Spotlight: Cody Soles
Hundred Hornet Cody Soles is an all-around athlete that is good at many things besides being a nice athlete and good kid. He is a gentleman through and through and if I had a daughter close to his age I would want her to date him. He is what people call a complete package. He is a true competitor on and off the courts. As a basketball player, he excites the crowd with his all-out hustle and his athleticism. He was one of the top area basketball players, he can score, he can rebound, he can dish it out and he can play defense.
If the team needs a steal, a block or a defensive stop, he is your man. When he isn’t on the floor because of foul trouble, the team is not the same, and if he has a fault that would be it. He plays at the high-level of play the whole game, and sometimes that gets him and the team in trouble when he leaves the floor.
He also participates in archery and he runs track. In track, he was a state qualifier the past two-years, and was the Region-1, 200 meter champion, and placed sixth in the state track meet.
The Wetzel Chronicle sports department asked Cody a few questions to let people know a little about him.
What are three reasons you like being part of a team sport? Because we all work together for the school, I like to see what others can contribute and it feels better to win with other people then by yourself.
What is the best part about competing? Beating rivals and showing people that we aren’t just Hundred we are family.
How do your teammates make practice fun? We always joke around and then always take things serious.
What is your favorite sports quote? “Everything negative-pressure, challenges-are all an opportunity for me to rise” -Kobe Bryant
What emotions do you feel when you play well? When I’m having fun is when I play the best.
Who do you wish was watching you perform at every game or match? My pap (who has passed away) and #6 Hurshel Willey.
What is your favorite song to listen to prior to competing? Dangerous by Shamans Harvest.
Where do you feel confident in your body? Probably my legs or arms
What qualities do you think make a teammate a good team captain? Leadership and the want to win and help others.
How does being an athlete make you a better person? It shows me how to deal with problems when they come at you faster than expected.
What is the one thing you always do after a good performance? Pray that God will help me.
What do you do to calm your butterflies while you compete? I restate a verse in the Bible, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” – KJV
If you could play another sport what would it be? I would like to play football or baseball.
What age were you when you started your sport? I was 7 years old.
Do you have a plan to help you get to your best-focused state? No, it just comes when I’m on a streak.
What is your favorite food to eat the night before a big competition? Spaghetti.
Do you use visual cues of your environment to help you focus? Depends on what sport I’m playing.
Who inspired you as a young athlete? Coach Steve Stevens and my parents.
What one word describes you? Determined
Who was your favorite coach and why? Well I have three and those are Coach Steve Stevens, Coach Virgil Wilkins and Coach Jeremey Kelch and the reason is, they all pushed me to who I am now.
What do you give up to play sports? Most work and just time.
What is your favorite place to compete? On our home court.
What mental tool do you use under pressure? My determination to win.
Do you think attitude is a factor in winning? Definitely your attitude is huge because you either have the attitude to win or attitude to give up and lose.
What gets you ready to compete? Just being a student athlete pushes you to get things done faster and also pushes your competitiveness.
How does being an athlete inspire you to do good? Same as above.
How does athletics make you a better student or worker? It shows me how to deal with problems when they come at you faster than expected.
If you could go back in time, what one person would you want to talk to for 30 minutes and why? Michael Jordan and ask him what he used as a mental game during hard times.
Are you mindful: of others, of your body, of your strengths and weaknesses? I am mindful of all of those because the people are the ones supporting you or playing with you and your body is what you use to play.
What is it that truly separates the average athlete from the good or the good athlete from the great? Average from good is attitude, and the good from the great is determination and attitude.
Can you see yourself playing this sport(s) at the next level, and if so, what would your coach need to do to help you get there? I want to and he would do anything he could.
Is there anything you would like to tell people that most don’t know about you that you would like to let people know about you? Not that I can think of.