the north face t shirt sale Krankoskie uses artistic side on field
Watch Tate Krankoskie hoist a jump shot or heave a javelin or even throw a football lengthy distances for the first time and one probably doesn’t think much about it.
Watch again and one might notice some flair and creativity.
Since everything the 18 year old Shikellamy senior seems to do possesses some sort of artistic motivation the same is true when one considers what he wants to do once after college his athletic pursuits typically closely follow along similar lines. Here, the pun definitely was intended.
“I guess you could say it allows you to think how things could be done different ways,” Krankoskie said. “Just like when you’re painting or drawing, there’s no set way to do something.”
Excellence on the basketball court, along with his lofty grade point average (3.7), is why Krankoskie bagged the latest Scholar Athlete of the Week award sponsored by The Daily Item, Sun Orthopaedics of Evangelical and PPL Electric Utilities.
The award honors local student athletes who thrive in the classroom, in the community and on Susquehanna Valley playing fields.
Although Krankoskie spends most nights with the Shikellamy basketball team hoisting high arching shots from the perimeter, the 6 foot 1, 175 pounder also is willing to mix it up with the big guys in the paint.
Heading into tonight’s Heartland I matchup at division leading Central Mountain, Krankoskie is the third leading scorer (12.1 points per game) for Bill Zeigler’s club (8 7 overall, 3 3 in HAC I) and the Braves’ No. 2 rebounder (between 4 and 5 boards per).
“I’ve been fortunate enough to coach Tate for four years now for basketball,” Zeigler said. “He’s a very good offensive player. And he has a very good repertoire of moves, and that allows me to use him in multiple positions on the court to try to score.”
In other words, Krankoskie’s versatility allows him to play at the shooting guard and wing positions, as well as on the blocks as a power forward.
“In the post a little bit, on the perimeter a little bit, even on the baseline,” Zeigler continued. “Because he’s so athletic, he has the ability to play multiple positions.”
“I’ve always been sort of a 3 point shooter, that was sort of what I was good at,” Krankoskie added. “As my career went on, I was one of the taller kids on the team so I’d come in the post more. I just hit the weights so I could try to get stronger.”
Consistently strong for several of the Braves’ athletic programs, Krankoskie also displays his cerebral strengths in Shikellamy classrooms.
A three year varsity performer at a variety of positions for the Shikellamy football program, Krankoskie saw time last fall as a quarterback, slotback, receiver and safety as the Braves claimed the Heartland I title and reached the District 4 Class 4A title game.
Krankoskie also has been a regular in Shikellamy’s track field lineup throughout his high school experience, mainly throwing the javelin yet also competing in the high jump, triple jump, long jump and 300 meter hurdles.
Krankoskie last spring finished third at the District 4 Class AAA meet in the javelin (170 1), just a week after his third place finish at the Heartland Conference championships in the same event (171 3).
Field events will continue to be part of his future, too, as Krankoskie is planning to throw the javelin at Kutztown University, where he’s planning to major in digital arts. That’s hardly a surprise for those who know him.
“I’ve taken a couple classes during my high school career for different types of architecture, 3 D modeling and all that kind of design stuff,” Krankoskie said. “But I also get into painting, drawing, all that kind of stuff.
“I try to do a little bit of everything.”
Krankoskie is hoping to continue that approach at Kutztown, where his intent is to prepare for a career designing video games for one of the major companies in that field.
“I plan on trying to get into everything I can as a freshman, whether it’s with animation that I want to do,” Krankoskie said. “Or broadening my horizons with different painting or drawing classes or even like sculpture which I’ve never really done.”
Although Krankoskie has yet to attempt sculpting, he’s tried plenty else.
When I was younger, I would get caught doodling on my papers and eventually I wound up getting invited to different art classes,” Krankoskie admitted.
“(Then I wound up) going from there and being in advanced art classes, even transferring over to computers and taking all of the higher classes.”
An honor roll student throughout his high school experience at Shikellamy every quarter, in fact Krankoskie used to be part of his school’s Art Club.
“Recently, I was with the drawing teacher when we went to Geisinger (Medical Center) to paint windows at the Children’s Hospital,” said Krankoskie, an avid hunter and fisherman. “I like combining my artistic ability with community service.”
As for community service, Krankoskie has been alongside his basketball playing teammates when they’ve worked at Elijah’s Bowl, the community soup kitchen offered Saturday mornings at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Sunbury.
Krankoskie, however, often accompanies one of his friends when his buddy’s church group works at other soup kitchens or goes out to clean up local playgrounds.