Ryan Barber
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Age: 17

Hometown: West Linn

Grade/school: Senior/West Linn High School

Sport: Soccer

Position: Midfielder/Forward

Team name: West Linn Lions

Coach: Greg Bean

Highlights of the season: “Being the team captain and leading the team in scoring and assists. Highlight during regular season was having the winning goals in both games against our rival, Lake Oswego. In my final year at West Linn High School, I’m happy to be part of a team that feels more like family than any other team I’ve played with at high school. In addition, I’ve had the opportunity to play with several of my very good friends who I’ve played soccer with since I first began.”

How I got started: “I began at 6 years old playing three different sports but was drawn toward soccer due to the high level of energy and skill involved.”

Coach’s advice: “Play every game as it’s your last game; if you work hard then the results will come.”

Favorite part of sport: “The high level of energy and skill demanded by the sport which forces me to focus on the game and challenging myself to become a better team and individual player.”

Favorite meal the night before the big event: “Chicken Parmesan with pasta and salad.”

Off-season? “Club soccer with BSC Portland.” <cq/>

Rules to live by: “If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you.”

Memorable advice and who said it: “‘If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.'” — Eric Thomas

Giving back: “Volunteer work with youth and handicapped children.”

On his iPod: “Lose Yourself,” “Don’t Push Me,” “Let’s Go.”

Favorite books: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” by Jonathan Foer, and “Where the Red Fern Grows,” by Wilson Rawls.

The one thing someone may not know about me: “I’ve traveled to seven different countries with ambition to travel across the entire world.”

What’s next? “Visit prospective colleges to pursue academic interests in addition to playing soccer. Specific college has yet to be decided.”



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