Team: Ilion Golden Bombers
Year in school: Junior
Sport to play: Softball
Sport to watch: Baseball
Team: New York Yankees
Athlete: Mark Teixeira
Class in school: Math
Movie: The Italian Job
TV show: The Event
Actor: Shia Labeouf
Actress: Sandra Bullock
Musician: Taylor Swift
Song: "Rolling In the Deep" by Adele
Explain what you enjoy most about your sport and athletics.
I love the competitive aspect of it. Getting ready for the big games and when you win them the feeling is awesome. The teamwork aspect of athletics in general I love. Some sports it can be a one-man team, but in softball it’s not. No matter how strong the defense is, your teammates have to back you up on offense and get the hits to put runs on the board.
What is your most memorable athletic moment?
My most memorable moment would be winning the David P. Whalen Memorial Tournament and giving Mr. Whalen the chance to “bring home the trophy” on coaching his final home game.
Tell us about someone who inspires you in sports and why
My mom Jackie Giruzzi (Moreau) inspires me in sports. When she was in high school, she was a pitcher just like me, with Mr. Whalen as her coach. She pitched some pretty tough years and games and led the team to some important wins. She is always at all my games no matter how far or how cold, and she is always there to remind me how hard I have to work and what I am doing wrong. When I have a bad game, she is there for support and that is important to me.
What are your greatest challenges balancing academics and sports?
Taking all honors and AP courses makes getting my work done difficult. After my games or practice I come straight home and do my homework, even if that means I have to sacrifice other things for it. My greatest challenge is making time for homework after long days at school and softball.
What are your plans after graduating from high school?
I plan on attending a four- year college majoring in Pre-Physician Assistant.
appeared in June 10, 2011 edition of The Telegram