A lot in her life stems from background, starting with genetics.
As the daughter of Kim and Jim Mangapora, a Canfield Hall of Famer (Class of 1985) who went on to play basketball at Kent, it’s no secret where Sabrina gets her height and talent.
But another part of Sabrina’s life that had a bearing on her future path stemmed from her attendance at Boardman-Canfield basketball games while in middle school.
“My dad would bring me to varsity games when Kate Popovec was Canfield’s star at the time and Boardman had Courtney Schiffauer,” Mangapora said.
“I’d watch them and set my goals to be like them and have my game at that level.”
Combine her gym time with her growth cycle and it’s no mystery that Sabrina’s stature that’s reached 6-1 has made her a dominant force.
“Basketball’s been a big part of my life,” said Sabrina, who finished with 1,479 points to rank among the top five all-time among girls.
Likewise, her father holds the school record for average points per season (21.4 in 1984-85).
Jim Mangapora also has records for blocked shots in a season: 82 (1984-85) and 152 for a career (1983-85).
Sabrina helped Canfield reach the Division II regionals the last two years, most recently as runnerup to regional champ Hathaway Brown.
Her college choice is Ball State, but for vollebyall.
“My dad didn’t want me to be strictly basketball, so he encouraged me to do what I wanted,” Sabrina said. “He didn’t know too much about volleyball, but he was willing to help.”