She is a dual sport athlete, MASCAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President, MASCAC All-Academic Honoree but soon Fitchburg State's Tori Cyrus will be able to add college graduate to her already extensive list of accomplishments.
The senior from Everett, Mass. has played women's basketball and softball throughout her four years at Fitchburg State. Although she didn't inherit her athletic ability from her mom, she has been driven to play since she was a kid even wanting to play football at the age of seven. Once she started playing basketball and softball, she never looked back knowing she found a passion on the court and diamond.
Cyrus will be graduating in May with a degree in interdisciplinary studies of education with a concentration in education and a double minor in math and biology. Outside of her major's curriculum, she has enjoyed the challenge that her biopsychology class has provided, but she still can't seem to grasp how fast the four years have flown by.
Outside of class and competition, Cyrus is the MASCAC SAAC President while also participating on the Fitchburg State SAAC. The opportunity to work in conjunction with other student-athletes from MASCAC institutions and different sports made it a memorable experience for her. One of her favorite community service projects she participated in was with the Central Mass Special Olympics. For her, they exemplified what an athlete truly is with their energy and love of the game.
Cyrus has played on the Falcons' women's basketball team all four years while in softball she missed last season due to injury. On the court, she has scored 247 points while shooting 71 percent from the free throw line and added 130 assists, 126 rebounds and 55 steals. On the diamond, she is hitting .343 with 71 hits, including 13 doubles, four triples and a home run while also bringing in 26 runs. Her freshman year she was honored as the Co-MASCAC Rookie of the Year after batting a team-best .368 with 49 hits, 10 doubles, four triples, 25 runs scored and 21 RBI.
Cyrus credits attending Fitchburg State, a Division III institution, as the main reason she was able to excel in both athletics and academics. She was able to balance a steady academic schedule with her desire to play athletics which she feels has allowed her to ba committed and dependable employee in the future.
Hoping to someday be a women's basketball coach herself, Cyrus is grateful for the guidance her softball coach Merry MacDonald has provided. It was her support that helped Cyrus get through some tough times and ultimately showed her the desire to coach in the future.
Cyrus has had many achievements and accomplishments during her four year collegiate academic and athletic career at Fitchburg State, but she can't wait to see what life after college will bring her.