Name: Mackenzie Burge
Athlete of the week achievement: Burge had an RBI triple that drove in the first run of the game in the first inning that propelled the Lady Mounties to a 3-1 win over Deer Lakes in the PIAA Class AA playoffs. She also played seven innings of error-free ball at first base.
Season update: Burge is batting .395 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 1 homer and 22 RBIs
Coach Jim Gonder’s quote: “She is a very hard-nosed ballplayer. She gives her best every day. She is one of those kids who comes to practice, gets down to business and wants to play softball every day. She really enjoys the game and wants to get better every time out.”
Favorite teacher: Mr. Ammerman
Favorite subject: Biology
Favorite movie: “The Karate Kid”
Favorite food: My grandmother’s fried chicken
Favorite song: “Here’s To The Good Times” by Florida-Georgia Line
Outside interests: Volleyball and basketball, hunting, fishing and riding four-wheelers
Favorite professional team: New York Yankees
Favorite college team: Alabama
Pro athlete most admired: Mark Teixeira
Best athlete I ever played with: Kate Burge
Best athlete I ever competed against: Taylor McKnight of Central
Most influential person on my athletic career: My family and my coaches
Proudest athletic achievement: Having an undefeated volleyball season on teams during my freshman and sophomore season and then making it to districts.
How I got my start in softball: “I quit soccer in third grade and signed up for a softball program.”
Future goal: Go to college and be an emergency psychiatrist and continue my softball career.