Athlete of the Week: Westborough High School's Reid Garrity
By Lisa Stukel, Contributing WriterTeam:Westborough High School varsity basketball (point guard, co-captain), baseball (pitcher and short stop)
Coach: Brian Willar
Reid, when did you become interested in playing basketball?
“I originally became interested in playing basketball when I was in second grade. I have been playing every year since then. When I was young, I played with my dad and my friend's father. My dad played varsity basketball in high school, and he was very good. He has been an inspiration to me throughout my career.”
With a 10-11 record finish last season, what are your goals for this season?
“Last season, we were one game away from districts and one win away from getting into the Clark Tournament. This season we definitely want to win our league and qualify for the Clark Tournament. I also want to get into districts this year and hopefully go pretty far. Our team goal is to beat Algonquin; they are always a tough rival.”
Who is your biggest influence in basketball?
“My dad is my biggest influence. He has taught me all of my skills since I was young and is always looking out for me. He helped me get on the best basketball AAU teams and leagues and was our coach for the fall leagues. He coaches other teams and is involved with many other basketball players as well.”
What is your most memorable moment from last season?
“Probably how we beat Algonquin last season. We beat them in their home court and we also beat them here at our home court. It was probably my best game. I did miss 7 free throws, but we still got the win. It was a very heated and competitive game.”
What other sports do you play? Do you have a favorite?
“I play baseball as well – mainly pitcher and shortstop. I play baseball in the summer and fall, and basketball in the winter. I don's really have a favorite. Whatever season it is, I have great coaches and teammates, and we have solid teams. Baseball is a lot of fun in the summer, but I also look forward to playing basketball in the winter. I don's have a favorite position in basketball, but I do like playing point-guard because I like having the ball in my hand and controlling the game. I also like to play golf.”
How do you manage sports and academics?
“Since we have practice later in the day at 6:15, I can do homework before I go to practice. I know that I will be dead from all of the running at practice so getting most of my work done before is key. Having a later practice gives me time to come home, do homework and have dinner before I head out.”
What are your plans for next year?
“I have been talking to a number of schools and know that I will find the right one for me. I'sl most likely try out for teams, but may also get on a team as a walk-on.”
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