Name: Christina DeCarlo
School: Harrison High School
Athletic accomplishments: As of Thursday, DeCarlo was batting .557 with 39 hits, 38 RBI, seven HR, 34 runs scored and 13 doubles. She had a .627 on-base percentage and a 1.042 slugging percentage. DeCarlo is Harrison’s all-time leader in doubles with 33. She’s the second person in school history to have 100 hits and 100 RBI for her varsity career, joining Jenna Webb. DeCarlo was one RBI behind Webb for the Huskies’ career record of 123. She’s the captain of the softball team. She’s a member of the Total Kaos travel softball team. DeCarlo’s also a member of the Huskies’ field hockey team. She’s participated with USA field hockey as a Future’s U16 participant and with the Hudson Valley field hockey team. She’s captain of the field hockey team.
Academic accomplishments: DeCarlo has an 89.239 GPA. She’s going to the University of Pittsburgh next year to study physical therapy. She’s a Science International Baccalaureate student taking AP/B courses and classes like IB Biology HL Year 2 with IB Physics SI Year 1. She’s a member of the National Honor Society. DeCarlo’s been on the high honor roll throughout high school. After school, DeCarlo’s a Peer Leader and a tutor for middle school and high school students. Outside school, DeCarlo volunteers with the Harrison Little League, teaching elementary school girls how to play softball.
Getting to know Christina DeCarlo
The Journal News: Did you always know you wanted to be a physical therapist?
Christina DeCarlo: Yes. I’ve always wanted to be a physical therapist. Recently, I’ve found that I want to go into pediatric physical therapy and I’ve always felt that would be my career when I’m older.
TJN: When did you figure it out?
CD: When I was 14-15. Being on the varsity team also helped with that because I got to see a lot of different ways injuries were, rehab. I got to see the trainer and how she worked with the people and I just fell in love with the thought of helping athletes and anything sports related.
TJN: Did you have any kind of an injury that influenced the decision to be a physical therapist?
CD: My sophomore year, I had a knee injury that ended my season prematurely.
TJN: How did you power through and what did you learn about the process that helped reinforce your thought about being a physical therapist?
CD: At first it was tough, my dad helped me through it both physically and mentally. My physical therapist helped me as well. Just being able to connect with my physical therapist when I went made me really realize that this is what I want to do. I want to be able to help people connect to them like my physical therapist was able to connect to me and help me rehab and get back to the sport.
TJN: How has your time coaching with the Little League kids influenced the idea of you becoming a pediatric physical therapist?
CD: Working with the younger elementary school softball players is something I really enjoy doing especially because I’m around the kids. I connect with them well. Having them look up to me as a varsity player is something I always appreciated and I always want to strive to be the best around them.
TJN: How’s it feel to be in the same sentence with Springfield senior and Huskies alum Jenna Webb after getting into the 100 hits, 100 RBI club?
CD: It’s an honor. I’m really proud of myself. It’s something I worked really for my whole career. And just to be in the same range as Jenna Webb has just been something I’ve worked for. Being able to start on the team with Jenna when I was in eighth grade and her being a senior, it’s given me something to look up to.
TJN: How did you feel the regular season went for the softball team?
CD: I’ve had the most fun I can imagine. I wouldn’t trade these past five years for anything. Playing for coach Dean (Marino) has been an honor and coach Nat (Acuti), the two of them, it’s been an honor to play for the two of them. It’s been the best five years I could’ve asked for.
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.