Daily News spotlight athletes: Serra's Tyler Grebur, West Mifflin's Rebecca Manns
Claim to fame: Grebur scored a hat trick in a 4-0 win over section opponent Trinity Christian last week. The senior has scored 22 goals this season to help lead the Eagles (11-2-1, 8-0-1) to a Section 1-A title. In four years, Grebur has scored 67 goals and needs only one more to tie Serra's four-year record of 68.
“Tyler has been a four-year starter, he's been all-section for three years, and he was a WPIAL all-star last year,” coach Don Sabol said. “He's our best player. He's fast and has very good ball skills. His first touch is particularly good. If there is a 50/50 ball played in his direction, he will take a touch that will allow him to get possession. He's unselfish and a great leader. He's just a good person to have around, on and off the field.”
You're close to breaking the season and career goal scoring records for Serra. Are you thinking about that at all?
Yeah, before the game I think about it but when I'm playing I try to stop thinking about it. You just have to go into that game and whatever happens, happens. I've been lucky enough to score almost every game. I get great passes from my teammates. I certainly think about it, but I don't like to think about it too much.
Does your approach as a forward change each game?
I go in with the same kind of plan. If we have a big game and we score early, I like to try to drop back and help the defense.
What will you remember most about playing soccer at Serra?
Probably all of the great friends I've made and the coaching staff. Mostly just playing with my friends every day really.
What are your plans for college?
I've been looking at some places. I'm undecided right now. Hopefully, I get some looks for soccer so I can continue to play in college. I'm going to be a chiropractor so I'm going to try and major in biology or something like that.
What are your thoughts on the playoffs?
Hopefully, this year we don't get too bad of a ranking. The loss to OLSH might hurt us, but I think we match up well with every team in Class A.
School: West Mifflin
Claim to fame: Last week, Manns scored a hat trick to lead the Titans (4-7-1) to a 5-1 nonsection win over rival Steel Valley. The sophomore has five goals and four assists on the season.
“Rebecca came in as a freshman and started immediately,” coach Greg Bourke said. “We had extremely high expectations for her this season because we knew what she was capable of. We knew she would be able to help the other girls and she has done that. She has a very long history of playing soccer. She's a Cup player and she definitely knows her way around the soccer field. She's always thinking and knows exactly what she wants to do with the ball once she gets it.”
How do you feel about your sophomore season?
I think we really came together as a team. We put all we had toward playing well this year, and I think we did really well.
How long have you been playing soccer?
I've been playing since I was around 5 or 6. I played softball first and then I saw a sign for signups for soccer. I signed up and I've been playing ever since. I play Cup and I really like that as well. I like playing and traveling and meeting the girls from other districts. It's a lot of fun.
What do you enjoy most about playing soccer?
Honestly, I like meeting new people and having friends from different areas.
What do you think you'll work on most over the summer?
Definitely just being more of a team player and working with my teammates just so we get better overall.
What do you like to do outside of school and soccer?
I'm in extracurricular activities like the stage crew, student council, and ACE. I like helping out and prepping for homecoming and prepping the stage for the musical. I like those kinds of things. They're a lot of fun.
— Robert Stinner