Athlete of the Week: Dominic Ruffolo, Alter High School

Name: Dominic Ruffolo

School: Alter

Grade: Junior

Age: 17

Sports: Soccer, basketball

Claim to fame/honors: Captain, first-team All-Ohio in soccer; center midfielder named GCL player of the year; helped Knights to state semifinals this year and state championship last year; plays select soccer for Metro Rapids SC

Bet you didn’t know … I used to play the drums

Words you live by: You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take

Toughest opponent: Columbus DeSales

Biggest influence: My parents

Match-day rituals: I eat a peanut butter and banana sandwich

What’s on your bedroom walls? Columbus Crew soccer jersey

When I’m bored I like to … hang out with friends and play video games

Favorite movie: Star Wars series

Person who would play you in a movie: Mark Wahlberg

Favorite TV show: Designated Survivor

Favorite musical artist: Justin Timberlake

I can’t live without: My family

I can live without: My phone

Event you’d like to attend: World Cup final

Favorite book: Maze Runner series

Favorite home-cooked meal: I really like my mom’s Swedish pancakes

Favorite restaurant: Ginger and Spice on Brown Street

Favorite smell: Leather

Favorite cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Dick’s Sporting Goods

Vegetable you won’t eat: I can’t stand olives

I’d love to trade places for a day with … definitely Cristiano Ronaldo

Whose mind would you like to read? Walt Disney

Place where you’d love to travel? I love Italy

Talent you’d like to have? Play the piano or guitar

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo

Favorite teams: Steelers for football, Cavs in basketball

Favorite Olympic sport: I love team handball

Something in the world I’d like to change: Hunger

Favorite sports moment: Winning state championship

Favorite junk food: My grandma’s oatmeal cookies

Best thing about soccer: One play can change the whole game

In 10 years, I hope to be … happily married and running a business

Nominate an Athlete of the Week: Send an email to freelance writer Dave Lamb at Please include the athlete’s name, school, sport and a phone number or email address where we can reach that athlete. Please include Athlete of the Week in the subject line.

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