Your Daily Local and D9and10Sports are highlighting returning high school student-athletes this summer. The year in school listed next to the athlete’s name is the year the athlete is entering this fall. Player profiles for the week of Aug. 7 are powered by Showcase Homes.
LUCA BERTOLASIO – JUNIOR – HICKORY
Sports Played: Baseball, indoor track, and outdoor track – 3-year letter winner in all.
Parents Names: Frank Bertolasio and Rachel Bertolasio
Siblings: Giada Bertolasio, 16.
Social Media Handles: Twitter – @BertolasioLuca and Instagram @lucabertolasio__training
2021-22 Highlights: 2022 achievements – 2022 PA AA outdoor long jump state champion (23’11.5) – selected to 2022 all-state first team. 2021-22 PA indoor track long jump – 4th place (22,4.25), earning me all-state honorable mention in this event. 2021-22 PA indoor track 60m dash 7th place (7.03). 1st team all-region and 1st team all-district baseball selection (.526 AVG and .606 OBP). April 2022 Reinhardts Male Athlete of the Month, Northwestern PA men’s track athlete of the year
College Athletics plan if applicable: I do plan on playing college sports but have yet to commit. I have a total of 10 offers currently, a makeup of both sports. I plan to commit in the coming weeks.
Q: What was the first sport you played? Why did you play it? Did you like it?
A: The first sport I played was baseball, ever since I could walk I had a bat in my hands.
Q: What is the most important factor in you being successful in high school athletics?
A: I can’t pick one specific thing, but if I had to list 3 it would be my family’s support, lifting/training, and rest/recovery.
Q: What is your favorite non-sports “go-to” activity?
A: Fishing or drumming.
Q: You could meet one sports figure, living or dead (1) who would it be and (2) what is the first thing you would ask them?
A: I would ask Elon Musk what is something that he wishes he would have known when he was my age.
Q: What is your favorite sport and if you could change one thing about your favorite sport, what would it be?
A: Baseball is my favorite sport and I would change the BBCOR bat rules so that it would be much easier to hit ‘tanks.’
Q: If you could eat any food in the world right now, what would it be?
A: Pizza, it’s always something I eat in celebration plus it’s my favorite food.
Q: What is your ideal vacation spot?
A: The beach, I enjoy going head first into waves plus I can go ocean fishing.
Q: Is there anything you wish we would have asked you? If so, what is the question/answer?