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Veteran Talko used to winning spotlight

Name: Ryne Talko

School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Tennis

Athlete of the week achievement: Talko won his second District 6 Class 2A singles tennis championship with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Huntingdon’s Bruce Perow in the final.

Season update: Talko went 13-0 in singles play.

Coach Julie Donovan’s quote: “Ryne has been working hard for four years to be District 6 champion. Winning the title as a freshman and going to states gave him focus and a goal each year to achieve. I believe that’s what makes him so successful as an athlete.He is the most talented singles player I have ever coached.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Mielnik

Favorite subject: Psychology

Favorite movie: “Gladiator”

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite song: “She Cheated Again” by Dax

Outside interests: Hanging out with friends, playing other sports

Favorite professional team: Boston Red Sox

Favorite college team: University of Pittsburgh

Pro athlete most admired: Roger Federer

Best athlete I ever competed against: Hollidaysburg’s Rami Alkhafaji

Most influential person on my athletic career: My coach and parents

Proudest athletic achievement: “Winning District 6 in my freshman year with my team and District 6 singles and winning D6 singles again in my senior year.”

How I got my start in tennis: “When I was 8 years old, I started playing tennis in Ebensburg, and it’s been my favorite sport ever since.”

Future goal: To go on to college, win a few college championships, major in business and graduate

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