Danville senior lineman Austin West, who is a teammate on the both the football and baseball teams, said Vascura’s biggest strengths is his ability to be a leader.
“He’s really good at talking with people,’’ said West, who has been playing on the defensive line for Danville. “In both sports, he is a good team leader. He tries to help everyone by talking with them and making sure that everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing.’’
West definitely believes that Vascura’s best sport is baseball.
“I’ve known Mike since we were seven and playing Legion baseball together,’’ he said. “To me, he is a Division-I caliber baseball player. He’s been going to camps and showcases, and I definitely think he’s going to make it.’’
Vascura is one of eight multiple-sport standouts on the football team this season.
“I really like having those type of kids on your football team,’’ Luke said. “Those guys bring confidence. They know how to compete, because they have been doing it all year long. They are not just sitting in a weight room every day or going to camps for just one thing. They are out competing against kids in other sports and they bring a different level of athleticism to the team.’’
Away from the competitive sports, Vascura admits that he enjoys reading.
“I’m not much into books, but I really like reading newspaper articles from all over,’’ he said.
And a year ago in coach Hile’s class, Vascura said he might have found his intended major in college.
“Accounting is something that I might pursue in college,’’ he said. “I like how you see the progression of your work. When you get to the end of the lesson, you can see how it came a long the whole time.’’
Right now, Vascura hopes his Danville Vikings keep accumulating assets (wins), while limiting their liabilities (losses) on the team spreadsheet.