Athlete of the Week

June 24th, 2015 7:40 pm

First Posted: 9/9/2013

School: GAR

Grade: Junior

Sport: Field hockey

Position: Midfielder

All in the Family: Brea, from Wilkes-Barre, is the daughter of Kim Grady and Nate Seabrook.

Stats: Seabrook opened the season by scoring all five of her team’s goals over two games last week, the first a victory and the second a defeat.

Shooting star: The Grenadiers got an emotional lift and hoisted themselves past old nemesis Hanover Area when Seabrook scored the tying goal in the second half and then added the game-winner in a 2-1 victory. Then Seabrook, who received a rare honor at GAR by being named captain as a junior before the season, gave GAR a shot the next time out. Despite fighting off multiple defenders the entire game, Seabrook scored all three goals for the Grenadiers in a tough 4-3 defeat to Berwick.

Coach’s corner: “Brea’s an athlete, she’s a hard worker, she’s determined,” GAR coach Sue Woznock said. “She has been developing as a leader. We were really proud of her after the Berwick game. Berwick triple-teamed Brea the whole game. She kept her head through the entire thing and found other ways to help — passing, carrying. Brea started playing with us at the Sports Dome in sixth grade. We knew we were going to have something special in Brea.”

Did you know? During her down time, Seabrook - who’s also a basketball standout at GAR - can be found flipping TV channels between MTV and the home and garden station. “I like HGTV,” she said. “My mom thinks I’m so weird. But I think it’s really cool to see all the different houses.”

From her angle: “I feel like I’ve always been a natural goal scorer,” Seabrook said. “That’s just what I mostly do. That’s just me.” It’s the leadership part she’s had to work at. “Me being captain, I don’t like to yell at my teammates. We’re all friends and it’s like, ‘Brea’s yelling at me!’ But I kind of stepped it up a little bit.”

Week in review: Time to take off. Lake-Lehman’s Dominic Hockenbury opened the Wyoming Valley Boys Cross Country season with a winning time of 17:02, while Coughlin’s David Sadvary wasn’t far off that pace with a 17:22 in the same meet. … On the girls side, Dallas senior Regan Rome returned from a preseason groin injury to win a dual meet with a time of 20:31, while Tunkhannock’s Maggie Toczko captured another race in 20:10. … It seems Tunkhannock’s Aiden Cronin would win any race to the cage. He scored four goals in a boys soccer victory over Meyers, then added three more goals in a win over MMI. Lake-Lehman’s Austin Harry scored all three goals in a 3-2 victory over Wyoming Seminary and GAR’s Anthony Tlatenchi duplicated the feat in a 3-2 win over Berwick. Wyoming Valley West’s Eddie Thomas also had three of the Spartans’ four goals against Meyers. … Keeping with the scoring spree, Berwick’s Gabby Kishbaugh netted three goals and made four assists in a girls soccer victory over MMI. Lake-Lehman’s Shoshana Mahoney made four goals and an assist against Wyoming Seminary. Berwick’s Abby Kemp had four goals and an assist against MMI while Pittston Area’s Allie Barber had four goals and an assist against Sem. … If it’s assists you’re looking for, Olivia Jankowski of Crestwood had 25 of them in a girls volleyball victory over Lake-Lehman. Berwick’s Courtney Soboleski served 12 aces against Wyoming Valley West and Lehman’s Lexi Opplinger served 17 points, including 10 aces, in a win over Hanover Area. Holy Redeemer hitter Nicole Slovasky made 15 kills in a win over Wyoming Area and Crestwood’s Emily Sipple finished with 14 kills against Lehman. … Sticking with net play, Holy Redeemer’s Megan McGraw, Coughlin’s Dana Schneider anbd Wyoming Seminary’s Nathalie Joanlanne all won girls tennis matches at No. 1 singles without dropping a single game. Crestwood’s Kristi Bowman posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Pittston Area and Valley West’s Laura Monto won 6-1, 6-1 for the team’s only point in a loss to Wyoming Area. … It was a hard-luck loss in field hockey for Nanticoke Area goal keeper Maddie O’Donahue, who made 22 saves against Wyoming Area in a 1-0 defeat. Valley West’s Julia Usefara just wouldn’t accept defeat, as she tied the game with a goal with 1:56 to play in regulation and then assisted on Danielle Grega’s overtime winner to beat Wyoming Area 2-1. Holy Redeemer’s Melanie Kusakavitch had two goals and two assists against Nanticoke Area. Wyoming Seminary’s Mallory Lefkowicz had three goals and an assist against Hazleton Area. And Crestwood’s Ashleigh Thomas scored three goals in a victory over Dallas and her Comets teammate Elizabeth Dessoye had two goals and an assist in a victory over Delaware Valley. Coughlin got a big assist, er, three of them from Kyra Wozniak during a victory over Wallenpaupack. … Crestwood running back Tanner Kahlau ran for four touchdowns - all of them going for 15 yards or more - on the football field against North Pocono. Coughlin’s Paul Cole rushed for 182 yards against Hazleton Area, Northwest’s Austin Mazonkey darted for 173 against Susquehanna and Meyers’ Matt DeMarco had 153 rushing yards in a loss to Old Forge. Berwick wide receiver Andrew Force must have lost the coverage, because he caught 147 yards worth of passes - a 38-yard touchdown and gains of 66 and 43 yards on his three catches. Holy Redeemer’s Jimmy Strickland threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns on 13 completions and Berwick quarterback C.J. Curry passed for 250 yards on nine completions. … It was complete domination for Holy Redeemer again on the golf course, where both Ryan Crossin and Chase Makowski shot 3-under par 33s in a victory over Lake-Lehman.