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Mt. Pleasant Area students are cited for athletic abilities

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Kelly Vernon | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Mt. Pleasant Area seniors Eric Klejka (left) and Tyer Mellors were recently recognized by MSA Sports as fan favorites with their selection to the 2013 All-Star Preseason High School Football team.

Mt. Pleasant Area seniors Eric Klejka and Tyler Mellors were recently recognized for their skills on the football field by MSA Sports at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin.

“They are both worthy of the nomination and are leaders of the team,” said Bo Ruffner, head coach of the Vikings football team. “They have high expectations of themselves and the team.”

Klejka and Mellors were among 27 football players in the region to be nominated to the 2013 MSA Sports preseason all-star high school football team.

MSA Sports is a streaming network focused on high school, college and semi-pro sports events played in western Pennsylvania.

Nominations were based on statistics from the 2012-13 season by MSA personnel, as well as the site's visitors.

“It is nice to be known by fans and recognized by fans from other areas,” Mellors said.

The athletes were recognized July 30 on the Kennyville Stage at the park in West Mifflin. They were each presented with a Kennywood arrow after a brief interview. In addition, they had the opportunity to enjoy the park after the awards presentation.

Both have been involved in football since they participated in the area's midget football league at the age 7.

They each have been members of the Vikings varsity football team for four years.

Klejka, son of Jaime Klejka of Mt. Pleasant, began his football career with the Steelers team of the Mt. Pleasant Area Junior Football League. He is an offensive lineman for the Vikings. He is considering playing football at the college level after graduation.

“It is cool that people are watching me. I must be doing something right on the field,” Klejka said.

Mellors, son of Darlene and Jason Mellors of Mt. Pleasant, began his football career with the Packers team of the Mt. Pleasant Area Junior Football League.

He is a running back for the Vikings. He said he has had dreams of becoming a professional football player from a young age. He plans to continue playing football at the college level.

Mellors is looking forward to the Vikings season, which begins Aug. 30 at home against Waynesburg Central High School. He feels like the team will do well this season as long as they keep up the hard work.

Kelly Vernon is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-547-5722 or