Kenzie Borum

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Athlete of the Week Kenzie Borum is the goalie for the Lake-Lehman lacrosse team. She nearly matched her school record, making 20 saves against Crestwood last week.
Athlete of the Week Kenzie Borum is the goalie for the Lake-Lehman lacrosse team. She nearly matched her school record, making 20 saves against Crestwood last week.
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School: Lake-Lehman


Grade: Junior


Sport: Girls lacrosse


Position: Goalie


All in the Family: Kenzie is the daughter of Pete and Ruthann Borum of Shavertown. Her brother, also named Pete, is a senior three-sport star at Lehman, playing baseball, football and basketball. Her older brother Shane graduated from Lehman. She has a younger brother named Chase and a younger sister named Maddie, who also plays lacrosse.


Statistically Speaking: Borum made 20 saves in a victory over Crestwood and came back to fend off seven more shots in an 18-2 victory over Tunkhannock as Lehman continued to jockey for District 2 playoff positioning. Her stellar effort against Crestwood was the second time Borum stopped at least 20 shots in a game this year, as her 21-save effort against Wyoming Seminary in the season opener is considered a Lehman school record.


The Shot Repellent: The number alone was astounding, but the timing of the best of the 20 saves Borum made — and who she made them against — was even more impressive. A super-quick and tenacious Crestwood team peppered her with 31 shots, and Borum turned away more than two-thirds of them. After a furious second-half scoring spree by the Comets closed a once-comfortable Lehman lead to a single goal, Borum made sure her team’s advantage didn’t disappear completely. She stuffed five Crestwood chances at tying the game in the final five minutes, holding up in the cage like a rock until Lehman punched home the game’s final two goals for a 14-11 victory last Monday. Later in the week, Borum swatted away seven of the nine shots she faced against Tunkhannock. That gave Borum 27 stops against 40 shots for a .675 save percentage during the week — an impressive number for a high school goalie.


Coach’s Corner: “She had a heck of a week,” Lake-Lehman co-coach Alex Wilson said. “McKenzie’s very athletic, which is good for a goalie. She moves to the ball well, she blocks the ball well and she’s very good at cutting off angles. She’s fast for a goalie. People don’t realize she’s a very good field player. But she found her knack in the goal. She started last year, and her save ratio was the highest of the 30-35 schools that reported to MaxPreps. One of the things she’s been working on is her play outside of the goal, as far as coming out and helping clear the ball up the field. She’s really becoming a complete player. She understands and communicates well with the defenders. McKenzie’s good at anticipating where the ball is going to come. And she’s got great reflexes. She comes up big in big games.”


Did you know? When she’s not making Lehman fans cheer with her splendid saves on the lacrosse field, Borum is coaxing them to cheer for the school’s other sports teams as a cheerleader. “You wouldn’t think being a goalie and being a cheerleader would mix well, but they do,” Borum said. “They balance out. I like doing both. I actually started playing lacrosse before I started cheerleading.” The main sports she’s assigned to as a cheerleader are wrestling, basketball and football — and the best thing, she said, is she got a chance to watch right from the sidelines as her brother Pete starred in two of those sports. “One of the main reasons I started cheerleading was to go out there and cheer on my brother,” Borum said. “I’m really proud of what he’s accomplished this year.”


From her angle: “I really just go out and get myself in front of the ball. There’s not really technique to it,” Borum said of her penchant for stopping tough shots. “I just kind of go out there and do it, and hope for the best.” Apperently, that strategy has been working for Borum awhile. “It was when I started (playing lacrosse) in seventh grade,” Borum said. “We needed a goalie one game. I just kind of hopped in. It’s been my favorite position ever since. I played on offense when that happened. When they threw me in there, I kind of got good at it. I feel like I was kind of natural at it. I feel like it’s a big part of the team. Since I’m good at it, it kind of boosts my confidence. When I first go out on the field, I’m really nervous about how the game’s going to go — all the time. When I get a couple saves, as the game goes by, I get more confident. The numbers … I don’t even know how many I saved until the end of the game. It’s exciting when they tell me I had 20 saves. But all that really matters to me in the game is just saving them so we win.”


Week in Review: GAR stalwart Kevin Evans didn’t need anyone to help save the team’s first victory of the season. In perhaps the most dominant pitching performance on a Wyoming Valley Conference baseball field this year, Evans pitched a two-hit shutout and struck out 15 of the game’s 21 outs against Wyoming Seminary as the Grenadiers picked up their first victory. Evans also went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove home two runs while scoring another in the win. Logan Zavada was nearly as impressive while pitching Wyoming Valley West to its sixth straight win, working a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts against Coughlin. He got offensive support from Spartans teammate Jeremy Sabecky, who rifled a three-run triple and also scored against Coughlin. Crestwood’s Brian Markowski pitched in with six innings of one-hit ball and 10 strikeouts in taking a no-decision in a game his Comets eventually won against Wyoming Area. Jeremy Zezza had the only hit for the Warriors against Markowski that day and also pitched a gem — a complete-game two-hitter with eight strikeouts. Hazleton Area’s Joe Baran struck out 10 batters while beating Holy Redeemer, and Nanticoke’s Josh Bernscoter worked a five-inning, two-hit shutout against Seminary. Nobody figured out how to hold Tunkhannock’s Sean Soltysiak down in a victory over Lake-Lehman, where he went 5-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, three RBI and two runs. Later in the week, Coughlin’s Dave Marriggi had the Tigers on the run with a home run and a double among his three hits. He drove home four runs and scored two, meaning Marriggi accounted for six of Coughlin’s eight runs that day. Teams better account for Dallas’ Domenic Oliveri, who went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs in a victory over Pittston Area. Berwick’s Zach Andress peppered Pittston Area with three hits, including a double, three RBI and two runs. …


Nanticoke’s Jenna Lipowski drove home five runs with a home run and a double in a softball victory over Berwick. And Coughlin’s Samantha Conway had four RBI and three hits — including a double — in a win over Lake-Lehman. …


Coughlin’s Natheniela Bourdeau set a school record in girls track and field by running the 100 meters in 12.1 seconds. She also teamed with her sister Tamar Bourdeau to win a combined six events against Dallas. In the same meet, Coughlin’s Madisyn Hawkins also set a Crusaders record by clearing 10 feet in the pole vault. The Pittston Area 1,600 relay team vaulted ahead of everyone in school history. Eastin Ashby, Allie Barber, Samantha Mayers and Mia Barberi combined to set a new Patriots record in the event with a time of 4:08.05, helping Pittston Area claim the girls title at the Jordan Relays. …


It’d probably take a whole relay team to outlast Dallas’ Dom DeLuca on the boys track and field circuit. He produced four victories in a win over Coughlin, capturing the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 individual races and teaming on the winning 3,200 relay. …


Crestwood’s Chris Dexter just keeps setting his teammates up on the boys volleyball court. He registered 38 assists and made seven digs in a victory over Hazleton Area, then came back with 29 assists in a win over Delaware Valley. His Comets teammate Luke Casey benefited from some of those well-placed sets, knocking down 20 kills with six blocks against Hazleton Area. Hazleton Area’s Brett Barron had 26 assists and six kills in the loss, while the Cougars received 16 kills from Alex Gregoire. Holy Redeemer got some strong service from Alex Kotch. He produced 25 points against Nanticoke and 17 more against Tunkhannock as the Royals kept rolling. Mike Prociak made 15 kills for Redeemer against Nanticoke and Mike Conlon had 30 assists against Nanticoke. The Trojans came back to down Wyoming Valley West behind 49 assists from Ed Lukowski, 19 kills from Matt Winters and 16 kills from Robert Burke. Nick Klimchok had 29 assists for Valley West, and Tim Libman came up with 22 digs against Nanticoke. …


Pittston Area digs the way Trent Woodruff keeps cruising to victories in boys tennis. He took a 6-2, 6-0 victory in the top singles spot against Wyoming Valley West. Berwick’s Luke Whitenight also had a big day against Valley West with a 6-3, 6-1 win. MMI’s Nick Vilov coasted past Wyoming Area, 6-2, 7-2 and Hazleton Area’s Wister Yuhas scrapped for his straight-set victory against Dallas, 7-6, 7-5. …


While Borum was stopping shots for Lake-Lehman, plenty of her teammates were making them. Mallory Wilson scored five goals against Crestwood, then added five more with an assist against Tunkhannock. Alysa Adams scored five goals — including her career 200th at Lehman on her 17th birthday last Monday — in the victory over Crestwood. And Lehman’s Hannah Stull had two goals and four assists against Crestwood, while Katie Struhl had two goals and four assists against Tunkhannock. Crestwood’s super-quick Daniella Callaghan cut loose with another big week, scoring four goals against Lehman, adding three goals with an assist against Scranton Prep and hitting four more goals against Delaware Valley. Crestwood’s Morgan Kile scored three goals against Lehman and four more with an assist against Scranton Prep. Coughlin’s Brigid Wood scored four goals — including the game-winner with five seconds remaining — while adding two assists in a victory over Delaware Valley, produced five goals against Pittston Area and whipped up six more goals against Dallas. Her Crusaders teammate Kaitlyn Lukashewski came through with three goals and two assists against Pittston Area. Wyoming Seminary’s Lexi Quick delivered a combined nine goals in two games against Pittston Area, while Sem’s Kelley Gavin had an eight-save game in goal in one of those victories over the Patriots.

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