Payne leading Lady Devils

Name: Taylor Payne

School: Bellwood-Antis

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Softball

Athlete of the week achievement: Payne pitched a five-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and also collected two hits and an RBI in a victory over West Branch.

Season update: Payne is hitting .444 and has struck out 25 batters in 17 innings. Bellwood is 3-0.

Coach Jim Payne’s quote: “She loves the game. She’s a hard worker, and if she continues to pitch and hit like this, she’ll be a big part of our team’s success this year.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Crowell

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Billy Madison”

Favorite food: Anything from Tim’s American Cafe

Favorite song: “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters

Outside interests: Swimming, bowling, going to bonfires

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Favorite college team: Michigan Wolverines

Pro athlete most admired: The Pirates’ Mike McKenry

Best athlete I ever played with: Emily Nagle

Best athlete I ever competed against: Altoona’s Amanda Parrish

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents, Jim and Wendy, and Bill Sheehan

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning districts last season

How I got my start in softball: “I played little league for the Bellwood girls softball team.”

Future goal: Attend Edinboro University, continue playing softball and be successful.