Bryja helping Mustangs

Name: Michael Bryja

School: Portage

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Baseball

Athlete of the week achievement: Bryja went 2-for-5 with one run and three RBIs in a 10-0 victory over Conemaugh Township. He then fired a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and also went 2-for-3 with two runs in a 10-0 victory over Ferndale.

Season update: Bryja is hitting .433 (13-30) and is 2-0 on the mound with a 1.40 ERA for the 8-0 Mustangs.

Coach Larry McCabe’s quote: “He plays all three sports [baseball, football, basketball], and he’s pretty good in all three. In my opinion, he’s a really good athlete, and as a baseball player, he has a lot of potential – a lot of upside.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Burkett

Favorite subject: History

Favorite movie: “Friday Night Lights”

Favorite food: Chinese

Favorite song: “No Faith in Brooklyn” by Hoodie Allen

Outside interests: Hanging out with my friends and playing video games

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Favorite college team: Pitt

Pro athlete most admired: Kevin Durant

Best athlete I ever had as a teammate: Caleb Kephart

Best athlete I ever competed against: North Star’s Tony Strasiser

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad and brother

Proudest athletic achievement: Getting selected all-conference in baseball, basketball and football

How I got my start in baseball: “Playing in the yard with my older brother and dad when I was real young.”

Future goal: Hopefully play a sport at the college level and become a physical therapist