Shane Wherry, Monessen High School
Baseball and soccer. Soccer and baseball.
They are basically interchangeable to Shane Wherry.
He likes both equally well, and he plays both with similar gusto and skill.
"Soccer combines both physical action and mental challenge. You have to think to play soccer," he said.
"In baseball, you perform at certain times. Do what you have to do when called upon. It's the nature of the sport. There is no time clock. There is order and structure."
In baseball, he is a shortstop and pitcher.
In soccer, he is a defenseman.
He was co-captain in both sports.
He knows the importance of role models in a young person's life.
"I had mine growing up," he said. "In baseball, I had the opportunity to play with a lot of talented players my freshman and sophomore years. That helped me."
Now, he is a role model, and he is cognizant of younger kids observing him to see how he conducts himself both on the field and off.
"It's important to set a good example," he said.
He works hard staying sharp in sports and class work.
"I think I have prepared myself for college by challenging myself in advanced classes and by playing baseball and soccer and serving as co-captain," he said.
He is involved in various school activities, including vice president of his class.
"Participating in all these activities has proved that I am capable of being active and still studious," Wherry said.
Said Kathleen Gluch, secondary English teacher at Monessen: "Because he works well individually and cooperatively, Shane is valued in his many co-curricular activities and sports' teams, whether as a leader or a member. He doesn't hesitate to think differently and perhaps discover a better view."