September 22nd, 2011

"20 Questions" With Neil Henley

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

"20 Questions" With Neil Henley
photo by Chris Jung

St. Xavier senior takes on the Questions

Each week, will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 questions - some in-depth, some lighthearted - that will provide insight into the thoughts and personalities of the boys and girls who are doing great things on and off the local courts, fields, tracks, and courses.

As a junior, St. Xavier High School's Neil Chad Connor Henley snuck up on opposing soccer teams as an unknown and managed to have a profound impact on the success of the Tigers, while simultaneously flying under the proverbial radar.

This season, as St. X has moved to No. 2 in the state high school boys soccer rankings, and No. 26 in the ESPN High School national rankings, Henley isn't surprising anyone. His offensive prowess and athleticism definitely has the attention of players and coaches, as Henley continues to be a force near the goal for a Tigers team has has won 12 straight games and 13 of 15 overall.

Henley, who was referred to as "The Real Deal" by public address announcer and St. X Assistant Athletic Director Peter DeZarn during a game last week, has scored 12 goals and notced six assists during nine games played this season. And his abilities have even landed him a very real scholarship, as the six-foot-one Henley will attend Xavier University next season.

The son of Doug and Connie Henley, Neil is one of four children, carries a 3.6 GPA at St. X, enjoys living in the moment and says that soccer "controls his life."  

Henley and the Tigers have two games left on its schedule - Saturday (St. Henry) and Monday (Atherton) - before the annual rivalry game against Trinity on Sept. 28, which will be Henley's last of his career.

Before then, however, Henley recently participated in the newest edition of's "20 Questions," and his answers are below.

1. What is your proudest athletic moment?

Earning a scholarship to play college soccer 

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game?

Frosted Flakes 

3. If you were trying out for American Idol, what would be your "go to" song?

"Beggin" by Madcon 

4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level? Why?

Miles Austin 

5. What is your favorite movie quote?

"Don't pour over me, don't pour over me!" - Just Go With It  

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports?

Have good sportsmanship no matter what goes on in the stands or on the field.  

7. What is your favorite cartoon character?

Porky Pig 

8. All time favorite board game?


9. Droid, iPhone, or Blackberry? Favorite app?

iPhone and Cash Cab 

10. What is your favorite local (non chain) restaurant in Louisville?

Morris' Deli 

11. What is your favorite reality TV show?

Don't have one.

12. What is your greatest fear?

My future. 

13. What is your best quality/characteristic?


14. Favorite junk/comfort food?

Cosmic brownies 

15. What is your favorite hour of the day?

9 p.m. 

16. What is your nickname and how did you get it?

Do not have one.

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service?

Active Day Adult Day Care Center 

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess?

Video games 

19. If time machines were real, and you could choose just one - to travel forward or backward - which would you select and why?

Backwards, so I do not know what to expect in the future and to relive great memories 

20. If Mark Zuckerberg said you could make any change or addition to Facebook, would would it be?

Go back to normal Facebook.


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