Athlete of the Month: Ron Prislupski

By Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross junior soccer player Ron Prislupski has a formula for achieving success.

And he is using it to his benefit, 

Son of Ron and Katie Prislupski, the All-Regional junior soccer player credits his dad with the formula.

“My dad always tells me to visualize success,” he said.

“So I always arrive an hour before a soccer match and go out on the field and practice plays. During the time I am out there, I visualize what I am going to do in the match. I practice my moves. I visualize success. My dad also teaches me to be humble. And being humble and having humility also leads to success.” 

Named the Times-Tribune Soccer Performer of the Year, the talented Holy Cross junior was named to the Pennsylvania Boys Soccer Coaches All-State team. He was also the Lackawanna League Division II Player of the Year.

A second time All-Regional selection, he smashed school and Lackawanna League scoring records by netting 72 goals and now has a school record 110 for his career. He totaled 17 assists.

With great speed to beat defenders, he has ball skills and the vision to go through traffic and is a highly accurate shooter and passer.

He led the Crusaders to their first District 2 soccer title since 2009 and a state playoff berth.

He led the nation in goals per game.

An unselfish soccer performer, the scholar-athlete also excels in the classroom with a 4.0 academic average. His best academic subject is Math.

A three-year soccer performer at Holy Cross, he was named to the Lackawanna League Coaches All-Star team as a freshman.

A member of Student Council and the National Honor Society, he is a two-year member of the Holy Cross track and field team. He earned a silver medal in the 800 relay and bronze medal in the 800 meter run,

Well spoken and articulate, Ron said he wants to play soccer on the collegiate level. “I want to major in finance in college and play soccer. I will choose a college where those two go hand in hand. Beyond that, I would like to play soccer on a professional level.

“My immediate goal is to help lead Holy Cross to a state soccer title next year.” 

A hard worker and confident, Ron said Holy Cross soccer coach Joe Dodgson is teaching him a lot. “He says it all starts with a game plan. He tells us we have the talent to get the job done. He tells us not to get frustrated and good things will happen.”

The motivated junior who plays the striker position on the soccer team, said he was excited when he heard on Thanksgiving day about being named Performer of the Year. “I was very happy. It is a great award. It was also nice to see my teammate Drew Smith being named with me to the All-Region team as a midfielder. That was equally exciting news.”

Ron, polite in nature, said he enjoys music and would like to see Drake in concert.

He is thoroughly enjoying his experience at Holy Cross. “I love it,” he said. “Coming here is one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. The teachers, students, coaches and administration here are all so friendly and helpful. They all contribute to your success. 

“It is like one big family.”