School: Holy Redeemer
All in the Family: Chase is the son of James and Laurie Makowski of Dallas. His older sister Paige is a sophomore at Misericordia University.
Stats: For the third straight week, Makowski finished a day under par, as his 2-under 70 captured the pre-district Class 2A tournament Monday. Makowski came off that to share the lead with a 75 in the Wyoming Valley Conference team championship Friday, helping Redeemer capture the title.
Watch the birdie: On a whole team of highly-talented golfers, Makowski is quickly making his claim to the best. He was the only player to shoot under par in both the Class 2A and 3A fields at pre-districts and his round of 75 in the team playoffs was matched only by teammate Andrew Crossin for medalist honors in the Class 2A field. In between, Makowski added a 3-over 38 at Fox Hill to help the Royals win a regular-season match Tuesday.
Coach’s corner: “He played good all week,” Holy Redeemer coach Art Brunn Jr. said. “He had a great back-nine in the predistricts and played fluid throughout the team championships. Good kid, on and off the golf course. Never misses practice, he always strives to get better and he inspires the younger kids, too. He’s a coach’s dream. He has one of the best golf swings of anyone I’ve ever seen. He’s a good iron player, has a good short game. He’s just a solid golfer.”
Did you know? Makowski, who is headed to Monmouth’s golf team next year, is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan. And while his golf game is going strong, he’s a little disappointed his football team isn’t during the early season. When his two interests clashed Sunday, golf won out. Makowski didn’t get off the golf course until mid-afternoon, when he finally got around to checking the Packers’ score.
From his angle: “I just think my mindset was a little bit better this week,” Makowski said. “I didn’t play my best, I was just trying to grind it out and hang in there. I know I can shoot good scores as long as I’m making putts. I’d consider myself an aggressive golfer. I’m not afraid of any shot. If there’s a shot that needs to be pulled off, I’ll try it. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll never try it again.”
Week in review: In a big-time battle of tennis unbeatens, Wyoming Seminary’s Nathalie Joanlanne showed why she should be the top seed in the upcoming District 2 Class 2A tournament by downing Crestwood’s Kristi Bowman in straight sets. Undeterred, Bowman came back later in the week two win two matches in straight sets herself, including one that lifted Crestwood to a 3-2 victory over Dallas and the other a 6-0, 6-0 win that helped the Comets clinch the Wyoming Valley Conference Class 3A title against Wyoming Valley West. Coughlin’s Dana Schneider posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory in the top singles match against Valley West, and Holy Redeemer’s Meghan McGraw overpowered Berwick with a 6-1, 6-1 win. … Here’s a real winner when the field hockey lights go on. Valley West’s Danielle Grega scored five goals and made six assists while leading the Spartans to three victories last week. Grega had four goals and an assist against Abington Heights, dished out four assists against Wallenpaupack and came up with a goal and two assists in a showdown with Hazleton Area. Crestwood’s Marissa Surdy was equally impressive, putting up one goal and assisting on the other in a 2-0 victory over Coughlin, after going for three goals and an assist against Wallenpaupack. Lake-Lehman’s Korri Wandel scored three goals against Abington Heights and added another hat trick plus an assist against Wallenpaupack. It wasn’t all offense, though. Coughlin’s M’Kensie Lee made 19 saves in a shutout victory over Dallas, and Wyoming Seminary’s Mackenzie Gagliardi stopped 10 shots in a shutout of Holy Redeemer. … Wyoming Area received plenty of help on the girls volleyball court from Audrey Hiedacavage, who dished out 40 assists in a victory over Dallas and made 21 more despite a loss to Lake-Lehman. Her Warriors teammate, Sam Acacio, had 23 kills against Dallas and added 19 assists in a victory over Hazleton Area. Crestwood’s Olivia Jankowski served up 21 points and added 10 assists in a victory over Coughlin, then came back with 12 assists against Meyers. Holy Redeemer’s Nicole Slavoski made 14 kills against MMI, after serving 15 points and making eight kills against Berwick. Meanwhile, Crestwood’s Taryn Wojnar got on a roll with 28 service points against Meyers. … Dallas golfer Ryan Georgetti was certainly on his game this week. He led the Class 3A pre-district field by shooting a 74 in individual competition, then matched that mark in the WVC team playoffs to help th Mountaineers finish second. Tunkhannock’s Sean Soltysiak won a spot in individual districts by surviving a five-hole playoff and out-lasting two other competitors for the spot. And Holy Redeemer’s Mariano Medico shot even par in a regular season match against Wyoming Area, and was one-over in both pre-district and WVC team competition. … Hanover Area’s Jacob Peters went over the top on the football field, as the quarterback threw for 224 yards and three touchdown passes in a 20-14 upset of Northwest. Crestwood running back Frank Aigeldinger never seems to get upset, he just keeps going forward, as evidenced by his three rushing touchdowns - including a 53-yarder - and touchdown catch against Tunkhannock. … Did you happen to catch Coughlin’s Tommy Sebia on the boys soccer field? He scored four goals in a victory over Pittston Area. His Crusaders teammate Travis Keil registered three goals and three assists in a victory over Meyers. Wyoming Seminary’s Andrew Kim scored two goals and had two assists against Meyers. Hanover Area’s Dylan Luzny scored a hat trick against Berwick, while Nanticoke Area’s Rees Roberts had three goals himself against Holy Redeemer. And Dallas’ A.J. Nardone scored both goals for the Mountaineers in a 2-0 victory over rival Lake-Lehman. … There was also plenty of scoring on the girls soccer field, starting with five goals and two assists by Dallas’ Talia Szatkowski in a victory over Hanover Area. Crestwood’s Gabby Termini found four goals and an assist against Wyoming Area and Coughlin’s Mary Tona scored four goals against Nanticoke Area. Lake-Lehman’s Emily Sutton was the star of a 6-0 victory over Tunkhannock, putting up three goals and two assists. And Pittston Area’s Allie Barber had a hat trick against Tunkhannock.