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Like so many young athletes, Susquehannock's Nathan Bilbie has dreams of playing professionally.

"After college, depending on how that goes, I'd like to find a professional team either here or overseas. If that doesn't work -- and I hope that does because its my No. 1 goal right now -- and if that doesn't work then I'm just going into the workforce."

Gordon College, Lycoming and Millersville are among the potential college destinations for Bilbie, who scored 15 goals and notched nine assists during the season.

Here's the rest of a recent conversation with the YAIAA Division II Player of the Year.

Susquehannock’s Nathan Bilbie
Susquehannock's Nathan Bilbie

What was the highlight for the season?

Going to states and being able to spend the season winning as much as we did.

Was that the highlight of your high school career?

Yes, probably.

Your team had a lot of tight games throughout the year, especially some that went in penalty kicks in the postseason. How did you handle those games?

I think that as a team, we had really good chemistry. Once we got into tight games, where other teams may fall apart, our chemistry held us together. We were able to stay together and calm.

When did you start playing soccer?

I started when I was five.

Anything draw you into the sport?

My dad played in high school. All my other family pretty much played. So I'm guessing my dad probably asked if I wanted to play and I said yes, and I have loved it ever since.

Susquehannock’s Nathan Bilbie, center, breaks up a drive by West York’s Eddy Rodriguez during a game in October. Both players were named YAIAA
Susquehannock's Nathan Bilbie, center, breaks up a drive by West York's Eddy Rodriguez during a game in October. Both players were named YAIAA Division II All-Stars, with Bilbie picking up Player of the Year honors. ( File)

OK, enough serious stuff. If they made a movie of your life, who would play you?

I would probably say professional soccer player Neymar. He's been a huge inspiration for me throughout the past couple of years. He came up in a small town and nobody really knew his name and he got into a smaller professional league in Brazil. Now, he's making millions at Barcelona. That's kind of how I'd like to live my life in the next couple of years, so I think he would be a good person.

What's your favorite food?


What's your favorite holiday?


Who is your favorite singer or band?

Big Sean.

Who is your favorite actor or actress?

Shia LaBeouf.

What is your favorite movie?

Transformers, any of them. I just like the whole series.

What is your favorite cell phone app?

Head Soccer.

What sport are you the absolute worst at?

I'm pretty bad at volleyball.

Who is your role model?

Probably Neymar. Like I said before, he came up from a small town and in poverty and now he's playing in one of the top leagues in the world.

What is your favorite activity to do off the field?

Probably just hanging out with friends from my soccer team and my club team.

Going back to elementary school, what was your favorite thing to do during recess?

Play pick-up soccer.

What's one thing you do that drives your parents crazy?

Play Xbox and play Call of Duty and get mad at that. When I play, sometimes I get mad and yell.

What's one place in the world you would like to visit?

I would like to go back to England. I went once, but I would like to go back and see more soccer stadiums and see a game.

What's your favorite vacation spot?

The Outer Banks.

What's your favorite animal to see at the zoo?


What's the one thing you always have to have with you besides your cell phone?


What's your favorite TV show?

Modern Family.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Cristiano Ronaldo just because of how famous of a soccer player he is and how much success he has had over his lifetime. Morgan Freeman just because of how he portrays God in pretty much all of the movies he plays in and how inspirational and how successful he is. Then, JFK because he was so well liked and he was going to change everything before he got assassinated.

What is favorite sport other than soccer?


Who is your favorite team?

Manchester United.

What is your favorite store to shop at?


If you had one day to yourself with no responsibilities what would you do?

Sleep, play soccer and hang out with friends.

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