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By Jacqueline Saucedo

“Basketball is not just a sport to me, it became a part of living” says senior Jacob De La Torre. “I have been playing basketball as long as I can remember.” Jacob remembers playing the sport as simply a hobby, but as he discovered his passion for it he knew he wanted to play for schools and maybe even in a professional setting. His parents have always motivated him to do what he wants and to be the best at it.

This is going to be his 3rd year playing on Varsity for South Gate High School. Jacob is interested in earning a scholarship to a university through basketball. He states, “I want people to recognize me, I am not as tall as other players but I am dedicated.” He attributes much of his work ethic to his coaches over the years.

Aside from basketball Jacob focuses on school. He is a good student and enjoys being in a learning environment. People might see basketball players and think it is just about how high you jump, how fast you can travel, and how good you can shoot but Jacob explains it is much more than that. Basketball keeps him going and definitely pushes him to keep his good grades.