Con Edison Athlete of the Week: Byram Hills' Louis Filippelli

Con Edison Athlete of the Week: Byram Hills' Louis Filippelli


Con Edison Athlete of the Week: Byram Hills' Louis Filippelli


Name: Louis Filippelli

Byram Hills boys basketball's Louis Filippelli is this week's Con Edison Athlete of the Week

Byram Hills boys basketball’s Louis Filippelli is this week’s Con Edison Athlete of the Week

School: Byram Hills

Class: Senior

Sport: Boys basketball

Athletic accomplishments: Filippelli this season averaged 8.0 points per game on 50 percent shooting. He made 20 3s, shooting 45 percent from behind the arc. He averaged 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 assists per game. He drew 12 charges for the season. In the state semifinal loss against Elmont High School, Filippelli had eight points, 10 rebounds, three steals and a block. In football, the Bobcats’ quarterback is the second-leading passer in Section 1 history. He was named All-Section, All-State and to the Golden Dozen team.

Academic accomplishments: Filippelli has a 3.96 GPA. He scored a 31 on the ACTs. He’s committed to play football at Tufts. He’s an honor student taking many accelerated, advanced and AP classes. He’s a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society and the foreign language honor society. Filippelli is a member of the Wellness Committee at school. He’s a member of Growth and Awareness Against Alzheimers (GAGA), and Youth Against Cancer. He’s helped raise money for ”Miles for Miles,” which was an event for former Byram Hills student Miles Applebaum, who committed suicide in 2014, and the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla.

Getting to know Louis Filippelli

The Journal News: How much do you like working with kids no matter the situation, whether it be with Down syndrome, or any person with Alzheimer’s?

Louis Filippelli: Working with kids is great. I love making others happy and it’s really fulfilling.

TJN: Talk about your relationship with Tommy Formicola, who has Down syndrome.

LF: I met Tommy back in kindergarten and we were both put in the same class. Right when we met each other, we instantly became friends. Since then, we’ve been in similar gym classes and we see each other in the hallways. From then through high school, our bond has grown stronger. He’s one of my best friends and he’s impacted my life in such a positive way. He’s such a blessing to have in my life.

TJN: When he called you his hero at the recent Byram Hills basketball banquet, how did that make you feel?

LF: When Tommy said that, I was crying. When someone calls you that, it really warms your heart. To be able to have that impact on someone and know that what you’re doing is making a difference is really special.

TJN: As part of the Wellness Committee, when the situation with Miles Applebaum happened in 2014 and then raising money for “Miles for Miles” with the football team, what kind of an impact did that have on you?

LF: When you see someone struggling or see what someone else went through, you always want to help the family or that person who’s going through that. Raising awareness and getting the whole community supporting whatever cause it may be for is really a great thing. I love to be a part of that because I’m helping someone else in the future that’s going through the same thing maybe be saved.

TJN: When looking at Tommy Formicola and then the situation with Miles Applebaum, it’s two polar-opposite situations, but the common denominator is your ability to look past it all and still want to help no matter what.

LF: It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you’re helping to do good. It can be any cause, anything. But if you can make a difference and there’s nothing stopping you from doing that, you should definitely go all in and try. At least that’s how my parents have raised me and brought me up. That’s what I’m trying to do.

TJN: Why play football in college next year rather than basketball?

LF: Football was always my first love and the sport I had the opportunity to continue playing.

TJN: When you get to Tufts next year, what do you want to study?

LF: I’m thinking about something that has to do with finance and that area. They don’t have a business school at Tufts but they have a bunch of finance courses and things like that, so economics.

TJN: What does success mean to you?

LF: Being able to take care of the people around you and that have less than you. It’s not necessarily about making tons of money but more so being happy with the situation you’re in. And always trying to be the best person you can be, whether that happens to be making a lot of money and give back to people or you don’t make the most amount of money as long as you’re happy. That’s how I’d define being successful.

TJN: The basketball season may not of ended the way you wanted, but with a little bit of distance, how do you think the season went?

LF: It was definitely a great experience. We didn’t finish it off with a state title like we wanted to. I had great teammates and great coaches. It was a great ride — to win the gold ball, to win the regional title, go up to Glens Falls. I really can’t complain. It was a great way to end my senior season.

TJN: Football, basketball, and baseball all have a mental aspect to them, what drew you to chess at the age of 7?

LF: I love challenging myself. I love trying to figure out problems and situations on the fly, so chess lends itself directly to that. I love trying to piece things together. I play now but not competitively. I remember back in middle school, I won a couple of tournaments. It’s something to do with my friends. It’s a fun game.

The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.

Debbie Schechter

Twitter: @LoHud_Debbie


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