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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Gio Zanoni

The Cardinal Mooney High boys lacrosse senior provides firepower to the Cougars.

Gio Zanoni leads the Cardinal Mooney High boys lacrosse team with 41 points (21 goals, 20 assists).
Gio Zanoni leads the Cardinal Mooney High boys lacrosse team with 41 points (21 goals, 20 assists).
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Gio Zanoni is a senior boys lacrosse player at Cardinal Mooney High. Zanoni leads the Cougars with 41 points (21 goals, 20 assists) as of April 15. The Cougars are 11-5. 

When did you start playing lacrosse?

I got into it when I was 5 because of my cousin, Joey Powers. He passed away when I was little (in 2010) but he went to Cardinal Mooney, too. He inspired me to keep playing the game. I wanted to make him proud. 

What is the appeal to you now?

The history of the game. It is centuries old. It's called "the medicine game" because it was created (by Native Americans) for healing the mind, body and spirit. I love the meaning behind it. 

What is your best ability?

I have a good lacrosse IQ. I can see the field well and I have a good shot. 

What have you been working to improve?

I have been working on my dodging this season. I want to create offense instead of waiting for it. It has been a work in progress this year, for sure. 

What is your favorite memory?

My first goal. I was 6 years old and playing with my brother's (Tony Zanoni) team of U12 kids because the organization (Lakewood Ranch Lightning) didn't have a "B team." I don't think I played a lot that year, but I did score a goal, so I must have done something right.  

What has gone right for Mooney this season?

We have a lot of talent. A lot of guys have great stick skills and great lacrosse IQ. Our team chemistry is good. We just need to stay focused on our end goal (of a state championship) and make sure everyone knows the objective. 

What is your favorite food?

I have to go with chicken Alfredo. 

What is your favorite TV show or movie?

My favorite show is probably "The Office." Movie? I'll say "Ratatouille." 

What is your favorite school subject?

Photography. It gives you the ability to get creative and express yourself. It's open. It's whatever you want to do. That's how lacrosse is, too, in a way. It's read and react based on what you see. You make the best of it. 

Which superpower would you pick?

Super speed, I think. It would help with lacrosse. 

What are your hobbies?

My friends and I play a lot of basketball, and other sports, outside of lacrosse. It's good to keep that athletic ability up. We also play video games. I have been playing a lot of "Rainbow Six Siege" lately. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Stay true to yourself on and off the field. You have to know who you are and what you want before you can make any kind of impact anywhere. 

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Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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