August 09, 2017
By: Al Di Carlo
The high school basketball season is still months away from starting, but for Taliyah Medina the preparation has already begun. Medina is always on the court competing, practicing, playing and her hard work continues to pay off.
The rising sophomore still has three years remaining in her high school career but it's never to early to think about college.
As of now, Taliyah has 6 official offers from Villanova, Penn State, Minnesota, St. Joe’s, Syracuse and Michigan. She has also received lots of interest from Duke, North Carolina, Auburn, Fordham, Princeton, Virginia and UCLA.
Last year she helped lead Bethlehem Catholic to a 30-2 overall record en route to a PIAA 5A State Championship, beating Villa Maria 46-27 in the final.
For her father and Head Coach Jose Medina, the best part of coaching her is her commitment to the process. “We both know how hard we have to work in order to accomplish the goals we have of one another. To play and compete at a high level is a never ending grind, both physically and mentally. There are challenging times between us as competitors, but that is what makes it special. Setting and attaining high goals do not come easy, it takes a BIG sacrifice of your time and energy, but in the end its all worth it, especially to share those defining moments together.”
Last season she led Bethlehem Catholic in scoring and 3-pointers made. She is hoping to continue to excel this winter when the Golden Hawks get back on the court for the 2017-18 season.