Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Serra Sharpshooter Works on 'Other' Sport

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Serra Sharpshooter Works on 'Other' Sport

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Max Kaminsky sometimes sees a curious look on the faces of people who first learn what sports he competes in.

"People get surprised," Kaminsky said.

Kaminsky, a White Oak resident, plays golf and basketball at Serra Catholic, where he will be a senior this fall. Being a member of both teams isn't a rare feat by any means, but the fact he excels in each sport is what ultimately leads to the look of somewhat disbelief when people find out about it.

"Usually people picture basketball players as guys who hit the gym and work out a lot, kind of hard-nosed guys," said Kaminsky, who is a 5-foot-10 shooting guard. "When I tell them I play golf, they're like, 'Really?' Sometimes basketball games get intense. Golf relaxes me."

Kaminsky is a former WPIAL golf champion. He won the inaugural WPIAL Division II individual championship his freshman year. Kaminsky was also a starting guard as a junior on Serra's basketball team, which made it to the WPIAL playoffs. He averaged 13.5 points per game.

This time of year, golf takes center stage for Kaminsky. He'll compete in about eight tournaments during the summer and estimates he'll play between 60 and 70 rounds before the school year begins.

Two weeks ago, Kaminsky won his first tournament of the summer when he took top honors in the 17-18 year-old division in a Kings Junior tournament at Butler's Golf Course in Elizabeth. Kaminsky shot an even-par 72 to gain the victory.

"I missed some putts, but I played pretty well overall," he said.

It comes as little surprise that Kaminsky fared so well at Butler's. You could say it's his "home course," as he is working there this summer cleaning golf carts and lending a hand with whatever else is needed. One of the "perks" of the job is free rounds of golf, a big bonus for any golfer, particularly one who is still in high school.

Still, Kaminsky shakes his head when he hears someone suggest he was supposed to win because it's the course he plays on most frequently. …

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