• Girls Basketball Profile: Tiffany Tortora

    by  • February 6, 2017 • Athlete Profiles, Homepage, Sports • 0 Comments

    Growing up, junior Tiffany Tortora enjoyed playing basketball. Attending Malden Youth basketball weekly. After Tortora finished Malden Youth, she was able to move forward and start her high school basketball career.

    Playing since her freshman year as center position, she has “learn[ed] experiences, success as well as failures, and most of all unforgettable memories.” These unforgettable memories “[have] transformed [the program] into a community where [they] all have a sense of togetherness and everyone supports each other. From freshman,to JV, to varsity, [they] all support each other and push each other to be great.”

    Junior Tiffany Totora blocks the ball from junior Xue Zhou as they practice drills.

    As the season begins to come to an end, Tortora's goal is to “play more aggressive and communicate.” At the beginning of the year, the girls basketball team received their first win of the season against Everett. She believes that “playing Everett is always a great match up” because they are able to not only communicate, but use their skills in order to win. Working together they are able to defeat other cities and rivalries throughout the season.

    With Scott Marino’s welcoming into the season a couple months back, several teammates had and still have “high hopes” for the season because Marino brings so much to the table like new skills and strategies they are able to use on the court and he pushed them each and every practice. Compared to last year Tortora summed up this “season as amazing and successful… always remaining positive” Next year, as a senior, Totora hopes to play another season as well as continue her high school career in playing basketball or volleyball in college.


    Jesaias Benitez is a junior at the Malden High School. He is the Head of Photography for the Blue and Gold this year. While his parents are from El Salvador, Benitez was born in New York, which is where he spent most of his childhood. He then moved to Malden and attended the Beebe Middle School. After school, he usually works at Boda Borg. He enjoys watching The Walking Dead and likes to eat Japanese food. Tennis is one sport that he enjoys playing. One of his favorite classes in school is AP World History. Benitez’s main interest is photography, he would like to pursue a career related to it such as forensics. This year, Benitez is very excited to work on photography for The Blue and Gold articles. He is also looking forward to working with the new members.

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