Dunmore Scholar-Athlete Lauren Grippi Chasing Star at Penn State

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Dunmore tennis MVP Lauren Grippi, center, is shown with her coaches Jenny Ondeck and Jenna Urban.

By Steve Svetovich

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lauren Grippi had to wait until mid-July to graduate, and saw her graduating senior activities cancelled, but the humble, polite scholar-athlete took it all in stride.

“I felt like we missed out on a lot of fun senior activities like awards and class night,” she said. “but everyone was in the same predicament. We were all in the same boat, so how can you complain?” 

Lauren said she worked out, did school work and prepared for the college application process during her time off due to the pandemic. She will most likely study psychology while attending Penn State in the fall. 

Daughter of Shannon and Rich Grippi, Lauren had an impressive 3.6 academic average at Dunmore High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society and MVP and co-captain of the tennis team. She was Spanish Club recording secretary and a member of show choir, drama club and chorus. She was president of SADD, wrote for the school newspaper and was a football cheerleader for four years. Her favorite academic subject is English. 

Lauren, in her courteous nature, said she was honored to receive the team MVP award for tennis. “I felt honored and very happy when I heard about it,” she said. “Tennis takes a lot of determination and you can’t give up. You have to practice very hard.”

The talented and always busy Dunmore graduate said her parents taught her to work hard to achieve goals in life. “My parents taught me about a good work ethic and to always try my best at anything I do.

“My parents are always there for me. They also taught me to treat people right.”

Lauren said her Dunmore tennis coaches, Jenny Ondeck and Jenna Urban, taught her similar values. “Try my best and never give up. Work hard all the time. Keep your head up.”  

Lauren comes from a very talented and hard working family. Her dad is a retired Pennsylvania State Policeman. Her mom is a local dental hygienist. Her late grandfather Doug Miele was a veteran and Scranton Tribune newspaper editor. Her late great-grandfather Tony Miele played baseball, spent numerous years as a volunteer baseball coach and is a member of the Northeastern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Her brother Richie Grippi, 21, was an all-star baseball shortstop at Dunmore and is a junior at Penn State. 

Lauren said her goals in the immediate future are to pursue a psychology degree at Penn State, graduate, get a good job and eventually pursue an advanced degree and become a counselor. 

“I like to help people and listen when someone has a problem,” she said. “I like to help out with a person’s problem. That’s why I think counseling would be a good field for me.”

The soft-spoken tennis stalwart said she enjoys listening to country music in her spare time. Luke Combs is her favorite country artist.

Lauren said she enjoys being involved in a lot of school activities, but still kept her grades in the mid 90s. “I always got my school work done before practice,” she said. “I set time aside to study.” 

Kind, considerate and hard-working, Lauren will now chase her star at Penn State, but she will never forget Dunmore High School.

“I felt a part of a family at Dunmore,” she said. “I was welcomed by teachers and classmates throughout all my years at Dunmore. It is really a very close knit community. It will always be a part of me.” 

Holy Cross Tennis Player Earns Second All Region selection 

Tennis Logan GregoryBy Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross graduating senior tennis player Logan Gregory earned his second straight All Region selection after finishing 15-4 overall at No. 1 singles.

Son of David and Tammy Gregory, Logan is also a two-time Times-Tribune all-star for tennis. 

Logan, who graduated with a 3.0 academic average, said he will probably attend Kings College in the fall. He is undecided about a major, but will play tennis in college.

Logan had a tennis record of 28-10 the past two seasons at Holy Cross.

He reached the District 2 Class 2A semifinals and was a Lackawanna League Coaches’ Class 2A all-star for the second year in a row. Logan reached the District 2 Class 2A semifinals in doubles with Holy Cross teammate Joey Lennon who was also an All Region selection as a junior. 

He led Holy Cross to the District 2 Class 2A semifinals.

Logan said he initially gained interest in tennis from his dad and Bill Stege, a tennis coach at Birchwood Country Club. Logan started taking tennis lessons at Birchwood when he was 12.

Logan said lessons learned from his parents were simple and to the point. “Work your way through things and keep plugging,” he said.

Logan said he learned a lot about his serve through coach Stege at Birchwood.

John Azzarelli was his tennis coach at Holy Cross.

“Coach Azzarelli taught me a lot about the mental part of the game. He taught me to be both a better person and a better tennis player.”

Logan was asked what it takes to excel at tennis. “You need to be strong mentally and practice a lot.”

Logan said he enjoys listening to music in his spare time and would love to see Billy Joel in concert. 

The tennis stalwart said he enjoyed his experience at Holy Cross. “It was a good experience and a lot of fun.”

Logan, who enjoys playing pickup basketball, has a very simple future goal. “To have a career,” he said.

In the meantime, he will continue to have fun and improve his tennis game.