Q and A session: Stonington senior R.J. Parrilla

Q and A session: Stonington senior R.J. Parrilla



1. What are your personal goals for this season and how do you expect to achieve them?

Winning the state title has always been my number one goal. I’m also striving to be an All-State player for this season. Both of these goals will not come easy — hard work and commitment will decide the fate of these two goals. I know I have to put in hard work and be highly dedicated to achieve both.

2. What are the team goals for this season and how can they be achieved?

This year’s team hopes to have the same successes as last year’s team — we hope to repeat as conference champions, Piver Cup champions and ECC tournament champions, and, hopefully, to top it off by winning the state title. I believe the biggest factor in the team’s success will be understanding that nothing will be easy. If the team is willing to work and plays every game at 110 percent, I feel we have a pretty good shot at achieving our goals.

3. Who inspires you and why?

Definitely my aunt, Lisa Wentz. She was also an athlete at Stonington High, but, unfortunately, two years after graduating in 1988 she passed away. Even though I never got to meet her, she inspires me to appreciate every single day of my athletic career. Because of her I don't take any game or any practice for granted. She taught me how to appreciate what I have and to enjoy every day with my teammates, because you never know when it could end.

4. What is your most memorable moment as an athlete?

When the soccer team won the ECC tournament in my sophomore year. It was an amazing feeling to know that you are the underdog and [are able] to pull off a feat like that.

5. What has been your greatest challenge?

My greatest challenge would be playing varsity soccer, basketball and baseball my freshman year. Being a freshman and competing against opponents much bigger and stronger, as well as more experienced than me, forced me to work harder to be able to compete at a higher level and be successful.

6. What are your plans after graduation and why?

I’m hoping to get the opportunity to play soccer in college because the game has grown on me immensely. In college, I’m planning to study business and major in accounting. Finance has always been an interest of mine and a strong suit in school for me.

FAVORITES

Sport: Soccer

Pro athlete: Harry Kane

Pro team: Tottenham Hotspur (of the English Premier soccer League)

Subject/class: History

Movie: “Caddyshack”

TV show: “The Office”

Actor: Mark Wahlberg

Song: “Fast,” by Luke Bryan

Band/musician: Thomas Rhett

Food: Moe’s Southwest Grill

UP CLOSE

Family: My mother (Tammy), father (Roland) and sister (Elysa)

Hometown: Pawcatuck

Hobbies/interests: Golf

If I weren’t involved in athletics: I’d be sitting at home doing absolutely nothing.

I’d give anything to meet: Tiger Woods

COACH’S TAKE

“Coming in Day 1 he’s been a starter, and that’s not typical that you have a 14-year-old kid jump on to the varsity field. That tells you what type of athlete and competitor he is. He’s progressed and gotten better every year, so we’re putting a lot of pressure on him this year to really elevate his game.”

— Paul deCastro, Stonington boys soccer coach 

 


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