Versatile Kubota Loves Soccer, But Cleaning His Room: Nah
Colin Kubota always has been a student of soccer. This season, as his Kailua High School team approaches the midway point of its OIA season, he’s already played goalkeeper, sweeper, right half-back, left half-back, center-midfielder and forward, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Basically, wherever they put me, I’ll play,” said Kubota, a sophomore. “I’ve been playing all over. It gives me a different view of the game and gets me ready for the game in the future if I want to play a different position. This gives me an idea of what position suits me best.”
At present, Kubota and the Surfriders are on a mission to become playoff-eligible after dropping their first two league games. Kailua returns to action at 4 p.m. Saturday at Kahuku. Kubota recently took some time away from the practice field to visit with MidWeek‘s Windward Islander.
What is your earliest sports-related memory? Being with my dad on the soccer field, just kicking the ball around and waiting for the other kids to arrive for (AYSO) practice. My dad was my coach, and I was always excited to see who my teammates would be.
What’s the best part of playing in the Kailua program? When my sister (KeriAnne) and brother (Cameron) played here, I always liked watching them. I like holding up the family tradition, and it gives me more of a sense of pride in my school.
What areas of your game did you focus on during the off-season and on your own time? Mainly, my ball control and working on my touches on the ball.
Who’s had the biggest impact on your life? My dad, because he’s always been the one coaching me in soccer and baseball. He was always there to support me, and he’s a great teacher.
What Internet site do you frequent the most? Instagram.
What is your least favorite household chore? Cleaning my room.
What movie could you watch over and over? That would be tough. I have a lot of favorites. I think it would be Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
Who is your most competitive teammate at practice? Max Irons. He’s really supportive of his teammates. Overall, he’s a good player.
What’s in your iPod? All types of music. Mainly, techno music or hip hop.
How do you like to spend your free time? Hanging out with friends, listening to music and reading. I also like doing outdoors-type things, like going to the beach.
How many text messages do you send/receive a day? Maybe about 500.
If you could have your pick, what celebrity would you choose as your prom date? (Actress) Grace Park.
You’re stuck on Kahoolawe and can have an endless supply of just one food. What would it be? Sushi.