Lady Mounties get ‘Thal’-out effort from senior in playoffs

Name: Kylie Thal

School: Philipsburg-Osceola

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Softball

Athlete of the week achievement: Thal, P-O’s catcher and leadoff hitter, went 6-for-9 in two games with three runs and three RBIs. P-O defeated Delone Catholic, 7-1, in the PIAA Class 3A first round and South Park, 8-6, in the quarterfinals.

Season update: Thal is hitting .462 this season with five home runs and 33 RBIs.

Coach Jim Gonder’s quote: “Kylie’s always been a good defensive catcher. This year, she worked hard in the offseason and at practices to become a better hitter. She’s really starting to come through in the clutch for us, and that’s because of her hard work.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Willis

Favorite subject: Anatomy

Favorite movie: “Home Alone”

Favorite food: Spaghetti

Favorite artist: Angus Young, guitarist from AC/DC

Outside interests: Hunting, fishing, traveling, spending time with friends and family

Favorite professional team: Dallas Cowboys

Favorite college team: Notre Dame

Athlete most admired: Penn State wrestler Zain Retherford

Best athlete I ever competed against: “Whoever I am competing against at that time.”

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad (Jim)

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the District 6 championship three years in a row

How I got my start in softball: “My dad and I started playing at the ballfield when I was young.”

Future goal: Become an orthopedic physician’s assistant after studying at Lock Haven University. Also to win a state championship in softball.