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Szatkowski give up basketball for soccer

December 12. 2013 2:50PM
TOM ROBINSON For The Dallas Post

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Dallas junior Talia Szatkowski led the Wyoming Valley Conference in girls soccer scoring with more than two goals per game this fall.

Even when the Mountaineers finally had their season come to an end in the state Class AA quarterfinals, Szatkowski scored three times in the loss.

When it was over, Szatkowski decided not to try to carry her scoring ability over to basketball season where she would have been the top returning scorer on the defending Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 champions.

“She’s interested in playing soccer in college and wants to play through the winter,” Dallas girls basketball coach Kelly Johnson said.

While Szatkowski works on her soccer abilities in the winter, the Mountaineers will have to make up for the loss of what would have been a key player in their hopes to continue the success from last season.

Using the same speed, athletic ability and intensity that made her a conference scoring champion and leader of a conference championship team on the soccer field, Szatkowski was a force both offensively and defensively last basketball season. She had as many as 10 steals in a game to help fuel a pressure defense that often ignited the Dallas offense in transition.

“I was very disappointed,” Johnson said. “She’s a phenomenal athlete. She’s very gifted.”

The junior forward plans to use the time to improve her already impressive soccer talents.


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