Scrappy Senior Leader Brings Controlled Aggression to Court

Tara Ravoli, right, is a two-year captain for the Mahopac varsity girls basketball team. Credits: Jim MacLean

Tara Ravoli is a senior forward and two-year captain for Mahopac’s varsity girls basketball team. She returns to the team as the only starting captain from last year’s team. She also played field hockey and is on the lacrosse team.

How old were you when you first started playing basketball and how did you get started?


I started playing basketball when I was 10 years old for the St. John’s CYO team.  I got started after I did an MSA camp and people told me I should try out for CYO.

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What kind of expectations/goals does the Mahopac girls’ basketball team have this season?

Our goal is to make it to the County Center and win the Section 1 Championship.

What are your strengths as a basketball player?

I feel that my speed and aggression on the court are my best attributes.

What would you like to improve on from last season? What goals do you have for yourself for this season?

I want to improve on my jump shot. My goal is to become a greater offensive threat.

As a team captain, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?

As a captain for the second year, I take my role as a team leader very seriously.  I believe in leading by example vocally on the court.  I think my hustle on the court has a domino effect on my teammates and helps keep the team’s energy up.

What is your favorite team activity, pre-match or post-match ritual that you share with your teammates?

My favorite pre-game ritual is huddling up as a team right before warm-ups end because it gives us a chance to get fired up before the game.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My biggest role models have been my parents because from a young age, they have pushed me to be the best athlete I can be without losing sight of the importance of family and academics.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

Not a lot of people know that I keep statistics for the Mahopac varsity ice hockey team.

Do you plan on continuing to play basketball in college? If yes, have you committed yet, where are you going and why did you select that school? If not, which places are you looking at?

I would like to continue basketball at the club level when I attend college. I am not sure where I want to go yet.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I want to study engineering in college because I like math and science.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

My favorite professional athlete is Ronda Rousey.  My favorite sports team is the UConn women’s basketball team.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

My favorite music to listen to before a game is rap and hip/hop.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

I would want to be able to be invisible because you can go places and people would never know you were there.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I would go to Italy to experience the culture there.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a match?

I like to eat a banana before my games because it’s not too filling but it is enough to get me through the game.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

Bliss, because it is right in town and the food is good.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Twitter, because you can find information on almost anything quickly.

For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the girls’ basketball program and why should they go out for the team?

Being part of the girls’ basketball program at Mahopac is like being a part of a family.  We are all very close and we work hard not only for ourselves but for each other.  Girls should definitely go out for the team so they can become close with other athletes and play for some of the best coaches here at Mahopac. coach (Chuck) Scozzafava and coach (Richard) Clinchy put in more hours than us to make sure we are always prepared for the game ahead of us, and our JV coach, coach Lyons puts in a lot of time to make sure the girls are ready when they come up to varsity.

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