Harry Landis (JK Wizards) Named Player of the Week!

From Star Ledger News

JUST THE FACTS: Landis, the senior who plays wherever coach Keith Roig needs him, scored two goals in the final five minutes in a 2-1 victory over Iselin Kennedy. He followed that clutch performance with a game-winning goal in overtime when Highland Park defeated Wardlaw-Hartridge, 2-1, on Sept. 20.

Landis, who was officially listed as a midfielder at the beginning of the season, splits time as a defender and forward. His efficiency up front has yielded five goals and an assist and paced Highland Park to a 3-2 start.

COACH’S COMMENT: "It’s more than just his speed and strength, it’s his will," Keith Roig, who’s in his 13th season at Highland Park said. "He always gives 110 percent and the more competitive the game is, the more he rises to the occasion."

THE TEAM PLAYER: "I continually try to train myself so I can better myself to help the team," Landis said. "As a team, we’re very strong, but it starts at the individual level. Everyone works hard, and that’s why we’re at where we are right now."

GOAL FOR THE SEASON: Win states. After each practice Highland Park’s huddle breaks with "1-2-3-states." Last season, the Middlesex County school lost to South River in Central Jersey, Group 1 quarterfinals.

OFF THE FIELD: Landis started a Buddy Ball chapter in Highland Park as a Bar Mitzvah project in eighth grade. He raised $18,000 in donations and brought the program which provides special needs children the opportunity to take part in athletics with a teenage "pal." The program started with 10 children and now services 25 "buddies." It runs every Saturday and every sports team at Highland Park High School participates.

I FIRST STARTED PLAYING SOCCER: Highland Park’s travel team at age 7.

BEST SOCCER MEMORY: His first varsity away game against Spotswood. Noah Weinberg scored a game-winning goal in double overtime to lift Highland Park when Landis was a sophomore.

"We all piled on him and it was my first overtime experience with my high school team. It was pretty cool."

COLLEGE: Landis will attend an ID camp at Carnegie Mellon this fall, one of his top choices.

FAVORITE OPPONENT: Metuchen, Highland’s Park’s rival

CLUB TEAM: The Jersey Knights

CLAIM TO FAME: Landis has a perfect attendance record. He hopes to keep the 13-year streak alive through his senior year.

THE ROCKER: Landis is a member of Hattrick along with bandmates Aidan Kusnekov and David Segal. The trio could be an Arctic Monkeys cover band, Landis said.

FAVORITE TV SHOW: "The Walking Dead"


FAVORITE FOOD: Greek salad

FAVORITE TEAM: Minnesota Vikings

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Sebastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Munich


DINNER FOR FOUR: Sun Tzu, author of "The Art of War", Leonardo da Vinci and John F. Kennedy.

TEN YEARS FROM NOW: Landis hopes to be in a leadership position in the business world and lead a soccer team from the sidelines.