Athlete of the Week: Zach Bonifas, Tippecanoe High School

Zach Bonifas
Zach Bonifas

Name: Zach Bonifas

School: Tippecanoe

Grade: Senior

Age: 18

Sport: Basketball

Claim to fame/honors: First-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference North and All-District 9; honorable mention All-Southwest District; team captain; carries 4.1 grade-point average

I bet you didn’t know: All my friends call me Z-Bon

Words I live by: Everything happens for a reason

Toughest opponent: Andre Gordon of Trotwood

Biggest influence: My dad because when I was little he was always playing basketball with me and rebounding my shots at the gym. We were always bonding over the game.

Game-day rituals: A shoot-around before school with the team and getting pumped up in the locker room with teammates

On my bedroom walls: A bunch of Star Wars and soccer posters. And recently my mom has put up my senior sports banners from soccer and basketball because she is already sad I’ll be moving to college next year.

When I’m bored I like to: Watch movies in my basement under a blanket. But not scary movies because I don’t like those.

Favorite movies: The Blind Side, The Dark Knight, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Person who would play me in a movie: Dave Franco

Favorite TV show: How I Met Your Mother

Favorite musical artist: Lumineers

I can’t live without: My phone and Netflix

I can live without: Politicians and homework

Event I’d like to attend: Ohio State vs Michigan football game

Favorite book: Harry Potter series

Favorite home-cooked meal: Stuffed chicken

Favorite restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings

Favorite smell: Pine trees and camp fire

Favorite cereal: Cinnamon Life

Store where I’d like to have a shopping spree: Game Stop

Vegetable I won’t eat: Asparagus and artichoke

I’d like to trade places for a day with: Chris Rock

Whose mind would you like to read: My mom

I would love to travel to: The Caribbean

Talent I’d like to have: Sing and play the guitar

Favorite school subject: Spanish

My favorite team: Ohio State

Favorite Olympic sport: Table tennis

Something in the world I would like to change: Worldwide basic education

Favorite sports moment: Winning districts sophomore year in penalty kicks

Favorite junk food: Sour Patch Kids

Best thing about basketball: Hanging out with my teammates

In 10 years I hope to: Have a job I love and settle down and start a family

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