Julia Torreso is proud to be a Stratford Red Devil. The two-sport standout, a senior, has been a varsity volleyball player and a varsity basketball player for all four of her years on campus.
Come fall, she will take her on-court hoops talents to Manhattanville College.
Torreso, one of three captains for the team, has Stratford halfway to a state tournament berth halfway through the season.
Earlier this week, Torreso took time out to go “On The Record” with the Stratford Sports Scene.
Stratford Sports Scene: What’s the best thing about Stratford High School?
Julia Torreso: The best thing about Stratford High School would have to be … I have to think. It’s fun, especially with the athletics. There aren’t two gyms, so we share and we all know each other. It’s like a big family.
SSS: If you could change one thing about the school, what would it be?
JT: All these renovations we have going on. It’s just a lot with the transition over to the new school.
SSS: What teacher or coach has had the biggest impact on you since you’ve been at Stratford High?
JT: There’s been a couple of teachers I’m very close with. Miss (Kerry) Lynch, my English teacher, last year, and Miss (Jamie) Gildea, my math teacher and my volleyball coach.
SSS: You’re halfway through the season and halfway to a state tournament berth with four wins. What will it take to get there?
JT: I think it’s going to have to be the effort of the team. I know at this point of the season it’s going to be very hard for us because we’re playing harder teams, but if we show we want it, I think we can accomplish it.
SSS: Tie game, one second left on the clock: What teammate do you want to see at the foul line to win it?
JT: One of my teammates? Abby (Anka). She’s my baby. We’ve grown up together. She works really hard at practice. She pushes herself.
SSS: You have a new coach in Laura Descenza this season, as well. What’s been the biggest change from past years?
JT: She and our previous coach have totally different dynamics and coaching styles. It was different for us to adjust to it, but it’s been a good adjustment. She pushes us to work hard every day in practice and I think we can do good things.
SSS: Are you a volleyball player who plays basketball, or the other way around?
JT: I’m a basketball player who plays volleyball.
SSS: What is your earliest sports memory?
JT: I don’t know. Probably when I started playing basketball at St. James.
SSS: If you could play a sport, you have never tried before, what would it be?
JT: I’ve played a lot of sports. I’ve even done horse-back riding. Probably lacrosse, that’s one of the only ones I haven’t tried yet. It’s different.
SSS: What scares you?
JT: In general? Spiders. Insects. I can’t. I just don’t like bugs. I don’t like snakes either.
SSS: What is something nobody else knows about you?
JT: Umm, probably that I used to ride horses. Some people know that, but not a lot.
SSS: What was the last movie you saw and give us a one sentence review?
JT: Last movie I saw was Creed 2, the new one that just came out. I liked it. It was a very good movie. I like how it ended.
SSS: If Netflix announced it was closing down, what is the one show you would race home to watch one last time?
JT: These are hard-hitting questions (Laughs). There is so much on Netflix. It’s too hard to choose.
SSS: What is your perfect breakfast?
JT: Chocolate chip pancakes. I love chocolate chip pancakes.
SSS: The ideal midnight snack?
JT: Ice cream. Chocolate chip.
SSS: What is your favorite home-cooked meal?
JT: What do I like? Let’s see. I like so much food. I eat a lot of pasta. Something pasta related.
SSS: If you could go back in time and witness something historic, what would it be?
JT: I’d like to see Michael Jordan play basketball.
SSS: And what one word best describes Julia Torreso?