Name: Kate Burge
Athlete of the week achievement: Burge tossed a no-hitter, striking out 11 batters, and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in a District 6-AA quarterfinal victory over Marion Center on Monday. She pitched a complete game, giving up just one run on three hits, and went 2-for-3 in a semifinal victory over Mount Union on Thursday.
Season update: Burge was 18-4 with a 1.46 ERA and batted .371 with two home runs and 21 RBIs in the regular season. In the playoffs, Burge is 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA with three complete games and is batting .667 with four RBIs.
Coach Jim Gonder's quote: "She leads by example. She's a hard worker, [and she] puts in the extra time that a pitcher needs to do to be successful."
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Levonick
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite movie: "Marley and Me"
Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo
Favorite song: "Springsteen" by Eric Church
Outside interests: Cooking and hanging out with my friends
Favorite professional team: St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite college team: Tennessee
Pro athlete most admired: My cousin, Matt Adams
Best athlete I ever played with: McKenzie Wilson
Best athlete I ever competed against: BEA's Taylor Parsons
Most influential person on my athletic career: My whole family
Proudest athletic achievement: Winning states last year
How I got my start in softball: "My whole family plays some kind of ball."
Future goal: "Just to have a successful life."