Pine Bush’s Kyle Jaloszynski is finishing his senior year after playing three sports, and next year he’ll head to Roberts-Wesleyan, in Rochester, to play lacrosse and study elementary and special education.
Jaloszynski opened the fall playing goalie for the boys’ soccer team. He played for the basketball team in the winter before playing lacrosse this spring.
“Basketball and lacrosse are probably tied,” he said, when asked about his favorite sport. “I loved basketball my whole life, and I started playing lacrosse my freshman year and grew to love the sport a lot.”
As a basketball player, he has played every position but point guard. On the lacrosse field, he was a defensive midfielder. He played four years of varsity lacrosse, two seasons of varsity basketball and a season of varsity soccer.
“It’s fun,” he said, of varsity lacrosse. “It’s definitely challenging sometimes, but in the end, it’s fun.”
Jaloszynski became a starter on the lacrosse team as a sophomore. He was injured for half of his junior year, and he was captain during that year and this past season.
“There were challenges being a captain my last two seasons,” he said.
But he had reached that perch after starting with few skills years earlier before raising his play and continuing to get better over time.
“To start with,” he said. “I couldn’t even throw.”
After improving his stick skills, he proved to be a solid player and eventual leader when he became a captain last year.
He’s learned how to use his stick well, but the biggest challenge, he said, during his later years with the Bushmen has been fitness and endurance, with the constant running on the field and the back and forth to and from sideline and field.