Athlete of the Week: Joseph Scales, Ponitz Career Technology Center

Joseph Scales
Joseph Scales

Name: Joseph Scales

School: Ponitz

Grade: Sophomore

Age: 16

Sports: Track and field, cross-country, football, boxing

Claim to fame/honors: Has competed in 100, 200, 400, 4x100 relay, Swedish medley (100, 200, 300, 400), sprint medley and shot put

Bet you didn’t know … I’m a lazy person

Toughest opponent: Myself because I keep running from the 400 event. My coach puts me in it. I need it so I can get better.

Biggest influence: My two coaches, James Crutcher and Larry Manley

Meet-day rituals: Listen to music, sleep

What’s on your bedroom walls? Running medals and boxing posters

When I’m bored I like to … eat everything that’s in the house

Favorite movie: Transformers

Person who would play you in a movie: Chris Tucker

Favorite TV show: Dragon Ball Z

Favorite musical artist: Famous Dex

I can’t live without: Water

I can live without: Negative people

Event you’d like to attend: Summer Olympics

Favorite home-cooked meal: Macaroni and cheese

Favorite restaurant: Golden Corral

Favorite smell: Fresh air

Favorite cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Foot Locker

Vegetable you won’t eat: Pretty much any of them

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Usain Bolt

Whose mind would you like to read? Muhammad Ali

Place where you’d love to travel? Japan

Talent you’d like to have? Speak another language

Favorite school subject: Science

Favorite athlete: Muhammad Ali

Favorite team: Charlotte Hornets

Favorite Olympic sport: Boxing

Something in the world I’d like to change: All the bad things

Favorite sports moment: Golden State Warriors winning championship this year

Favorite junk food: Honey buns

Best thing about track: The competition

In 10 years, I hope to be … a physical trainer or a game designer

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