By: Tyler Hillard/Sports Editor
Junior Ben Bleck, one of the team’s captains, has been playing soccer since he was four. He is a three-year varsity-starter for the Blue Ridge High School soccer team.
Raider Reader: How did you first become interested in soccer?
Ben Bleck: My parents got me involved at a young age in the youth program and I’ve stuck with it since.
RR: What are some of your team goals this season?
BB: Our main goal every year is to win districts.
RR: What do your practices consist of?
BB: Lots of conditioning, skill practices, and drills.
RR: Who do you feel are your league rivals and why?
BB: Definitely Montrose. It’s always a tough fought game. Our teams are relatively well matched.
RR: What are your personal goals?
BB: I would love to break the school assist record. Especially as a junior, it would mean a lot.
RR: What individual training do you do on your own time?
BB: I workout and lift everyday. It keeps me in shape and conditioned for all of my sports.
RR: Did any former Blue Ridge soccer players have an impact on your career?
BB: Yeah, for sure. Corbin French, Tyrell Cheesboro, and Axell Mejia all have. I still keep in touch with them once in a while to ask them for advice and tips. They also coached me when I was little.
RR: If you could play for any professional team, who would it be?
BB: Manchester United because they have great team chemistry and simply know how to win.
The Blue Ridge Soccer team looks to finally seal the deal this season–winning districts, which they haven’t been able to accomplish in years past. With seven seniors, and junior Ben Bleck, this year may be the year to win it all.
Tyler Hillard is a junior in his first year of journalism. Tyler is also a three-sport varsity athlete competing in baseball, basketball and golf. Besides a constant life of sports he is an avid outdoors-men and loves debating politics.