Brent Hooper, Archbishop Curley, boys soccer

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Archbishop Curley senior Brent Hooper's creativity, skill and smarts helped the Friars rise to No. 1 in The Sun's boys soccer poll last week. He is a third-year starting center midfielder, an Olympic Developmental regional team pool player and former member of July's National champion Casa Mia Bays club team. Hooper has maintained a 3.8 grade-point average in honors and advanced placement courses. He turned down offers from Georgetown, Northwestern and Bucknell for a soccer scholarship to Virginia Tech.

What are some of the honors and responsibilities you've had at Curley?

Senior class president, history club, environmental club, activities board. Sports editor of the Curley Chronicle newspaper. Three years of wrestling and lacrosse. I'm also in the National Honor Society and the Quill and Scroll Society, an international club for high school journalists.

One of your grandfathers, Henry Hooper, died in April, the other, Howard Hinkle, a few days after Christmas in 2002. What did each mean to you?

My mom's father, Howard, never missed a game. He was reliable and loyal. My father's dad - they called him "Mr. Bud" - was a tenacious person and never gave up. A lot of what they were, I'm a combination of them. I say a prayer for them before every game.

Your father was a star soccer player at Curley through 1979, and your brother, Brandon, starred in soccer and wrestling at John Carroll through 2001. Do you embrace your legacy?

They set the benchmark for me and left some really big shoes to fill. I aspire to do better than them. I play in the midfield in lacrosse and soccer, and I wrestled in the middle of the lineup last year. I'm never the best player or the best wrestler in the room, but I like being in the middle of everything and the guy who keeps the wheels turning. When you're in the middle, you can't hide. I don't mind working hard. I'm a big fan of being honest and being accountable.

You and another editor raised some eyebrows by allowing a certain article to run last year, didn't you?

Yes. In the first issue of last year's paper dealing with the school spending money on some technology - plasma televisions and [expensive] laptops for teachers - while, in the meantime, the roof would leak water every time it rained. From then on, articles had to be approved by the principal. It made things a little tougher because some reporters felt limited in what they could write.

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