Thomas named ‘Athlete of Week’

COLBY THOMAS

In the PIAA Class A boys soccer tournament, Mountain View junior Colby Thomas scored two goals and added an assist to lift his team to two victories – the semifinals and the state championship. His second goal against New Hope-Solebury on Tuesday was the game-winner in a 3-2 victory. In the final, he assisted teammate Austin Mack’s goal in a 1-0 win over Sewickley Academy.

For his accomplishments, Thomas has been named the Scranton Times-Tribune Athlete of the Week.

Age: 16

Family: Mom, Robin; dad, Roger; brother, Dylan.

Other sport I play: baseball

Favorite teams: Philadelphia Union

Athletes I admire: Tim Tebow and R.A. Dickey. Tim Tebow just because he gets the job done out on the field, also how passionate he is about his faith. And basically the same with R.A. Dickey. They’re super, down-to-earth guys who have a love of God.

Favorite food: Chinese

Favorite movies: “How to Save a Life” and “Facing the Giants.”

Has winning the state title sunk in for you yet? Absolutely not. No. I think it’ll sink in the next couple of weeks, just getting back at school. I know how big of a deal it is and how cool it is for the school, but I mean it hasn’t sunk in yet, no.

What did you do once Mountain View won the state title? I played with Lehigh Valley United soccer in the national league tournament. It’s the first of two stops. In December we’re going down to Disney, which combines with national league. (Soccer is) nonstop. I don’t know how my parents do it, they’re so giving.

Once Mountain View cleared the first obstacle, moving past the quarterfinals, what was it like? Was there relief? It was a feeling of accomplishment, but not the full accomplishment. It was the accomplishment that we completed half of our goal. We knew that we still had more to achieve.

Against New Hope-Solebury, you guys were down and came back to tie twice and eventually win. What was important to keeping your focus in a game like that? I know we’re getting so repetitive, but adversity. At halftime, we were only down 1-0, we said, “Let’s rally and put (goalkeeper) Bobby Pfahl on our back.” After that, we came out and had that own goal, that was a little demoralizing, but we picked up after that and came back with two goals.

I think coach Roger Thomas called it “bright-light” syndrome once you hit Hershey – having so many people come to support you, playing under the big lights at the stadium, what were some ways you guys treated it like just another game? I don’t normally get nervous, but boy I was nervous. All the fans there and all the support. I’d been under quote-unquote “bright lights” before – I played at nationals, regional championships, games to get into national championships. But going back to the state level for your school was a totally different view on it. The nerves were there for me. How do I overcome them? Look around. Look how many teammates you have. Look at the family you have and go, “Boys, we made it this far, we can’t do anything wrong at this point.”

Four people I’d like to have dinner with: Tim Tebow and R.A. Dickey. I never met him, but my grandpa on my mom’s side, Oswald Evans. And my dad (Roger Thomas). I have dinner with him every night, but I would not be where I am without him.

One word to describe me: Truthful

Post-graduation plans: Keep pursuing my soccer dreams, going to have to get through college first. I’m so open, I have no leads right now except my passion for soccer.