Canfield senior Sabrina Mangapora officially announced her intentions to play volleyball for Ball State University in Indiana next fall. It came as a tough decision with several colleges looking at her for basketball as well.
"One of the nation's top 16 schools in basketball was asking about her, so she had choices to make," said basketball coach Pat Pavlansky.
While Mangapora is as good on the other side of the net as well as working under the net, she said she did lean toward volleyball.
Canfield volleyball and basketball standout Sabrina Mangapora is joined by her parents Jim and Kim Mangapora as she signed her letter of intent to play volleyball for Ball State this coming fall.
"I started playing volleyball in the sixth grade," she said. "It's an easy game to play and easy to get involved in."
In her four years playing for the Cardinal volleyball team, Mangapora was selected to the All American Conference all star team each year. She was twice voted AAC American Division Player of the Year and earned Division II first team honors twice. She was voted as District Player of the Year for the recent season. She owns the school records for most kills in a season and in a career as she contributed to the CHS team's 47-6 record, two conference championships, two sectional championships, two district championships, and finishing the recent season as regional runner-up. Her volleyball coach, John Tokash, credits her skill and ability with obtaining a full athletic scholarship to Ball State.
"She did it all by deeds," he said. "Sabrina is a treat to coach. She is very skilled at all levels of the game."
In basketball, Mangapora also excelled. She was selected All-AAC honorable mention as a freshman, and All-AAC as a sophomore and junior. As a sophomore she was also was named to the Division II All District second team and got All-State honorable mention. As a junior, she led the AAC American Division in scoring, was named District Player of the Year and earned first team All-State honors.
As she begins her senior year in basketball, all she needs is 11 more points to reach her 1,000 career point mark, a feat she is expected to accomplish this week.
On the academic side, Mangapora carries a 3.906 GPA. She is a member of Y-Teens, Key Club, and serves as president of the CHS National Honor Society.
At Ball State, Mangapora is looking into the medical field.
"I'm looking at study in biology or chemistry," she said.