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Senior Dunks Way Through Mid-Season Push

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Mahopac’s Ryan Vitkus throws down a dunk against visiting John Jay-EF on Jan. 13. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
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Ryan Vitkus is a 6-foot-7 senior center for Mahopac’s varsity boys basketball team.

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

I was 10 when I first started playing. I started playing with the Mahopac Sports Association.

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Closing in on the middle of the season, how would you evaluate the team’s performance overall on the season?

We are a very athletic team, which I feel will help us in the future. I wish our record was a little better at this time, but we will work on consistency and I believe that the wins will come for us.

What do you feel are your biggest strengths as a player?

My height and wingspan are my biggest strengths. They help myself in multiple phases of the game.

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

We really don’t have a ritual, but we all like the playlist for warmups.

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

My brother John has been a big influence. I’ve learned that your brother is your biggest critic, considering he also played for the varsity basketball team when he was in high school.

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

I used to live in Shanghai, China when I was younger.

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, what are some schools you are interested in?

I’m interested in a few schools in Rhode Island, as well as the University of Scranton. If the opportunity to play presents, I would take it.

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

I would like to pursue a business degree in the medical field with a Chinese language minor.

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

Bill Laimbeer from the Pistons. I don’t really have a favorite sports team.

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

Rap/hip hop

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

To fly. Why wouldn’t you want to fly?

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

I would like to sail the Adriatic Sea. I heard the waters are incredible out there.

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

Chicken supreme from Grand Central Deli.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

Crossroads Deli. They give you a great deal and they are open late.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Twitter. It’s easier and most people are on it.

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

The program has been under scrutiny in the past few years but it is headed in the right direction now. The team is a group of good kids and I enjoy playing for my school.

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