With senior athletes seeing the final months of their high school careers affected both on and off the fields and away from the gyms, The Ruden Report has started a new series, Senior Moments, to put the spotlight on some of the best of the Class of 2020.
Next up is New Canaan’s Zach LaPolice, who plays football and lacrosse and will do a postgrad year and play football at Choate starting in the fall.
TRR: How are you dealing with the current situation and uncertainty about the season?
ZL: It’s pretty tough. A lot of the guys are kind of devastated not being able to be in the normal swing of things. Normally we’d be out on the field playing preseason. It’s kind of unsettling not knowing when our season is going to begin, and especially for us seniors with our final season as a New Canaan High School Ram. We don’t know where it will lead. It’s hard, but all of us and everyone in the community are fighting through this so hopefully there will be a season. We’re all just hopeful.
TRR: What have you been doing to stay in shape?
ZL: I’ve been doing shooting and stickwork and everything I can conditioning wise every day. I still lift every other day.
TRR: What kind of spring senior events that don’t have to do with sports are you most fearful of missing?
ZL: Just being a second semester senior in general is something everybody talks about. Being with your friends, having all the free time you have to bond with your classmates is something special. That’s definitely a factor, not knowing if we will have that time with each other.
TRR: You recently decided to do a postgrad year at Choate even though you had some good offers to play football at a number of colleges. What led to that decision?
ZL: I think the biggest thing was getting bigger, faster, stronger and having more of an extra push with academics from Choate. Having another year to take the ACT one more time, show colleges and college coaches how much more I can develop. Having another year at this recruiting process is extremely helpful to a kid like me who has dreams of playing at the highest level possible. Not only does it give me an opportunity to develop as a player and student but it allows me to review what decisions I could’ve made better in my process all over again. Unfortunately I had put all my eggs in one basket with my recruitment last year and had passed up on almost every opportunity I had, so that’s something I know I’ll be more conscious of this time around.
TRR: Have you been doing anything out of the ordinary with your extra time?
ZL: Just with the hectic schedule I have in general I don’t get as much time to spend, quality hours, with my family. Having my brother and my mom and dad home at the same time has been really beneficial for us and I am really taking advantage of it. We’re all kind of secluded in the house together.