Michael R. Izzo
Age: 18, 2013 graduate
Team: Little Falls Mounties
Position: Center Field
Favorite sport to play: Baseball
Favorite sport to watch: College Basketball
Favorite athlete: Derek Jeter
Favorite team: Duke
Favorite subject in school: Calculus II
Favorite movie: Shooter
Favorite TV show: Family Guy
Favorite actor: Mark Wahlberg
Favorite song: ‘My Moment’ by DJ Drama featuring 2 Chainz, Meek Mill and Jeremih
Favorite musician: Drake
Favorite food: Pizza
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR SPORT?
I truly enjoy the bond that I have formed with each of my teammates. We have played together since 12-year-old Little League All-Stars and we have formed a brotherhood. Winning is the best feeling after so many years of hard work with each team member always contributing their best effort!
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE ATHLETIC MOMENT?
My most memorable athletic moment is this year's varsity baseball match up against Herkimer where we were victorious and clinched the 2013 CSC II League Championship title!
TELL US ABOUT SOMEONE WHO INSPIRES YOU IN SPORTS AND WHY.
Someone who inspires me is Derek Jeter because he always gives 100% regardless of the odds.
WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGES BALANCING ACADEMICS AND SPORTS?
For me, the greatest challenge in balancing academics and athletics is time. This has always been a challenge taking many college-level courses. I often find myself studying late at night to achieve my goals. Academics is always my priority.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL?
I am attending Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to pursue my Pharm D. degree.
Appeared in Aug. 2, 2012, print edition of The Times