Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Seton Catholic Central senior Connor Ligeikis started playing soccer at 6 years old, and chose goalie as his position because there was a lot less running.
That may be the last time he has taken the easy way out.
With a full load of tough classes, and carrying a 102 average, Connor is this week's academic all star.
" Your responsibility is greater than every other player on the field. You have to keep the ball out of the net."
Responsibility not only in keeping the ball out of the net, but making sure his teammates are in the right place.
" You have to communicate and communicate effectively, to make sure that all the other players know what they're doing. So instead of just knowing how to play goalie, you have to know how to play all the other positions on the field. I think that helps because if you can communicate effectively and solve problems on the field before they happen then you prevent shots and ultimately prevent goals from going in. "
Taking those abilities, to solve problems and be a good communicator, led Connor into the courtroom, or at least for now, the mock trial room.
" You sort of have to do both in that too, because you have to speak and write out your arguments, and also solve problems like how the argument should go and how you should question somebody. "
The path to becoming a lawyer is of course a difficult one, and Connor doesn't plan on making it easy on himself.
He plans to get his undergraduate degree in engineering before starting law school.
But just as it is now, as he juggles AP classes and sports to keep up an average of 102, he enjoys keeping busy.
" You think you would be hard, but I like not having a lot of downtime. I like not being bored. So I get to just go to one thing and the next and then eventually go to sleep. "
A leader on the field, and a role model in the class, Connor Ligeikis doesn't need to make much more of a case for himself.
There's no argument, he's this week's academic all star.