Yusko coming through

Name: Kelly Yusko

School: Penn Cambria

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Softball

Athlete of the week achievement: Yusko recorded her 400th career strikeout. She struck out 13 batters and belted a double and triple in a 2-1 win over Cambria Heights, and she also collected a single, double and four RBIs while pitching a two-hit shutout in a win over BG.

Season update: Yusko is 14-0 with 127 strikeouts and 11 walks for the 15-0 Lady Panthers. She is also hitting .548 with an on-base percentage of .667.

Coach John Casale’s quote: “She is a hard worker. She is very dedicated to being an exceptional pitcher. She spends countless hours of time trying to refine her pitches. A lot of girls don’t realize how much time it takes to excel at the high school level as a quality pitcher. She figured that out early. Offensively, she has the same approach. She wants to carry the team – it will be a big loss when we lose her.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Trybus

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “The Proposal”

Favorite food: Three cheese chicken penne pasta from Applebee’s

Favorite song: “Country In My Soul” by Florida Georgia Line

Outside interests: Traveling, fishing, shopping and scrap-booking

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Favorite college team: Rutgers

Pro athlete most admired: “Crystl Bustos. I have had personal hitting training with her. She is the one who has taught me to hit the way I do today.”

Best athlete I ever had as a teammate: Kate Little

Best athlete I ever competed against: Johnstown’s Tara Bicko

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents for their support and my grandpap Petney and grandpap Yusko for being my two biggest fans

Proudest athletic achievement: Being all-state for softball (2013), Mirror Athlete of the Week twice (2012) and (2014), and getting 400 strikeouts in three seasons

How I got my start in softball: “When I was little, I used to admire my older sister, Stacy, for playing softball. I used to travel around with her team and I just fell in love with the game. I used to go to practices with her, which is how I got so much exposure at a young age.”

Future goal: Attend Rutgers University to play softball and become a pharmacist