Balancing school, sports, and farming

Most high school athletes are hard at work in their schools weight rooms. One Somerset County player gets his workouts by working on two separate farms. He works on a dairy farm and he also works on a beef farm, both provide a very strenuous workout. During the summer while most kids are on the beaches or in their swimming pools you'll find him throwing around hay bales.

DT Shane Hankinson 6-5, 250, 5.1 Berlin Brothers Valley High School, Berlin Pa actually likes the farm life and loves the workout he gets from it.

"Our school district is pretty spread out and I can't always get to the weight room in the summer so I get my work out on the farm."

Berlin plays in the West Pac Conference in District 5, which is not known as a hot bed for college recruiters. Hankinson however is trying to make sure they notice him. So far Boston College, Iowa, Navy, Illinois, and Indiana have been the most persistent in the pursuit of Hankinson. His favorites are Navy, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Penn State, and Boston College.

Shane is an interesting prospect as some teams like him as a DT or DE, while others are looking at him as an OT. With his frame he has the ability to put on 20-25 lbs. rather easily. Certainly his grades and test scores wont be a problem he carries a 3.5 GPA and has already scored 1270 on his SATS.

Hankinson had 78 tackles, 24 solo tackles, and 12 tackle's for loss, while earning 1st Team All-County and Honorable Mention All-State by several publications. He is planning on attending the Metro-Index camp, the Nike Combine at Penn State on May 15th, and possibly the MSL/Insiders Combine at the end of May. This summer he plans on attending camp at the Naval Academy.

Shane plays baseball for the Mountaineers as a pitcher and outfielder. He also plays basketball although he missed some time after having surgery to fix some torn cartilage in his left shoulder.

Berlin returns several starters this season and they are hoping to lead their team to the playoffs after recording a record of 5-5 in 2003.

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