Rancocas Valley’s Bryce Mangene Caps His High School Career in Style

Rancocas Valley’s Bryce Mangene Caps His High School Career in Style
Recent Rancocas Valley graduate Bryce Mangene couldn’t have asked for a better ending to an outstanding scholastic sports career. Mangene’s final event representing his school turned out in championship fashion at the most impressive of stages.
 
Competing for Burlington County in the 16-team Carpenter Cup tournament, Mangene helped his team win the title, capped by a 4-2 championship win over Lehigh Valley at Citizens Bank Park.
 
Mangene earned the win in the championship game by pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Not only did Burlington County win the title, but Mangene was named the Stan Parker Most Valuable Player Award for the tournament.
 
In his team’s 4 games, Mangene had a 1-0 record with 2 saves and a 1.69 ERA. In 5 1/3 innings over three appearances, Mangene struck out six and walked just one.
 
“It was great and unexpected and very much appreciated,” Mangene said about the award. “It was an award named for somebody who worked very hard for the Carpenter Cup and I am honored to be chosen.”
 
The late Stan Parker was among the driving forces of the Carpenter Cup, which includes all-star teams from the tri-state area and just completed its 34th season.
 
The year before Mangene was on the Burlington County team that advanced to the Carpenter Cup championship before losing to fellow South Jersey squad, the Olympic-American.
 
“Definitely the experience of getting there last year and seeing what it was like to play at Citizens Bank Park motivated us this year,” he said. “Playing on that field you may never play on again, it is one of the best in the world and being able to go out there and experience the championship this year was just a great feeling.”
 
Mangene and his team were honored before the Phillies July 15 home game with the Los Angeles Dodgers. There, he was presented his individual award.
 
The next stop is the University of Pennsylvania, where Mangene will play baseball. He was also a football standout at Rancocas Valley. As a quarterback and defensive back, he helped lead the Red Devils to consecutive South Jersey Group 5 championship games.
 
Even though the Red Devils won neither game, reaching that level was quite an accomplishment.
 
“I will really miss playing football, it is right up there with baseball,” Mangene said. “It’s a great sprot and I still love watching it.”
 
And he also loves playing baseball. At Penn he was recruited as a two-way player, meaning he will get a chance to play the field and pitch, although he said most of his work will be on the mound.
 
“Penn has a great baseball program and the chance to attend the Wharton School of Business was huge,” he said in explaining his decision to attend the Ivy League school.
 
He said he is anxious to begin the next phase after ending his high school career in spectacular fashion.

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