Robby Lape, son of Steve and Laura Lape, is this week’s Jet’s Pizza male Athlete of the Week.
He is a junior at Battle Ground Academy and a member of the varsity boys soccer team.
Lape said he has been playing the sport since he was only five years old. He said it was a natural thing for him to try and pick up because of his family’s interest in the game.
“My dad’s been a soccer coach for a long time… my sister was big into soccer, too, so I’ve just played since a young age,” he said.
He said it became more serious around the age of eight when he started playing travel soccer, which he still does today.
One of the biggest lessons that he said he has learned through his years of playing is how to lead.
“It’s taught me how to be a leader,” he said. “For playing so long… I’ve gotten a lot better and it’s easier to help younger guys now… [to] give them good advice.”
When asked what inspires him to continue training and competing, his answer was simple: winning.
“I am a really competitive person,” he said. “I love to win.” He added that when he’s playing, he’s competing for the whole team, and even more so, for the school.
In his free time, Lape enjoys playing golf and hanging out with friends. He is also a member of both the Spanish Club and the Gaming Olympics Club, which is dedicated to playing new videogames.
He said his favorite teachers at BGA are Ms. Corliss and Mr. Dennis. Corliss teaches chemistry and Dennis teaches geometry.
“I feel like science was a tough class for me before Ms. Corliss,” he said. “it was kind of like a breakthrough year.”
Of both, he said that he appreciates the ability to go to them for advice on not only academic subjects, but other parts of life as well.
He said he is currently undecided about where he will attend college after graduating next year, but he is on the lookout for the right school.