Greensburg Trib athletes of the week: Greensburg Salem's Lukas Mangery, Franklin Regional's Natalia Perry
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School: Greensburg Salem
Claim to fame: Mangery, who has started since his freshman year, scored three goals to lead Greensburg Salem (2-2, 2-2) to a 6-1 win over East Allegheny in Section 1-AA action on Sept. 10. Mangery, who also is the kicker on the football team and has been on the wrestling team, scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime as Greensburg Salem earned a 1-0 victory over Valley in section play on Sept. 5.
“Lukas is definitely one of the leaders of the team and is one of the strengths on our team,” coach John Lynch said. “When he plays well, the team plays well. When he has an off night, the team does. He has a big impact for the players and everyone looks up to him.”
What are your plans for college next year?
I planning to join the military, either the Marines or the Army. If something comes up, I will have to take a look. I want to see which doors will open. It's just something I wanted to do to protect my rights and freedom. My cousin was in the Army, so I wanted to that because of that also.
Which sport do you like the most and why?
Soccer, because that is the one I'm best at. Wrestling taught me about life, such as never giving up when things get hard. Football is just fun to play even though I'm just the kicker. I like hanging out with my all my friends on the team. I'm very blessed with the talent I have.
What were your goals going into the season?
This year, we just to try to do our best, win or lose. I don't give up on the field, I tell everyone not to give up and if we don't we will get the job done. I really want to make playoffs this year. My personal goal is to make the all-section team.
How did you develop all of your leadership qualities?
I learned it from being the youngest of four. I learned it from the all mistakes my siblings and I made. I just try to be a good role model for my teammates. I don't want to waste my life away. I'm trying to be good leader and to be a good example.
Who are your role models and why?
Mr. Matt Bowe, a coach on my football team, and my cousin Steve Zerbini, who is in the Army. They have always been there for me. Along of my three other brothers, they are my role models and taught me what I know about soccer. My brother, Dane, was a senior when I was freshman. He has taught me how to play the game.
School: Franklin Regional
Claim to fame: Perry defeated Penn-Trafford's Charlotte Vertes, 6-0, 6-0, in the Section 1-AAA singles championship on Thursday. Perry also was the winner of the Section 1-AAA tournament her freshman year.
“Natalia has been a very important contributor to the success of the Lady Panther tennis team over the last two seasons,” coach Howard Fisher. “She provides a strong work ethic on and off the court, a sense of humor her teammates enjoy, and an amazing display of tennis skill and knowledge that benefits all tennis enthusiasts who are fortunate to watch her play.”
With all your success early on in your career, how do you keep everything in perspective?
I just focus on what I don't do well and get better at them. That is what motivates me. I never think I'm too good for anyone. There is always someone out there better than you and there is a motivation to train.
What do you think you need to improve?
I think my weak spot is at the net, and I'm really trying to work on my drop shot and net game.
How did you get into playing tennis?
My parents are both tennis coaches. I started playing when I was 4 and started playing in tournaments at 10. It has been basically my whole life.
What do you like about tennis that other sports don't offer?
I like how it challenges you both physically and mentally. There is a lot of training and conditioning that goes into tennis. I like competing against other people. It's an individual sport and not a team sport, which I like as well.
What were your goals going into this season?
My goals are to not drop a game in section play. Also, I want to try to make it to states and try to make it far in states.
— Andrew John
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