Spotlight: Colton Lawrence
This weeks spot-light is the River Pilots Colton Lawrence. Colton has worked his tail off for the past 3-seasons and is ready to help his teams compete with everyone on the schedule. He is a coaches dream, not just because he is a very good player, but because of his work ethic he brings the best out of his teammates when they watch him do all the things needed to be a very good player and a better teammate.
He like all good athletes love to win and compete with the big dogs, because it lifts his game to another level. He plays multiple sports, will be a 4-year letter-winner in football, play half-back on offense and defensive end on defense. He played one year of baseball, but
His biggest motivator is wanting to be my best for my team, and wanting to be well remember after he graduates. He also wants to make a positive impact on and off the field, that way he can be remembered in a positive light when his high school days are over.
His hobbies when he isn’t playing in a game is hunting and fishing along with riding in his jeep.
The Wetzel Chronicle sports department asked Colton a few questions for people to know a little about him, and this is his answered.
What are three reasons you like being part of a team sport?
1. The competition
2. Constantly being around my friends
3. Representing my school and community
What is the best part about competing? Definitely the adrenaline rush I get while competing
How do your teammates make practice? We joke around a lot, there’s never really a dull moment.
What is your favorite sports quote? Success isn’t owned, its leased, and rent is due every day. -JJ Watt
What emotions do you feel when you play well? The feeling I get when I playing well is hard to describe, I guess I feel proud. It feels good to know that I’m playing well and helping my team succeed.
What is your favorite song to listen to prior to competing? It honestly changes weekly, but Enter Sandman by Metallica is always a go to.
What is your favorite movie about sports? Remember the Titans
Where do you feel confident in your body? I’m pretty confident in my entire body overall, but there is definitely places I can improve.
What qualities do you think make a teammate a good team captain? Leadership, resilience, and a high IQ for the sport.
How does being an athlete make you a better person? I think it teaches you to be a gracious winner and loser. Sports teach you how to bounce back from adversity.
What is the one thing you always do after a good performance? I really don’t do anything special after a good performance. I always go through a rerun of the game with my dad, whether I play good or bad.
What do you do to calm your butterflies while you compete? Take some deep breaths and think of positive things.
If you could play another sport what would it be? Hockey
What age were you when you started your sport? 8
Do you have a plan to help you get to your best-focused state? Run over the game plan, and certain things in my mind. That way I don’t question anything while I’m playing.
What is your favorite food to eat the night before a big competition? Spaghetti or any kind of pasta.
Who inspired you as a young athlete? The high school teams and athletes I watched when I was a little kid inspired to do the same thing when I got into high school.
What one word describes you? Hardworking
Who was your favorite coach and why? I really can’t pick just one, I respect and enjoy playing for all of my coaches. I’m lucky to have multiple great coaches.
What do you give up to play sports? Free time and more time with friends and family.
What is your favorite place to compete? Flannery Field
Do you think attitude is a factor in winning? Definitely, your attitude is the most important aspect of winning.
How does being an athlete inspire you to do good? As an athlete, I believe I am held to a higher standard, as well a role model to younger kids. So I want to do good in order to set a good example for the kids who may look up to me.
How does athletics make you a better student or worker? It teaches you responsibility and the value of hard work.
If you could go back in time, what one person you would want to talk to for 30 minutes and why?
I would like to sit down and talk to Woody Hayes, just to hear his perspective on competition and how to get an edge on my opponents.
Are you mindful: of others, of your body, of your strengths and weaknesses? What is it that truly separates the average athlete from the good or the good athlete from the great? I’m not as mindful of others as far as their opinions of me, but if they have advice, I’m willing to listen. I’m mindful of my body, and strengths and weaknesses. I think you have to be mindful of these things in order to have an idea of what you’re capable of.