Imagine having your High School Athletic career cut short for reasons beyond your control. Unfortunately, that’s the reality ALL local High School Senior Athletes are living right now. VNN Sports and the WPIAL Athletic Directors wanted to give these students added recognition as they get ready to move on to the next phase of their lives. Here we are recognizing Sam Tortorella from North Hills. Read below for a little more information on Sam.
What’s your best memory playing baseball for Keystone Oaks?
Last year, I threw a perfect game, 14 Ks (against Washington). That’s probably the best memory of my high school career.
What’s your strikeout pitch?
My curveball probably gets the most whiffs on, but it depends on what I did to get to two strikes, I guess.
What’s your best memory as a sports fan?
Back to back Stanley Cups for the Penguins. That was a good time. A lot of wins.
Who would you say is your school’s biggest rival?
For KO, it’s always been Seton LaSalle. In baseball, they’re not in our section, but we usually get a game in. It’s just the rival school.
What’s the best way to avoid boredom when stuck at home?
Staying in shape, definitely. Playing some video games. Shooting hoops in the back.
Why did you pick Akron?
I have a lot of family and in Ohio. It’s a great campus, great facilities. The coaches are all nice. It just seemed like a great place to be.
What do you plan to study?
I was going into the engineering program, something in that field. That’s what I got accepted into.
If you could pick anyone to give a commencement speech at your graduation, who would it be?
The late, great Kobe Bryant. Such a great talent.
If you were asked to give a speech, what advice would you give to underclassmen, whether it’s about sports or school?
Definitely cherish it. Out of nowhere, pandemic strikes and now it’s gone. At least for now. If you want to be serious and get better, you’ve got to practice and hit the weights and keep your body in shape.
If you are a local WPIAL School Athletic Director or coach and you have Spring sport seniors that you would like to see spotlighted here please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include up to TWO images per athlete along with information about the Seniors that you would like to see highlighted. There is no deadline for this program and we will be running multiple spotlights daily. Due to the current nature of our situation, this will be an ongoing feature with no current timeline for an end date.
Please direct inquiries to
PA State Manager VNN Sports
Thanks and stay safe