Lowellville, OH (WYTV) – Tyler Hetmanski is first and foremost a competitor, but he’s also a fighter. The Lowellville senior has overcome a lot over the past four years, and has turned into a three sport athlete, that also sets the bar high in the classroom and that’s why he’s our Student Athlete of the Week.
“I’m just always going to give one hundred percent, no matter what it is,” said Hetmanski. “Whether it’s school, practice, a job, anything. I’m just gonna try to give my best.”
Tyler is a tireless worker. He’s a three sport athlete in basketball, cross country, and baseball. But not everything has come easy though, last year Tyler broke his tibia, one of several major setbacks that have since made him a stronger person.
“It was hard coming back from that because I would have to come to school, go to basketball practice after school then I would have therapy for an hour and a half after basketball so I was just exhausted most days but it was rewarding to come back and we had a great season and I’m looking forward to this baseball season.”
The Rockets just capped off an 18 win season…including a State Tournament win over Southern. Meanwhile, Tyler wants to carry his love for sports into a career as a Physical Therapist.
“Just to help other kids that’ve been through an injury because I know what they’re thinking and what they need to overcome to be what they were before.”
As you would imagine, Tyler is a bright kid…he’s never had a B in high school…and leads his class with a 4.0 GPA.
“I just always stay focused in school. My mom always told me that school comes first, sports comes second and that’s what I live by,” he said. “Just shows how hard I’ve worked through school and sports and everything that’s happened to me in my life, and perseverance pays off.”