School: Holy Redeemer
Position: Middle Hitter
All in the Family: Nicole is the daughter of Michael and Linda Slavoski of Shavertown. Her sister Lauren is a sophomore hitter on Holy Redeemer’s volleyball team and her older brother Matthew was a member of the Holy Redeemer golf team.
Statistically speaking: Slavoski made a combined 37 kills during her final two high school playoff games, adding 20 service points and 16 digs to help the Royals reach the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class 2A volleyball playoffs.
Spiking it: Slavoski opened her big week by slamming 18 kills and serving 15 points while leading Redeemer’s victory over Troy in a Class 2A state opener. She followed that with another outstanding performance in a quarterfinal loss to Delone Catholic on Saturday, when Slavoski made 19 kills, had eight digs and served five points while drawing praise from the opposing coaching staff as being the best player the Squirettes had faced all season.
Coach’s corner: “Nobody really knows how competitive Nicole really is,” Holy Redeemer coach Jack Kablick said. “I run into her at gym class at least once a week, and she doesn’t even know I’m there. It doesn’t matter what they’re playing in gym — it could be kickball, some form of football — she’s out there trying to find a way to win the game. The first time we saw her was when she was a freshman, she decided to try volleyball so she came to our camp. It’s a five-day camp. About the second or third day, I said, ‘That girl has got to start playing volleyball. She stuck with it. Great choice for our program.”
Did you know? Slavoski is being recruited to play volleyball for and has applied to attend the Air Force Academy next year, mainly because she enjoys feeling sky-high. “Ever since I was little, I loved flying,” Slavoski said. “One day, my grandfather picked me up after practice and asked me if I wanted to do something different. He took me over to the (Wyoming Valley) airport in Forty Fort and let me fly a plane!”
From her angle: “It was a great feeling for me,” Slavoski said of making the state quarterfinal round. “That was one of my major goals for the season, to get to the quarterfinal round and play Delone again. Honestly, my favorite moments would be beating DelVal (Delaware Valley) four years in a row (for the District 2 title) — those games were always very intense. And I really liked going into the gym and seeing my team in practice. I’m actually heartbroken I can’t do that.”
Week in review: It was a tremendous week for Dallas girls soccer star Talia Szatkowski, who came very close to leading the Mountaineers through the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal playoff round. Szatkowski set up the team’s lone goal in regulation with an assist, then scored in a shootout that gave Dallas a 4-3 victory in the opening playoff round. In the quarterfinals, Szatkowski scored all three Dallas goals in a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss to Northern York. Dallas keeper Sydney Emershaw made 11 saves in that season-ending defeat. …
The Tunkhannock boys soccer team finished a spectacular season with a 2-1 loss to Danville in the opening round of the Class 2A state tournament, but not before keeper Zac Daniels came up with 12 saves and Colton Brown scored the only goal for the Tigers. …
Wyoming Seminary’s field hockey team is back in the Class 2A state semifinals, thanks in large part to Mallory Lefkowitz. The senior scorer set up the winning goal with an overtime assist as the Blue Knights came back to beat Selinsgrove, 2-1 in a state opener. Then Lefkowitz delivered the game’s first and last goals — the final one being an overtime game-winner — to lift Sem over Upper Perkiomen, 4-3 in the state quarterfinals. Wyoming Seminary goalie Mackenzie Gagliardi made 10 saves in that quarterfinal victory. Crestwood’s Ashleigh Thomas kept the Comets rolling right into the state semis, assisting on the first goal and scoring the second in the team’s 2-0 PIAA Class 2A victory over Southern Lehigh on Saturday. In Class 3A action, Coughlin’s season ended in the state quarterfinals, but not before goalie M’Kensie Lee made 13 stops in a loss to Penn Manor. …
Lake-Lehman’s hammer, running back Dustin Jones, just keeps pounding away on the football field. He scored three touchdowns as the Black Knights blasted Susquehanna in a District 2 Class 2A playoff opener. Wyoming Valley West didn’t quite make it past Easton during a tough 35-34 loss to Easton in a District 2 Class 4A playoff opener, but quarterback Mike Baur sure gave his team a chance. He threw for 219 yards and a touchdown and ran for three more scores in a thriller at Spartan Stadium. Running back Frank Aigeldinger thrilled Crestwood fans by running for 176 and both Crestwood touchdowns against Berwick in a District 2 Class 3A playoff game the Bulldogs pulled out, 14-13. Coughlin pulled out a 24-23 victory over Fleetwood in an Eastern Conference Class 3A playoff game, thanks to two touchdown runs by quarterback Tim Pilch. And Nanticoke wrapped up its first playoff appearance in 14 years in an Eastern Conference Class 2A loss to Northwestern Lehigh, but not before running back Pat Hempel rushed for 167 yards — including a 26-yard touchdown run.