‘Just Kick It!’: Brother and sister team up to handle Onalaska’s special team duties

Freshman Kaley Manglitz joins brother Austin on varisity roster

After jumping out to a 3-0 start in Mississippi Valley Conference play¬† injuries slowed the Hilltoppers ascension this fall. This Friday at Logan, Onalaska’s playoff hopes hinge on beating the 5-1 Rangers.

“We are feeling good,” said senior Austin Manglitz. “We have some guys back that were injured and we are ready to roll this week against Logan.”

Last week against Holmen, Onalaska Head Coach Tom Yashinksy was scrambling to find a healthy kicker. Starter Austin Manglitz was under the weather and his best replacement turned out to be the freshman team kicker – better known as little sister Kaley.

“I played for the eighth-grade team and I was like 5 for 7 so I went out for the freshman team and it has been going really well,” said freshman Kaley Manglitz.

“You just don’t expect that to ever happen,” said Kaley and Austin’s father Kent Manglitz. “Maybe if you have two boys a few years apart you do, but to have a son that is a senior and a daughter that is a freshman you could never see that coming.”

No one expected what would come next. Following a Hilltopper touchdown with Austin feeling well enough to play, Yashinsky called the only freshman on the sideline to kick the extra point.

“I was like, ‘oh my gosh this is Friday night lights,'” said Kaley. “My heart started pounding really fast. And I kind of kept it cool.”

“I was really nervous, and I had butterflies in my stomach the entire time,” said Austin. “I just wanted her to make it and when she did I was so happy for her.”

With Kaley connecting on both extra points and Austin hitting his field goal attempt, both will return this Friday against Logan according to Yashinksy.

“They are both great kids, they deserve it,” said Yashinksy.

Kaley plans on continuing her kicking career for the Hilltoppers beyond this season.