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Athlete of the Issue

A devoted soccer player, scholar and UCLA-recruited Division I athlete, Bridger Baltes is the embodiment of what it means to be a student-athlete.
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Q: What is your absolute favorite thing about soccer?

A:  I wouldn’t say that I have one absolute favorite thing about soccer, but there are a lot of things I enjoy about it. I really appreciate spending time with my teammates, and I love how we can all work towards the same goal together, essential for team bonding. I always love working hard when no one is watching and seeing it pay off on the field through winning or other memorable moments. I also really enjoy the creativity involved in playing soccer — it’s so fun to get fancy when trying to score a goal or beat a player to the ball.

Q: Which do you like more, European or American soccer?

A: I would say that I like American soccer more because I can relate to it in a different manner. It seems more realistic to me when I’m watching the MLS or college soccer, as I can envision myself playing on that stage one day.  I also love to support the growth of the game in the United States, and one of the best ways to do that is to watch. I also really enjoy going to games and supporting my favorite teams in person, especially the LA Galaxy.

Q: How has your family influenced the college recruiting process? 

A: My family helped me a lot in the recruiting process. When I was first starting the process, they helped me create a list of schools based on my priorities. Once I made that list, they helped me reach out to those colleges, and they helped me reach out to specific positional and head coaches. I am very grateful for the help that both of my parents have provided for me in this process.

Q: Who are some teachers monumental to your success in the classroom at Laguna?

A: Since I have been at Laguna, I have honestly had too many good teachers to name them all. I always find people complaining about teachers, but I am so grateful for all the teachers at the school. As of this year, I would say my two most meaningful teachers have been Mr. Faust and Mr. Guay.

Q: How does traveling across the U.S. for soccer tournaments impact your life as a student?

A: I really enjoy being able to travel all over for games, but sometimes it is hard to balance missing a lot of school. I always try to get my work done as quickly as possible.

Q: How do you balance your life with your love for soccer?

A: I get physically tired from playing soccer, but when I play, it is a break from school and the stress that comes with academics. Soccer gives me my energy; it doesn’t take it away.

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Davis Ohanian is a current 11th grader in his second year as a member of The Fourth Estate staff, now acting as the magazine's sports editor. He enjoys writing, playing sports, and participating in the STEM field at school. His current articles focus on the encapsulation of Laguna's sports teams through graphics and interviews.
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