Mt. Pleasant Area students are cited for athletic abilities
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.