The Sharon boys basketball team is marching on to the State Quarterfinals this Saturday and senior Frank Shaffer is a big reason for that success.
He’s a do-it-all athlete for the Tigers, in not only basketball but also football and baseball. Plus, he’s a straight-A student and now our “33 Student Athlete of the Week”.
“Everything I do, I do to the max,” said Shaffer. “It all comes from that competitive edge that I was really born into.”
Competing is in Frank Shaffer’s blood. After all, he’s the youngest of five siblings and grew up with over 30 cousins. Needless to say, all the weekend battles shaped Frank into the tough athlete he is today.
“I mean I had to lose over and over again until now,” said Shaffer. “I wish I could play them now because I feel like I could take them now, but you should want to win in everything you do and by all means necessary.”
And Frank has done plenty of winning in his time at Sharon. Last season, the Tigers won their second straight District 10 Basketball Title and made it all the way to the State Championship game in Hershey.
Frank is a four-year letter-winner and senior captain on this year’s team.
He’s also a beast on the gridiron at tight end and defense, helping Sharon advance to the Western Final each of the past two seasons. Plus, in the spring Frank is a pitcher and infielder on the baseball team.
“People like to call me an old man because I play all three sports,” joked Shaffer. “I’m not great at any of them per say but I started three sports for three years and now I know what it takes in each game and every practice.”
Frank is just as versatile and talented in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA. He’s attending the University of Akron next year to study Pre Medicine in hopes of becoming a Family Doctor one day.
“My grades are everything. It’s not all about getting a one hundred percent in any easy class. I like to be able to challenge myself so then I actually understand something.”