With the Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball season ending sooner than he'd hoped, senior forward Victor Wilson couldn't have been more ready for soccer season to start.
Though he is well-rounded and successful at other sports, soccer is Wilson's passion. After all, it was the first sport he ever played.
"It started when I was six when my dad had me play everything, and soccer was the first sport that I was eligible to play in Parks and Rec," he said. "I remember I was really nervous going out there - I was always a shy kid. But I had a good coach, and from there I progressed and grew to love it."
Wilson started his early soccer years as a sweeper on defense, but eventually moved to midfield and finally to striker, the position he now occupies for the Crimson Bears.
"The last four or five years I've played striker, and I'm really comfortable there now," he said. "I moved to the forward position because I could finish, and now that's my best place."
Though it is his senior year of high school, Wilson's soccer career will not end with the final whistle of the season.
"Most likely I'll be playing at Pacific University," he said. "I was in Alaska Northstars - the guys that run that are in Anchorage - and they helped me get started looking at schools.
"Then I took it from there and decided I wanted to stay close to home, so I was looking at schools in the Northwest."
Wilson said Pacific University also meets his academic needs, something that is important to his future.
"I knew I wanted to go into sports medicine, and then this last year I really focused on physical therapy," he said. "So I looked hard at that and Pacific (University) has a really good physical therapy program, and they actually have a graduate school for that, too."
Wilson said he will major in exercise science, and then get his doctorate in physical therapy, with Pacific University being his No. 1 choice of schools.
Growing up, Wilson said he primarily played soccer and basketball, but he had another interesting accomplishment as a 10-year-old.
"I actually went to nationals for jump rope," he said. "I was in the 9 to 10 year old age group. It was in Florida at Disney World - I didn't medal or anything, but it was a great experience."
Wilson said, besides that, he played baseball and did gymnastics, sports that helped his athletic ability for both basketball and soccer.
"They absolutely helped. Jump rope, especially, helped with the quick jumping ability and lateral movement," he said. "Gymnastics really helped build power in my legs, as well as jump rope."
Favorite subject: "I'm currently not taking any science classes, but that's only because I ran out of them to take. My sophomore year I took chemistry and I liked that, and then human anatomy and medical terminology. This year I took intro to health sciences durig first semester, and those were all great."
Where did physical therapy interest come from?: "I went to Chicago with the National Youth Leadership Forum on medicine. From there, different speakers inspired me, and that's where physical therapy came from."
Favorite hobbies: "Sports and physical therapy is really all I'm about, but family is a big part of my life. My dad is awesome - he's basically been my best friend, and my grandparents are almost like a second set of parents. Family is really good."
Favorite soccer player: "My favorite player in Europe would be Wayne Rooney, and my favorite player over here is Landon Donovan."
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