Ryan Defina: Merrimack Valley Male Athlete of the Season

  • Merrimack Valley's Ryan Defina (1) goes up for a layup and scores despite a foul from Kearsarge's Tayler Mattos (5) during Tuesday's boys' basketball game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, Jan. 16, 2018. Kearsarge defeated Merrimack Valley, 71-60. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) ELIZABETH FRANTZ

Published: 4/20/2018 11:06:16 PM

What was biggest challenge you or your team faced this season and how did you overcome it?

Height was a big challenge for us, but heart over height was the way we overcame it.

Who was the unsung hero of your team?

Jack Prewitt, always hitting big shots when you needed them most.

If you could improve high school basketball in New Hampshire, what would do?

Add a shot clock

What are some unwritten rules of your sport?

Enemies during the game, friends after.

Who on your team, coaches included, reminds you of a character in a TV show or movie?

Ryan Heath (Sid the Sloth) and Kyle Dube (the Big Friendly Giant ).

If life were a video game, what would some of the cheat codes be?

A cheat code that gives you millions in your bank account.

What is something that is really popular now, but in five years everyone will look back and be embarrassed by?


Where do you get your news?

My mom.

What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?

A car (best purchase), buying Dunkin Donuts everyday (worst purchase).

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

It is impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

What’s invisible but wish you could see?

Money in the bank

If you could go to a foreign country, which country would you pick and why?

Mexico, because of all the tacos I would have for lunch and all the cool dancing they would teach me.

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?


What questions would you like to ask a time traveler from 200 years in the future?

Who my wife will be, what will my kids look like, and if I will be wealthy.

If you were hired to show tourist what life is really like where you live, what would you show them/ have them do?

Bring them to some restaurants and bring them on some hikes to see all the great views of New Hampshire.

What is the craziest thing one of your teachers has done?

Tryout for Survivor and is a professional arm wrestler.

What’s the best thing about being a teenager? What’s the worst?

Not worrying about the bills adults have to pay is the best and the worst is still having to go to school.

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