Peck comes up big for P-O

Name: Maggie Peck

School: Philipsburg-Osceola

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Softball

Athlete of the week achievement: Peck homered for the only run in a 1-0 win against DuBois on Tuesday. Peck hit another home run in Thursday’s 19-9 victory against previously-once-beaten Central, also driving in two runs and getting the pitching victory.

Season update: Peck is batting .333 with five home runs and 11 RBIs. She also has doubled five times. As a pitcher, she’s 1-2 with a save.

Coach Jim Gonder’s quote: “Maggie’s a really hard-working kid. She’s our captain. She’s our leadoff hitter. She pitches. She plays first base. But the big thing with her is her leadership and how she gets the team to bond.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Miller

Favorite subject: Physics

Favorite movie: “Forrest Gump”

Favorite food: Strawberries

Favorite music: Pop

Outside interests: Soccer, spending time with family and friends

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Favorite college team: Pitt

Pro athlete most admired: Roberto Clemente

Best athlete I ever competed against: The late Mikayla Focht of Hollidaysburg

Most influential person on my athletic career: Coach Gonder

Proudest athletic achievement: “I was first-team all-state as a freshman, I was second team as a sophomore and honorable mention as a junior.”

How I got my start in softball: “My friend, Abby Showers, encouraged me to play in the fourth grade.”

Future goal: “I’m going to Juniata College, and I hope to become a dentist someday.”