Scott Pion

Scott Pion scored 20 goals last season for the ECC Division IV champion Wheeler Lions. That's the most by a Wheeler player in more than a decade. Pion also excels in basketball and lacrosse. | Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

1. What are your personal goals for this season and how do you expect to achieve them?

I want to try to make All-State, that's one of my big goals. I've just got to shine in every game in other coaches' eyes as well as my own and the team's. I've got to work hard in practice and in games, and stay in my best physical condition.

2. What are the team goals for this season and how can they be achieved?

We want to win ECC Division IV again and go at least to the quarterfinals of the state tournament. I think because of what we did last year, we can do better this year. Last year we were tied with the state champions until the last nine minutes. That's pretty good for a small school. (Editor's note: In 2018 the Lions went 8-0 to win ECC Division IV. They later advanced to the Class S second round, where they lost to Old Saybrook, the eventual state champion, 2-0.)

3. Who inspires you and why?

My dad because he grew up with nothing and he has had a very successful life.

4. What is your most memorable moment as an athlete?

My sophomore year when I scored an overtime game-winner in soccer (a 2-1 victory over Tourtellotte in double overtime). It was indescribable.

5. What has been your greatest challenge?

Probably getting noticed by colleges for lacrosse. Being from such a small school, you never get looked at. If I don't email them, they won't email me. But I've been getting a lot of emails lately. I went to a big showcase in lacrosse at Endicott College (in Beverly, Mass.) and I did pretty well. Now I've got 40 colleges following me and sending me emails.

6. What are your plans after graduation and why?

Go to college and get a degree in biology or architecture while I play lacrosse. I would love to play Division I, but right now I'm thinking Division II. But I'd love to play Division I. That'd be a dream.

FAVORITES

Sport: Lacrosse

Pro athlete: Paul Rabil (professional lacrosse player)

Pro team: New England Patriots

Subject/class: Math and science

Movie: "10,000 BC"

TV show: "Family Guy"

Actor: Kevin Hart

Song: "Forever" by Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Eminem

Band/musician: Lil Wayne

Food: Brownies

UP CLOSE

Family: My mother Tracy, father Scott, little sister Leah, and my three older siblings, Zach, Danielle and Amber.

Hometown: North Stonington.

Hobbies/interests: Fishing and sports.

If I weren’t involved in athletics I’d: probably sit at home and play video games.

I’d give anything to meet: LeBron James.

COACH'S TAKE

"Technically he's very good. First of all, he's strong. He's got good speed and he strikes the ball very well. He's a threat. He does a very good job. His leadership is going to be very important for us this season. That's one of the biggest things we're going to need from him," Joe Mendonca, longtime Wheeler boys soccer coach.

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