This week's Lee-Scott Athlete of the Week is Riley Faison, a junior who plays center-mid on the Warriors' soccer team.
The Auburn Villager: When did you start playing soccer?
Riley Faison: I've played my whole life. My dad played, and so he kind of forced it on us all. And then I got into travel soccer when I was in fifth or sixth grade.
AV: What are the responsibilities of playing the center-mid position?
RF: The center-mid is kind of like the control house, so we're in charge of getting the ball from the defense, distributing out to the forwards, dribbling when we need to dribble, taking shots when we need to shoot.
AV: What is your favorite aspect of playing soccer?
RF: Just the speed and having to work together as a team and knowing how each other thinks.
AV: What's the most challenging aspect?
RF: I guess if you don't communicate or if you're having on off-day with people, that messes up the whole chemistry of the team. It's hard to regroup after that.
AV: Do you have any role models or players you look up to?
RF: Not anyone famous, but there was a girl a few years ago who played. She was a senior when I started playing, who I thought was like the greatest person out there. And I was like, 'I want to be just like her.'
AV: Do you follow any pro teams?
RF: My brothers and dad are big fans, so I know kind of what's going on here and there, but I don't follow them.
AV: Do you play any other sports?
RF: I play volleyball.
AV: What position do you play there?
RF: I've played libero for most of my life, which the defensive position. I can go in whenever I want. And sometimes I play an outside hitter.
AV: What do you like about playing volleyball?
RF: It's just fast paced, and it's a very technical game so you have to know what's going on, move to just the right position.
AV: How is the soccer season going?
RF: We're good. We were undefeated up until yesterday. We got beat by Trinity Christian. But we've been good.
AV: What are the goals going forward?
RF: We've got two regular season games left, and one of them is against one of our biggest rivals, so hoping to finish out the season without any more losses and hopefully win state.
AV: Do you have any hobbies?
RF: I do Young Life, and I'm really involved in that.
Interview by Brian Woodham