A to Z with Ty Murphy


Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 10:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 10:30 p.m.

SCHOOL: St. Francis

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St. Francis senior center midfielder Ty Murphy.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Center midfielder

JERSEY NUMBER: 12

HEIGHT: 5-foot-9

WEIGHT: 147 pounds

A rea boys soccer player I would pay to watch play: P.K. Yonge's Nick Cattafesta. He has great technical skills and he is always interesting to watch.

B est movie I've ever seen? “Vacancy.” Luke Wilson was in it, and I love horror movies.



C oach Scott Fries' best words of advice for me? During games, he'll scream, “end line cross.” I always remember former assistant coach Dr. Kipp Kennedy saying that. He was a great influence and is still missed, but remains part of the soccer program.

(Note: Kennedy, the booster club president for the St. Francis boys and girls soccer programs since their inception in 2005 and an assistant boys coach, lost his battle with cancer and died on July 1, 2011.)

D avid Beckham is ... An inspiration on free kicks.

E asiest class or part of the school day: Coach David Fallo's team sports class, aka “my study hall.”

F avorite type of music and artist: Big band music like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin or anyone in The Rat Pack.

G oing for a fifth straight regional playoff appearance and the school's fourth-straight district championship this week was ... A pipe dream that the team tried for, but fell short of. It was still a fun senior year.

H eather Mitts or Abby Wambach, who is your favorite former Gators soccer player? Abby Wambach because I used to know her when I was 6 years old going to Florida's soccer camps.

I nteresting thing about me away from soccer: I am a master at baking brownies from a box.

J oker on the team: Scott Plavac because he loves to try and speak Spanish even though he doesn't know a word of it.

K ick or a header for a goal? Kicking because I don't like headaches.

L east favorite St. Francis soccer moment: Missing the deciding penalty kick in the regional semifinals against Tallahassee Maclay my sophomore year.

M y response to people who dislike soccer or say it is boring to watch is ... It doesn't matter because it is the world's most popular sport.

N ew Year's resolution? To actually come home before my midnight curfew on the weekends.

O ne person in my life who inspires me most: My dad, Ken Murphy. He was my first soccer coach when I was 4 years old and he has remained my mentor in both soccer and in life ever since.

P otential college major: Pre-med.

Q uiet time activity: Playing “Temple Run” on my iPhone.

R eading newspapers or browsing the Internet to get my high school sports information? Browsing the Internet.

S anta Fe High School's all-time leading scorer in girls soccer (101 goals) is my older sister Kathleen Murphy, who is ... The only reason I started to play soccer.

(Note: Kathleen Murphy was The Sun's big school girls soccer player of the year in 2009 and signed with UNF, where she is a junior. She also participated in an A to Z interview in November of 2008.)

T witter or Facebook page status post? Facebook. Twitter is too complicated for me.

U niversities or colleges considering: The United States Naval Academy, Oglethorpe University (Atlanta), University of Tampa and Fordham University (Bronx, N.Y.).

V acation spot I love: Copper Mountain, Colorado, where I like to show up my sister in snowboarding just like I do in soccer.

W hen Super Bowl XLVI is over on Feb. 5, the winner will be ... It doesn't matter because the New York Jets will win it next year.

X box, PlayStation or Wii? PlayStation 3. I enjoy playing “FIFA Soccer 12” and for Netflix on demand.

Y ear I was born: 1994.

Z oo animal I like most: Definitely penguins because I am big fan of “Happy Feet” the movie.

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