By Marietta Lehmitz
Photos by Scott Winterton (DeseretNews.com) & Ari Davis
Junior Torre Glasker is a role model to many students at Bingham High. The two-sport athlete stars for both the volleyball and softball teams, but her outstanding personality traits show during the sports she loves and also in the classroom.
Glasker fell in love with softball at a young age. Her father coached baseball and was a fast-pitch pitcher. He was constantly teaching Torre new things.
She started playing when she was six years old before she and her family moved to South Jordan. At that time, she didn’t have access to any other leagues besides baseball, but that was no problem. She played on a team with all boys.
Glasker acknowledges that playing with the boys is tougher than girls, but on the baseball diamond her father found that she had promising talent such as speed, strength and a great sense of the game. One of the biggest things he helped her with was her hitting. She used to switch from right- to left-handed, which she still continues today.
As she transitioned to playing softball, Glasker enhanced her techniques and she was able to play on older teams. Her parents pushed her to do her best and were always supportive of her decisions. Torre developed the desire to win and to always be intense and competitive.
Her passion for volleyball she owes to her mother, Melissa, who has been the volleyball coach at Bingham for the last nine years. Much like Torre’s father, Melissa has taught her much about competing at the highest levels.
Torre played with the seventh-thru-ninth grade leagues when she was only a second grader with the passion to win. Her impressive skills at such a young age even shocked her mother.
“It’s not easy being coach by your parents, that’s why she is such a good role model,” Melissa said. “She never slacks back in practices or games because she knows that her parents are watching.
Torre even explored the option of playing basketball for Bingham during her middle school years. She decided that would be too much to take on during high school so she decided her two passion sports would have to be her focus.
Seemingly good at everything, Torre has a lot of interests. Due to her athletic ability, she thinks it would be fun to be a Bingham Minerette.
Even when she was a sophomore, coaches, speculators and even recruiters were impressed with her talent. Torre has received numerous awards and recognitions through the years, including all-state and all-region honors in both sports.
Her sophomore and junior years, she was region MVP in volleyball and she has accumulated stats on the court and on the diamond. The University of Utah recognized her potential and offered her a full-ride scholarship when she was just a sophomore. She gladly accepted because she could continue both softball and volleyball and study to be a pharmacist.
Though Torre has focused on her development as an athlete and has enjoyed success in the classroom, she also turns her focus to friends and teammates. She loves her teammates and would do anything for them.
“I don’t feel like I am any better than my teammates,” Torre said.
But everyone is better for playing with her.