MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Mahopac senior Zach Esteves is a captain of the boys lacrosse team.
Also a football player, Esteves earned All-Conference honors in the fall. The senior captain also earned team awards for Most Outstanding Receiver and team MVP. As a junior, he earned the Justin Wagner Award (Most Versatile Junior).
Esteves also played high-school basketball through his sophomore year.
“Playing sports at Mahopac was a great experience,” Esteves said. “I’ve loved every coach I had because they don’t just worry about you on the field; they push to make you a better kid off the field.”
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
During this period of social distancing I have been doing lacrosse workouts that coach sends us, which includes of 1 hour of shooting or wall ball and then 1 hour of conditioning.
How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and what got you started?
I started playing lacrosse in second grade and the reason I started was because I loved trying new things and baseball was too slow of a sport for me. I wanted to do something else in the spring.
What jersey number do you wear and is there any significance behind it?
My jersey number is 21 and the reason I started wearing it was before third grade football I met Deion Sanders, so I decided to pick 21 and kept it throughout my career.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at Mahopac?
My favorite sports memory from Mahopac has to be freshman year basketball when we finished our season 18-0.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model would have to be my parents. When I was a kid, I would wake up at 6 a.m. every day and ask my dad to play some sport with me outside, and there was never a time that he would say no.
What life lessons have you learned from sports?
Life lessons I have learned from sports, and especially after what is going on, is never take anything for granted because you never know when it’s all over.
Will you be attending college? If so, where and what will you study?
I will be attending college I’m still deciding on three colleges. I am also undecided with my major.
Will you continue to play sports beyond high school?
I will be playing club lacrosse in college.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
My one superpower would be teleportation because you can go anywhere at any time.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
One thing people would be surprised to learn is that on my free time, I like to go to the high school and play tennis with a couple of friends.
What place would you most like to visit?
I would like to visit Bora Bora. It is beautiful there.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
My favorite place to eat would probably be Bucci’s.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
The go-to app on my phone would be Twitter because all Section 1 updates are on there.
For a young athlete growing up in the Mahopac school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being on the football and lacrosse teams and why should they go out for them?
I would tell them that the experience on the football and lacrosse teams are unreal. When you look up in the stands and see all of Mahopac supporting you in the stands it is a memory that you’ll never forget. The coaching staffs for these sports are great and you shouldn’t pass up on the opportunity to play, because when you are older these will be your best memories.
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