to come play for them?
A: I was also looking at some schools in California but it was my main school.
Q: Too much sun in California?
A: (Laughs.) I don't know. It's just my first year away from home. I don't want to be too far away from my family.
Q: Any cool plans for Spring Break? Any fun trips planned?
A: We have a few soccer games (this week). So I'm not going anywhere.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, any place in the world, what would you do?
A: I would want to test vacations. Like, you know people test hotels and stuff around the world and give them feedback? I'd want to do that.
Q: What do you major in in college to do that? Is that a business degree?
A: I don't know. I'll find out.
Q: Did you see "The Hunger Games" when it came out?
A: I did.
Q: According to everybody on Facebook, it's the best movie in the world. What did you think?
A: It was really good. I enjoyed it. I didn't read the books but my sister did so she told me to go see it.
Q: I haven't read the books. Will I be completely lost or is it still easy to follow?
A: It's easy to follow. It explains everything really well.
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