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The Next Step

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Wake. School. Gym. Practice. Home. Bed. This is a routine that Bethel Park’s Luc Gensler is very familiar with and one that wouldn’t be possible without Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber).

The 17-year-old Gensler is currently on track to graduate from the online high school in 2013.


Gensler began his hockey career at a young age, skating by the age of three and joining organized leagues at four. While he dabbled in other sports, such as baseball and lacrosse, hockey has always been his passion.


PA Cyber has allowed him to be successful both in academics and athletics, without sacrificing one for the other. he is able to schedule his classes based on his hockey schedule, and can choose to do his coursework whenever time allows.


Luc’s father, Fraser Gensler, said that PA Cyber has been an absolute blessing. He is happy that his son’s academic responsibility is put on his own shoulders. It allows him to be responsible for his own coursework and learn time management skills. Both will help shape his future.


With the 2012-13 season looming, Gensler is headed to Rochester, New York, to play junior hockey for the Rochester Stars.


Gensler, a 5-11 winger with a left-handed shot, hopes to improve his game in Rochester, as well as his recruitment chances to play at a Division I college, where he plans on majoring in creative journalism. He believes that he will be more prepared for college than others because he is used to being self-motivated and responsible for his own work. Between his time on the road playing hockey and his classes with PA Cyber, Gensler feels these are two skills he has already learned – and every college student needs.


Even though he remains focused on the future, he still takes the time to remember what is important. Gensler says he is inspired by the need to set a good example for his younger sister because he knows she looks up to him. He tries to be a good role model by participating in athletics while also doing well in school.


His advice for younger athletes is simple:


“Hard work pays off – put the time and effort in and it pays off,” Gensler said. “There is nothing more valuable than hard work.”

I spent three days late last month visiting 18 high schools across the WPIAL. I drove 533 miles, took hundreds of photographs, shook hands with dozens of coaches, athletic directors and principals and climbed way too many stadium steps. I loved every minute of it, of course.
Editor's DeskFeature OneHigh School
On the heels of two straight wins, the Franklin Regional Panthers are looking to improve to 3-1 Friday night as welcome the Indiana Little Indians (2-1) to Panther Stadium.
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Belle Vernon will battle Hollidaysburg in a WPIAL Triple-A clash Friday night with both teams looking for their third win on the season.
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The Steelers traditional powerhouse defense has set a yearly standard for fans and pundits for decades. But an aging Pittsburgh defense has had a rocky time the last couple of seasons.
Feature FourPure Steel
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Twenty-two WPIAL football teams will have new coaches pacing the sidelines this season, including a few that will be featured in the CoGo's Feature Matchup this season.
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Several of the most coveted recruits throughout the WPIAL have already made their college decisions, most notably Sterling Jenkins of Baldwin. Others, like Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead, are still being recruited.
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Bill Cherpak misses the way it used to be. Back in the 80’s, when the current Thomas Jefferson High School coach was a player at Steel Valley, the recruiting process wasn’t publicized. It was low-key compared to the present.
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The Mon-Valley has put plenty of athletes on Division 1 football teams over the years, including several who made it to the NFL. There are a few Mon-Valley natives playing D-1 ball this season.
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