Senior Athlete Of The Week: Matt Tuorto


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Tennis is most often thought of as an individual sport. One player, one opponent, one match, one spotlight. But it is possible to be a team player while standing out as an individual and that is why Matt Tuorto of the Verona High School boys tennis team has been chosen as this week’s Verona Sports Boosters Senior Athlete of the Week.

Tuorto has been a varsity tennis player for all four years at VHS, but he wasn’t always first singles. He spent two years playing first doubles, building his strength, agility, strokes and speed before stepping up to second singles last year behind then-senior Paul Corrente. He had a 16-7 record last season, which was the best individual record on the team. This season, Tuorto has won all four of his match-ups, all but one in straight sets. In his most recent outing against West Essex High School, Tuorto defeated David Shields 6-3, 6-0.

But Tuorto, who also played basketball for the Hillbillies over the winter, has been a team player on many community service projects at VHS, like the phone cards for those in the military and the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe Campaign. A regular on the honor roll, Tuorto has also been involved with VHS’ Peer Leadership program.

During the 2011-2012 school year, the Verona Sports Boosters will be recognizing a different senior athlete at Verona High School every week. The Boosters support male and female athletes in all VHS sports through a variety of fundraisers and recognition events.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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