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Athlete of the Week: Taran McMillan, Centerville High School

Taran McMillan
Taran McMillan

Name: Taran McMillan

School: Centerville

Grade: Senior

Age: 18

Sport: Soccer

Claim to fame/honors: Team captain was leading scorer and offensive player of the year for Elks as a senior; earned first-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference as a senior and second team as a junior; as three-year varsity player, helped Centerville win two district titles and one runner-up finish; also plays select soccer for Warren County Soccer Academy; committed to play soccer at University of Evansville

Bet you didn’t know: I cracked my chin open when I was 4

Words you live by: I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.

Toughest opponent: Loveland

Biggest influence: My parents

Match-day rituals: I have to put my uniform on in the same order every game and I have to follow the same warm-up routine.

What’s on your bedroom walls? Soccer posters

When I’m bored I like to: Play soccer

Favorite movie: Mean Girls

Person who would play you in a movie: Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite musical artist: Selena Gomez

I can’t live without: A soccer ball

I can live without: Candy

Event you’d like to attend: Olympic opening ceremony

Favorite book: “When Nobody Is Watching” by Carli Lloyd

Favorite home-cooked meal: Quesadillas

Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden

Favorite smell: Home-baked cookies

Favorite cereal: Cap’n Crunch

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Nike

Vegetable you won’t eat: Asparagus

I’d love to trade places for a day with: Alex Morgan

Whose mind would you like to read? Albert Einstein

Place where you’d love to travel? Turks and Caicos Islands

Talent you’d like to have? Singing

Favorite school subject: Math and anatomy

Favorite athlete: Lionel Messi

Favorite team: FC Barcelona

Favorite Olympic sport: Soccer

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

Favorite sports moment: I had the winning penalty kick my sophomore year against Ursuline Academy to win district finals.

Favorite junk food: Ice cream

Best thing about soccer: It pushes me to be my best on and off the field

In 10 yearsI hope to be … a physician assistant in an emergency department and a professional soccer player

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