School: Wyoming Seminary
Position: No. 1 singles
All in the Family: Nathalie is the daughter of Frank and Allison Joanlanne of Dallas. Her older sister Alyssa graduated from Sem last year and is studying acting at Pace University, and her 11-year-old sister Nicole prefers soccer and basketball over tennis.
Stats: Joanlanne, who hasn’t lost a set this season, swept through the District 2 individual Class 2A playoffs to capture her second consecutive title while barely breaking a sweat. Joanlanne, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, won five matches over two days in straight sets while losing just five games along the way. And she had little trouble cruising through a Class 2A semifinal match and the district championship in the same day.
Making a racquet: Even those who watched Joanlanne storm through the regular season had to be impressed by the near-perfect play of Sem’s star throughout the District 2 tournament. As if her start to the tournament wasn’t strong enough - Joanlanne dropped just one game over the tourney’s first two rounds - her finish was even more dominant. Joanlanne made her way to the championship round with a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Then she captured the title by the same scores, meaning her combined scores for the semis and finals Friday added up to 24-0 against the very best singles competition District 2 had to offer.
Coach’s comment: “I was pretty impressed with her focus, her determination in every single point and her digging down deep. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that,” said her mom, Sem coach Allison Joanlanne. “I felt there was more pressure on her, because so much is expected (as the district’s top seed and defending champ). I think she felt it that (Friday) morning, she didn’t want to have breakfast. She wasn’t scared, just anxious to get started. She plays competitive tennis all year ‘round, but she really looks forward to high school tennis because she’s part of a team. She just really gave it her all. I’m very proud of her.”
Did you know? When she’s not stringing up victories in the tennis court, Joanlanne sometimes sits down for a moment to play the piano. “I’ve been playing for seven, eight years now,” Joanlanne said. “My little sister started before me. She started getting really good and I started taking lessons. I’ve been playing more modern songs I like. They sound good on the piano.”
From her angle: “I was actually shocked with the way I played,” Joanlanne said of her fabulous finish to individual districts. “It’s a good feeling to dominate like that. Before I got on the court, I don’t think I was that focused. Once I started playing, I think I did get into some sort of a zone.”
Week in review: Apparently, Wyoming Area fullback Jeff Skursky knows how to get into the end zone. After a second-half position switch to tailback, Skursky gained 272 of his 284 yards and scored five touchdowns - including a 51-yarder, to lead a comeback victory over Holy Redeemer. He wasn’t the only one running up big numbers. Coughlin’s Paul Cole rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over Williamsport and Lake-Lehman’s Dustin Jones ran for 207 yards and four touchdowns against GAR. Meyers quarterback Matt DeMarco ran for 215 yards and three touchdowns - including a 72-yard burst - against Hanover Area. But unfortunately for his Mohawks, Hanover Area’s Isaiah Taylor started his own four-touchdown night with a 73-yard kickoff return for a score. Score a couple big plays for the receivers, led by the five-catch, 177-yard effort put up by Northwest’s Nick Long - who scored on 69- and 39-yard receptions. Dallas’ Justin Mucha rolled up 157 receiving yards and took a 65-yard pass to the house in a loss to Pittston Area, and Pittston Area’s Michael Schwab and Holy Redeemer’s Steve Kerr both went over 100 receiving yards. Can’t somebody put a stop to all this wild offense? Wyoming Valley West’s Colin Hanson certainly did, using two interceptions to spark a six-turnover day for the Spartans defense. … Holy Redeemer senior teammates and close pals Mariano Medico and Chase Makowski made their high school finale on area courses a grand one. Medico shot 74 and Makowski was right behind with a 75 to lead the Royals to the District 2 Class 2A team title. In Class 3A district action, Crestwood’s Billy Dombroski shot a 74 to lead the Comets to a runner-up finish. … Lake-Lehman’s Dom Hockenbury was the lone boys cross country runner to finish under 17 minutes in a meet last week, taking a cluster run in 16:25. Tunkhannock’s Jack Tidball was close, turning in a 17:02 during the week. Other top performances included Crestwood’s David Sadvary with a time of 17:28, Tunkhannock’s Carson Ayers who finished in 17:53 and Holy Redeemer’s Cameron Gill who was right at 18 minutes. … Tunkhannock’s Maggie Toczko cracked the 20-minute mark in girls cross country with a 19:42. … Dallas’ A.J. Nardone was really cracking the ball on the boys soccer field, as he scored the seven straight goals to start the scoring against Meyers. Nanticoke Area’s Ed Lukowski had four goals against Berwick, while his teammate Carmelo Pioquinto made 10 saves in goal to record a shutout of GAR. Wyoming Valley West’s Nick Singer had four assists and a goal in a victory over Hazleton Area and Tunkhannock’s Brian Ly also dished off four assists and scored a goal against Wyoming Area.. Lake-Lehman’s Julia Hutsko didn’t need much assistance on the girls soccer field, where she scored six goals during a victory over Meyers. Pittston Area’s Allie Barber rifled home five goals and added an assist in a victory over Hazleton Area. Holy Redeemer’s Lydia Lawson had four goals and four assists in a victory over Hazleton Area and added two goals and two assists against Meyers. And Dallas’ Tiffany Zukosky put up two goals and three assists against Nanticoke Area. … Speaking of assists, Crestwood’s Olivia Jankowski made 29 of them on the volleyball court, along with 22 service points, in a win over Meyers while her teammate Nicole Jankowski served 14 points and made 15 kills in the same match. Hanover Area’s Toni Elick served 12 aces in a match against Meyers. Holy Redeemer’s Nicole Slavoski had 21 kills against Hazleton Area and 17 more against Coughlin. Wyoming Area’s Sam Acadio made 14 kills against GAR and Holy Redeemer’s Leslie Evans had 27 assists against Hazleton Area. And Tunkhannock’s Michelle Goodwin finished with 10 kills and 10 service points against Berwick. … Points proved hard to come back against a couple of field hockey keepers last week. Wyoming Area’s Christine Granteed made 11 saves against Wallenpaupack and five more against Abington Heights to record two shutouts. Meanwhile, Berwick’s Lizzie Dyer shut out Meyers with 13 saves and recorded nine more stops in a 1-1 tie against GAR. Lake-Lehman’s Tiffany Malinowski made 21 saves in a tough 2-1 loss to Wyoming Seminary, and Crestwood’s Dallas Kendra stopped eight shuts to keep Sem off the board in a 2-0 victory. A few shooters found a way to break through, though. Vanessa Parsons of Dallas scored all four of her team’s goals in a victory over Hazleton Area, then added two goals and two assists against Lackawanna Trail. Emily Herron of Pittston Area, Lake-Lehman’s Alyssa Adams and Paige Superko of Berwick all had two-goal games for their team’s total offensive output in victories. Wyoming Area’s Bree Bednarski finished with three goals and an assist in a 4-0 win over Wallenpaupack. … And while they didn’t quite make it to the district tennis championship matches, Wyoming Seminary’s Madison Nardone and Crestwood’s Kristi Bowman gave the tourney a good run. Bowman was eliminated in the Class 3A semifinal round by eventual champion Maggie Manchester of Williamsport, while Nardone didn’t go down until the Class 2A semifinal round, either. It took three sets to stop both Nardone and Bowman from reaching the title round.