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By Derrick Smith

High school student-athletes put in a lot of work in order to become better at their sport. There is the time at the gym and weight room, not to mention the hours of practice. But behind every athlete on the field, is a group of people that are there to support and encourage them.

Kolton Johnson says that he is thankful for those people in his life. “My parents and my high school and club coaches are my biggest role models,” he said. “They taught me about the game of soccer and they pushed me to be better everyday.”

Johnson is a senior at Edmond North High School, where he plays goalkeeper for the soccer team. He has played the game for nine years and says getting to where he is now has taken a lot. “There has been a lot of hard work that I have put in over the years,” he said. “Another key thing is being dedicated to the sport. If you want to be great, you have to be willing to put in the time and sacrifice.”

Edmond North soccer coach, Chris Waugh, says that while Johnson is a great goalkeeper, he is also a great student. “Kolton is a force in the goal with his lightning quick reflexes and his instincts to stop the ball from going in the net. Kolton is a team captain and he is constantly pushing the guys to give their best! Kolton also excels in the classroom and is always looking to help others.”

While he has had a lot of great moments during his years of soccer, he says that there are a few games that stick in his mind. “During my junior year, I saved several penalty kicks,” he recalled. “By saving those, we were able to make it to the playoffs.”

Kolton is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Edmond North. After graduation, he will be continuing his soccer career at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.

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