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Mike Torres electric both on and off the court

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

When he was younger, Mike Torres admired his father, Michael Sr., who was a handyman around the house.

The experience eventually would lead the younger Torres to seek to explore a possible career in electrical engineering next fall.

“My father could fix anything and he would show me how to do things,” said Torres. “He never had me around anything electrical because he was worried about me getting hurt. But I always wanted to do something electrical.

“Seeing my dad do what he did inspired me to try and fix things and get into an electrical field someday.”

Torres is taking a page from his youth and has been helping his basketball teams in several ways at Northampton this season.

A senior, Torres has played in the post for the Konkrete Kids and has been a regular contributor to this success this season.

“Mike (Torres) has really developed into a nice player for us,” said head coach Coy Stampone. “He has defended well and is a regular contributor for us. He has made much progress since he joined us a few years ago.”

After spending his freshman year at Allen, Torres transferred to Northampton and he quickly adapted to a new environment.

“I love it here,” said Torres. “My teammates welcomed me with open arms when I came here. Allen was all right and it is different. It’s not city out here and it is a great environment. My coaches have really supported me.”

At roughly 6-3, Torres usually has his hands full in the post in the East Penn Conference, but he has learned to adjust.

“There are some really good post players in this league,” he said. “There have been many times when I am at a disadvantage. But I just use my strength and speed to battle these guys. It has worked out for me.”

Torres has appreciated the cohesiveness among his teammates this season, one of the major reasons for one of the more successful seasons in Kids’ history. They began this week with an overall 16-4 mark.

Early season consecutive losses to Nazareth and Central Catholic also proved to be a difference maker in the season. They soon rebounded with a 13-game winning streak, one that began by capturing the Salisbury tournament.

“We all mesh well together,” he said. “We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. I think our turning point was those losses. We had won three of our first four games and then those two losses humbled us. We just got back to work after that.

“Going into the (Salisbury) tournament, we felt like we had all of the pieces together.”

After graduation, Torres currently is looking to attend Lehigh Community College to begin his electrical engineering career and play basketball for two years.

Until then, however, Torres will be a handyman on the court for the Kids.