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Athlete Spotlight: Eric Tolhurst

Last updated on June 4, 2015


Eric Tolhurst (The Harley School, Class of 2015) is a 3-sport athlete who plays soccer, basketball and baseball. As a goalie, he helped HAC’s soccer team reach Section V’s Class D1 Semi-Finals game and was selected to play in the Finger Lakes All-Star game after posting a career-best 126 saves this past season in 18 games. His junior year, he helped the Wolves get back to Section V’s Class D1 Championship game against Jasper-Troupsberg as the Wolves made their 1st appearance in the sectional finals since 2006.

Also during his junior year, Tolhurst was the only member of the boys basketball team to be chosen to the Finger Lakes West 1st Team, after he averaged a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds per game. He also showed his all-around game by averaging 1.4 assists, 1.7 blocks, and 1.5 steals per game. This past winter, he hit a game-winning basket with just 3.2 seconds left against defending league champions, Bloomfield, as the Wolves reached the quarterfinals of Section V’s Class D1 Basketball Tournament. He wrapped up his basketball career as a 4-year starter and 2-year captain for the Wolves.



First Sports Memory:

One of my first sports memories was watching my brother (Benjamin Tolhurst, The Harley School class of 2012) play basketball. That had an impact on me and  influenced me to play basketball as well. The Yankees, my favorite baseball team, made me want to play baseball and soccer was the first sport I had ever tried. I remember being in kindergarten and my mom (Margaret Tolhurst, Harley School 3rd grade teacher) taking me me to the Blue Cross Arena to watch HAC play in sectional finals in 2004.

Favorite Aspect of Playing HAC Sports:

Seeing the direct results of working hard. The results of hard work in sports is especially is apparent. I like being a member of 3 different teams without having to commit myself year round to 1 sport. I also have had really positive experiences with my coaches at HAC. They have all been knowledgable, but they are always trying to learn more and become better coaches.

What Motivates You?

My parents. Also, seeing the success of my friend and classmate Jordan Benjamin and all of the hard work he’s put into tennis and the success that’s come from that dedication. My coaches, like Santino Cinotti (Allendale Columbia School class of 2008) and HAC varsity head soccer coach Ted Hunt.

Favorite HAC Sports Experience:

This past year in fall soccer winning the Finger Lakes West championship. Also, the homecoming game this past fall versus Honeoye. I love the anticipation and excitement before games start. Also, my dunk at Bloomfield my junior year.



Favorite Team to Play Against:

Dundee because they are competitors. They take every game seriously, especially basketball. It feels like whenever we play them it is a big game and it is always super intense regardless of what sport we play therm in. At Dundee – their fans pack the stands and the atmosphere in general is intense.

Favorite Classes and Favorite Teachers:

Dan O’Brien – Math

James Aldrich-Moodie – Calculus

Kim McDowell – English

Favorite Food:

Anything Italian and lobster

Favorite Movies:

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the Batman trilogy, and all of the Ocean’s movies.

Who are your idols?

Manuel Nouer and Kevin Durant

What do you want to study or major in college?

Economics or math.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Working on Wall Street. Happy and independent. Stable and hopefully still playing basketball.

What advice would you give yourself as a 7th grader?

Be more serious in school and focus on learning and not on grades. Try not taking the easy way out.



“I met Eric as Ben’s (pictured right in the above) younger brother the summer he came to play pick-up soccer his freshman year. Eric is a smart, hard-working athlete and even though he was a goalie, nobody worked harder in the conditioning exercises. My best memory of Eric will probably be him making the final save in our Sectionals penalty shootout in his senior year, which won the game for us (pictured below).”

 Ted Hunt, HAC varsity boys soccer coach and current upper school history teacher at the Allendale Columbia School.

Tolhurst's save which allowed HAC boys soccer to advance to the Sectional Championship game.

“I officially met Eric when he came to my first Open Gym in September 2010, when he was a freshman. He was there early and ready to play and was truly focused on making a good impression. Eric is a gladiator, a warrior. He is dedicated and loyal and has been a rock on which we have built our new basketball culture on. Eric has a personal desire to get better. Whether it was playing AAU or working with a personal basketball trainer, he never stopped trying to get better. I have seen him mature on and off the court. He is a very humble person. With Eric, it’s never about him, it’s about the team. I think the thing I’ll remember best when I think of Eric is that when his career ended and we met as a team one last time, I asked the captains to if they wanted to say anything. He said, ‘thank you.’ I can only imagine that it was directed to everything… his coaches, his teammates, and to the experiences he had in his 4 years with HAC hoops.”

 Paul Liotti, HAC varsity boys basketball coach


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