Howland, OH (WYTV) – When it comes to three point shooting in high school basketball, few players do it better than Howland’s Tori Rappach. Over the last four years, she’s literally hit hundreds of threes for the Tigers. In fact, head coach John Diehl said she’s the best shooter he’s ever seen in over 30 years of coaching. Plus, Tori is right on the mark in the classroom, making her a perfect fit for out Student Athlete of the Week.
“I just love the experience of being out on the court,” said Rappach. “You’re gasping for air because you’re out of breath, running, competing against other players. You don’t think about anything other than basketball.”
Tori stands just 5 foot 3, but she makes up for that heighth with deadly shooting from the outside. Last season, she hit 54 percent of her threes, ranking 2nd All time in the state of Ohio.
“It’s all practice,” she said. “I mean, I’ve gone out and practiced my shot over and over so that when there’s a defender in my face, I shoot exactly the same as I do in practice and that’s how I make most of my shots.”
And that practice has certainly paid off. Tori averages 20 points per game this season, and is closing in on one thousand for her career. But she also excels in the classroom, ranking in the top 20 of her class with a 3.75 GPA.
“I do take pride in it. I know my school has always come first and that’s what my parents taught me, but you can’t look at it as that’s holding you back with your sports too. So it’s an honor to be able to do both at the same time.”
And Tori plans to do both in college, where she will play basketball, most likely at Mount Union, and study to become a Nurse Anesthetist.
“I’m gonna miss high school a lot,” she said. “I know most people would say that it’s the best time of their lives. You don’t have to worry about much, other than going out, having fun on the basketball court, and getting good grades.”