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St. John Paul II's Natasha Manos - WTXL/TCC Scholar Athlete of the Week

Posted: 11:16 PM, Mar 22, 2017
Updated: 2018-02-15 14:41:42Z
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Soccer. Track. Cross Country. Softball.

"I actually played out a little bit of the basketball season this year," laughed St. John Paul II's Natasha Manos.

Alright, basketball too. When it comes to St. J-P 2 athletics, Natasha does it all.

"I like to call JP2 my second home, because I spend most of my weekdays here," she smiled. "I just really enjoy being a part of the school and I've only got four years. I might as well live it to the fullest."

"It's such a breath for coaches, to just have that person there as a relief hitter," said head coach Erin Russo, who's also one of Natasha's teachers. "Last year she even pitched for the team when we didn't have a pitcher, so she can just do anything at any time."

She can do anything - and on the diamond, her stats show it. Natasha's batting .423 on the season, and leads the team in steals, and being part of the Panther family, is all she ever wanted.

"I never played a team sport until I came to JP2!" she exclaimed. "I decided to come to JP2 and boom, played five sports! It was quite the turnaround. It's just great to be with my friends, that's what makes it worth it."

What's also great? Natasha's grades, as she boasts a 4.2 GPA.

"She's always there, doing her homework in class," said coach Russo. "She's always there helping other kids do homework, helping kids on the field. It's again, such a breath of fresh air again for me as a teacher and a coach."

"I have this little reminders list, and so I go through and make sure I get all my homework done, and then it's sports, then homework, then dinner, then go to sleep." Wake up repeat, huh? "Oh yeah."

And she wouldn't want it any other way.