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Brewer High's Colton Stinson

Brewer High junior center defender Colton Stinson and his teammates are fresh off a Morgan County Soccer Tournament title, winning the county crown Monday. Stinson recently took time out to field 10 questions from The Daily's Brooke Milam:

Question: You have seen Brewer High soccer steadily improve since your freshman year, proving it by winning a Morgan County championship title Monday night. What has been the most rewarding aspect of that experience?

Answer: I can definitely tell we're improving because we've been winning a lot more. A lot of people can see that now. We've become one of the most winning athletic programs at Brewer.

Q: What is one material possession that you could not live without?

A: My computer. It fills all my free time. We have two computers at my house. My brother (Hunter) built one of them, so he could have one for himself.

Q: When you sit down at your computer, what Web site do you visit first?

A: Definitely I guess my brother got me into it. He was all-state at Brewer in soccer, and now he's a junior at (Alabama-Huntsville). He had a MySpace account a few years back, and I looked at his.

Q: What is hanging on the walls in your room?

A: I have a few movie posters and a few soccer ones. Movies, I have "Zoolander", "Starsky & Hutch" and I have a "Star Wars" poster, too. Soccer posters, there's one of David Beckham and one of the Italian soccer team.

Q: Who gave you your first soccer ball?

A: My parents. I'm going to say I was about 5. I'm sure they gave it to me just so I could practice and get better. My brother also had a major impact on me. He played goalie, and I always liked watching him play. That got me hooked.

Q: Like in a lot of sports, defensive players don't get much credit in soccer. What makes a game a satisfying effort for you?

A: First off, a shutout. Our keeper (senior Sawyer McLemore) does an awesome job, and the defense goes right along with that. I feel good after a game when I can tell that everyone on the team has given everything they have. When everyone walks off the field worn out, I know we did all we could.

Q: Who is the smartest person you know?

A: I'm going to go with my brother again. He got Mr. BHS when he was a student here, and he was in the National Honor Society. He's going to school for engineering now. He's my all-around idol.

Q: Each sport has its own stereotype. What do you think is the stereotype of a soccer player, and do you fit it?

A: Outgoing. And, I think, mainly not big bodies. Handsome — the best-looking team. I'm just joking, but everyone here always notices that we're really close and we're always hanging out together. I'd say I fit that, yes.

Q: Soccer is almost nonstop running. How do you stay in shape in the off-season?

A: During the summer, one of my teammate's dad (Joel Sowder, father of Kohl Sowder) puts a team together, and we go play a tournament in Mobile. When school starts, we run about two miles a day.

Q: Do you have any personality traits that get pointed out to you often?

A: People say I'm honest. I guess they know me, so it's pretty true. Not honest like my friend Jeremy Talley — he's honest like he just tells it like it is. I guess he's like my other half. The whole team is like my other half. They're all like my brothers.

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