MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Matt Luongo has had an impressive high school athletic career, playing four sports during his time at Mahopac. The senior has run cross country for four years, played high school baseball since eighth grade, ran winter track for three years, and bowled for one year. He was a senior captain on the cross-country team and was also captain of his JV and freshman baseball teams. In addition to being a leader, Luongo has also shined on the baseball diamond, winning the Cy Young Award for his JV team.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
To get through this period of social distancing, I have been doing a 3,000-piece puzzle, going outside and playing baseball with my brothers and my dad, completing my homework, and playing “Fortnite” mobile with my friends.
How old were you when you started playing baseball and what got you started?
My dad got me into baseball, and I started playing when I was 4 years old.
What is your favorite thing about being on the Mahopac baseball team?
Everyone on the team positively pushes each other, both on and off the field. The friendships and bonds I have created with my teammates and coaches are extraordinary and will last a lifetime.
What is your favorite baseball memory at Mahopac?
My favorite baseball memory at Mahopac was making a diving catch in the outfield with bases loaded that turned into a double play to end the inning. We ended up winning the game 5-4.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My parents have been my biggest role models over the years. I have learned so much from my dad. My dad taught me how to play baseball. I remember countless days in which my dad would come straight home from work and go to the backyard with my brothers and me to hit us fly balls. He also taught me numerous lessons, such as the importance of hard work and that it is OK to fail, so long as you learn from failure and it pushes you to work harder. My mom drove me to do my best in and out of school, and she taught me to always be kind and respectful. She has guided and helped me many times in my life.
How do you get prepared for a game? Do you listen to music? Any team traditions?
We have team dinners before many games. My mom usually makes me food before our games. I listen to country music before every game.
Will you be attending college? If so, where and what will you study?
Yes, but I’m not sure where yet. I will study mechanical engineering.
Will you continue to play sports beyond high school?
Most likely just club baseball.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
If I could have one superpower, it would be to fly because I would be able to go wherever I want very quickly and whenever I feel like it.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
Something about myself people would be surprised to learn is that I’m single. HMU.
What is your favorite place to visit on vacation and why?
My favorite place to visit on vacation is the Atlantis in the Bahamas with my family because it is very nice there and there’s a lot to do.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
Bliss because there are so many great options to choose from.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
2048 because it is simple and relaxing.
What TV shows/movies are you currently watching?
None right now. I will start “All-American” soon after I finish my puzzle.
For a young athlete growing up in the Mahopac school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being on the baseball team and why should they go out for it?
I would tell them that this experience has been something I will never forget. My experience of being on the baseball team has been rewarding both on and off the field. I think they should go out for it because if baseball is something you love, you will be surrounded by people that feel the same way and want to win. They will support you and push you to become a better athlete and person. The friendships I have made because of baseball have been ones that will last a lifetime.
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